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Born
Stephen John Coogan

(1965-10-14) 14 October 1965 (age 53)
Alma mater Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama
Occupation
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Caroline Hickman
(m. 2002;div. 2005)
Partner(s)Anna Cole (1992–1996)
Children1
Relatives Brendan Coogan (brother)
Martin Coogan (brother)

Stephen John Coogan ( /ˈkɡən/ ; born 14 October 1965) [2] is an English actor, comedian, and producer. He began his career in the 1980s, working as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image and providing voiceovers for television advertisements. In the early 1990s, he began creating original comic characters. In 1999, he co-founded the production company Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal.

<i>Spitting Image</i> UK comedy TV series

Spitting Image is a British satirical television puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn. The series was produced by 'Spitting Image Productions' for Central Independent Television over 18 series which aired on the ITV network. The series was nominated and won numerous awards during its run including ten BAFTA Television Awards, one for editing in 1989 and two Emmy Awards in 1985 and 1986 in the Popular Arts Category.

Baby Cow Productions Ltd is a British comedy television production company established in 1999 by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal based in London and Manchester. It has since diversified into radio, animation and film. In 2008, BBC Worldwide bought a 25% stake in the company. The acquisition was made at a time when BBC Worldwide was being criticised for its "out of control" ventures, though Normal told The Guardian that BBC Worldwide had not made the highest bid. The company's name is a reference to Coogan's early characters Paul and Pauline Calf.

Henry Normal is a writer, poet, TV and film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to television. He was managing director of Baby Cow Productions, which he set up with Steve Coogan.

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While working with Armando Iannucci on On the Hour and The Day Today , Coogan developed Alan Partridge, a socially inept and politically incorrect media personality. Partridge has featured in several television series, and a 2013 film; Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa .

Armando Iannucci British comedian, film director and producer

Armando Giovanni Iannucci is a Scottish satirist, writer, director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Iannucci studied at the University of Glasgow followed by the University of Oxford, leaving graduate work on a D.Phil about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his early work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour transferred to television as The Day Today. A character from this series, Alan Partridge, co-created by Iannucci, went on to feature in a number of Iannucci's television and radio programmes, including Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge and I'm Alan Partridge. Iannucci also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and in 2001 created his most personal work, The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4.

<i>On the Hour</i> British radio programme

On the Hour was a British radio programme that parodied current affairs broadcasting, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1991 and 1992.

<i>The Day Today</i> surreal British parody of television current affairs programmes

The Day Today was a British comedy television show that parodied television news and current affairs programmes, broadcast in 1994 on BBC2. It was created by Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris and is an adaptation of the radio programme On the Hour, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between 1991 and 1992 and was written by Morris, Iannucci, Steven Wells, Andrew Glover, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, David Quantick, and the cast. For The Day Today, Peter Baynham joined the writing team, and Lee and Herring were replaced by Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews. The principal cast of On the Hour was retained for The Day Today.

Coogan grew in prominence within the film industry in 2002, after starring in The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People . He portrayed Phileas Fogg in the 2004 remake Around the World in 80 Days and co-starred with Rob Brydon in The Trip , The Trip to Italy , and The Trip to Spain , as well as A Cock and Bull Story . He also performs voice work.

<i>The Parole Officer</i> 2001 film by John Duigan

The Parole Officer is a 2001 British comedy film, directed by John Duigan. It was the first feature film to star comedian Steve Coogan. The film follows a diverse group of former criminals as they assist their probation officer in proving his innocence after a murder accusation.

<i>24 Hour Party People</i> 2002 film by Michael Winterbottom

24 Hour Party People is a 2002 British comedy-drama film about Manchester's popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records. It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. It received positive reviews.

Phileas Fogg character created by Jules Verne

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1873 Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. An inspiration for the character was the real round-the-world travels of the American writer and adventurer William Perry Fogg.

Coogan has played dramatic roles, with What Maisie Knew (2012), and portrayed Paul Raymond in the biopic The Look of Love (2013) and Stan Laurel in Stan & Ollie (2018). In 2013, he co-wrote, produced, and starred in the film Philomena , [3] which earned him nominations at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and as well as two at the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

<i>What Maisie Knew</i> (film) 2012 film by David Siegel, Scott McGehee

What Maisie Knew is a 2012 American drama film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel and written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham and Steve Coogan, it is a modern adaptation of Henry James' 1897 novel What Maisie Knew. The film finds six-year-old Maisie in the middle of a custody battle between her neglectful parents and their new partners.

