Steve Coogan’s net worth, famous girlfriends and the dramatic transformation of Jimmy Savile

He’s known to millions as the slip-up, politically incorrect radio host Alan Partridge, but Steve Coogan will soon be seen in a dramatically different role as serial killer Jimmy Savile.

The 56-year-old is no stranger to serious roles, but his role as an evil predator in upcoming BBC drama The Reckoning, which explores how the monster’s crimes went undetected for so long, will surely be his darkest yet.

The father-of-one, who is appearing on tonight’s Saturday Night Takeaway, has been in the spotlight for decades, dating models, well-known actresses and even having an affair with a rock star.

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge


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Coogan has often been pictured with his arm around glamorous women at showbiz soirees, and his roles in Hollywood blockbusters alongside smaller projects have made him worth millions.

Born in Lancashire, Coogan rose to fame in the 1980s as a voice actor for the politics-inspired puppet show Spitting Image.

In the early 1990s he launched the comedy character Alan Partridge in the BBC Radio 4 comedy On The Hour and later his own parody radio chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You starring Alan Partridge.

Coogan with his then-wife Caroline Hickman in 2004


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The star with actress Daisy Lewis in 2015


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Coogan has portrayed Partridge over the years on radio shows, television, and even on screen with the 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

He reprized the popular comedy character with This Time with Alan Partridge, which satirized current TV shows like The One Show.

In addition to his role as Partridge, Coogan has also starred opposite Rob Brydon as a fictionalized version of himself on the popular sitcom The Trip.

Steve Coogan had a brief fling with Courtney Love


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He has acted in a number of successful films, both serious and comic, playing a Roman soldier in Night at the Museum and a journalist who helps an Irish mother, played by Judy Dench, track down her son in Philomena.

In 2018, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Stanley Laurel versus John C Reily’s Oliver Hardy in Stan & Ollie, a film about the iconic brace.

The following year, he played a billionaire fashion mogul, loosely modeled after Top Shop mogul Philip Green, in Michael Winterbottom’s film Greed.

Steve Coogan with lingerie model Loretta ‘Elle’ Basey, more than 20 years his junior, in 2014


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The Alan Partridge comic starring actress Laura Hajek, who he dated


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He has won and been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Philomena and Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role at the BAFTAs for The Trip.

Thanks to his long career, Coogan is worth $25million, which is around £19million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

In addition to his acting and writing skills, Coogan has also made headlines for his relationships with a bevy of famous women.

In 2002, Coogan married British socialite Caroline Hickman, but the couple divorced in 2005, with Hickman saying the marriage was irretrievably broken up.

He dated actress and heiress China Chow


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TV presenter Melanie Sykes, who Coogan dated for 10 months


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The same year Coogan’s divorce was granted, he had a brief two-week fling with Hole singer Courtney Love, now 57, who was married to Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.

In January last year, Love took to social media to call the rendezvous “one of the great shames of my life.”

In the post, the musician slammed her solo album America’s Sweetheart, writing, “Like Steve Coogan or Crack it’s one of the great shames of my life.”

In 2008, it was revealed that Coogan was dating actress and restaurant heiress China Chow, who was nine years his junior.

Melanie Sykes and Coogan at a Stan & Ollie screening


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Daisy Lewis and Coogan at a book launch in 2016


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Chow is the daughter of Michael Chow, known for the Mr Chow restaurant chain.

A source told Mail Online that he was “absolutely smitten and hasn’t even looked at another girl in months” but the couple ended their relationship after three years.

The unlikely Lothario moved in with lingerie model Elle Basey, 24 years his junior, after the two met while he was guest editor of Loaded magazine as Alan Partridge.

Coogan posed with Elle in a photoshoot while wearing black underwear, stockings and suspenders.

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The couple were together between 2011 and 2014 and shared Coogan’s home in Brighton.

In 2019, Coogan split from Let’s Do Lunch host Melanie Sykes, 51, after 10 months amid rumors of bonding issues.

The pair were first linked after meeting at a launch party for his film Stan & Ollie, but Mel reportedly decided to pull the plug.

In conversation with sun on sunday A source close to Mel said the former talk show host felt she had no choice but to end the relationship as she saw her hopes of a settlement dwindle.

Nancy Sorrell dated Steve Coogan before marrying Vic Reeves in 2003


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“Mel is disappointed it didn’t work out — but while she’s disappointed, she’s not that surprised,” the source claimed.

“She was worried that he wouldn’t commit and wasn’t keen on family stuff or getting too involved with her two teenage sons,” the source continued.

Coogan also dated actress Laura Hajek, Downtown Abbey cast member Daisy Lewis, and Nancy Sorrell before marrying comedian Vic Reeves in 2003.

Coogan has an adult daughter, Claire, from a four-year relationship with attorney Anna Cole in the 1990s.

Coogan looked unrecognizable while filming scenes for upcoming Jimmy Savile drama


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The star recently looked unrecognizable when spotted filming upcoming Jimmy Savile drama.

In November, the award winner was pictured with bleached blonde hair and a maroon tracksuit on a North Wales beach as filming began.

The actor previously envisioned filming in Bolton, Greater Manchester in a jester costume.

The decision to chronicle Savile’s crimes came under fire, and many lashed out at the BBC, where the ailing TV presenter spent many years of his career before his death ten years ago.

Steve Coogan will play Jimmy Savile in an upcoming drama


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Coogan previously said of taking on the role, “Playing Jimmy Savile was not a decision I made lightly.

“Neil McKay wrote an intelligent screenplay that is sensitive to a terrifying story that, harrowing as it is, needs to be told.”

However, the BBC confirmed to viewers that they have worked closely with the many people whose lives have been impacted by Savile to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect.

The upcoming series will also draw on extensive and far-reaching research sources.

The BBC had defended its decision to create the series, saying it was an important story that needed to be told to “ensure crimes like this never happen again”.

Executive producer Jeff Pope said, “Steve has a unique ability to portray complex characters and will approach this role with the utmost care and integrity.”

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