Stephen Mangan

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Stephen Mangan
Born Stephen James Mangan
(1968-05-16) May 16, 1968 (age 46)
Ponders End, London, England
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Louise Delamere (m. 2007)

Stephen James Mangan (born 16 May 1968[1][2]) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Guy Secretan in Green Wing, Dan Moody in I'm Alan Partridge, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and Postman Pat in Postman Pat: The Movie.

He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been Tony-nominated for his portrayal of Norman in The Norman Conquests on Broadway. He also starred as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre, which won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Mangan was born in Ponders End, North London, to Irish Catholic parents from the west coast of Ireland.[4][5] He has two sisters, Anita and Lisa.[6]

Mangan was educated at two independent schools for boys: at Lochinver House School, in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and Haileybury and Imperial Service College (now co-educational), a boarding school in the village of Hertford Heath (also in Hertfordshire). He was in a school prog rock band called Aragon, they recorded an album called The Wizard's Dream.[7] After gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Law at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Mangan took a year out to nurse his mother, Mary, who died of colon cancer at age 45. Weeks after her death, he auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and went on to study there for three years. His father James died of a brain tumour at age 63.[8]

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

After graduating from RADA in 1994, Mangan did not pursue lead roles on-screen, preferring to take what he saw as the less limited opportunities on the stage. Between 1994 and 2000, he performed in plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Coward, Benn and Goldsmith (among others) throughout the UK and the West End [9] before joining the theatre company Cheek by Jowl for an international tour of Much Ado About Nothing, earning him a nomination for a National Theatre Ian Charleson Award. He worked again for director Declan Donnellan at the Royal Shakespeare Company in School for Scandal, and at the Savoy Theatre in Hay Fever.

In 2008 he played the title role in The Norman Conquests, directed by Matthew Warchus, at The Old Vic and then at the Circle in the Square on Broadway.[10] The production was a huge critical success earning several Tony Award nominations, including one for Mangan himself [11] and won the Tony Award for Best Revival.

In 2012 he appeared at the Royal Court (for the second time) in a Joe Penhall play, Birthday, directed by Roger Michell,[12] playing a pregnant man.

Mangan starred as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre[13] alongside Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves from October 2013 until they were replaced by Mark Heap and Robert Webb in April 2014.[14] The production won the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.[3]

Television[edit]

Mangan's breakthrough television performance was as Adrian Mole in the six-part BBC TV show series Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years in 2001.[15] In the same year he also appeared in Sword of Honour on Channel 4 alongside Daniel Craig.[16] Since then he has worked extensively in British television as a lead actor.

He played the arrogant "Swiss Love-God" anaesthetist Guy Secretan in the BAFTA-winning British sitcom Green Wing. In Channel 4's The World's Greatest Comedy Characters, Guy was voted 34th.[17]

Mangan starred as Keith in Never Better, a British television sitcom on BBC Two. He plays a recovering alcoholic Keith Merchant and Kate Ashfield is his suffering wife Anita. The series was written by Fintan Ryan for World Productions.[18]

In 2009, Free Agents, a romantic black comedy starred Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan and Anthony Head. Originally a pilot for Channel 4 in November 2007, the series began on 13 February 2009.[19] It spawned a short lived US remake, which was cancelled after just 4 episodes aired, although 4 more were later released on Hulu.

He played the title role in Dirk Gently, a British comedy detective drama TV series based on characters from the Dirk Gently novels by Douglas Adams. The series was created by Howard Overman and co-starred Darren Boyd as his sidekick Richard MacDuff. Recurring actors included Helen Baxendale as MacDuff's girlfriend Susan Harmison, Jason Watkins as Dirk's nemesis DI Gilks and Lisa Jackson as Dirk's receptionist Janice Pearce. Unlike most detective series Dirk Gently featured broadly comic touches and even some science fiction themes such as time travel and artificial intelligence. He has said that he was "bitterly upset" at the BBC's axing of the series after four episodes due to a freeze on the licence fee.[20]

