Coogan in February 2017
Stephen John Coogan
14 October 1965
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist, comedian, screenwriter, producer|
(m. 2002;div. 2005)
|Relatives|| Brendan Coogan (brother)|
Martin Coogan (brother)
Stephen John Coogan ( // ; born 14 October 1965) is an English actor, voice artist, comedian, screenwriter and producer. He began his career in the 1980s as a voice actor on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image and providing voice-overs for television advertisements. In the 1990s, he began creating original characters. In 1999, he co-founded the production company Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal.
While working with Armando Iannucci on On the Hour and The Day Today , Coogan developed the character of Alan Partridge, a socially inept and politically incorrect media personality. Partridge has featured in several television series and the 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa . Coogan grew in prominence within the film industry in 2002, after starring in The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People . He continued to appear in films such as Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Tropic Thunder (2008), The Other Guys (2010), Ruby Sparks (2012), and the Night at the Museum films . He is also known for co-starring with Rob Brydon in A Cock and Bull Story (2005), The Trip (2010), The Trip to Italy (2014), The Trip to Spain (2017), and The Trip to Greece (2020).
Coogan has also played dramatic roles, including Marie Antoinette (2006), 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 ,which earned him nominations at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and the Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
Stephen John Coogan was born on 14 October 1965 in Middleton, Lancashire (now in Greater Manchester),the son of housewife Kathleen (née Coonan) and IBM engineer Anthony "Tony" Coogan. He has four brothers and one sister, and was raised Roman Catholic in a "lower-middle or upper-working class" family which emphasised the values of education. His younger brother, Brendan, went on to present Top Gear , while his elder brother, Martin, became the lead singer of the rock band The Mock Turtles. Coogan's mother is Irish and hails from County Mayo, while his father is also of Irish descent, his paternal grandparents – Margaret (from County Kilkenny) and Thomas Coogan (a tailor from County Cork) – having settled in Manchester shortly before World War I. During the 1950s, his paternal grandfather established a dance hall for Irish immigrants. Coogan attended Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School. He has stated that he had a happy childhood, and his parents fostered children on a short-term basis. As a family, it was assumed that all the children would become teachers. 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. After five failed applications to various drama schools in London, he received a place at the New Music theatre company before gaining a place at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama, where he met future collaborator John Thomson.
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.
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.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.Coogan still enjoys rewatching and laughing at his Partridge persona. 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.
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 Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, 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.
Notable film roles include Factory Records boss Tony Wilson in the film 24 Hour Party People and Octavius in Night at the Museum films.
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 by The Trip to Spain (2017)and The Trip to Greece (2020)
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 also starred in The Night at the Museum trilogy where he played, Octavius, a miniature Roman general figure alongside Owen Wilson's Jedediah", a miniature cowboy figure.
Coogan's most acclaimed work to date is the drama-comedy Philomena , which he co-wrote, produced, and starred in with Judi Dench.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.
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.Reviews of the tour were mixed. 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".
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."Brian Logan of The Guardian awarded it four stars and described it as "shamelessly funny." 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."
In 2009, Coogan was featured, alongside Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and Julia Davis, in the spoof documentary TV film Steve Coogan – The Inside Story. The same year he spoke on the influence of Monty Python on his comedy when he appeared in the television documentary, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut) .
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.
In 2008, BBC Worldwide bought a 25% stake in the production company. They did not offer the largest sum but that they were chosen by Coogan & Normal due to their previous work and strong connection with the BBC. In 2016, after Henry Normal stood down, Christine Langan (Head of BBC Film at the time) was hired by Coogan (creative director of Baby Cow Productions) as the new CEO which led to an increase in BBC Worldwide's stake to 73%.
Since joining, Christine Langan has executively produced all of the content from Baby Cow Productions, including Camping, Stan & Ollie, Zapped and The Witchfinder.
Coogan has said that he likes to "keep [himself] private", and added: "I have never wanted to be famous, as such – fame is a by-product." He has been a popular target of the British tabloid press since 1996, and has stated that they have subjected him to entrapment and blackmail, printed obvious lies about him, and have targeted his family and friends in attempts to extract stories from them. 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. 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." However, he later gave credit to the same newspaper for its investigation of the phone hacking scandal. He has said that the press, by persistently intruding in his private life, has effectively made him "immune" to further attack as his "closet is empty of skeletons".
