Ricky Gervais arrives on the set of After Life series three after revealing Netflix hit starts filming this week

RICKY Gervais looked deep in thought as he arrived on the set of After Life series three after revealing filming started earlier this week.

It comes after the actor, 59, took to social media to announce the news that the hit black comedy-drama is finally making an epic return.

Ricky – who has starred in, directed and produced the Netflix hit – looked extremely happy to be back at work.

The star rocked up in his alter-ego Tony's iconic outfit – his favourite brown leather jacket, a black t-shirt and some denim jeans.

He completed the infamous look with a pair of sunglasses and his hair styled into a quiff.

Ricky was seen chatting with crew members between takes whilst donning a face mask, and was even seen getting behind the camera.

The comedian made a quick outfit change before leaving set.

He donned an all black ensemble as he stepped back into the taxi to head home after his first day back.

Over the weekend Ricky announced the news that every After Life fan was waiting for – the confirmation a third series of the popular show.

The writer took to Twitter and shared a selfie of him with a sneak peek of his script with Monday's date on it.

He told his 14.5m followers: "I’d better learn my lines."

The star also took to his page again to update fans with a behind the scenes picture yesterday.

Ricky had a huge grin on his face as he posed for a picture in his character's attire and a director's clapboard.

He simply wrote: "Action!"

After Life first hit our screens back in March 2019 and was followed by a second series in April 2020.

The show is created, written, produced and directed by none other than Ricky, and he also stars as the main character.

It follows a man called Tony and his struggles as he comes to terms with losing his beloved wife Lisa.

Despite touching upon serious subjects such as suicide and depression, the programme has been a huge hit because Gervais' quick wit and dark humour.

During season one, Tony contemplated suicide as he thought the world was better off without him.

But he soon realises that he has people around him both need and want him around – including new love interest Emma, who looked after his sick dad.

The cast consists of Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan, Mandeep Dhillon, Joe Wilkinson and Ashley Jensen.

The likes of David Bradley and Kerry Godliman have also made an appearance in the show as Tony's late family members.

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