Ricky:

Comic Ricky Ger­vais tells Closer’s Katie Banks about his devo­tion to his cat Ol­lie and his fight for our four-legged friends

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“I pre­fer an­i­mals to peo­ple”

He’s one of the fun­ni­est H men on the planet and reg­u­larly rubs shoul­ders with Hol­ly­wood’s glit­ter­ing A-list but, be­hind the scenes, Ricky Ger­vais has al­ways been a com­mit­ted an­i­mal rights ac­tivist, sup­port­ing cam­paigns to end cru­elty and mak­ing a stand against the hor­ren­dous sport of tro­phy hunt­ing.

And when he’s at home in London’s Hamp­stead with his part­ner of 36 years, writer Jane Fal­lon, 57, he says his Si­amese cat Ol­lie – who has his own Face­book and Twit­ter page – is the cen­tre of his world.

RUL­ING THE ROOST

Speak­ing at Pup Aid, a char­ity set up to put an end to cruel puppy farms, he laughs, “Ol­lie rules the roost in our house and I ab­so­lutely love him. He’s quite scary, though – he sits by the win­dow guard­ing our house and the post­man is so ter­ri­fied, he won’t come up to the door any more.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to get a dog, but I think Ol­lie’s just too pos­ses­sive. A poor dog really wouldn’t stand a chance!”

Ricky, 57, has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted his love for his cat was one of the rea­sons he’d never con­sider chil­dren, say­ing: “I’d worry sick about a baby. I have a cat and I worry about that. I check the door three times be­fore I go out. I put food and water in ev­ery room in case the door closes and he’s peck­ish for 20 min­utes.”

And Ricky, who made his name as The Of­fice’s David Brent in 2001 and will star in Net­flix’s Af­ter Life later this year, tells Closer that, on the whole, he would rather hang out with an­i­mals than peo­ple.

DOG LOVER

He laughs, “I love watch­ing dogs eat­ing when they’re slob­ber­ing ev­ery­where and mak­ing lots of noise wolf­ing some­thing down. When I see a hu­man do­ing that, I just want to punch them in the face.

“I pre­fer an­i­mals to peo­ple – the world is a much nicer place with their lit­tle faces. I can’t abide cru­elty to­wards an­i­mals in any form. It’s com­pletely wrong. We need to be kind to them be­cause they make us bet­ter peo­ple.”

● Pup Aid cam­paigns to end the cruel puppy farm­ing trade. For more info, visit Pu­paid.org

Spend­ing time with Ol­lie

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