Co-stars Gervais and Merchant compete for award

Extras co-stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will battle against each other for the title of Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards.

Extras co-stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will battle against each other for the title of Best TV Comedy Actor at the British Comedy Awards.

The smash-hit follow-up to The Office, co-written and co-directed by the pair, is up for Best TV Comedy of 2006 and the People's Choice Award.

But the pair will have to compete for the Comedy Actor title with Gervais, 45, in the running for his role as hapless actor Andy Millman and Merchant, 31, for his part as Millman's useless agent.

Other nominees for next month's British Comedy Awards include Charlotte Church and Russell Brand for the best Newcomer titles.

Singer turned TV host Church, 20, is in the running for Best Female Comedy Newcomer for The Charlotte Church Show on Channel 4.

Brand, 31, has been nominated for Best Male Comedy Newcomer for his E4 show Russell Brand's Got Issues.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! stars Ant and Dec are up for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.

The duo also have a nomination for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme (Ant and Dec's Christmas Takeaway) and the People's Choice Award (Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway).

Comedy partners David Mitchell and Robert Webb have a joint nomination for Best TV Comedy Actor for their Channel 4 comedy, Peep Show.

Mitchell and Web are also up for Best New TV Comedy for That Mitchell and Webb Look (BBC2).

The Peep Show has also been nominated for Best TV Comedy of 2006, with Extras and The Thick of It (BBC4), whose comedy actor star Chris Langham is set to appear in court over charges for alleged sex offences.

Catherine Tate is up for Best TV Comedy Actress against Katherine Parkinson from The IT Crowd and Tamsin Greig from Green Wing.

The awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross, take place on December 13 and are screened live on ITV1 and ITV2.

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