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I met Steve Coogan after he perfomed at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham in October 2008. It was part of his tour, named "Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and other less successful characters".
He signed a photograph for me and then let me have my photo taken with him outside the stage door.
Steve Coogan was born in 1965 in Alkrington, Greater Manchester. His parents were Irish Catholics, and he was one of six children. He went to the Cardinal Langley RC High School in Manchester, and later trained for two years as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic's 'School of Theatre'.
The earliest hint of Coogan's talents as a comic actor came in the series Saturday Zoo (1993), where he created the the beer-swilling, student-hater Paul Calf, with his catchphrase, "bag of shite"'. This character, along with his horrible sister Pauline, appeared in various TV comedies like Paul Ca
Steve Coogan as Paul Calf .....and as Pauline Calf
Coogan's Run - Steve Coogan Website
Coogan's early work included various character voices in ITV's satirical puppet show Spitting
Calf's Video Diary (1993) and Pauline Calf's Wedding Video (1994).
It is, however, for his character 'Alan Partridge', that Coogan is best known. Partridge, an inept, pompous sports reporter, first appeared in a BBC Radio 4 satire show On The Hour (1991), later to become The Day Today (BBC, 1994). Coogan also used his Partridge character in the spin-off spoof chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You (1994).
Coogan as Alan Partridge
Coogan as Alan Partridge
Coogan as Tommy Saxondale
Coogan as Tony Ferrino
Coogan as Duncan Thickett
Steve Coogan had also invented other characters, like the maverick 'Tommy Saxon
Saxondale', the failed stand-up comic 'Duncan Thickett' and the Portuguese singer 'Tony Ferrino'. However, it was 'Alan Partridge' (the Norwich disc jockey/sports repor
reporter/chat-show host!) who proved to be the most popular and most enduring character, largely because of the success of the 'sitcom' I'm Alan Partridge (1997-2002). Coogan's other TV shows incl
include Coogan's Run (1995); Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Monkey Trousers (2005) and Saxondale (2006-07).
As a TV actor, Coogan has been seen to good effect in Cruise of the Gods (2002) with Rob Brydon and David Walliams; in BBC2's The Private Life of Samuel Pepys (2003), and in the BBC1 drama Sunshine (2008) where he plays a gambling addict.
With Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm
Coogan in Dr Terrible's House of Horrible
Steve Coogan in Cruise of the Gods
Coogan as Bing Cosby in Sunshine
Later films include the lead role of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days (2004); A Cock and Bull Story (2005) in which he plays Tristram Shandy,
Coogan's film career began with cameos in The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), and The Wind in the Willows (1996) which allowed him little scope for comedy. He then took the lead role, as Simon Garden, in The Parole Officer (2001) which he co-wrote with his writing partner Henry Normal. Coogan scored a great success as Manchester-based record producer th
Coogan & Bernard Hill in Sunshine
producer, Tony Wilson in the true story 24 Hour Party People (2002), a look at the rock music scene since the 1970s. The film won a British Independent Film Award, and was nominated for twelve others including a Golden Palm at Cannes.
As Simon Garden in The Parole Officer
24 Hour Party People
Coogan as Tony Wilson in
A Cock and Bull Story
Steve Coogan & Jackie Chan in
Around the World in 80 Days
In Hamlet 2 (2008) Coogan stars as Dana Marschz a failed actor who becomes an equally failed drama teacher
teacher in an American high school. Tropic Thun
Thunder (2008) and Finding Amanda (2008) have each provided smaller roles for Coogan, who
has just completed What Goes Up (2009) and In the Loop (2009). He is working on Eddie The Eagle where he plays the infamous British ski-jumper, and, with his intention to do less live stand-up comedy shows, more film roles are bound to follow.
Steve Coogan as Dana Marschz in Hamlet 2
Steve Coogan & Elisabeth Shue in Hamlet 2
Coogan in Happy Endings
Steve Coogan in
Steve Coogan as Damien Cockburn in Tropic Thunder
Steve Coogan in In the Loop
Coogan's personal life has frequently made the tabloid newspapers over the past fifteen years. He married Caroline Hickman in 2002 but they divorced three years later. He has a daughter, Clare, from his previous relationship with Anna Cole.
Steve Coogan with ex-wife
Steve Coogan in A Cock and Bull Story
Steve Coogan at the Premiere of
and the comedy drama Happy Endings (2005). In this very complex film, Coogan stars as a gay character called Charley.
Coogan has his own production company, Baby Cow Productions, responsible for many TV series including Human Remains (2000); Marion
Marion & Geoff (2000-03); The Mighty Boosh (2003-05) and Saxondale (2006-07).
Steve Coogan has signed this photo for me