The Office creator Ricky Gervais has finally found an actor to take on the lead role of boss David Brent in the American version of the revered comedy.

Gervais, whose performance as office pariah DAVID BRENT won him critical acclaim in his native Britain, has been searching for months for a suitable replacement - and at one point Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt was linked to the role.

But the mystery man - who has yet to be named - is an unknown thespian who happened to catch Gervais' eye.

The 42-year-old comedian says, "He's not famous but he excited me."

23/12/2003 14:11