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

He is known to millions as Alan Partridge, the politically incorrect and gaffe-prone radio broadcaster turned TV presenter, but Steve Coogan will soon be seen in a radically different role, that of serial abuser Jimmy Savile.

The 56-year-old is no stranger to serious roles, but his turn as an evil predator in the upcoming BBC drama The Reckoning, which will examine how the monster’s crimes have gone undetected for so long, will certainly be his darkest so far.

The father-of-one, who appears on Saturday Night Takeaway tonight, has been in the limelight for decades and has dated models, well-known actresses and even had a fling with a rock star.







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Coogan was often photographed at showbiz parties with his arm around glamorous women, and his roles in Hollywood blockbusters alongside smaller projects secured him a worth of millions.

Lancashire-born Coogan rose to prominence in the 1980s as a voice actor for the explosive politicians puppet show Spitting Image.

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







Coogan with his then-wife Caroline Hickman in 2004
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Coogan has continued to portray Partridge over the years on radio shows, television and even on the big screen with the 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

He reprized the much-loved comedy character with This Time with Alan Partridge, which poked fun at current affairs TV shows such as The One Show.

Alongside his role as Partridge, Coogan also starred alongside Rob Brydon as a fictionalized version of himself on the beloved sitcom The Trip.







Steve Coogan had a short fling with Courtney Love
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He starred in a host of hit films, both serious and comedic, playing a Roman soldier in Night at the Museum and a journalist helping an Irish mother, played by Judy Dench, find her son, in Philomena.

In 2018, he won huge accolades for his portrayal of Stanley Laurel against John C Reily’s Oliver Hardy, in Stan & Ollie, a film about the iconic double act.

The following year, he played a billionaire fashion mogul, loosely modeled on Topshop tycoon Philip Green, in Michael Winterbottom’s film Greed.







Steve Coogan with underwear model Loretta ‘Elle’ Basey, who was over 20 years younger than him, in 2014
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He has won and been nominated for a host of awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for Philomena and Best Male Performance in a Comedic Role at the BAFTAs for The Trip.

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

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

In 2002, Coogan married British socialite Caroline Hickman, but the couple divorced in 2005, with Hickman claiming the marriage had broken down irretrievably.







He dated actress and heiress China Chow
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TV presenter Melanie Sykes, whom 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 called the date “one of the biggest shames of my life” on social media.

In the post, the musician slammed her solo album America’s Sweetheart, writing, “Like Steve Coogan, or crack, this is one of the biggest disgraces of my life.”

In 2008, it was revealed that Coogan was dating actress and restaurant heiress China Chow, who is nine years younger than him.







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

A source told Mail Online he was ‘absolutely in love and hasn’t even looked twice at another girl in months’, but the couple called it quits after three years.

The unlikely lothario has moved in with underwear model Elle Basey, 24 years his junior, after the couple met when he was guest editor of Loaded magazine as Alan Partridge.

Coogan posed with Elle during a photo shoot, while she wore black underwear, stockings and suspenders.

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The couple dated between 2011 and 2014, sharing Coogan’s home in Brighton.

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

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

In an interview with The 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 to settle down faint.







Nancy Sorrell dated Steve Coogan, before marrying Vic Reeves in 2003
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“Mel is gutted that it didn’t work out – but while she’s disappointed, she’s not that surprised,” the source said.

“She was worried that he wasn’t engaging and didn’t like family matters or getting too involved with his 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.







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The star recently looked unrecognizable when he was spotted filming Jimmy Savile’s upcoming drama.

In November, the winner was photographed with bleached blonde hair and a brown tracksuit on a beach in North Wales at the start of filming.

The actor has previously photographed a shoot in Bolton, Greater Manchester, wearing a jester costume.

The decision to chronicle Savile’s crimes has been criticized with numerous blows at the BBC, where the ailing TV presenter spent many years of his career before his death a decade ago.







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Coogan previously said of the role: “Playing Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly.

“Neil McKay has written an intelligent screenplay that sensitively tackles a horrific story that, however heartbreaking, needs to be told.”

However, the BBC has confirmed to viewers that it is working closely with the many people whose lives have been touched by Savile to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect.

The upcoming series will also draw on extensive and varied research sources.

The BBC had defended its decision to create the series and said it was an important story to tell to “ensure that such crimes never happen again”.

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

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