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STEVE COOGAN (voice of Raisin) starred in Twentieth Century Fox's Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, directed by Chris Columbus, also starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson and Catherine Keener. Coogan was recently seen in Armando Ianucci's In The Loop, opposite James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander and David Rasche. Last summer, he reunited with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson for the much anticipated Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which grossed almost $400 million worldwide. Coogan was also recently seen opposite Hilary Duff and Molly Shannon in What Goes Up.

Coogan played a British film director in the hit Tropic Thunder, written and directed by Ben Stiller, who also starred with Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black. Coogan appeared in the Sundance Film Festival break-out hit Hamlet 2, co-starring Catherine Keener, Amy Poehler and David Arquette. Other film credits include Resurrected, Indian in the Cupboard, The Revengers' Comedies, The Fix, The Wind in the Willows, Coffee & Cigarettes, 24 Hour Party People, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Cock And Bull Story, Happy Endings, Marie Antoinette, Night at the Museum, The Private Life of Samuel Pepys and Finding Amanda.

Born and raised in Manchester, England where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, Coogan 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 and this led to many appearances on British television, 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. Coogan was 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, where he launched his character Paul Calf. "Calf” became a regular on Saturday Zoo, where Coogan introduced a new character, Paul's sister, Pauline Calf. He went on to write and perform in The Paul Calf Video Diaries, earning a BAFTA Award Nomination for his performance in Pauline Calf's video diary "Three Fights, Two Weddings and a Funeral.”

While working in radio, Coogan created his character Alan Partridge in On the Hour, which became the television show The Day Today, and the radio show Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. The character eventually made the transition to television and received huge critical acclaim along with numerous awards. At the 1994 British Comedy Awards, Coogan won Top Male Comedy Performer, Top Comedy Personality and Knowing Me, Knowing You won Best New Television Comedy.

Coogan then completed a sell-out tour in the United Kingdom with his live show The Man Who Think's 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.

Wanting to spend more time on his writing, Coogan took a couple of years off from being on screen to write the film The Parole Officer, with his business partner Henry Normal; the film became one of the top grossing British films of the year. Coogan and Normal created their own production company, Baby Cow Productions, in 1999. Since then, they have produced a number of award-winning programs, including Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin and Stacey, Sensitive Skin, Dr Terrible's House of Horrible, A Small Summer Party, Up in Town and Cruise of the Gods, a TV film made for BBC 2.

In 2002, Coogan released a new series of I'm Alan Partridge, which again received rave reviews and earned him two BAFTA Awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Performance. He also wrote and starred in a Christmas Special for BBC 2 titled Tony Ferrino's Phenomenon for which he received the Silver Rose of Montreux Award. Other appearances include the BBC 2 comedy shows Saxondale and Coogan's Run.

Coogan's most recent television appearance was in the 2007 season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which he plays Larry David's psychologist who ends up in jail.


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