He began his career in the s as a voice actor on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image and providing voice-overs for television advertisements. In the s, he began creating original characters. Partridge has featured in several television series and the film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. Coogan grew in prominence within the film industry in , after starring in The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People. Coogan began his career as a comic and impressionist , performing regularly in Ipswich , before working as a voice artist for television advertisements and the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. In , he appeared in a series of specially shot sketches in the Observation round in the long-running ITV game show The Krypton Factor. His most prominent characters developed at this time were Paul Calf, a stereotypical working class Mancunian , and his sister Pauline, played by Coogan in drag. While working with Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris on the Radio 4 comedy On the Hour , Coogan conceived his most popular and developed character, a socially awkward and politically incorrect regional media personality.
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Steve Coogan. From transformative nights in the grubbiest of fleapits to spellbinding screenings under the stars, film-makers and critics recall the communal thrill of going to the cinema. Published: 15 May Published: 8 Mar Coogan and Brydon continue to aggressively impersonate Michael Caine over risotto — and yet, within that, there is art. Published: 29 Feb
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This sweater bought me my house Alan Partridge started as a radio character. I have a romantic attachment to the post-war boldness and optimism of its design, the idea that as a society we can lift everyone up together. The BBC really did educate me, and made me intellectually curious. The BBC gave you your treats, and they gave you your greens. Nowadays people can just eat crap their entire lives, and get intellectual scurvy. My older brother Martin was an alternative voice to my parents, a taste-maker. I liked stuff that was anti-establishment. I went halves on the album with a friend, we shared it one week on and one week off. The day he died, he wore the cap to walk to church, and on the same day I was wearing mine. I can still feel the excitement of winning the Perrier award I won it at the Edinburgh Festival in