Thom Payne

Played by Steve Coogan

Thom Payne

Thom is a forty-something advertising creative director with all the trappings of success: a roster of big-name clients and a shelf of trophies for his work, a beautiful house in the woods within an easy commute of New York City, a loving wife he is still attracted to, and a six-year-old son he adores. So why isn't he happier? Maybe because he is aging out of an industry that is obsessed with youth, or the mood stabilizers he's on are destroying his sex drive, or he's terrified that his generalized dissatisfaction is messing up his kid. And yet he bravely soldiers on, trying his best to at least maintain a state of happyish.

Thom is a forty-something advertising creative director with all the trappings of success: a roster of big-name clients and a shelf of trophies for his work, a beautiful house in the woods within an easy commute of New York City, a loving wife he is still attracted to, and a six-year-old son he adores. So why isn't he happier? Maybe because he is aging out of an industry that is obsessed with youth, or the mood stabilizers he's on are destroying his sex drive, or he's terrified that his generalized dissatisfaction is messing up his kid. And yet he bravely soldiers on, trying his best to at least maintain a state of happyish.

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester where he trained as an actor at the School of Theatre, Manchester Polytechnic. In 1992, he won the Perrier Award for his show PAUL CALF'S VIDEO DIARY. While working on radio, he created the character Alan Partridge, which he then transferred to television on the show KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE, winning three British comedy awards.

In addition to his acting career, in 1999, Coogan set up Baby Cow Productions with Henry Normal producing several award-winning programs, including THE MIGHTY BOOSH, GAVIN & STACEY, and more recently, HUNDERBY, MOONE BOY, and HEBBURN. In 2013, he starred in Michael Winterbottom's feature film THE LOOK OF LOVE, playing real-life London porn baron-turned-property millionaire Paul Raymond. Coogan won his fifth BAFTA award for his comedy performance in ALAN PARTRIDGE: WELCOME TO THE PLACES IN MY LIFE. In August 2013, Coogan's debut feature film ALAN PARTRIDGE was released: ALPHA PAPA, which topped the UK box office.

His film credits include PHILOMENA, which he stars in alongside Judi Dench, directed by Stephen Frears. Coogan co-wrote PHILOMENA with Jeff Pope and the film won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. It was nominated for four Oscars® and nominated for three Golden Globes®.

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