Wrote & starred as Alan Partridge in "Knowing Me Knowing You", a radio 4 show which later got a television series as "Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge".
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I always find it easier to portray myself as being unlikeable and idiotic; to actually play a character that is likeable and engages the audience is far more difficult. It's a more subtle kind of challenge.
Based the character of Alan Partridge on a radio presenter who interviewed him just as he was becoming famous. Coogan began mimicking the interviewer during the interview and from this came the inspiration for Coogan's most famous creation.