Birth Name: Stephen Merchant
Birth Place: Bristol, England, GB
Stephen James Merchant was born on Nov. 24, 1974, in Bristol, England to parents Ron and Elaine Merchant. The plumber and nurse would add a daughter, Alexandria, to the family four years later. From early on, young Stephen was obsessed with comedy, writing and radio. His hero was fellow tall man and local celebrity, John Cleese, and Merchant dreamed of someday writing a TV show as highly-regarded as "Fawlty Towers" (BBC2, 1975, 1979). Despite being a shy and bookish teenager who went through a six-month phase of wearing bow ties, Merchant was not shy about pursuing his talents. He participated in school theatrical productions and started working as mobile DJ when he was 16. At one point, the...
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