Steve Coogan

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Steve Coogan (born 14 October 1965 in Manchester) is a British actor and comedian. He is one of six children of Roman Catholic parents.

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as Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People

Coogan started out as a stand-up comic and mimic, as well as doing voice over work for adverts and impressions on Spitting Image and acting on the The Krypton Factor observation round. He teamed up with Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci, amongst others, 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. In 1997 he bounced back with the sitcom I'm Alan Partridge, which was followed by a second series in 2002.

Other Coogan creations include Tony Ferrino and Paul and Pauline Calf. Other TV shows include Coogan's Run and Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible. He also played Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson in the UK film 24 Hour Party People, Mole in Terry Jones' The Wind in the Willows and starred as Phileas Fogg in a remake of Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan. Most recently he played himself in one of the vignettes of Jim Jarmusch's 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes, alongside Alfred Molina.

In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 20 greatest comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.

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