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Photography by Katie O'Neill & Harry Yeates

Steve Coogan is best known for his original character Alan Partridge and more recently his TV and cinema acting and screenwriting work in both the UK and the US.


Born and raised in Middleton, North Manchester in 1965. Steve is one of six siblings from Irish catholic family. He studied at Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School in Middleton and then drama at Manchester Polytechnic. Steve began his career in the 1980s as a voice actor on Spitting Image and came to prominence the satirical news program The Day Today, where his character Alan Partridge first appeared. In 1999 Steve co-founded the production company Baby Cow Productions with his friend Henry Normal. Steve grew in prominence in the film industry in 2002, after starring in The Parole Officer and 24 Hour Party People. He has since appeared in and had screen writing credits in many TV and film productions including Around the World in 80 Days, Night at the Museum, Our Idiot Brother, Philomena, Stan and Ollie, The Lost King, The Reckoning - the Jimmy Saville story and the soon to be released Joker: Folie à Deux. For his work he has garnered numerous accolades including four BAFTA Awards and three British Comedy Awards as well as nominations for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.


Steve’s younger brother Brendan was one of the original presenters of Top Gear, while his elder brother Martin became the lead singer of Manchester rock band the Mock Turtles.

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Steve Coogan

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Manchester United fanatic - Martin Hibbert

THE SHOOT: Ancoats, Manchester

The area of Manchester where Steve's mum Kathleen was born

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Student reflection: Katie Jones


Meeting Martin for the first time and learning about his incredible journey was wonderful. I was so excited to be photographing him for the Greater Mancunians project.

We started the photoshoot outside the Old Trafford stadium, next to the 'United Trinity' statue, where we had to tackle the intense winter sunlight to get the best image. We placed Martin in the shade of the statue so we could still capture the stadium behind him, we used a reflector to bounce light into the shaded  areas of the shot, this helped us pull out a few great images. We then moved into the stadium grabbing the opportunity to position Martin in-front of the team dug outs next to the pitch. Martin was easy to work with and open to suggestions and poses and was clearly enjoying experience of being pitch side in his beloved Old Trafford. We completed the shoot up in the disabled seating area, where we took the opportunity to photograph Martin against the backdrop of the stadium.

Photographing Martin in such an icon location was a fantastic opportunity for me to test my photography skills and build my confidence and communication skills, which will certainly help me in future projects. Being apart of the Greater Mancunians was just amazing and I would love to be considered for future shoots.

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Katie Jones, Martin & Katie O'Neill

The shoot

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