The Look Of Love. Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Revolution Films / Baby Cow Productions.

The Look Of Love

2013 British comedy film about porn entrepreneur Paul Raymond. Stars Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton, Chris Addison and others.

The Look Of Love. Image shows from L to R: Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), Fiona / Amber (Tamsin Egerton). Copyright: Revolution Films / Baby Cow Productions.

The Look Of Love

Steve Coogan stars in a comic tale of the life of the 'King of Soho' and porn baron Paul Raymond

Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton, Chris Addison, James Lance, Matthew Beard, Liam Boyle and others
Matt Greenhalgh and Paul Willetts
Michael Winterbottom
Melissa Parmenter, Alice Dawson and Josh Hyams

Comic dramatisation of the life of Paul Raymond, the pornography publisher and strip-club owner who amassed a multi-hundred-million pound fortune and became known as the "King of Soho" due to his impressive array of properties and business ventures based in the central London district.

After starting his showbusiness career as a mind-reader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain's richest man and a modern King Midas. With an entrepreneurial eye and a realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman's clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre - provoking outrage and titillation in equal measure.

Raymond's personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a difficult divorce when he met Fiona - a glamour model who became the famous pin-up star of his magazines and shows. His daughter Debbie was the true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire - until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain's richest man and his fortune put at £1.5 billion.

Steve Coogan says of the film: "Like 24 Hour Party People, it's a very British story about an eccentric character at the centre of pivotal events in British culture. I love the film. It has that strange combination of comedy and tragedy that Michael Winterbottom manages to pull off with a real deftness of touch. Like very few films these days it's actually about something without being portentous. Oh and there's lots of naked ladies in it too!"

Production Details

Based on the outrageously true story
UK certificate
101 minutes
Release date
Friday 26th April 2013
Monday 15th April 2013
Production companies
Also known as
  • The King Of Soho (Working title)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 1:30am on Film4

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