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Steve Coogan



Steve Coogan's inspired, off-the-cuff lead performance in 2002's Brit-rock biopic 24 Hour Party People had American critics heralding the arrival of a unique new talent -- but to U.K. audiences, his star turn was the next logical step for one of that country's most celebrated comics. Born into a working-class, Catholic family in Manchester, England, Coogan took to performance in his teens, and hit the standup scene soon thereafter. It was there that television casting agents took notice of his spot-on impersonations of world leaders, pop stars, and sundry celebrities, and they soon put him to work playing various comedic bit parts in network shows. One of his early breakthroughs came when he provided several recurring voices on the long-running puppet show Spitting Image, a weekly satirical review that took aim at Margaret Thatcher, Michael Jackson, and Ronald Reagan, among others.



Coogan's talents led him away from the small screen to radio, where he made an even bigger splash with the comedy program On the Hour. The show gave the comedian free reign to try out a number of vocal characterizations, among them the arrogant, ignorant radio announcer Alan Partridge, whose hilariously lame puns and non-sequiturs quickly made him -- and, by proxy, Coogan -- an audience favorite. Coogan parlayed the Partridge character into a mini-empire, first with his own mock radio talk show -- cheekily titled Knowing Me, Knowing You...With Alan Partridge -- then in the flesh on 1994's BBC 2 news satire The Day Today, and finally with the wildly successful TV show Knowing Me, Knowing You...With Alan Partridge.



Not content to rest on Partridge's laurels, Coogan developed many other characters through the '90s, taking them on the road for a wildly successful standup tour late in the decade. It was around this time that he was approached by iconoclastic director Michael Winterbottom to play the part of Tony Wilson, the charismatic Manchester TV personality who found himself the unlikely founder of one of the most influential record labels of the '80s. 24 Hour Party People charted the rise and fall of Factory Records, home to such bands as Joy Division, New Order, and the Happy Mondays, all of which were nurtured by the intuitive, unpredictable Wilson. In Coogan, Winterbottom saw a spiritual heir: Both men were born and raised in Manchester, and both had been impetuous on-air performers. The director wouldn't take "no" for an answer, and as the two forged ahead on the picture, Coogan began to develop his own slant on Wilson, improvising dialogue and talking directly to the camera. The unconventional biopic won raves at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, with Coogan in particular singled out for the wit and ingenuity of his freewheeling interpretation. Though touted in the press as British cinema's "next Trainspotting," 24 Hour Party People failed to perform at the U.K. box office, where it was effectively steamrolled by two other hit British comedies, Bend It Like Beckham and Ali G: Indahouse. 24 Hour's arthouse U.S. run later that year was solid, if unremarkable, as American audiences had less of a vested interest in the subject matter. Still, Hollywood casting agents were duly impressed with Coogan, and lured him to Tinseltown for the plum role of Phileas Fogg in the big-budget updating of Around the World in 80 Days, which was prepped for a high-profile summer 2004 release.



Coogan would continue to enjoy his success on screen over the coming years in films like Hamlet 2 and The Trip.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Despicable Me 3
  • Silas
2017
No Score Yet The Dinner
  • Paul
2017
No Score Yet Dying Laughing
  • Actor
2017
54% Rules Don't Apply
  • Colonel Nigel Briggs
2016
79% Dancer
  • Executive Producer
2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets
  • Ozone
2016
60% Shepherds and Butchers
  • Johan Webber
2016
No Score Yet British Sitcom - 60 Years Of Laughing At Ourselves
  • Actor
2016
79% Northern Soul
  • Mr. Banks
2015
56% Minions
  • Professor Flux / Tower Guard
2015
48% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Octavius
2014
85% The Trip To Italy
  • Steve
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
2014
87% Alan Partridge
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Alan Partridge
2014
No Score Yet One Rogue Reporter
  • Actor
2014
92% Philomena
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Martin Sixsmith
2013
54% The Look of Love
  • Paul Raymond
2013
73% Despicable Me 2
  • Silas
2013
87% What Maisie Knew
  • Beale
2013
78% Ruby Sparks
  • Langdon Tharp
2012
68% Our Idiot Brother
  • Dylan
2011
89% The Trip
  • Steve
2011
78% The Other Guys
  • David Ershon
2010
9% Marmaduke
  • Raisin
2010
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Hades
2010
94% In the Loop
  • Paul Michaelson
2009
16% What Goes Up
  • Campbell Babbitt
  • Executive Producer
2009
44% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • Octavius
2009
No Score Yet Steve Coogan Live: As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Tales of the Riverbank
  • Roderick
2008
62% Hamlet 2
  • Dana Marschz
2008
82% Tropic Thunder
  • Damien
2008
40% Finding Amanda
  • Michael Henry
2008
91% Hot Fuzz
  • Metropolitan Police Inspector--uncredited
2007
No Score Yet Deeply Vale Festivals
  • Actor
2007
43% Night at the Museum
  • Octavius
2006
65% Snow Cake
  • Executive Producer
2006
57% Lies & Alibis
  • Ray Elliot
2006
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • Tristram Shandy/Walter Shandy/Steve Coogan
2005
54% Happy Endings
  • Charley
2005
No Score Yet AD/BC: A Rock Opera
  • Producer
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Phileas Fogg
2004
65% Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Steve
2004
50% Ella Enchanted
  • Heston
2004
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Blitzen
2002
86% 24 Hour Party People
  • Tony Wilson
2002
67% The Parole Officer
  • Simon Garden
2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge)
  • Bruce Tick
2000
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Gnat
1998
No Score Yet Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It
  • Actor
1998
75% The Wind in the Willows
  • Mole
1996
70% The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Tommy
1995
No Score Yet Resurrected
  • Man at Bonfire
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
30% Happyish
2015
  • Thom Payne
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Trip to Italy
2014
  • Steve
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Actor
  • Appearing
Lass es, Larry!
2000-2011
  • Dr. Bright
No Score Yet Moone Boy
2012-2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Dr. Bright
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Us & Them
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

Quotes from Steve Coogan's Characters