Paul Raymond (publisher) English publisher

Paul Raymond, born Geoffrey Anthony Quinn, was an English publisher, club owner, and property developer.

Biographical film Film genre

A biographical film, or biopic, is a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character's real name is used. They differ from films "based on a true story" or "historical drama films" in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a single person's life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.

Early life

Coogan was born in Middleton, Lancashire, in 1965. [4] He is one of six children [5] born to Anthony Coogan, an IBM engineer and Kathleen (née Coonan), a housewife. [6] [7] During the 1950s, his paternal grandfather established a dance hall for Irish immigrants. [8] He was raised Roman Catholic, in "lower middle or upper working class" family which emphasised the values of education. [8] His mother is Irish-born, from County Mayo, and his father is of Irish descent. [9] [10] He attended Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School. [11] He has stated that he had a happy childhood, and in addition to having four brothers and one sister, his parents fostered children on a short-term basis. [12] As a family, it was assumed that all the children would become teachers. [8]

Middleton, Greater Manchester town within the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, England

Middleton is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England, on the River Irk 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Rochdale and 4.4 miles (7.1 km) northeast of Manchester city centre. Middleton had a population of 42,972 at the 2011 Census. It lies on the northern edge of Manchester, with Blackley to the south and Moston to the south east.

Lancashire County of England

Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.

IBM American multinational technology and consulting corporation

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 170 countries. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed "International Business Machines" in 1924.

Coogan had a talent for impersonation, and wanted to go to drama school, despite being advised by a teacher that it could lead to a precarious profession. [12] After five failed applications to various drama schools within London, he received a place at the theatre company New Music before gaining a place at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama, [12] where he met future collaborator John Thomson.

The Manchester School of Theatre also known as The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre originally called the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama is a drama school, situated in the city of Manchester, UK founded in 1970.

John Thomson (comedian) English comedian and actor

John Patrick Thomson is an English comedian and actor, best known for his roles in The Fast Show, Men Behaving Badly and Cold Feet.

Career

Coogan began his career as a comic and impressionist, performing regularly in Ipswich, before working as a voice artist for television advertisements and the satirical puppet show Spitting Image . In 1989, he appeared in a series of specially shot sketches in the Observation round in the long-running ITV game show The Krypton Factor . In 1992, Coogan won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his performance with long-time collaborator John Thomson, and starred alongside Caroline Aherne and John Thomson in a one-off Granada TV sketch show The Dead Good Show. His most prominent characters developed at this time were Paul Calf, a stereotypical working class Mancunian, and his sister Pauline, played by Coogan in drag.

Alan Partridge

While working with Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris on the Radio 4 comedy On the Hour , Coogan conceived his most popular and developed character, a socially awkward and politically incorrect regional media personality. He appeared as a sports presenter on the television comedy The Day Today , before hosting his own chat show, Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge . In 1997, Partridge returned in the sitcom I'm Alan Partridge , which was followed by a second series in 2002, and received five BAFTA nominations. Partridge featured in Coogan's 2008 stand-up tour.

He revisited the character in two one-off Sky Atlantic specials, including Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life , which received a further two BAFTA nominations, as well as the mockumentary Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge . A feature-length film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa , was released in 2013. [13] After a 17 year hiatus, the character returned to the BBC in 2019 with the parody magazine/current affairs show This Time with Alan Partridge .

