Steve Coogan (1965-) b. Middleton, Manchester, England.
Born in Middleton, Manchester, Coogan trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic of Theatre, Coogan started his career providing voices for ITV’s satirical puppet show, Spitting Image. When he began working on BBC radio he introduced his most famous character, Alan Partridge, to the nation. Alan’s sporting commentaries on The Day Today gathered a cult following and Steve was soon to be seen on our TV screens in.
Coogan also scored his own slot on BBC Radio with the spoof chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. Knowing Me, Knowing You transferred to television to widespread acclaim, and was soon followed by a hit sequel; I’m Alan Partridge. Steve branched out into film, taking the lead in both The Parole Officer (2001) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). Coogan next appeared in the big-budget remake of Jules Vernes Around the World in 80 Days (2003), but the film was a flop with the public and critics alike. Better was his tour-de-force performance in Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of the unfilmable The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, A Cock and Bull Story (2005). Following a brief cameo in Hot Fuzz (2007), Coogan returned to big-budget Hollywood in Tropic Thunder (2008), as the deadpan director who decides to plunge his diva actors into a more realistic location.