Born in Glasgow, Iannucci studied English literature at Oxford University. However, after starting a PhD he decided to abandon his studies in favour of a career in comedy. Rising quickly through BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, Iannucci first made a name for himself as the producer of the critically acclaimed radio show, ‘On the Hour’, in which Steve Coogan premiered his now iconic character, Alan Partridge. In 2005 Iannucci created the political sitcom, ‘The Thick of It’ and following funding from the UK Film Council, he directed an Academy award-nominated film, ‘In the Loop’ (2009), which featured characters from ‘The Thick of It.’ In 2011 Iannucci was presented with the Writers' Guild of Britain Award at the British Comedy Awards. In 2012 he received an OBE for services to broadcasting.