In a 2001 poll conducted by Channel 4 Partridge was ranked seventh on their list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters. [14] Coogan still enjoys rewatching and laughing at his Partridge persona. [8] Occasionally, in character as Partridge, Coogan has made some comedic references to Ireland. Coogan has an Irish heritage. The Irish references are widely enjoyed in Ireland, such as the quotable RTE producers meeting in the hotel, and 2019's "Irish Alan Partridge" sequence. [15]

TV roles

Paul Calf first began as a character named 'Duncan Disorderly' in Coogan's early stand-up routines. Calf first came to wider public notice in 1993, with several appearances on Saturday Zoo , a late-night variety show presented by Jonathan Ross on Channel 4. Paul has appeared in two video diaries, an episode of Coogan's Run , and in various stand-up performances. He is an unemployed Mancunian wastrel with a particular hatred of students. His catchphrase is "Bag o' shite". Paul lives in a council house in the fictional town of Ottle with his mother and his sister, Pauline Calf (also played by Coogan). His father, Pete Calf (played by Coogan in Coogan's Run) died some time before the first video diary was made. For a long time he was obsessed with getting back together with his ex-girlfriend, Julie. Paul's best friend is "Fat" Bob (played by John Thomson), a car mechanic who eventually married Pauline. Paul supports Manchester City and is very partial to Wagon Wheels. He wears Burton suits, sports a bleached mullet and drives a Ford Cortina.

Other Coogan creations include Tommy Saxondale, Duncan Thicket, Ernest Eckler and Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest winner Tony Ferrino. Duncan Thicket has appeared in a tour of live shows. Other TV shows he has starred in include Coogan's Run, Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible , Monkey Trousers and Saxondale . Coogan has provided voices for the animated series I Am Not an Animal and Bob and Margaret , two Christmas specials featuring Robbie the Reindeer , and an episode of the BBC Radio Four spoof sci-fi series Nebulous .

He played the Gnat in the 1998 TV adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass starring Kate Beckinsale, and also starred in BBC2's The Private Life of Samuel Pepys in 2003, and Cruise of the Gods in 2002. In 2006, he had a cameo in the Little Britain Christmas special as a pilot taking Lou and Andy to Disneyland. In 2007, Coogan played a psychiatrist on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm , and in 2008, starred in the BBC1 drama Sunshine .

In 2010, he reworked with Brydon and Winterbottom for the partially improvised BBC2 sitcom The Trip , in which he and Brydon tour northern restaurants. [16]

Film roles

Michael Winterbottom, Coogan and Rob Brydon at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto for the screening of Tristram Shandy (14 September 2005) Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, and Rob Brydon-14Sept2005.jpg
Michael Winterbottom, Coogan and Rob Brydon at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto for the screening of Tristram Shandy (14 September 2005)

Notable film roles include Factory Records boss Tony Wilson in the film 24 Hour Party People and Octavius in Night at the Museum .

He has played himself several times on screen. First, in one of the vignettes of Jim Jarmusch's 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes , alongside Alfred Molina. Second, in 2006 Coogan starred with Rob Brydon in Michael Winterbottom's A Cock and Bull Story , a self-referential film of the "unfilmable" self-referential novel Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. In the film, Coogan plays a fictional, womanising version of himself. Thirdly, he played himself in the 2010 film The Trip . He worked again with director Winterbottom in The Look of Love , about '50s porn-king Paul Raymond. His fourth time playing himself on screen was in the 2014 film The Trip to Italy , a film about him and Rob Brydon taking a food-tasting trip through Italy, followed in 2017 by The Trip to Spain . [17]

The first film which he co-wrote with Henry Normal was The Parole Officer , in which he also acted alongside Ben Miller and Lena Headey. Coogan has an uncredited cameo in Hot Fuzz , scripted by Shaun of the Dead writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.

Coogan's most acclaimed work to date is the drama-comedy Philomena , which he co-wrote, produced, and starred in with Judi Dench. [18] This performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination, among many other nominations (and some wins). Philomena was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2018, Coogan played English comedian Stan Laurel in the film biopic Stan & Ollie , starring opposite American actor John C. Reilly who played Oliver Hardy. [19]

Awards

Coogan's show Steve Coogan in character with John Thomson was winner of the Perrier Award for best show at the 1992 Edinburgh Fringe. He has won numerous awards for his work in TV including British Comedy Awards, BAFTAs and The South Bank Show award for comedy. In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In 2005, a poll to find the Comedians' Comedian saw him being voted amongst the top 20 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. [20]

