Steve Coogan is an English actor and comedian, best known in the United Kingdom for his character Alan Partridge, and internationally for his film roles.
Born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, a suburb of Manchester, he started out as a stand-up comic, doing impressions of personalities such as Prince Charles in the puppet show Spitting Image. He teamed up with Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci on the radio show On the Hour, which introduced the world to his character Alan Partridge—a parody of sports commentators and chat show hosts. He reprised his character in the satirical news program The Day Today, and starred in his own television shows: the talk show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and the sitcom I’m Alan Partridge. The series gradually emphasized on Partridge’s incompetencies and quirks in life, and eventually, the rise and fall of his career.
Steve Coogan’s first film was 1989’s Resurrected. His first notable film appearance was 24 Hour Party People, where he played the lead, Factory Records chair Tony Wilson. In 2003, he appeared alongside Alfred Molina in the film Coffee and Cigarettes. The next year, he provided his voice to Heston the Snake in the fantasy film Ella Enchanted, and appeared as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, starring alongside Jackie Chan. He also appeared in Marie Antoinette, as Ambassador Mercy, and in Night at the Museum, as Roman emperor Octavius. Coogan has also written the film The Parole Officer, where he also stars; it was released in 2001. He also had an uncredited cameo in the Simon Pegg starrer Shaun of the Dead.
Coogan is reported to be returning to stand-up, touring his characters such as Alan Partridge across the country; and also intends to bring the character to the big screen.