Steve Coogan escapes lengthy road ban for speeding after claiming it would stop him filming new Alan Partridge series – The Argus
13 August 2019 NEWS
Steve Coogan escapes lengthy road ban for speeding after claiming it would stop him filming new Alan Partridge series
COMEDIAN Steve Coogan escaped a driving ban today after claiming it would force him to cancel his BBC One series.
The I’m Alan Partridge star was caught driving his Porsche at 36mph in a 30mph zone close to his £4million mansion in Halland.
The 53-year-old was clocked on January 8 by an automatic camera on the A22 Eastbourne Road and faced a three-point endorsement on his driving licence.
But the actor already had nine points from previous motoring offences and a further three points would have meant he would have had 12 points and faced an automatic six-month ban under the totting up procedure.
However, magistrates in Crawley handed Coogan a two-month ban after hearing a sixth-month suspension would force him to cancel an Alan Partridge travelogue television series he is set to make for the BBC, the MailOnline reported.
Coogan said the camera shots could not be faked because he has to be seen driving the vehicle himself.
Coogan said his Baby Cow production firm has lined up 15 to 20 professionals to work on the series, who would struggle to find alternative work if he cancelled it.
The court heard the actor has a history of speeding offences and had previously attended a drivers awareness course just two months ago.
Magistrates handed him three penalty points and banned him from the roads for two months.
They also fined him £750 with £85 court costs and £75 victim surcharge.’ Coogan, who is a father-of-one, was nominated for a best actor at the BAFTAs for his depiction of comedian Stan Laurel in Stan and Ollie.
A motoring enthusiast, he has owned a succession of cars including Ferraris, Mazdas, Range Rovers and Porsches.