Stand-up comedy comeback tour

In March 2008, it was confirmed that Coogan would return to doing stand-up comedy as part of his first stand-up tour in ten years. The tour, named "Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge and other less successful characters", saw the return of some of his old characters including Paul Calf and Alan Partridge. [21] Reviews of the tour were mixed. [22] [23] [24] Much of the criticism focused on the apparent unrehearsed quality of some of the performances and on Coogan's nervous stage presence. Chortle comedy guide described it as "most definitely a show of two halves: the superlative Alan Partridge plus a collection of characters that are not only less successful, but woefully less funny". [25]

As the tour progressed and the problems were ironed out, reviews were very positive. Dominic Maxwell of The Times described the show as "twice as entertaining as most other comedy shows this year." [26] Brian Logan of The Guardian awarded it four stars and described it as "shamelessly funny." [27] Reviews such as the one from the Trent FM Arena exemplified how much the show had improved after dealing with the glitches on its first few dates: "When Steve Coogan first brought this show to Nottingham last month, the reviews were poor... the intervening weeks have made a big difference, and last night's audience at the Trent FM Arena went home happy. More please, and soon." [28]

In 2009, Coogan was featured, alongside Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and Julia Davis, in the spoof documentary TV film Steve Coogan – The Inside Story. [29]

Production work

Coogan, along with his writing partner Henry Normal, founded Baby Cow Productions in 1999. Together, they have served as executive producers for shows such as The Mighty Boosh , Nighty Night , Marion and Geoff , Gavin & Stacey , Human Remains and Moone Boy , as well as the Alan Partridge feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa . They have also produced Where Are the Joneses?, an online sitcom which uses wiki technology to allow the audience to upload scripts and storyline ideas. [30]

In the media

Coogan said he "liked to keep himself private", adding; "I have never wanted to be famous, as such – fame is a by-product". [31] He has been a popular target of the British tabloid press since 1996, who he stated have subjected him to entrapment and blackmail, printed obvious falsehoods about him, [32] also targeting his family and friends in attempts to extract stories from them. [33]

Coogan at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 Steve Coogan 2013.jpg
Coogan at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013

Coogan in some cases gave a strong denial to allegations, but in others did not contest them because he wanted to shield vulnerable friends from adverse publicity. [34] The tabloids also published intrusive information about his relationships and the schooling of his child. Coogan has also been critical of the broadsheet press, saying they have colluded with the tabloids in the interests of selling newspapers. In 2005 he said "The Guardian tends to have its cake and eat it. It waits for the tabloids to dish the dirt and then it talks about the tabloids dishing the dirt while enjoying it themselves." [35] However, Coogan later gave credit to the same newspaper for its investigation of the phone hacking scandal. [36] Coogan said that because of the persistent intrusion into his private life, the press had effectively made him "immune" to further attack, as his "closet is empty of skeletons". [37]

Phone hacking

Coogan became a prominent figure in the News International phone hacking scandal as one of the celebrities who took action against the British tabloids in light of these events. He was made aware by his phone service provider of "possible anomalies" on his phone in 2005 and 2006. [38] In 2010, Coogan's legal firm obtained a partially redacted version of Glenn Mulcaire's hacking notebook by a court order which showed Coogan had been targeted and his personal information was in the possession of Mulcaire.

Mulcaire was forced by the High Court of Justice to disclose to Coogan's legal team who amongst the staff at the News of the World ordered him to hack phones. This information was obtained by Coogan's lawyers on 26 August 2011. [39] Interviewed on Newsnight on 8 July 2011, Coogan said he was "delighted" by the closure of the News of the World and said it was a "fantastic day for journalism". He said the idea of press freedom was used by the tabloids as a "smokescreen for selling papers with tittle-tattle" and said the argument against press regulation was "morally bankrupt". [36]

Coogan provided an eight-page witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry and appeared at the inquiry on 22 November 2011 to discuss the evidence. [33] He said he was there reluctantly representing a lot of celebrities who felt they could not speak out for fear of reprisals from the tabloid press. [40]

Personal life

Coogan's younger brother, Brendan, is a former Top Gear presenter, and his elder brother, Martin, was the lead singer of the early 1990s band The Mock Turtles. All three attended the Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton, Greater Manchester. [41] Although brought up Catholic, Coogan is an atheist. [42]

