Steve Coogan

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 14 October 1965, Middleton, Lancashire, England.

Steve Coogan is an English actor, comedian, writer, and producer who has established himself as one of the most versatile and successful figures in British entertainment. His career has spanned over three decades, marked by a string of critically acclaimed performances and groundbreaking television projects.

His interest in comedy and acting emerged early, and he participated in school productions and local amateur dramatics. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in drama, he embarked on a career in stand-up comedy.

Steve Coogan’s breakthrough came in the early 1990s when he created the iconic character Alan Partridge, a self-absorbed and delusional radio DJ. Partridge’s popularity soared through a series of BBC Radio 4 shows, culminating in the critically acclaimed television series “Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” (1994-1999).

Coogan’s repertoire extends far beyond Alan Partridge. He has portrayed a wide range of characters, including the incompetent film director Owen Wilson in “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” (2005), the suave yet insecure comedian Tommy Saxondale in the BBC sitcom “Saxondale” (2006-2008), and the eccentric English art dealer Vincent Van Gogh in the biographical film “Loving Vincent” (2017).

Coogan’s talents extend beyond acting. He is a skilled writer and producer, having penned several scripts and co-created various television shows, including “Coogan’s Run” (1995-1997) and “The Trip” (2010-2018), a mockumentary series featuring Coogan and Rob Brydon as exaggerated versions of themselves.

Steve Coogan is a comedic genius who has consistently pushed the boundaries of British humour. His inventive characters, sharp wit, and masterful comedic timing have earned him critical acclaim and a devoted fan base worldwide. He continues to be a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, captivating audiences with his unique brand of satire and observational comedy.


BAFTA award

WINNER|Television: Comedy Performance for I’m Alan Partridge (1998) |Television: Male Performance In A Comedy for The Trip (2011) |Television: Male Performance In A Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life (2013) |Television: Male Performance In A Comedy for Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle (2017)


Suggested viewing


Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994)

Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

A self-proclaimed Norwich “superstar” and former sports journalist, Alan Partridge, finds himself hosting his own chat show, “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” However, Alan’s inflated ego, tactless remarks, and awkward interactions with his guests quickly turn the show into a cringe-worthy spectacle, much to the amusement of viewers. Despite his disastrous hosting skills, Alan remains blissfully unaware of his own incompetence, cementing his status as a hilarious yet hapless television personality.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front, David Schneider, Doon Mackichan, Steve Brown, John Thomson, Jean Ainslie, Ben Moor.

I’m Alan Partridge (1997)

I’m Alan Partridge poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.6

“I’m Alan Partridge” is a British sitcom that follows the misadventures of Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter. After being fired from his previous job, Alan finds himself hosting a radio show in Norwich and desperately trying to revive his career while dealing with personal and professional challenges along the way.”

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Sally Phillips, Amelia Bullmore, Felicity Montague, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, James Lance, Barbara Durkin, David Schneider.

24 Hour Party People (2002)

24 Hour Party People

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

“24 Hour Party People” is a biographical comedy-drama film that chronicles the rise and fall of Factory Records, an influential music label in Manchester. The story revolves around Tony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records, as he navigates the vibrant music scene and cultural revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, showcasing iconic bands like Joy Division and Happy Mondays.”

Top cast: Steve Coogan, David Schneider, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Lennie James, Shirley Henderson, Andy Serkis, John Simm, Ralf Little, Danny Cunningham.

The Trip (2010)

The Trip poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.0

“The Trip” is a comedy-drama that follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they embark on a restaurant tour across the English countryside. Amidst exquisite meals, they engage in hilarious banter, impersonations, and introspective conversations about life, love, and career while exploring the picturesque landscapes of northern England.”

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley, Rebecca Johnson, Dolya Gavanski, Kerry Shale, Paul Popplewell.

Philomena (2013)

Philomena poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

“Philomena” is a heart-wrenching drama based on a true story. It follows Philomena Lee, an elderly Irish woman, as she enlists the help of journalist Martin Sixsmith to find her long-lost son who was forcibly taken from her decades ago by nuns. Their journey reveals dark secrets and leads them to unexpected revelations.”

Top cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin.

Saxondale (2006)

Saxondale poster

Bftv 9.0  / IMDb 7.8

Tommy Saxondale is an ex-roadie with anger management issues and his own pest control business in Stevenage. Having survived a hostile divorce, Tommy now lives with his girlfriend Magz. Tommy regards himself as a maverick and free thinker and takes the opportunity to impart his wisdom to his naïve assistant Raymond.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Ruth Jones, Rasmus Hardiker, Morwenna Banks, James Bachmann, Darren Boyd, Rosie Cavaliero, Matt Berry, Tom Meeten.

