He may seem unflappable as David Brent but Ricky Gervais has revealed that working with Hollywood’s finest would cause him to break out in a sweat.

The 48-year-old star of The Office and Extras has worked with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Samuel L. Jackson but, while he entertains the idea of starring opposite Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, it fills him with dread.

“There are people that I want to work with but I’m too intimidated. There are a few people that I’d be worried about working with – the greats: Jack Nicholson, Scorsese and Clint Eastwood,” said Ricky at the gala screening of his new film, The Invention Of Lying, at Bafta in central London.

“So there are still people out there who intimidate me.”

He added: “I think they would catch me out finally. I’ve got away with murder until now and they would blow that.”

Terry Jones and John Hurt expressed their hopes of working with the award-winning comedian.

Terry, renowned for his work on Monty Python, said: “I gave him a script which he said he was going to read so we’ll see what happens.”

Others stars at the premiere included Ricky’s frequent collaborator, Stephen Merchant, ex-Dr Who David Tennant, comedian David Baddiel and EastEnders actress Lauren Crace.

The Invention Of Lying is out in UK cinemas on Friday.