Coogan married Caroline Hickman in 2002, and divorced in 2005. [43] He entered rehab for personal issues. He dated model China Chow for three years. [44] In March 2011, Coogan was guest editor for lads mag Loaded , where he met and began dating glamour model Loretta "Elle" Basey. [45] They were together until 2014. [46] [47] He has a daughter, Clare Coogan-Cole, from a previous four-year relationship with solicitor Anna Cole. [48] [49] [50] [51]

A motoring enthusiast, he has owned a succession of Ferrari cars, but stopped buying them after realising that the depreciation and running costs were greater than hiring a private plane. [52] In February 2016, Coogan was fined £670 and banned from driving for 28 days after being caught speeding in Brighton. [53] In August 2019 he escaped the usual 6-month ban for a further speeding offence by saying that his next TV series depends on his ability to drive. He was given a two-month ban and a £750 fine. [54]

Coogan's autobiography, Easily Distracted, was published in October 2015. [55]

Politics

On 22 November 2011, Coogan, along with Hugh Grant, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on phone hacking, favouring regulation of the press. [56]

Coogan supports the Labour Party. [57] He believes that the Conservative Party think "people are plebs" and that "they like to pat people on the head". [58] In August 2014, Coogan was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue. [59]

In June 2017, Coogan endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election. He opened for Corbyn at a rally in Birmingham saying: "The Tory tactic was to try to make this a choice between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, but this has backfired as people – and I readily admit to being one of them – have started to listen to what Jeremy Corbyn says rather than what other people have been saying about him." [60]

