Mangan in 2012
July 22, 1972 |
Ponders End, London, England
|Alma mater||Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Spouse(s)||Louise Delamere (12 May 2007–present)|
Stephen Mangan (born 22 July 1972) is an English actor, best known for his roles as Guy Secretan in the television series Green Wing, Dan Moody in I'm Alan Partridge, Sean Lincoln in Episodes and holistic detective Dirk Gently in Dirk Gently. He is also an acclaimed stage actor: TONY-nominated for his portrayal of Norman in The Norman Conquests on Broadway and currently starring as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre.
Early life and education
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 band called Aragorn that recorded an EP called Gandalf's Dream. 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 3 years. His father James died of a brain tumour at age 63.
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  before joining world-renowned 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. The production was a huge critical success earning several Tony Award nominations, including one for Mangan himself  and won the Tony Award for Best Revival.
Since then he has worked extensively in British television as a lead actor.
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.
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. 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-stars Darren Boyd as his sidekick Richard MacDuff. Recurring actors include 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 features broadly comic touches and even some science fiction themes such as time travel and artificial intelligence.
An hour-long pilot episode loosely based on plot elements from Adams' 1987 novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was broadcast on BBC Four on 16 December 2010 and was watched by 1.1 million viewers. Critical reception was generally positive. A full series of three one-hour episodes was subsequently commissioned in March 2011 and was broadcast on BBC Four in March 2012. The series was the first continuing drama series produced for the digital channel.
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).
He is currently appearing in Episodes, a British/American television comedy series created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on January 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm and on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2011.
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.
His first film part was as Doctor Crane in Billy Elliot.
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. Directed and produced by David L. Williams 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, 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 before its UK and US theatrical releases on, respectively, September 13 and 20, 2013.
In 2014, Mangan voices the title roll 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, but was pushed back to a year later.
He was host of the Evening Standard British Film Awards for 4 years (2009-2013).
He is a well-known voiceover artist - voicing animation, commercials and documentaries.
He 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.
|2000||Billy Elliot||Dr Crane|
|2001||Birthday Girl||Bank manager|
|2001||Chunky Monkey||Pierre DuPont|
|2002||New Year's Eve||David|
|2009||Beyond The Pole||Mark|
|2014||Postman Pat: The Movie — You Know You're the One||Postman Pat (Voice only)|
|1999||Watership Down||Bigwig (series 1-3), Silverweed, Shale (series 3 only)||Voices Only|
|1999||Big Bad World||Justin|
|2000||In Defence||John Henderson|
|2001||Sword Of Honour||Frank De Souza|
|2001||Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years||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|
|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|
|2006||A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Studio|
|2006||Britain's Biggest Spenders||Narrator|
|2006||Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?||Pilot Episode|
|2007||Marple||Inspector Larry Bird||Agatha Christie's Marple|
|2009||Never Mind The Buzzcocks||Himself, Guest|
|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|
|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||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|
|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||Perfect Nonsense||Bertie Wooster||Richmond Theatre|
|The Winter's Tale|
|The Man Who Knew Everything|
|Jack the Giant killer|
|As You Like It|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|Last Act (2006 Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2009, Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2010, Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2011, Radio Series)|
- My parents' real medical drama - and the stars who gave them dignity, by Green Wing's Stephen Mangan
- "My looks: the unlikely sex symbols". The Guardian (London). 27 July 2012.
- My family values: Stephen Mangan, actor
- "Q&A STEPHEN MANGAN". Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- I'm determined to protect myself from bowel cancer
- Cavendish, Dominic (29 June 2012). "Birthday, Royal Court, review". The Daily Telegraph (London).
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- "The World's Greatest Comedy Characters". 2007-04-14.
- "Never Better". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Hemley, Matthew (2008-01-04). "Mangan to star in theatre agent comedy for C4". The Stage. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
- Helena Cole, Dirk Gently returns for three-part series, SFX, 17 February 2012
- "Dirk Gently to return to BBC Four", BBC Press Release, 31 March 2011
- Jason Deans, "Dirk Gently to return to BBC4", The Guardian, 31 March 2011
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18634253 - BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 2012
- "Television Awards Winners in 2012 - TV Awards - Television - The BAFTA site". Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "The British Comedy Awards - Winners 2011". Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "Press Packs: Episodes". BBC. December 17, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2010.
- "Biggest Sunday Ever on Showtime! Shameless, Episodes & Californication to Premiere January 9th", Showtime press release, September 22, 2010, via FutonCritic.com. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
- "'Episodes' Renewed For Fourth Season by Showtime". Deadline. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Episodes Season 1 Metacritic Reviews". CBS. Interactive Inc. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- Gay, Verne. "'Episodes' review: Matt LeBlanc's a star". Newsday. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Beyond the Pole(2010)". Yahoo movies. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- "Beyond the Pole (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Elley, Derek (10 January 2010). "VARIETY". URL retrieved on 24 July 2010
- "Toronto film festival 2013: the full line-up". The Guardian (London). 23 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- Evans, Ian (2013), "Rush TIFF premiere photos", DigitalHit.com
- "Rush Movie Official UK Site for the Rush Film In Cinemas 13th September". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- "Postman Pat The Movie to hit screens in 2013", ToyNews. 16 April 2012.
- "Postman Pat". filmdates.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "Postman Pat to make movie debut", BBC News. 16 September 2011.
- "Television Craft Awards Host: Stephen Mangan". BAFTA. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Tom Lamont (8 February 2008). "Stephen Mangan's sporting life - Sport - The Observer". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- 4thought.tv | Actor, atheist and Tottenham Hotspur fan Stephen Mangan thinks that passion displayed on the football terraces is something of which the church must be envious
- "Interview: Cineworld talks to Rush actor Stephen Mangan". cineworld (UK). 2 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "Postman Pat to make movie debut". BBC (UK). 16 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Postman Pat to Hit the Big Screen in 3D". ComingSoon. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
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Interviews and articles
- The Observer Interview - The new face of grown-up Adrian Mole (21 January 2001)
- BBC article on Adrian Mole - the Cappuccino Years
- Green Wing Interview on T4 (Channel 4) March 2006
- Telegraph Magazine article 18 March 2006
- Evening Standard article 20 April 2006 entitled Comedy's Hottest Property
- Times article 6 May 2006 entitled Nicer than he looks on TV
- Sunday Times "He’s earned his wings" interview with Stephen Mangan, 9 July 2006
- Stephen Mangan hands out his very own BAFTAs, Bafta.org 4 March 2009
- Interview with Stephen Mangan on Broadway.com May 2009