Steve was born and raised in Manchester where he trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Shortly after Drama School, Steve landed his first job as an impersonator and comic on the satirical, Spitting Image.
In 1992 Steve won the Perrier Award for his show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Whilst appearing on various shows at BBC Radio 4, the now infamous Alan Partridge, was born. The character moved from Radio to TV and over the years has picked up a number of BAFTAS and British Comedy Awards. Steve took the character on two nationwide sell out tours. The latest series of Mid Morning Matters aired on Sky Atlantic in February 2016 with critical acclaim and was followed by mocumentary special, Scissored Isle for Sky in late May. Alan Partridge’s second book, Alan Partridge: Nomad was released in October 2016.
Other TV appearances include Saxondale in 2006, Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2007, The Simpsons in 2012, Happyish in 2015 and The Trip in 2010. Steve won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2011 for his performance in The Trip, which he will be shooting the second series of later this year. For his work in TV and Film, Steve has won six BAFTA awards and seven British Comedy Awards.
Steve’s film career includes five films with Michael Winterbottom and performances in The Parole Officer, 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story, Night at the Museum, Tropic Thunder, In the Loop, The Look of Love, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Despicable Me 2 and 3 and Philomena.
In Philomena, which was directed by Stephen Frears, Steve starred alongside Judi Dench. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Pope and in 2014 the film collected the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as two further BAFTA nominations and four Academy Award nominations.
In 2017, there will be the release of Oren Moverman’s adaptation of The Dinner starring alongside Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall as well as Ideal Home alongside Paul Rudd.
In addition to his acting career, in 1999 Steve set up Baby Cow Productions, who recently welcomed new CEO Christine Langan (previously Head of BBC Films). Baby Cow have produced several award winning programmes including Alan Partridge, The Mighty Boosh, Gavin and Stacey and more recently, Hunderby, Moone Boy and Hebburn. Through these shows, Baby Cow had a prominent role in bringing the now much-loved Julia Davis, Rob Brydon and James Corden to a wider audience.