Stephen James Mangan (born 16 May 1968) is a British 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.
As a stage actor, he was 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.
Early life and education
Mangan was born in Ponders End, north London, to Irish parents. He has two sisters, Anita and Lisa.
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, who recorded an album called The Wizard's Dream.
After earning 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.
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 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. 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.
In 2012 he appeared at the Royal Court (for the second time) in a Joe Penhall play, Birthday, directed by Roger Michell, playing a pregnant man.
Mangan starred as Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre alongside Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves from October 2013 until they were replaced by Mark Heap and Robert Webb in April 2014. The production won the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Mangan's breakthrough television performance was as Adrian Mole in the six-part BBC TV show series Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years in 2001. That same year he appeared in Sword of Honour on Channel 4, alongside Daniel Craig.
In 2002 he appeared as Dan Moody in the I'm Alan Partridge episode "Bravealan". A scene where Alan repeatedly shouts "Dan!" at Dan from a distance in a car park, while Dan pretends not to notice him, was named the second best moment from the series by Metro, and in 2014 Mangan said that he has "Dan!" shouted at him by passers-by almost every day.
Mangan played the narcissistic Guy Secretan in the BAFTA-winning British sitcom Green Wing. In Channel 4's The World's Greatest Comedy Characters, Guy was voted 34th. He 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 long-suffering wife Anita. The series was written by Fintan Ryan for World Productions.
In 2009, Free Agents, a romantic black comedy starred 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-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.
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 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 9 January 2011 at 9:30 pm and on BBC Two in the UK on 10 January 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 11 December 2013, it was announced that Showtime had renewed Episodes for a fourth season. Episodes has received positive reviews by critics, with many critics singling out Mangan, Tamsin Greig, and Matt LeBlanc's performances.
His 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 appeared in the Miramax film Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel.
He appeared opposite Keira Knightley in the 2002 short New Year's Eve, and 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.
Confetti, a 2006 British mockumentary romantic comedy film, was released on 5 May 2006. It was conceived and directed by Debbie Isitt and stars many 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 Mangan, Rhys Thomas, Mark Benton, Alexander Skarsgard and Helen Baxendale. Variety magazine described the film as a cross between The Office and Touching the Void.
In 2013 Mangan played Alastair Caldwell in 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 2 September 2013 and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its UK and US theatrical releases on, respectively, 13 and 20 September 2013.
In 2014, Mangan voiced 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, but was pushed back to a year later. Pat's singing voice was performed by Ronan Keating. Other voice actors in the film included Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, and David Tennant.
Mangan was host of the Evening Standard British Film Awards for four years (2009–2013). On 27 April 2014, he returned to host the British Academy Television Craft Awards in London for a third time. Mangan recorded the role of Cloten in Shakespeare's Cymbeline for the Arkangel Shakespeare audiobook series, directed by Clive Brill.
Mangan is married to actress Louise Delamere. They have three sons.
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".
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. 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||Postman Pat/PatBot 3000 (voice)|
|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||The Armando Ianucci Shows||Television Executive|
|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|
|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|
|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||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Himself, Contestant|
|2014 – present||A Very British Airline||Narrator||Season 1|
|2014||Wild Brazil||Narrator||Series in the BBC Natural History Unit's Continents strand|
|2016||Houdini and Doyle||Arthur Conan Doyle||ITV Encore series|
|2016||Have I Got News for You||Himself, Host||Season 51-01, Season 52-02|
|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||Laertes||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||Marlow||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 Bliss||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|
|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)|
|Number 10 (2007, Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2009, Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2010, Radio Series)|
|ElvenQuest (2011, Radio Series)|
|Lunch (2013-2014, Radio Series)|}|