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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actors Steve Coogan (L) and Owen Wilson attend the "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" New York Premiere after party at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11:  Actors Steve Coogan (L) and Owen Wilson attend the "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb" New York Premiere after party at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Steve Coogan hangs out with friend and co-star Owen Wilson at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb after party. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

British actor Steve Coogan, who can be seen reprising the role of the miniature Roman emperor Octavius in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, finds screenwriting a grounding experience and as rewarding as acting.

Earlier this year he earned a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination for co-writing the screenplay for Philomena, which he and Dame Judi Dench both starred in. He says he is currently working on the screenplays for two movies in between acting gigs.

Although Coogan has established himself as a screen presence, on television and in cinema, he says: “I’m going to continue my screenwriting career because I get as much satisfaction from that as I do from acting.”

He adds: “As an actor you can be flavor of the month, and I think there’s something more grounded about writing. I feel like I’m actually showing up for work when I write.”

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By Tom Brook