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Steve Coogan pays tribute to 'incredibly funny' Caroline Aherne

Actor and comedian, Steve Coogan, has paid tribute to the "incredibly funny" Caroline Aherne who has died aged 52.

The 50-year-old spoke of how he first met the comedian when she was a secretary at the BBC looking to appear on the television.

The actor paid tribute to his friend who he said would leave him crying with laughter.

"She was a grounded, decent person," he said, adding: "I'll miss her terribly".


Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan shortlisted

Tonight's Bifa ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.

The pair are shortlisted for the Best Actress and Best Actor awards.

Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan arriving at the Philomena Premiere. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The film, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland, is also in the running for Best Film.

Julie Walters to land gong for contribution to UK film

Julie Walters will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to the UK film industry at an awards ceremony tonight celebrating the best in independent British cinema.

Julie Walters is up for a gong. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 63-year-old actress, star of Educating Rita and the Harry Potter films, will accept the Richard Harris Award at the British Independent Film Awards (Bifas) in central London.

Previous winners include John Hurt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Helena Bonham Carter.

Tonight's ceremony could be a triumph for Philomena with its stars, Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, both in the running to pick up gongs.


Film trailer released for Alan Partridge's Alpha Papa

The trailer for the new Alan Partridge film has been released, revealing the title of the big screen debut for Steve Coogan's long-running Norwich radio DJ to be Alpha Papa.

The one minute and 46 second promo sees Partridge workshopping the potential titles for his adventure "in a siege at a radio station". The film will be released on August 7.

Filming begins on Norfolk-based Alan Partridge film

Steve Coogan plays Alan Partridge, a failed chat-show host turned local (digital) radio DJ. Credit: Empics

Filming has begun on an Alan Partridge movie scheduled for a summer 2013 cinema release.

The mayor of Sheringham, Norfolk, confirmed that the seaside town would be the setting for a number of scenes in the film.

Long-time Partridge writers Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham and Steve Coogan - who plays Alan Partridge - have all contributed to the script.

Directed by Declan Lowney, also responsible for Alan Partridge On Open Books and Father Ted, the movie is a joint production by BBC Films, BFI Film Fund and StudioCanal.

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