Filmography

Feature films

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989 Resurrected Youth
1995 The Indian in the Cupboard Tommy Atkins
1996 The Wind in the Willows Mole
1998 Sweet Revenge Bruce Tick
2001 The Parole Officer Simon GardenAlso writer
2002 24 Hour Party People Tony Wilson
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes HimselfSegment: "Cousins?"
2004 Ella Enchanted Heston the Snake (voice)
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg
2005 Happy Endings Charley Peppitone
2005 A Cock and Bull Story Tristram Shandy / Walter Shandy / Steve Coogan
2006 The Alibi Ray Elliot
2006 Night at the Museum Octavius
2006 Marie Antoinette Ambassador Mercy
2007 For the Love of God Graham (voice)
2007 Hot Fuzz Metropolitan Police InspectorUncredited
2008 Finding Amanda Michael Henry
2008 Tales of the Riverbank RoderickVoice only
2008 Tropic Thunder Damien Cockburn
2008 Hamlet 2 Dana Marschz
2009 What Goes Up Campbell BabbittAlso producer
2009 In the Loop Paul Michaelson
2009 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Octavius
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Hades
2010 Marmaduke Raisin (voice)
2010 The Other Guys David Ershon
2011 The Trip Steve CooganU.S. film edit
2011 Our Idiot Brother Dylan Anderson
2012 Ruby Sparks Langdon Tharp
2012 What Maisie Knew Beale
2013 The Look of Love Paul Raymond
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Alan Partridge Also writer
2013 Despicable Me 2 Silas Ramsbottom (voice)
2013 Philomena Martin Sixsmith Also writer and producer
2014 The Trip to Italy Steve CooganU.S. film edit
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Octavius
2014 Northern Soul Mr Banks
2015 Minions Professor Flux / Tower Guard (voice)
2016 Shepherds and Butchers Johan Webber
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Ozone / ReginaldVoice only
2016 Rules Don't Apply Colonel Nigel Briggs
2016 Mindhorn Peter EastmanAlso executive producer
2017 The Dinner Paul Lohman
2017 Despicable Me 3 Silas Ramsbottom/Fritz (voice)
2017 The Trip to Spain Steve CooganU.S. film edit
2018 Ideal Home Erasmus
2018 Irreplaceable You Mitch
2018The Adventures of DrunkyThe Devil (voice)
2018Hot AirLionel Macomb
2018 Holmes & Watson Gustav Klinger
2018 Stan & Ollie Stan Laurel
2019 The Professor and the Madman Frederick James Furnivall
2019 Greed Post-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988–92 Spitting Image Various characters (voice)
1989 The Krypton Factor Various charactersSpecially shot sketches for the Observation round
1992The Dead Good ShowVarious characters
1993 The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer Lead singer of Go WestEpisode: "Water"
1993 Harry Stebbings2 episodes
1993 Saturday Zoo Paul Calf / Pauline Calf
1994 The Day Today Alan Partridge/Various charactersWriter
7 episodes
1994–95 Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge Alan Partridge Writer
7 episodes
1995 Coogan's Run Various charactersWriter
6 episodes
1996 Tales from the Crypt Danny SkeggsEpisode: "The Kidnapper"
1997 The Friday Night Armistice Alan Partridge Episode: "The Election Night Armistice
1997 The Fix Mike GabbettTelevision film
1997The Tony Ferrino PhenomenonTony FerrinoTelevision film
1997–2002 I'm Alan Partridge Alan Partridge Writer
12 episodes
1998 Bob and Margaret Various characters (voice)3 episodes
1998 Alice Through the Looking Glass The GnatTelevision film
1999 Hooves of Fire Blitzen (voice)
1999 Mrs Merton and Malcolm Various characters / voices6 episodes (five as voice actor)
2000 Human Remains Executive producer
2001Combat SheepCommander Harris (voice)Executive producer
2001A Small Summer PartyGeoffExecutive producer
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible Various charactersWriter and executive producer
6 episodes
2002 Cruise of the Gods Nick LeeExecutive producer
2002Legend of the Lost TribeBlitzen (voice)
2003 The Private Life of Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys Television film
2003Anglian Lives: Alan PartridgeAlan PartridgeWriter
2003–05 The Mighty Boosh Executive producer
2004 I Am Not An Animal Various (voice)Executive producer
6 episodes
2004–05 Nighty Night Executive producer
2004–05 The Keith Barret Show Executive producer
2005 Monkey Trousers VariousExecutive producer
5 episodes
2005 Ideal Executive producer
2005–07 Sensitive Skin Executive producer
2006 Little Britain PilotEpisode: "Little Britain Abroard"
2006–07 Saxondale Tommy SaxondaleWriter and executive producer
13 episodes
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. BrightEpisode: "The Therapists"
2008 Sunshine Bing Crosby3 episodes
2010 Neighbors from Hell Satan (voice)6 episodes
2010–16 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge Alan Partridge Writer
24 episodes
2010–2017 The Trip Himself18 episodes; also writer
2012 The Simpsons Rowan Priddis (voice)Episode: "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again"
2012 Moone Boy Francie "Touchie" FeeleyEpisode: "Bunch of Marys"; also executive producer
2013–14 Us & Them Executive producer
2014 The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries Himself1 episode
2015 Happyish Thom Payne10 episodes
2016 Zapped Malador1 episode; also executive producer
2016Alan Partridge's Scissored IsleAlan PartridgeSpecial; also writer and executive producer
2017Alan Partridge Why, When, Where, How and WhomDocumentary1 episode
2019 This Time with Alan Partridge Alan PartridgeWriter
6 episodes

Awards and nominations

YearTitleAwardCategoryResult
1992In Character with John Thomson Perrier Comedy Award Best Comedy ShowWon
1994 Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge British Comedy Awards Best Male TV PerformerWon
1995Pauline Calf's Wedding Video BAFTAs Best Comedy PerformanceNominated
Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge Best Light Entertainment PerformanceNominated
1998 I'm Alan Partridge British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy ActorWon
BAFTAs Best Comedy PerformanceWon
Best Comedy (Programme or Series)Won
2002 The Parole Officer BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer Nominated
2003Cruise of the Gods British Comedy Awards Best TV Comedy ActorWon
I'm Alan Partridge BAFTAs Best Comedy PerformanceNominated
Royal Television Society Nominated
24 Hour Party People Empire Awards Best British ActorNominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Breakthrough PerformanceNominated
2005 Happy Endings Satellite Award Best Supporting ActorNominated
2011 The Trip BAFTAs Best Male Comedy PerformanceWon [61]
2013 Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life BAFTAs Best Male Comedy PerformanceWon
2014 Philomena Academy Awards Best PictureNominated
Best Writing – Adapted ScreenplayNominated
BAFTAs Best Writing – Adapted ScreenplayWon
Best British FilmNominated
Best FilmNominated
2017Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle BAFTAs Best Male Comedy PerformanceWon
2019 Stan & Ollie BAFTAs Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

Stand-up releases

YearTitle
1994Live 'N' Lewd
1998Live – The Man Who Thinks He's It
2003Paul and Pauline Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwich
2009As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters – Live

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Alice Eva Lowe is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is known for her roles as Dr. Haynes in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Madeleine Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. She wrote, directed and starred in the 2016 movie Prevenge and starred in and co-wrote the 2012 film Sightseers. She also starred in the educational children's television series Horrible Histories.