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.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.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".
Coogan provided an eight-page witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry and appeared at the inquiry on 22 November 2011 to discuss the evidence.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.
Coogan married Caroline Hickman in 2002, and divorced in 2005.He entered rehab for personal issues. He dated model China Chow for three years. In March 2011, Coogan was guest editor for lads mag Loaded , where he met and began dating glamour model Loretta "Elle" Basey. They were together until 2014. He has a daughter, Clare Coogan-Cole, from a previous four-year relationship with solicitor Anna Cole.
Although raised Catholic, Coogan is now an atheist.He supports Manchester United FC. 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. In February 2016, he was fined £670 and banned from driving for 28 days after being caught speeding in Brighton. In August 2019, he escaped the usual six-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. He has been open about his struggle with depression and has said "I will always be a recovering addict".
Until 2017, Coogan resided in Ovingdean Grange in Ovingdean, East Sussex.
Coogan's autobiography, Easily Distracted, was published in October 2015.
On 22 November 2011, Coogan gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on phone hacking, favouring regulation of the press.
Coogan supports the Labour Party.He believes that the Conservative Party think "people are plebs" and that "they like to pat people on the head". 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.
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."
In November 2019, along with other public figures, Coogan signed a letter supporting Corbyn describing him as "a beacon of hope in the struggle against emergent far-right nationalism, xenophobia and racism in much of the democratic world" and endorsed him in the 2019 general election.In December 2019, along with 42 other leading cultural figures, he signed a letter endorsing the Labour Party under Corbyn's leadership in the 2019 general election. The letter stated that "Labour's election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few".
|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 Garden||Also writer|
|2002||24 Hour Party People||Tony Wilson|
|2003||Coffee and Cigarettes||Himself||Segment: "Cousins?"|
|2004||Ella Enchanted||Heston the Snake||Voice|
|Around the World in 80 Days||Phileas Fogg|
|2005||Happy Endings||Charley Peppitone|
|A Cock and Bull Story||Tristram Shandy |
|2006||The Alibi||Ray Elliot|
|Night at the Museum||Octavius|
|Marie Antoinette||Ambassador Mercy|
|2007||For the Love of God||Graham||Voice|
|Hot Fuzz||Metropolitan Police Inspector||Uncredited|
|2008||Finding Amanda||Michael Henry|
|Tales of the Riverbank||Roderick||Voice only|
|Tropic Thunder||Damien Cockburn|
|Hamlet 2||Dana Marschz|
|2009||What Goes Up||Campbell Babbitt||Also producer|
|In the Loop||Paul Michaelson|
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Octavius|
|2010||Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief||Hades|
|The Other Guys||David Ershon|
|2011||The Trip||Steve Coogan||U.S. film edit|
|Our Idiot Brother||Dylan Anderson|
|2012||Ruby Sparks||Langdon Tharp|
|What Maisie Knew||Beale|
|2013||The Look of Love||Paul Raymond|
|Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa||Alan Partridge||Also writer|
|Despicable Me 2||Silas Ramsbottom||Voice|
|Philomena||Martin Sixsmith||Also writer and producer|
|2014||The Trip to Italy||Steve Coogan||U.S. film edit|
|Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb||Octavius|
|Northern Soul||Mr Banks|
|2015||Minions||Professor Flux/Tower Guard||Voice|
|2016||Shepherds and Butchers||Johan Webber|
|The Secret Life of Pets||Ozone / Reginald||Voice only|
|Rules Don't Apply||Colonel Nigel Briggs|
|Mindhorn||Peter Eastman||Also executive producer|
|2017||The Dinner||Paul Lohman|
|Despicable Me 3||Silas Ramsbottom/Fritz||Voice|
|The Trip to Spain||Steve Coogan||U.S. film edit|
|The Adventures of Drunky||The Devil||Voice|
|Hot Air||Lionel Macomb|
|Holmes & Watson||Gustav Klinger|
|Stan & Ollie||Stan Laurel|
|2019||The Professor and the Madman||Frederick James Furnivall|
|2020||Greed||Sir Richard McCreadie|
|The Trip to Greece||Steve Coogan|
|1988–92||Spitting Image||Various characters||Voice|
|1989||The Krypton Factor||Various characters||Specially shot sketches for the Observation round|
|1992||The Dead Good Show||Various characters|
|1993||The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer||Lead singer of Go West||Episode: "Water"|
|1993||Saturday Zoo||Paul Calf/Pauline Calf||10 episodes|
|1994||The Day Today|| Alan Partridge |
|Writer; 7 episodes|
|1994–95||Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||Writer; 7 episodes|
|1995||Coogan's Run||Various characters||Writer; 6 episodes|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Danny Skeggs||Episode: "The Kidnapper"|
|1997||The Friday Night Armistice||Alan Partridge||Episode: "The Election Night Armistice|
|The Fix||Mike Gabbett||Television film|
