More Steve Coogan Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Night at the Museum)Steve Coogan is one of the icons of British comedy. He has created some of British television's most loved comedy characters, including the inimitable Alan Partridge, for which he received several BAFTA Awards. A prolific writer and producer who has been called a comic genius, Coogan is becoming increasingly well known as a comic and dramatic actor. He will be seen this fall in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and on BBC America's Saxondale, a comedy about a former rock-show roadie who becomes an exterminator. His recent film credits also include the starring role in Michael Winterbottom's acclaimed comedy Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story, as well as Don Roos's Happy Endings, Around The World In 80 Days and Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. He'll next be seen in Hot Fuzz with Jim Broadbent, Nick Frost and Timothy Dalton.
Coogan began doing stand up and skits in his native Manchester after graduating from drama school. For years he was a regular voice on Spitting Image, a hugely popular puppet show that lampooned famous political and cultural figures. He soon moved on to creating his own characters,who immediately became a part of the British cultural landscape and inspired programs such as The Office and Little Britain. In 1992 he won the respected Perrier Award for his show Steve Coogan In Character With John Thompson, where he launched Paul Calf, a foul-mouthed, beer swilling Northerner who was soon joined by his sex-mad sister Pauline. But it was to be Alan Partridge, the nerdy radio DJ from Norfolk with a terrible taste in sweaters and an inflated ego who thrust Coogan into celebrity status.
Coogan created his first big screen vehicle with writing partner Harry Normal in 2001 with The Parole Officer, which received acclaim and went on to be the one of the top grossing British films of the year. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom's sleeper hit 24 Hour Party People, about the rise and fall of Factory Records. His production company, Baby Cow Productions, has continually come up with award-winning programs including Rob Brydon's Marion and Geoff and Human Remains. The company's animated series I Am Not an Animal, featuring Coogan in two roles, has been seen in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel.
Bio courtesy Fox for "Night at the Museum" (07-Jan-2007)
Biography #3 (for Around the World in 80 Days)Born and raised in Manchester, England, Steve Coogan trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. While studying, he saw stand-up comedy as a way of obtaining an Equity card and was discovered by a television scout and offered a spot on First Exposure. That led to many television appearances, including The Prince's Gala Trust for the Prince and Princess of Wales, Stand-Up, Up-Front, Paramount City, London Underground, and Word in Your Ear. Coogan was also a regular on Spitting Image for several years.
In 1992 he won the Perrier Award for his show Steve Coogan in Character With John Thompson, where he launched Paul Calf, a character who went on to become a regular on the TV series Saturday Zoo. It was during this series that Coogan introduced Paul Calf's sister Pauline. Coogan went on to write and perform in The Paul Calf Video Diaries, for which he received a BAFTA for his performance as Pauline Calf video diary Three Fights, Two Weddings and A Funeral. In 1994, he was awarded Top Male Comedy Performer and Top Comedy Personality at the British Comedy Awards.
Whilst working on radio's On The Hour, one of his most celebrated characters, Alan Partridge, was born. On transferring to TV, the show became The Day Today, which later spawned Knowing Me, Knowing You, which went on to receive huge critical acclaim and numerous accolades including Best New
Television Comedy at the British Comedy Awards. The success of the character later led to two BAFTA awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance for the series I'm Alan Partridge.
Film appearances followed in Resurrected and Paramount's Indian in the Cupboard, as well as series of Coogan's Run for BBC2 and a role as Mole in director Terry Jones' production of The Wind in the Willows. He wrote and starred in a BBC Christmas special entitled Tony Ferrino's Phenomenon, for which he was awarded The Silver Rose of Montreux. Coogan also completed a sell-out UK tour of his live show, The Man Who Thinks He's It, which received a South Bank Show Award and broke all box office records for a comedy show in London's West End.
Coogan formed Baby Cow Productions three years ago with business partner Henry Normal and the team co-wrote The Parole Officer, one of the UK's top grossing films of that year, which John Duigan directed for producers Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew MacDonald.
April 2002 saw the release of director Michael Winterbottom's celebrated 24 Hour Party People, with Coogan in the lead role of Tony Wilson in the story of the 80's Manchester music scene and the rise and fall of Wilson and Factory Records.
Coogan's most recent film appearance, an uproarious exchange with Alfred Molina in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, has earned him rave reviews.
Bio courtesy Disney for "Around the World in 80 Days" (18-Jun-2004)
Biography #4 (for 24 Hour Party People)Multi-award winning comedian Steve Coogan recently made his move into cinema, having written and starred in the forthcoming film The Parole Officer. He also appeared as Mole in Terry Jones' Wind In The Willows alongside Eric Idle and John Cleese. Making his name on the small screen as creator of comic characters (including Alan Partridge and Pauline Calf), Coogan co-wrote and starred in the award winning TV series' The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge (BBC2), among others. His live show The Man Who Thinks He's It, co-written by Coogan and Henry Normal, sold out a 130 plus date tour of the UK before breaking box office records with a 3-month sold out run in London's West End. In 1998 Coogan and Normal set up their own production company, Baby Cow, and are currently shooting a new Hammer Horror spoof comedy series, Dr. Terrible's House Of Horrible (BBC2), in which Coogan stars. That will be followed next year by a new series of I'm Alan Partridge.
Bio courtesy MGM for "24 Hour Party People" (01-Jan-2000)