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Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan


10/14/1965, Middleton, Manchester, England

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Steve Coogan was born and raised in Middleton, Manchester. He trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.

Steve Coogan started out as a stand-up comic and mimic, as well as doing voice over work for adverts and impressions on Spitting Image [a British satirical…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, Steve was voted amongst the top 20 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

    • Steve has worked on BBC Radio.

    • Steve's cousin is Aidan McArdle.

    • In 2004, Steve Coogan released a book on Alan Partridge. Titled 'Alan Partridge: Every Ruddy Word'. The book charts Alan Partidge's incredible journey, it contains all the scripts and dialogue from Radio to TV and back.

    • Steve Coogan's Manchester / Irish parents are devout Catholics.

    • His show, Steve Coogan is The Man Who Thinks He's It, was nominated for a 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for the Best Entertainment for the 1998 season.

    • Steve Coogan based the character of Alan Partridge on a radio presenter who interviewed him just as he was becoming famous. Coogan began mimicking the interviewer during the interview and from this came the inspiration for Coogan's most famous creation.

    • Steve Coogan is the third of six children.

    • In August 2005, the 'News of the World' a British newspaper published that American rock star Courtney Love had claimed to be pregnant with Steve Coogan's child, following a two-week long fling the pair allegedly had while staying at the same hotel. The news came not long after Coogan had divorced his wife of 3 years, on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour, but has been dismissed by Steve Coogan's publicist. Courtney Love has now also denied that she had ever made the statement.

    • Steve has one daughter called Clare.

    • In 2003, he was listed in 'The Observer' as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

  • Quotes

    • Steve Coogan:I don't want to be someone who's trying to spin this public image of me. I have had some negative tabloid press, I'm sure you're aware [I am], but I don't like to portray myself as somehow a nice, well-rounded person.

    • Steve Coogan: "Alan [Partridge] was a really popular character so I'm looking forward to seeing people's reactions to Tom [(Saxondale) from his new sitcom]."

    • Steve Coogan: I always find it easier to portray myself as being unlikeable and idiotic; to actually play a character that is likeable and engages the audience is far more difficult. It's a more subtle kind of challenge.

    • Steve Coogan: Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun.

    • Steve Coogan: As soon as I see period costume, I turn off. It's like hearing drama on Radio 4.

    • Steve Coogan: If you do something very successful, you will then be defined by it.

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  • Steve Coogan is definitely one of the most talented British comedians around to date.

    Before I watched ‘I’m Alan Partridge’ when I was younger I had never really heard of Steve Coogan. But after only one episode I was completely hooked with Alan Partridge and became a huge fan of Steve Coogan and al his work. It wasn’t until I had completed the second series that I realised that there was a prequel to the I’m Alan Partridge series called ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge’ his creative abilities didn’t stop at Alan Partridge he created many other fantastic characters including Paul and Pauline Calf, the appalling travelling sales rep. Gareth Cheeseman, and the "singing sensation" cabaret star Tony Ferrino, a legend in his own dressing room.

    His writing talents were very evident in many other films and television productions, including ‘The Parole Officer’, ‘Coogans Run’ and ‘The Day Today’. More recently he has been working on acting roles for the big screen, including starring alongside Lisa Kudrow in ‘Happy Endings’ a clever and thoughtful film about complicated relationships between a group friends and relatives, as well as ‘A Cock and Bull Story’ an adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, starring alongside a host of other British comedians.

    Furthermore, Steve is currently filming in Simon Peggs new film ‘Hot Fuzz’ and adapting Alan Partridge into a Movie.

    Steve Coogan is definitely one of the most talented British comedians around to date, with numerous awards and accolades. Personally if I know Steve Coogan has written or starred in a film / TV show then I know that I will enjoy it and I’m sure that his further productions will not disappoint.