- Steve Coogan, Patron and Friend of FSFF
Steve Coogan’s goodwill message on YouTube
Steve Coogan was born and raised in Middleton, Manchester. He trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
Steve Coogan started out as a stand-up comic and mimic, as well as doing voice over work for adverts and impressions on Spitting Image [a British satirical show using puppets which are caricatures of major public figures]. He teamed up with Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci on the Radio 4 comedy show ‘On The Hour’, where he helped give birth to his most famous creation Alan Partridge. Alan went on to have his own radio show and also appeared on TV in ‘The Day Today’ and his own chat show, ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You… with Alan Partridge’.
The popularity of Alan Partridge allowed Steve to produce another television series about him, so in 1997 he appeared on ours screens with the sitcom ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, which was followed by a second series in 2002. Both of these series’ and Knowing Me, Knowing You have been received with acclaim from critics and audience alike.
Steve Coogan has become a renowned British comedy writer and actor, creating diverse characters that not only show his comedic mind, but his great depth and aptitude for comedic acting.
He won the coveted Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1992; went on a sell-out tour of the UK in 1998 and was named the Variety Club Show Business Personality of the Year in 1999.
- 1989 Made film debut in Resurrected
- 1991 Provided voices for the puppets on the British satirical puppet
- 1993 Played the title character, an outspoken denizen of Manchester, in the TV special Paul Calf’s Video Diary he
- also played the plus-sized Pauline Calf
- 1994 Debuted TV version of Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge
- 1995 Appeared as the British medic in The Indian in the Cupboard
- 1995 Featured as a series of odd characters in the British sitcom Coogan s Run
- 1997 Cast as Mole in the film adaptation of The Wind in the Willows
- 1997 Created the alter ego, cabaret singer Tony Ferrino in Introducing Tony Ferrino: Who and Why? A Quest
- 1997 Starred in the British series I m Alan Partridge
- 1998 Played the Gnat in Alice Through the Looking Glass
- 1998 Released the video Steve Coogan Live – The Man Who Thinks He s It
- 2001 Co-wrote first film, the British comedy feature The Parole Officer
- 2002 Portrayed pop impresario Tony Wilson in Michael Winterbottom s 24 Hour Party People
- 2003 Appeared in one of the vignettes of Jim Jarmusch s Coffee and Cigarettes, alongside Alfred Molina
- 2004 Starred as Phileas Fogg, in the Disney live action feature Around the World in 80 Days
- 2005 Co-starred in Happy Endings, a comedic drama about the ups and downs of relationships
- 2005 Starred in Michael Winterbottom s Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
- 2006 Cast in writer-director, Sofia Coppola s Marie Antoinette
- 2006 Cast opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy Night at the Museum
- 2008 Cast in the Ben Stiller directed comedy Tropic Thunder
- 2008 Played the lead role in the comedy Hamlet 2
- 2009 Co-starred with Hilary Duff in the independent comedy, What Goes Up
- 2009 Re-teamed with Ben Stiller for the sequel, Night at the Museum 2
Steve has a great love of all things West Cork and his company Baby-Cow came on board with FSFF as the sponsor for our ‘Best Comedy’ submission to our festival. We look forward to our continued relationship with him.