Declan Lowney is an Irish television and film director. Known initially for directing musical events such as the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, Lowney is perhaps best known for his work on Irish and British television comedies such as Cold Feet, Little Britain and Father Ted for which he was awarded a BAFTA Award in 1995. He was awarded a second BAFTA Award in 2006 for his work on BBC comedy Help.

<i>The Trip</i> (2010 TV series) 2010 TV series

The Trip is a 2010 British television sitcom series directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves on a restaurant tour of northern England. The series was edited into a feature film and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010. The full series was first broadcast on BBC Two and BBC HD in the United Kingdom in November 2010. Both the TV series and film received very positive reviews.

<i>Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge</i> (TV series) BBC Television series

Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge is a BBC Television comedy series of six episodes, and a Christmas special Knowing Me, Knowing Yule on 29 December 1995. It is named after the song "Knowing Me, Knowing You" by Abba, a rendition of which was used as the show's title music. Steve Coogan plays the incompetent but self-satisfied Norwich-based talk show host Alan Partridge. Alan was a spin-off character from the spoof radio show On the Hour. Knowing Me, Knowing You was written by Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Patrick Marber, with contributions from the regular supporting cast of Doon Mackichan, Rebecca Front and David Schneider, who played Alan's weekly guests. Steve Brown provided the show's music and arrangements, and also appeared as Glenn Ponder, the man in charge of the house band.

Mid Morning Matters is a British digital radio show parody written by Steve Coogan, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons and Armando Iannucci, produced by Baby Cow Productions and funded by the British arm of Australian lager company Foster's, starring Coogan as fictional radio DJ Alan Partridge. The first of twelve 15-minute episodes was uploaded to the Foster's Funny website on 5 November 2010, and then available on YouTube. Six 30-minute episodes titled Alan Partridge Mid Morning Matters: Special Edition, edited from the web series, began airing on Sky Atlantic HD in July 2012 as part of a deal between producers Baby Cow and BSkyB. A second series consisting of six episodes was announced on 1 July 2014 to air on Sky Atlantic in 2016 with a premiere date of 16 February.

<i>Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa</i> 2013 British action comedy film directed by Declan Lowney

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa is a 2013 British action comedy film starring Steve Coogan reprising his role as Alan Partridge, a fictional presenter he has played on various BBC radio and television shows since 1991, and Colm Meaney as Pat Farrell. The film was directed by Declan Lowney and written by Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham and Neil and Rob Gibbons. Principal photography began on 7 January 2013 in Norwich and Mitcham, and the film premiered on 24 July 2013.

Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life is one of two one-off Alan Partridge specials commissioned by Sky Atlantic and produced by Baby Cow Productions. It aired on 25 June 2012 and received a BAFTA for Steve Coogan's performance.

<i>I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan</i> book by Steve Coogan

I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan is a 2011 mock autobiography as written by the British comedy character Alan Partridge. It was written by Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Rob and Neil Gibbons. An audiobook version recorded by Coogan as Partridge was released on CD and downloadable audio formats.

<i>This Time with Alan Partridge</i> BBC comedy show starring Steve Coogan

This Time with Alan Partridge is a British television comedy series broadcast on BBC One in early 2019. It stars Steve Coogan as the inept broadcaster Alan Partridge in a spoof of current affairs programmes such as The One Show and Good Morning Britain. After a series of productions with Sky, This Time was the first BBC Alan Partridge production since I'm Alan Partridge ended in 2002. Partridge's co-host is played by Susannah Fielding, and Tim Key and Felicity Montagu reprise their roles as Simon Denton and Partridge's assistant Lynn Benfield respectively. The series received generally favourable reviews.

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