He played the title role in The Hunt for Tony Blair, a one-off episode of The Comic Strip Presents..., a British television comedy, which was first shown on Channel 4 on 14 October 2011. The 60 minute film was written by Peter Richardson and Pete Richens and presented in the style of a 1950s film noir. It stars Stephen Mangan as the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is wanted for murder and on the run as a fugitive from justice. The film received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August 2011. It first aired on Channel 4 on 14 October 2011; it received a mostly positive reaction from reviewers, and was nominated for a BAFTA award (Best Comedy Programme 2012) and the British Comedy Awards (Best Comedy Drama 2011).[21][22]

He is currently[when?] appearing in Episodes, a British/American television comedy series created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and produced by Hat Trick Productions.[23] It premiered on Showtime in the United States on January 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm[24] and on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2011.[23]

The show is about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series, with disastrous results. On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Showtime had renewed Episodes for a fourth season.[25]

Episodes has received positive reviews by critics,[26] with many critics singling out Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig, and Matt LeBlanc's performances.[27]

Film[edit]

Mangan's first film part was as Doctor Crane in Billy Elliot.

He played French cabaret singer Pierre Dupont in the cult film Chunky Monkey alongside David Threlfall and Alison Steadman.

He also appeared in the Miramax film Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel.

He played the leading role in SuperTex (2003), a Dutch film, filmed in English and directed by Jan Schütte.

He played a comedian in Festival is a 2005 British black comedy about a number of people at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe directed by Annie Griffin. The general shots of the festival were filmed during the 2004 event. Mangan was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for his performance.

Also Confetti, a 2006 British mockumentary romantic comedy film released on 5 May 2006. It was conceived and directed by Debbie Isitt and stars many acclaimed British comedians, including Jessica Stevenson, Jimmy Carr, Martin Freeman, Mark Heap, Julia Davis, Robert Webb, and Olivia Colman. It follows a bridal magazine competition for the most original wedding, the ultimate prize being a house, and the three couples who are chosen to compete. Mangan plays one of the grooms, a professional tennis player. The film follows the contestants in a fly-on-the-wall documentary style, akin to The Office. The script was entirely improvised.

He starred in Beyond the Pole, a 2010 British mockumentary adapted from the cult BBC radio series of the same name. It received its UK cinema release in 2010.[28] Directed and produced by David L. Williams[29] Beyond the Pole was shot on floating sea ice off the coast of Greenland, and stars an acclaimed cast of actors and comedians including: Stephen Mangan, Rhys Thomas, Mark Benton, Alexander Skarsgard and Helen Baxendale. Described by Variety Magazine as a cross between The Office and Touching the Void,[30] the film follows the trials and tribulations of the world's first Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian, Organic expedition to the North Pole.

In 2013 Mangan played Alastair Caldwell in Ron Howard's film Rush, a British-German biographical sports drama film centered on the rivalry between race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. It was written by Peter Morgan, directed by Ron Howard and stars Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Lauda. The film premiered in London on September 2, 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[31][32] before its UK and US theatrical releases on, respectively, September 13 and 20, 2013.[33]

In 2014, Mangan voices the title role in Postman Pat: The Movie, a British 3D computer-animated comedy film featuring Postman Pat, star of a long-running BBC children's series. It was originally due to be released on 24 May 2013,[34] but was pushed back to a year later.[35] Pat's singing voice will be done by Ronan Keating. Also voicing characters in the film will be Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint and David Tennant.[36]

Other[edit]

Mangan was host of the Evening Standard British Film Awards for four years (2009–2013).

On 27 April 2014, Mangan returned to host the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London for a third time.[37]

He is also a voiceover artist, voicing animation, commercials and documentaries.[citation needed]

Mangan recorded the role of Cloten in Shakespeare's Cymbeline for the Arkangel Shakespeare audiobook series, directed by Clive Brill

Personal life[edit]

Mangan is married to actress Louise Delamere and they have two sons, Harry (born October 2007) and Frank (2010). He is also a Celebrity Mastermind champion, scoring 29 points, 15 of which were on his specialist subject, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur and goes to games with Tamsin Greig's husband Richard Leaf.[38]

He is an atheist: when asked the question whether football is bigger than God, he answered: "The passion displayed on the football terraces is something of which the church must be envious".[39]

