01/11/2011 11:42 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Ricky Gervais Says The British Stifle Kids' Ambition

British kids have their ambitions stifled says Ricky Gervais PA

Ricky Gervais has claimed British culture stifles ambition in children, and makes them believe they can't achieve their goals.

Gervais - who created The Office and Extras - claimed he never wanted to be famous, and as a working-class youngster, thought it was better "to never try than risk failing".

Gervais - who has a long term partner but is unmarried and does not have children - praised the American way of instilling in kids that they CAN achieve anything they want to, saying:

"Americans believe they can be president. British kids are told, 'Don't be stupid. It won't happen for you'".

Gervais also slammed the 'fame hungry' nature of society - as reflected in his BBC2 comedy Life's Too Short which portrays the 'fame-hungry monsters who'll do anything to be on telly'.

Do you agree with Ricky?
Or do you bring your children up to believe they can do anything?