3am at the Cannes Film Festival: CANDID COOGAN; Steve on Children, Marriage and Lady-Boys

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3am at the Cannes Film Festival: CANDID COOGAN; Steve on Children, Marriage and Lady-Boys


Byline: WITH JESSICA CALLAN, EVA SIMPSON AND NIKI WALDEGRAVE

HE made his name as the obnoxious DJ Alan Partridge but Steve Coogan couldn't have been further from his alter ego when 3am met him for a drink in Cannes.

He jetted into the festival to promote his new film 80 Days Around The World and was more than happy to kick back and have a chat with us.

Manchester-born Steve usually runs a mile from journalists but being married must have mellowed him. He was happy to pour his heart out about his wife, family and, erm, lady-boys.

The comedian tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Caroline Hickman last year but has spent the past 12 months flitting between Thailand and Berlin to film the movie with Jackie Chan.

Considering his womanising past, we were not surprised to hear that Caroline flew out there to spend four months with him.

Speaking to Niki and Jessica he said: "I think she wanted to keep an eye on me.

"It was really nice that we got to spend some time together and it was more like a holiday than work. We even went out and saw lady-boys together - you can always tell because the Adam's apple gives the game away."

And then he joked: "I tend to wear a choker round my neck when I go out because it makes it harder for people to tell."

Before settling down, Steve gained a reputation for sowing his wild oats but he insists those days are behind him.

He laughed: "I always panic when I see you 3am girls, I'm scared you're going to lead me astray and then write about it.

"To be honest going out on the lash all the time doesn't really interest me these days. I'd rather just spend time with Caroline. I hate it when we're apart."

He then revealed they hope to start a family. "I've already got a 12-year-old daughter with my ex," he said.

"Children are definitely included in our long-term plans. …

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