Steve Coogan (born 14.10.1965) Steve Coogan is an English comedian and actor best known for his character Alan Partridge.
Childhood: Steve Coogan was born in Middleton, Greater Manchester. His parents are Kathleen and Anthony Coogan, an engineer. He was brought up in an Irish Roman Catholic family. He attended Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School and later joined Manchester theatre company New Music. He was then accepted into the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Acting career: Steve Coogan was originally an impressionist on 'Spitting Image'. His character Alan Partridge started out on Radio 4's 'On The Hour' in collaboration with Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci. In 1997, he starred in the sitcom 'I'm Alan Partridge' which returned in 2002. Paul Calf was another of his characters, originally called Duncan Disorderly. In 1993, he appeared on the Channel 4 variety show 'Saturday Zoo'. He is an unemployed Mancunian who hates students, has a mullet and likes Wagon Wheels.
His other characters include Tommy Saxondale, Duncan Thicket and Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest winner Tony Ferrino. Among his TV roles are 'Coogan's Run', 'Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible', 'Monkey Trousers' and 'Saxondale'. In 2003, he appeared in 'The Private Life of Samuel Pepys' He had a small cameo role in the 2006 'Little Britain' Christmas special which stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams. In 2010, he teamed with Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom who he worked with in 2006's 'A Cock and Bull Story' for BBC2 sitcom 'The Trip'. The show earned him a BAFTA.
He voiced characters in animation series 'I Am Not an Animal' and was the voice of Satan in 'Neighbors from Hell'. He has appeared in various films including Michael Winterbottom's '24 Hour Party People', Terry Jones' 'The Wind in the Willows', Disney's 'Around the World in 80 Days' alongside Jackie Chan, 'Marie Antoinette' with Kirsten Dunst and 'Night at the Museum' opposite Ben Stiller. He had an uncredited cameo in 'Hot Fuzz' alongside Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In 2010, he played Hades in 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'.
In 2013, he appeared as the lead character in a movie about the life of porn entrepreneur Paul Raymond called 'The Look of Love'. In 2008, he returned to stand-up comedy in a tour named 'Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge and other less successful characters' though it was not particularly well-received. He founded Baby Cow Productions in 1999 with Henry Normal. They are executive producers of 'The Mighty Boosh', 'Nighty Night', 'Gavin and Stacey' and Human Remains.
Personal life: Steve Coogan married Caroline Hickman in 2002 though they divorced 3 years later. He currently lives in Brighton near his daughter Clare, whom he fathered with solicitor Anna Cole. He is a strong supporter of the Labour Party. He has always struggled with the tabloid press which he has found extremely intrusive and aggressive throughout his career. He was one of the celebrities targeted in the News of the World phone hacking scandal and subsequently provided a witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry.
Steve Coogan - Stars of the new comedy TV series 'Happyish' among a variety of other stars were photographed as they attended the premiere party which was held at the Sunshine Theatre in New York City, United States - Monday 20th April 2015
Fans have been calling for Steve Coogan's legendary comic character 'Alan Partridge' to come out of retirement and present 'Top Gear' as Jeremy Clarkson's replacement.
The ongoing saga over Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from ‘Top Gear’ has taken a turn for the amusing, after an online petition emerged calling for the appointment of the comedy character Alan Partridge as a replacement for the under-fire presenter.
It’s been one week since the BBC announced that Clarkson had been suspended from the successful motoring show following a ‘fracas’ with one of its producers. The internal investigation, headed by the director of BBC Scotland Ken McQuarrie, began on Monday (March 16th).
Could Steve Coogan's 'Alan Partrdige' character be the new 'Top Gear' host?
It's a wonder why the prehistoric tribe of Minions have managed to survive so long with limited access to their staple diet of bananas and very little in the way of intelligence. But they make it their life's work to follow and serve the most despicable of villains in return for their care - though, as time goes on, it seems there are fewer and fewer baddies left in the world, ever decreasing down to the Minion's own ineptitudes. From dinosaurs to vampires, Minions have always been loyal to the evil they serve, but after each tragic and accidental death, they are forced to move on. Stuck in a tight spot with no master to serve, they find themselves bored and depressed; that is until head Minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob decide it's time to set out on an adventure. Through blizzards and mountains, never-ending fields and deadly oceans they travel until they reach New York in 1968. They hitchhike to Orlando's annual Villain-Con and it's there they find their new mistress, Scarlet Overkill, and their only hope of saving Minion-kind.
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If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'
Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on one joke that has been stretched far beyond the breaking point. And not too cleverly at that. Fortunately, this movie retains much of the deranged idiocy that made the second part rather enjoyable. So it's watchable even if there aren't many new ideas, and even if filmmaker Shawn Levy is far too happy to settle for unnecessary digital effects work where a bit of character comedy would have been much more engaging.
Back on the job as a night watchman in New York, Larry (Ben Stiller) is now orchestrating the museum exhibits when they come to life to provide spectacular shows for visitors who think this is all a special effect. Even his boss (Ricky Gervais) isn't sure what's really going on. But when a glitch in the magical Ancient Egyptian powers causes chaos, Larry learns that he needs to travel to London so he can reunite Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) with his father (Ben Kingsley), who's on display at the British Museum. Larry's teen son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) comes along, as do his revived pals Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), tiny soldiers Octavius and Jedediah (Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson) and others. But in London, while sneaking around local night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), Larry's team awakens a statue of the knight Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who dives into their quest with rather a bit too much gusto.
Until Lancelot turns up, everything about the film feels oddly tired, from the starry cameos to effects work that strains to be clever. Then Stevens injects a badly needed jolt of blue-eyed charisma and warped comical timing that makes the rest of the movie rather good fun. Rebel Wilson's side-plot is also rather amusing, with some wonderfully ridiculous touches. And even the cameos get better, notably a scene on a West End stage that's genuinely inspired silliness. Coogan and Wilson offer some raucous banter to accompany everything that happens, and Stiller kind of hangs on for dear life. But the filmmakers don't really care about these characters; they're just trying to create something visually impressive that's also goofy fun.
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The cast of 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' all posed happily together at the New York premiere of the film, which is set to hit movie theaters on December 19th 2014.
Steve Coogan - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014