|The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon||Tony Ferrino||Television film|
|1997–02||I'm Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||Writer; 12 episodes|
|1998||Bob and Margaret||Various characters||Voice; 3 episodes|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||The Gnat||Television film|
|1999||Hooves of Fire||Blitzen||Voice; Short|
|1999||Mrs Merton and Malcolm||Various Character||6 episodes (five as voice actor)|
|2000||Human Remains||Executive producer|
|2001||Combat Sheep||Commander Harris||Voice; Executive producer|
|A Small Summer Party||Geoff||Executive producer|
|Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible||Various characters||Writer/executive producer; 6 episodes|
|2002||Cruise of the Gods||Nick Lee||Executive producer|
|Legend of the Lost Tribe||Blitzen||Voice|
|2003||The Private Life of Samuel Pepys||Samuel Pepys||Television film|
|Anglian Lives: Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||Writer|
|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||Various||Executive producer; 5 episodes|
|2005–07||Sensitive Skin||Executive producer|
|2006||Little Britain||Pilot||Episode: "Little Britain Abroard"|
|2006–07||Saxondale||Tommy Saxondale||Writer and executive producer; 13 episodes|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dr. Bright||Episode: "The Therapists"|
|2008||Sunshine||Bing Crosby||3 episodes|
|2010||Neighbors from Hell||Satan||Voice; 6 episodes|
|2010–16||Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||Writer; 24 episodes|
|2010–20||The Trip||Himself||24 episodes; also writer|
|2012||The Simpsons||Rowan Priddis (voice)||Season 23 - Episode 19|
|Moone Boy||Francie "Touchie" Feeley||Episode: "Bunch of Marys"; also executive producer|
|2013–14||Us & Them||Executive producer|
|2014||The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries||Himself||1 episode|
|2015||Happyish||Thom Payne||10 episodes|
|2016||Zapped||Malador||1 episode; also executive producer|
|Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle||Alan Partridge||Special; also writer and executive producer|
|2017||Alan Partridge Why, When, Where, How and Whom||Himself||Television Documentary|
|2019||This Time with Alan Partridge||Alan Partridge||Writer; 6 episodes|
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.
|1992||Edinburgh Comedy Awards||Best Comedy Show||In Character with John Thomson||Won|
|1994||British Comedy Awards||Best Male TV Performer|| Knowing Me Knowing You |
with Alan Partridge
|1995||British Academy Television Awards||Best Light Entertainment Performance||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Performance||Pauline Calf's Wedding Video||Nominated|
|1998||British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Actor||I'm Alan Partridge||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Comedy Performance||Won|
|Best Comedy (Programme or Series)||Won|
|2002||Best Newcomer||The Parole Officer||Nominated|
|2003||British Comedy Awards||Best TV Comedy Actor||Cruise of the Gods||Won|
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Comedy Performance||I'm Alan Partridge||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society||Nominated|
|Empire Awards||Best British Actor||24 Hour Party People||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|2005||Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actor||Happy Endings||Nominated|
|2011||British Academy Television Awards||Best Male Comedy Performance||The Trip||Won|
|2013||Best Male Comedy Performance||Alan Partridge||Won|
|2013||Venice Film Festival||Best Screenplay||Philomena||Won|
|2013||Academy Awards||Best Picture||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2013||Golden Globe Awards||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|2013||British Academy Film Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|Outstanding British Film||Nominated|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|2013||London Film Critics Circle||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|2013||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2013||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2017||British Academy Television Award||Best Male Comedy Performance||Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle||Won|
|2018||British Academy Film Awards||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Stan & Ollie||Nominated|
|2018||British Independent Film Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2018||London Film Critics Circle||British/Irish Actor of the Year||Nominated|
|2018||Dublin Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2019||Britannia Awards||Charlie Chaplin Award - Excellence in Comedy||N/A||Won|
|1994||Live 'N' Lewd|
|1998||Live – The Man Who Thinks He's It|
|2003||Paul and Pauline Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwich|
|2009||As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters – Live|
Alan Gordon Partridge is a comedic character portrayed by English actor Steve Coogan. A parody of British television personalities, Partridge is an inept broadcaster whose inflated sense of celebrity drives him to treachery and shameless self-promotion. Coogan described Partridge as a Little Englander, with right-wing values and poor taste.