In August 2014, Mangan was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[40]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Billy Elliot Dr Crane
2001 Offending Angles Fergus
2001 Birthday Girl Bank manager
2001 Chunky Monkey Pierre DuPont
2002 New Year's Eve David
2003 SuperTex Max Breslauer
2005 Festival Shaun Sullivan
2006 Confetti Josef
2006 Someone Else David
2009 Beyond The Pole Mark
2013 Rush Alastair Caldwell
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Postman Pat (Voice only)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Watership Down Bigwig (series 1-3), Silverweed, Shale (series 3 only) Voices Only
1999 Big Bad World Justin
2000 In Defence John Henderson
2000 Human Remains Clown
2001 Sword Of Honour Frank De Souza
2001 The Armando Ianucci Shows Television Executive
2001 Thunder Pig Leon
2001 Horizon Narrator
2001 Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years (TV series) Adrian Mole
2002 I'm Alan Partridge Dan Moody Season 2, Episode 3
2003 Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World Jules Isidore Dingler
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr McGill Roland
2003 Lucky Jim Bertrand
2004 End of Story
2004 Wren: The Man Who Built Britain Robert Hooke
2004 Green Wing Guy Secretan
2005 Sunday Pants The Imp Voice Only
2005 Nathan Barley Rod Senseless
2005 Bromwell High Gavin Voice Only
2005–2006 Jane Hall Robert
2006 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Studio
2006 Britain's Biggest Spenders Narrator
2006 MTV ScreenPlay Presenter
2006 Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit? Pilot Episode
2007 Marple Inspector Larry Bird Agatha Christie's Marple
2007 Hyperdrive Green Javelins
2008 Never better Keith
2009 Never Mind The Buzzcocks Himself, Guest
2009 Free Agents Alex
2009–2010 Would I Lie To You? Himself, Guest
2010 Three In A Bed Narrator
2010 Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza Club Himself, Guest
2011 Rome Wasn't Built In A Day Narrator
2011 Celebrity Mastermind Himself, Contestant
2011 Have I Got News for You Himself, Host Season 41-02, Season 42-04
2011 Meet The Middletons Narrator
2011 The Hunt for Tony Blair Tony Blair
2011 All Roads Lead Home Himself, Co-Presenter
2011–Present Episodes Sean Lincoln
2012 Just a Minute Himself, Contestant
2012 Dirk Gently Dirk Gently Following Pilot Episode
2012 Have I Got News for You Himself, Host Season 43-01
2013-Present Barely Legal Drivers Narrator Season 1
2013 Have I Got News for You Himself, Host Season 45-01
2013 Fifteen to One Himself, Contestant Celebrity Special
2014-Present A Very British Airline Narrator Season 1

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
1994–95 Georges Dandin Clitandre Redgrave Theatre
1995 The Tempest Ferdinand International Tour
1995 Twelfth Night Sebastian Nottingham Playhouse
1995 Mrs Warrens Profession Frank Redgrave Theatre
1996 "The Rover" Belville Salisbury Playhouse
1996 "Couch Grass and Ribbon" Jack Watermill Theatre
1996 Hamlet Leartes Norwich Theatre Royal
1997 The Shoe Shop of Desire Bobby UK Tour
1997 As You Like It Orlando Nottingham Playhouse
1997 She Stoops to Conquer Marlowe Birmingham Stage Company
1998 The School for Scandal Sir Benjamin Backbite Royal Shakespeare Company
1998–1999 Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro International Tour
1999 Hay Fever Simon Savoy Theatre
2001 Noises Off Gary Lejeune Piccadilly Theatre
2002 The People Are Friendly Robert Royal Court Theatre
2005–2006 The Magic Carpet Miloshin Hammersmith Theatre
2008 The Norman Conquests Norman The Old Vic Theatre
2009 The Norman Conquests Norman Circle in the Square Theatre
2012 Birthday Eddie Royal Court Theatre
2013–2014 Perfect Nonsense Bertie Wooster Duke of York's Theatre

Radio[edit]

Title
The Winter's Tale
Cymbeline
Wild Things
Othello
The Man Who Knew Everything
Into Exile
Jack the Giant killer
Gordon Springer
As You Like It
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Last Act (2006 Radio Series)
Number 10 (2007, Radio Series)
ElvenQuest (2009, Radio Series)
ElvenQuest (2010, Radio Series)
ElvenQuest (2011, Radio Series)

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