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STEVE COOGAN (Ershon) was on top of the U.S. box office in 2008 with Tropic Thunder. Directed and written by Ben Stiller, who also starred in the film, The film earned over $100 million domestically. He was also seen in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, reprising his role from Night at the Museum. Earlier this year, he starred as Hades, God of the Underworld in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. He voice may currently be heard in Marmaduke.

Born and raised in Manchester 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.” This 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,” where he launched his character Paul Calf. The character became a regular on "Saturday Zoo,” and it was on this show that he 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, he created his character Alan Partridge in "On the Hour” which became the television show "The Day Today,” which became the radio show "Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge.” The show 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 UK with his live show "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.

Wanting to spend more time on his writing talents, 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 Parole Officer, which was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew Macdonald and directed by John Duigan, became one of the top grossing British films of the year. Coogan and Normal continued their partnership and created their own production company, Baby Cow Production, in 1999. Since then 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, he 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.

Other film credits for Coogan include Resurrected, Indian in the Cupboard, Revengers Comedies, The Wind in the Willows, Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes, 24 Hour Party People, Around the World in Eighty Days (playing the lead of Phileas Fogg), A Cock And Bull Story, Happy Endings, Marie Antoinette, The Private Life of Samuel Pepys, Finding Amanda, and Hamlet 2. This year, he will also be seen opposite of Hilary Duff and Molly Shannon in Safety Glass.

Coogan's most recent television appearance was in the 2007 season finale of HBO's award-winning "Curb Your Enthusiasm,” playing Larry David's psychologist, who ends up in jail. 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) and the BBC 2 comedy shows "Saxondale” and "Coogan's Run”

Coogan recently wrapped his second tour, entitled "Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters.” The comedy tour was comprised of 40 dates, many of which were sold out, and the show included many of his comedy creations.

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