Date of Birth : Oct 14th 1965
English actor, impressionist, and comedian. His best known character in the UK is 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. Outside of the UK, Coogan is more well known for his film roles.
Coogan started out as a stand-up comic and mimic, as well as doing voiceover work for adverts and impressions on Spitting Image. He also acted on the observation round on The Krypton Factor in 1989.
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… with Alan Partridge. In 1997 he bounced back with the sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, which was followed by a second series in 2002.
Other notable Coogan creations include Tommy Saxondale, Duncan Thicket, Tony Ferrino, Paul Calf and his sister Pauline Calf. Duncan Thicket has appeared on 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. Coogan has provided voices for the animated series I Am Not an Animal, the one-off BBC2 comedy about sheep Combat Sheep, the Christmas specials Robbie The Reindeer, and an episode of the BBC Radio Four spoof sci-fi series Nebulous.