Coogan was born in Middleton, Lancashire, in 1965. He is one of six children born to Anthony Coogan, an IBM engineer and Kathleen (née Coonan), a housewife. During the 1950s, his paternal grandfather established a dance hall for Irish immigrants. He was raised Roman Catholic, in "lower middle or upper working class" family which emphasised the values of education. His mother is Irish-born, from County Mayo, and his father is of Irish descent. He attended Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic High School. He has stated that he had a happy childhood, and in addition to having four brothers and one sister, his parents fostered children on a short-term basis. As a family, it was assumed that all the children would become teachers.
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