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'm Alan Partridge is a BBC sitcom starring Steve Coogan and written by Coogan, Peter Baynham and Armando Iannucci. It features the eponymous Alan Partridge, a tactless and inept radio DJ and television presenter, after he has been left by his wife and dropped from the BBC after the events of his chat show. The show follows Partridge as he lives alone in a roadside hotel and presents a graveyard slot on local Norwich radio, all the while desperately pitching ideas for new television shows.
Robert Brydon Jones, is a Welsh comedian, actor, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist. He played Dr Paul Hamilton in the Australian/British comedy series Supernova, Bryn West in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey and Keith Barret in the BBC comedy series Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show.
Stephen Arthur Frears is an English film and television director. Frears has directed numerous films since the 1980s including My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), High Fidelity (2000), The Queen (2006), Philomena (2013), and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). He is also known for his work in television including, The Deal (2003), A Very English Scandal (2018), and Quiz (2020).
Baby Cow Productions Ltd is a British comedy television production company based in London and Manchester, founded by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal. Since its establishment it has diversified into radio, animation and film. According to their website, Baby Cow "produces bold, high-quality scripted entertainment across all genres for television, film and radio." The company's name is a reference to Coogan's early characters Paul and Pauline Calf.
Julia Charlotte L. Davis is an English comedian, actress, writer, and director. She is known for writing and starring in the BBC Three comedy Nighty Night (2004–2005) and the comedies Hunderby (2012–2015) and Camping (2016), which she also directed. An eight-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, she won Best Comedy Writing for Hunderby in 2013. She is also known for playing Dawn Sutcliffe in Gavin & Stacey. Her film roles include Love Actually (2003), Cemetery Junction (2010) and Four Lions (2010) and the critically acclaimed Phantom Thread (2017) starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Davis created Sally4Ever in 2018, which won a British Academy Television Award for Best Scripted Comedy in May 2019.
Darren John Boyd is a British actor who starred in the Sky 1 series Spy, for which he won a BAFTA award. His work in television and film spans comedy and drama.
Alice Eva Lowe is an English actress, writer, and comedian. 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 film Prevenge and starred in and co-wrote the 2012 film Sightseers. She also starred in the educational children's television series Horrible Histories.
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.
Saxondale is an English television situation comedy programme, starring Steve Coogan and co-written by Steve Coogan and Neil Maclennan. The series is directed by Matt Lipsey and produced by Ted Dowd. Coogan and Henry Normal served as executive producers. The show is set in Stevenage, showing middle-class suburbia.
Nigel Lindsay is an English stage and screen actor, best known on television for his roles as Sir Robert Peel in the first two seasons of Victoria, Jo Jo Marshall in the Netflix series Safe and as Barry in the BAFTA winning Chris Morris film Four Lions for which he was nominated for Best British Comedy Performance in Film at the 2011 British Comedy Awards
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.
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.
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, who often insults his guests and humiliates himself in the process. 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 in July 2012 as part of a deal between producers Baby Cow and BSkyB. A second series consisting of six episodes premiered in February 2016.
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, at the Hollywood Cinema in Anglia Square, Norwich.
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.
This Time with Alan Partridge is a British television comedy series broadcast on BBC One. The first series was broadcast 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. On 15 February 2020, it was confirmed the show had been commissioned for a second series, set to air later in the year.
James Demetriou is an English-Cypriot comedian, actor, and screenwriter known for his roles in Fleabag and the BAFTA nominated Stath Lets Flats which he also writes.
Coogan, 45, guest edited the mag in character as Norwich radio DJ Alan Partridge for the March 2011 issue, and posed with 21-year-old lingerie and glamour model Elle Basey for the issue.
In 1996, Coogan’s four-year relationship with the lawyer Anna Cole ended — six months before their daughter, Clare, was born — after tales surfaced of his bedding another woman on a mattress covered in ten-pound notes.
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