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A gifted comic actor, Steve Coogan is best known for character creations such as Alan Partridge (recently brought to the big screen in "Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa"), Tommy Saxondale, Paul Calf and more. A dexterous improviser, and remarkable impressionist, Coogan came to fame by making U.K. audiences laugh large and hard, so many were surprised when the actor took on a true story about an elderly woman searching for the son she lost during her tough teenage years spent in a convent. But the results have been impressive. Winning a screenwriting prize at the Venice Film Festival (Coogan co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Pope), a runner up for the highly prized People's Choice Award Tiff and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Picture, Best Actress (for Judi Dench) and Best Screenplay, "Philomena" has seen Coogan move the goal posts of his career into new territory. In addition to writing and producing the movie, »

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