Coogan was born and raised in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, one of five children of Michael and Ann Coogan. She first acted in many theatrical productions at school. The summer after she graduated from high school, Coogan went to New York City to represent Ireland in a modeling competition. She stayed in New York, where she landed roles in Irish Repertory Theatre stage productions of The Playboy of the Western World, The Colleen Bawn and Poor Beast in the Rain. Her first screen credit was a bit part as a model in the 1998 Woody Allen movie Celebrity. In 2002 Coogan starred in Love without Borders, a Russian television series filmed in Moscow. Coogan's performance as the loving wife of a zombie in the 2004 horror cult hit Zombie Honeymoon, which won her a Fangoria Chainsaw award in 2006 for best low-budget film, has been praised. The film was acquired by Showtime for release on both DVD and television. Coogan has been noted as "a passionate, sensitive and hard-working actor, with a strong professional work ethic." She stars also for the Charity event Bowling for Boobies on 27 October 2009 in Los Angeles alongside Carlee Baker, Heather Snell, Brooke Lewis and Eve Mauro, the event fights against Breast cancer.
^Grady, Pam, Zombie Honeymoon (2004), reel.com, retrieved 16 September 2008 "...as this movie grows darker in its final act, it's also surprisingly moving. This is partially due to Coogan's glowing performance as the conflicted bride..."