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Steve Coogan’s quiet life away from cameras in East Sussex

It is no secret that Sussex is a celebrity hotspot. For years the rich and famous have called the county home, as many are moving to new pastures.

Steve Coogan is another who has spent a lot of time in Sussex owning several properties in that time. The English actor extraordinaire has been entertaining the nation for the past 30 years and is one of the most recognizable faces on British TV.

From his early career in puppet shows Aks Thanks to the creation of the ever-fun Alan Partridge, Coogan has certainly made a name for himself. But, away from the cameras, Steve has spent many years living his life in East Sussex.

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Coogan, who is also a comedian, producer and screenwriter, is understood to live in the quiet village of Barcombe within the Lewis district of East Sussex. The picturesque East Sussex Village sits comfortably on the South Downs, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Coogan is known for his love of cars, having become a motoring enthusiast over the years. As well as a swimming pool and tennis court, his mansion is believed to have plenty of space for an array of cars, which in the past included a selection of Ferraris.

While Alan Partridge, perhaps Coogan’s most famous creation, is set firmly in Norwich, it seems that Steve is very much at home within the Sussexes. He is not the only notable resident of Barcombe, however, as Andy Murray’s wife, Kim Sears, is born in the city and William Nicholson, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, is also living in the area.

Owingdean Grange Is A Grade Ii* Listed Farmhouse
Owingdean Grange is a Grade II* listed farmhouse

Before moving to Barcombe, Coogan lived in a beautiful house in Owingdeen, on the outskirts of Brighton. Coogan lived in a house that was famous in its own right – Owingdeen Grange.

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The nearby country mansion has two main claims to fame: while best known for being the home of Steve Coogan, it is also famous in a famous novel. The novel was written by William Ainsworth, a friend of Charles Dickens. Ovingdean Grange: A Tale of the South Downs in 1857.

Owingdean Grange dates back to the 17th century and is one of the oldest buildings in Ovingdean. According to some stories, in 1651 King Charles II hid in a chimney breast for 24 hours before fleeing to France, and in those 24 hours, the king also apparently seized the opportunity to father a child.

Coogan paid £2.45 million for a Grade II* listed home in 2011, and lived there for almost six years before listing it for sale for £3.5 million. The six-bedroom house is made up of three floors and has a courtyard garden, a cinema room and a billiard room.

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