English comedy actor, impressionist, writer, and voice artist.
Steve Coogan began his career in the 1980s, gaining notoriety as a brilliant voice over artist for his work on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image and, in 1992, Coogan won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his performance with long-time collaborator John Thomson, and starred alongside Caroline Aherne and John Thomson in a one-off Granada TV sketch show The Dead Good Show.
Other Coogan creations include Tommy Saxondale, Duncan Thicket and Portuguese Eurovision Song Contest winner Tony Ferrino. Duncan Thicket has appeared in a tour of live shows. Other TV shows he has starred in include Coogan’s Run, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible, Monkey Trousers and Saxondale. Steve has provided his voice over talents for the animated series I Am Not an Animal and Bob and Margaret, two Christmas specials featuring Robbie the Reindeer, and an episode of the BBC Radio Four spoof sci-fi series Nebulous.
For I Am Not an Animal, Steve provided the voices of Philip Masterson-Bowie (a horse) and Mark Andrews (a sparrow). He was also the voice of Satan on Neighbors from Hell. In December 2011, Coogan voiced Roger Mellie and Tracey Tunstall of The Fat Slags in three Viz Comedy Blaps for Channel 4. He solidified his position as one of the world’s most famous voice over artists when he voiced a cruise-ship director in The Simpsons episode “A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again”.
While working with Armando Iannucci on The Day Today and On the Hour, Coogan created his most developed and popular character, Alan Partridge, a socially awkward and politically incorrect regional media personality. He featured in several television series, which earned him three BAFTA nominations and two wins for Best Comedy Performance. A feature-length film, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, was released in 2013, opening at number one at the British box office.
Coogan grew in prominence within the film industry in 2002, after starring in The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People. He portrayed Phileas Fogg in the 2004 remake Around the World in 80 Days and co-starred in The Other Guys, Tropic Thunder, In the Loop, Hamlet 2, Our Idiot Brother, Ruby Sparks and the Night at the Museum films, as well as collaborating with Rob Brydon in The Trip and A Cock and Bull Story. He was also a voice actor in the animated comedy film 2013 Despicable Me 2 and its upcoming prequel Minions and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
Steve Coogan starred in a number of TV commercials in the 80s and 90s, most notably for WHS Smith and as Pauline Calf in a memorable campaign for McVities Riva, in 1997.