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STEVE COOGAN (Damien Cockburn) was born and raised in Manchester UK, where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. While studying, he saw stand-up as a way of obtaining an Equity card. He was spotted by a television scout and offered a spot on "First Exposure,” which led to many television appearances, including "The Prince's Gala Trust for the Prince and Princess of Wales,” "Stand-Up,” "Up-Front,” "Paramount City,” "London Underground” and "Word in Your Ear.” He was also a regular voice on "Spitting Image” for several years.

In 1992, he won the Perrier Award for his show "Steve Coogan in Character with John Thompson,” in which he launched his character Paul Calf. Paul Calf became a regular on "Saturday Zoo”; on this show, he introduced a new character, Paul's sister Pauline Calf. He went on to write and perform in "The Paul Calf Video Diaries,” for which he won a BAFTA for his performance in Pauline Calf's wedding video "Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral.”

While working in radio, he created his character Alan Partridge in "On the Hour,” which transferred to television and became "The Day Today,” and from which came the show "Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” that was also transferred to television and received huge critical acclaim along with numerous awards.

At the 1994 British Comedy Awards he won Top Male Comedy Performer and Top Comedy Personality, and "Knowing Me, Knowing You” won Best New Television Comedy.

Coogan went on to star or appear in several films and television shows such as "Resurrected,” "Harry,” "The Indian in the Cupboard,” Terry Jones' "Wind in the Willows,” the BBC 2 series "Coogan's Run,” "Revengers Comedies,” and "The Fix.”

He wrote and starred in a Christmas special for BBC 2, "Tony Ferrino's Phenomenon,” for which he received the Silver Rose of Montreux Award, and he won two BAFTAs' for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance for his series "I'm Alan Partridge.”

He completed a successful, sold-out tour of the UK with his live show "Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It,” which won a South Bank Show Award and broke all box office records for a comedy show in London's West End. Coogan then took a couple of years out to write the film "The Parole Officer,” with his business partner Henry Normal, which became one of the top-grossing British films of the year.

Three years ago, Coogan and Normal set up their own production company, Baby Cow Productions, and have produced a number of award-winning programs, such as "Marion & Geoff,” "Human Remains,” "The Mighty Boosh,” "Gavin and Stacey,” "Sensitive Skin,” "Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible,” "A Small Summer Party,” "Up in Town,” with Joanna Lumley, and the BBC 2 TV film "Cruise of the Gods.”

April 2002 saw the release of the cult classic "24 Hour Party People,” directed by Michael Winterbottom, about Factory Records and the rise and fall of Tony Wilson, played by Coogan.

In autumn 2002, he released a new series of "I'm Alan Partridge,” which again received rave reviews. In 2003, Coogan played Samuel Pepys in the BBC2 historical drama "The Private Life of Samuel Pepys,” charting the famous diarist. He then co-starred in Frank Coraci's "Around the World in 80 Days” as Phileas Fogg, with Jackie Chan as Passepartout. He was also featured in a segment of Jim Jarmusch's film "Coffee and Cigarettes,” which debuted at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

More recently, Coogan has appeared in several films, including Michael Winterbottom's "A Cock and Bull Story,” Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette” and the Ben Stiller family comedy-adventure "Night at the Museum,” in which he memorably played miniature Roman warrior Octavius.

He appeared on Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and


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