Greed (2019)

Greed poster

Bftv 8.5  / IMDb 5.8

“Greed” is a satirical comedy-drama film that exposes the dark side of wealth and consumerism. It follows billionaire retail mogul Sir Richard McCreadie as he prepares for an extravagant 60th birthday party on a Greek island, delving into his controversial business practices and shedding light on social inequality.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, Sarah Solemani, Jamie Blakley, Stephen Fry, Tim Key.

The Lost King (2022)

The Lost King

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.6

“The Lost King” is the uplifting true story of Philippa Langley, an amateur historian who tirelessly researched and led the search for King Richard III’s lost remains. Despite skepticism from experts, her determination challenged renowned historians to reconsider England’s controversial king, making history by unearthing his remains under a car park in Leicester.

Top cast: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, James Fleet, Lee Ingleby, Adam Robbie, Benjamin Scanlan, Amanda Abington.

The Trip to Italy (2014)

The Trip to Italy

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.5

“The Trip to Italy” is a comedy-drama that follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they embark on a culinary adventure across Italy. Amidst picturesque landscapes, they sample delicious food, engage in hilarious banter, and reflect on life, love, and career while impersonating famous personalities in their signature comedic style.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner, Claire Keelan, Marta Barrio, Timothy Leach, Ronni Ancona, Rebecca Johnson.

The Trip to Greece (2020)

The Trip to Greece

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.5

“The Trip to Greece” is a comedy-drama that follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they embark on another culinary adventure, this time exploring the stunning landscapes of Greece. Amidst delightful meals and hilarious banter, they reflect on life, mortality, and their own careers while impersonating famous personalities along the way.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Claire Keelan, Marta Barrio, Rebecca Johnson, Cordelia Bugeja, Kareem Alkabbani, Richard Clews.

The Trip to Spain (2017)

The Trip to Spain

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.6

“The Trip to Spain” is a comedy-drama that reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for another gastronomic journey. As they travel through Spain, indulging in exquisite food and engaging in their trademark witty exchanges, they ponder on life, relationships, and the passage of time while delivering hilarious impressions along the way.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio, Claire Keelan, Margo Stilley, Rebecca Johnson, Timothy Leach, Kerry Shale.

A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

A Cock and Bull Story

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

“A Cock and Bull Story” is a metafictional comedy-drama film that intertwines the fictionalised making of “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” with the lives of its actors. The story navigates through their personal relationships, on-set antics, and self-reflection, blurring the lines between reality and fiction in a witty and playful manner.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Keeley Hawes, Shirley Henderson, Raymond Waring, Dylan Moran, Jeremy Northam, Naomie Harris.

The Day Today (1994)

The Day Today poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.6

In a satirical take on British television news, The Day Today presents  the life of a news broadcasting team, exposing their absurdities and the absurdity of the news itself. Through sharp wit, exaggerated characters, and outlandish events, the show pokes fun at the industry’s obsession with trivialities, its tendency to sensationalise, and its lack of substance.

Top cast: Chris Morris, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Alistair McGowan, Steve Punt, David Quantick, Patrick Marber, Doon MacKichan.

Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life (2012)

Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

In a self-proclaimed celebration of his beloved home county of Norfolk, Alan Partridge takes viewers on a tour of his favorite haunts and landmarks. His egocentric narration and cringeworthy commentary paint a picture of a man desperately seeking approval while simultaneously oblivious to his own social blunders. From re-enacting council debates to attempting to impress a local journalist, Partridge’s misguided attempts at self-promotion only further highlight his cluelessness and alienate those around him.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Dolly Wells, Graham Duff, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Robert Demeger.

Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle (2016)

Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.0

Alan Partridge, driven by his misguided sense of social responsibility, embarks on a journey to the north of England to investigate the perceived socioeconomic rift between the north and the south of the United Kingdom. However, his attempts to bridge the ‘schasm’ are consistently undermined by his own cluelessness and tactlessness, leading to a series of embarrassing encounters and hilariously misguided attempts to connect with the locals.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, John Thomson, Ben Rufus Green, Jean Ellwood, Rachel Bullen, Miles Jupp, Tom Leonard, Danny Rodley, Adem Marshall.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.9

Alan Partridge, the egocentric and self-proclaimed radio legend, finds himself in an unlikely position when his former colleague, Pat Farrell, takes hostages at the station. Alan, desperate to regain his lost glory, volunteers to negotiate with Pat, a role that forces him to confront his own insecurities and self-doubt. As the situation escalates, Alan must find a way to navigate the tense standoff while maintaining his trademark comedic persona.

Top cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montague, Simon Greenall, Anna Maxwell Martin, John Boyd, Nigel Lindsay, Tim Key, Monica Dolan.


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