Ricky Gervais raking in £65k a week despite the pandemic – adding to huge £15m fortune amid Netflix's After Life success

RICKY Gervais proved to be the nation’s most popular TV comic last year – making a colossal 65 grand a week during the pandemic. 

The 59-year-old’s latest company figures reveal that he made just under £3.4 million from his set of telly and film businesses, which includes earnings from After Life 2, released in April 2020.

According to accounts filed at Companies House, Ricky had two businesses netting several million last year. 

Red Lion 99 LLP raked in £1,384,603, Red Lion 100 Ltd had £1,884,586. 

His three other companies – Derek Productions Ltd, Risk Productions Ltd and Backlash Productions Ltd – made a combined £103,262, while his only loss-making firm was Risk Productions (Holdings) Ltd, down £2,793. 

Apart from Red Lion 100 Ltd, all accounts went up to 30 November 2020. 

It means in total the six companies made £3,372,451, which is £64,855 a week. 

The astounding figure comes on the back of the success of Netflix's After Life series, with Ricky currently filming the third and final installment.

Despite his mammoth profit, Ricky "only" took dividends out of one company –  £505,000 from Red Lion 100 Ltd. 

It means the net worth of all his companies is now £14,84 million with £15.7 million cash in the bank, which makes him comfortably Britain’s richest comedian.

Unlike other top stars, who are known to use tax avoidance schemes, all of Ricky’s UK earnings go through limited companies or partnerships and are subject to corporation tax.

Last year, he paid a whopping £233,089. 

Ricky has been filming After Life in his local park Hampstead Heath.

Last month he suffered an awkward moment when he had to ask a random woman engrossed in her book to move out of shot while filming.

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The incident came just days after Richard Madeley was led away by security after accidentally gatecrashing the show's set.

After Life first came to the streaming service in March 2019, with a second series last April.

It follows Tony as he tries to come to terms with the death of his beloved wife Lisa, with the dark comedy shot touching on emotional topics such as suicide and depression.

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