Coogan Hits The Election Trail For Irish Drama

Steve: Top o' the morning
It’s been a busy year for The IT Crowd star, Chris O’Dowd.

Starring in hit comedy Bridesmaids, receiving a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star award and penning new TV series, Moone Boy…to mention but a few of his 2011 achievements.

We’ve known about the planned six-part autobiographical series which follows the story of 11-year-old Martin Moone growing up in small-town Ireland during the 1990 presidential election campaign.

Yesterday, Alan Partridge star and hilarious eater of posh food while on the road, Steve Coogan, could be seen putting on his best Irish accent whilst parading the streets of Boyle, Ireland.

Coogan plays Frankie Feehily, local fish factory owner and would-be Mary Robinson supporter.

A source said: “Steve’s character is very much the top dog in the town, which is why they were filming him marching up and down the street, slapping locals on the back and kissing their wives.”

Not only is Coogan starring in the series, his production company, Baby Cow, is also co-producing the six-part autobiographical series.

Giving the background to the presidential plot line, O’Dowd revealed: “My character’s mum and dad are divided in the race. My dad backs Brian Lenihan and is putting up his campaign posters around Boyle, but my mum supports Mary Robinson.â€?

Sounds intriguing.

Co-written by Mr O’Dowd and Nick Murphy, Moone Boy is directed by Wexford-born Declan Lowney, who also did Father Ted.

Moone Boy will be coming to Sky One later this year.