Stephen Mangan

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Stephen Mangan

Mangan in 2010
Born(1972-07-22) July 22, 1972 (age 40)[1]
Winchmore Hill, London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Louise Delamere (12 May 2007-present)
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Stephen Mangan

Mangan in 2010
Born(1972-07-22) July 22, 1972 (age 40)[1]
Winchmore Hill, London, England
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Louise Delamere (12 May 2007-present)

Stephen Mangan (born 22 July 1972)[2] 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.


Early life and education

Mangan was born in Winchmore Hill, North London, to Irish Catholic parents from the west coast of Ireland.[3][4] He has two sisters, Anita and Lisa.[5]

Mangan was educated at two independent schools for boys: at Lochinver House School, in the town of Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and Haileybury and Imperial Service College (now co-educational), a famous boarding school in the village of Hertford Heath (also in Hertfordshire), in the same year as Dom Joly. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Law at Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge, where his friends included Rachel Weisz and Sue Perkins, Mangan took a year out to nurse his mother, Mary, who died of colon cancer at age 45.[6] Weeks after her death, he auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated from RADA in July 1994. His father James died of a brain tumour at age 63.[6]

Life and career

After graduating from RADA, Mangan did not pursue lead roles on screen, preferring to take what he saw as the less limited opportunities on the stage. He appeared in Billy Elliot but said that he didn't immediately realise because when he shot the film it was called Dancer.[clarification needed]

He has admitted on television, when guest appearing on both Would I Lie to You? and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, that in his younger years he was in a progressive rock band called Aragon that recorded an EP called The Wizard's Dream. When exactly this was not specified.[7]

His breakthrough television performance was as Adrian Mole in the six-part BBC TV show series Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years in 2001.

He has performed voice-overs for television and radio advertisements, including for Specsavers and Barclaycard, in which he stars with Green Wing co-star, Julian Rhind-Tutt. He is also known for his appearances in a series of televised advertisements for the instant coffee brand, Nescafe. On radio, he has done an advertisement supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care (2009). In television, he's appeared in an untitled Victoria Pile project (2008), as well as the film Beyond the Pole in 2010.

In 2008, he played the title role in The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic and subsequently on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2009. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the play.

In 2007, he appeared in a pilot for Channel 4's Comedy Showcase, called Free Agents, which was commissioned for a 6 episode series that was broadcast in 2009.

He also stars in the 2011 BBC-Showtime comedy series Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig and Richard Griffiths.[8]

He admitted recently that he was 'bitterly upset' at the BBC's axing of the BBC4 Programme Dirk Gently (TV series). The programme was abandoned due to a freeze on the licence fee.[9]

He has been cast in the animated feature Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're The One as the voice of the titular postman.

Personal life

He is married to the actress Louise Delamere and they have two sons, Harry, born in October 2007 and Frank (born in 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.[10]



1998Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and LaurenceAudition Actor #3
2000Billy ElliotDr Crane
2001Offending AnglesFergus
2001Birthday GirlBank manager
2001Chunky MonkeyPierre Dupont
2002New Year's EveDavid
2003SuperTexMax Breslauer
2005FestivalShaun Sullivan
2006Someone ElseDavid
2009Beyond The PoleMark
2013Postman Pat: The Movie — You Know You're The OnePostman Pat (Voice only)


1999Watership DownBigwigVoice Only
1999Big Bad WorldJustin
2000In DefenceJohn Henderson
2000Human RemainsClown
2001Sword Of HonourFrank De Souza
2001Thunder PigLeon
2001Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino YearsAdrian Mole
2002Im Alan PartridgeDan MoodySeason 2, Episode 3
2003Seven Wonders Of The Industrial WorldJules Isidore Dingler
2003Ready When You Are, Mr McGillRoland
2003Lucky JimBertrand
2004End of Story
2004Wren: The Man Who Built BritainRobert Hooke
2004Green WingGuy Secretan
2005Sunday PantsThe ImpVoice Only
2005Nathan BarleyRod Senseless
2005Bromwell HighGavinVoice Only
2005-2006Jane HallRobert
2006A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Studio
2006Britain's Biggest SpendersNarrator
2006MTV ScreenPlayPresenter
2006Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?Pilot Episode
2007MarpleInspector Larry BirdAgatha Christie's Marple
2007HyperdriveGreen Javelins
2008Never betterKeith
2009Never Mind The BuzzcocksHimself, Guest
2009Free AgentsAlex
2009-2010Would I Lie To You?Himself, Guest
2010Three In A BedNarrator
2010Richard Bacon's Beer & Pizza ClubHimself, Guest
2011Rome Wasn't Built In A DayNarrator
2011Celebrity MastermindHimself, Contestant
2011Have I Got News for YouHimself, HostSeason 41-02, Season 42-04
2011Meet The Middleton'sNarrator
2011The Hunt for Tony BlairTony Blair
2011All Roads Lead HomeHimself, Co-Presenter
2011-2012EpisodesSean Lincoln
2012Just a MinuteHimself, Contestant
2012Dirk GentlyDirk GentlyFollowing Pilot Episode
2012Have I Got News For YouHimself, HostSeason 43-01


1994-5Georges DandinClitandreRedgrave Theatre
1995The TempestFerdinandInternational Tour
1995Twelfth NightSebastianNottingham Playhouse
1995Mrs Warrens ProfessionFrankRedgrave Theatre
1996"The Rover"BelvilleSalisbury Playhouse
1996"Couch Grass and Ribbon"JackWatermill Theatre
1996HamletLeartesNorwich Theatre Royal
1997The Shoe Shop of DesireBobbyUk Tour
1997As You Like ItOrlandoNottingham Playhouse
1997She Stoops to ConquerMarloweBirmingham Stage Company
1998The School for ScandalSir Benjamin BackbiteRoyal Shakespeare Company
1998-1999Much Ado About NothingDon PedroInternational Tour
1999Hay FeverSimonSavoy Theatre
2001Noises OffGary LejeunePiccadilly Theatre
2002The People Are FriendlyRobertRoyal Court Theatre
2005-2006The Magic CarpetMiloshinHammersmith Theatre
2008The Norman ConquestsNormanThe Old Vic Theatre
2009The Norman ConquestsNormanCircle in The Square Theatre
2012BirthdayEddieRoyal Court Theatre


The Winter's Tale
Wild Things
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)
ElvenQuest (2009, Radio Series)
ElvenQuest (2010, Radio Series)
ElvenQuest (2011, Radio Series)


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