Steve Coogan is an English actor, impressionist, and comedian best known for his role as Alan Partridge, the grotesque sports reporter-turned-television chat show host-turned-regional radio presenter who featured in several television series, such as The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge and I'm Alan Partridge.
Coogan was born and raised in Manchester, England, where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
Starting out as a standup comic, he was spotted by a television scout and cast in the TV series First Exposure. He followed that up with appearances on The Prince's Gala Trust, Stand-Up, Up-Front, Paramount City, London Underground and Word in Your Ear.
He was also a regular voice on Spitting Image.
In 1992, Coogan won the Perrier Award for his show Steve Coogan in Character with John Thompson, which launched his character Paul Calf. He went on to perform the character in Saturday Zoo and The Paul Calf Video Diaries, for which he won a BAFTA.
He also created Paul's sister, Pauline Calf, who appeared in the video diary Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral, and Alan Partridge, who appears in On the Hour, The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You, the latter earning him a British Comedy Award for Best New Television Comedy.
He also took awards for Top Male Comedy Performer and Top Comedy Personality.
Coogan's extensive television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Harry, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino's Phenomenon, Saxondale, Sunshine and I'm Alan Partridge, the latter earning him two BAFTAs.
Coogan also completed a successful sell-out tour of his live show The Man Who Thinks He's It and his recent Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters.
He has also appeared in such films as Tropic Thunder, Hamlet II, Night at the Museum and its recent sequel, In the Loop, The Other Guys, 24-Hour Party People, Around the World in 80 Days, Coffee & Cigarettes, A Cock and Bull Story and Marie Antoinette, as well as providing the voices for Wind in the Willows and Marmaduke.
Coogan and writing partner Henry Normal set up their own production company, Baby Cow Production, and have produced numerous series and television movies.