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Ben Miller, (born 24 February 1966) is an Englishmarker comedian, director and actor.

Career

Miller's career began while studying for a PhD in solid-state physics at St Catharine's College, Cambridgemarker when a friend asked him to help ferry around some judges for an arts festival. He consequently met his partner, fellow Cambridge student Alexander Armstrong, at TBA Sketch Comedy Group, a comedy club which ran at the Gate Theatre Studiomarker, Notting Hillmarker throughout the 1990s. They performed their first full-length show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1994 and returned in 1996, when they were nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award.

Their success resulted in the commissioning of the television series Armstrong and Miller, which ran for four series in total throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s; one on the Paramount Comedy Channel and three on Channel Four. The duo had their own radio show with the same name on BBC Radio 4 in 1998, which featured many of the sketches and characters from their TV series, and a second show Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller later in the same year. After a six year break, the show was recommissioned for Hattrick Productions as The Armstrong and Miller Show, and ran on BBC1 in Autumn 2007.

In 2001 he starred in Steve Coogan's first feature film, the British comedy The Parole Officer. In 2003 he played the role of 'Bough', sidekick to Rowan Atkinson's title character in the film Johnny English. In 2004 he co-starred in The Prince and Me. In 2004 and 2005, he starred in two consecutive series of the BBC television series The Worst Week of My Life, alongside Sarah Alexander, followed in 2006 by a three-part Christmas special, The Worst Christmas of My Life. In 2007 he starred as James Lester in ITV's sci-fi drama Primeval, and the Australian film Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance as Mr Jonathan.

Until 2007, Miller provided the voice for the ITV Digital and now PG Tips Monkey, in a popular series of television adverts featuring Johnny Vegas.

He has begun working behind the camera and has directed a television pilot — which subsequently became the first episode of Steve Coogan's 2006 British BBC TV Comedy series Saxondale.

In 2004 and 2005, Miller guest-starred alongside Martin Clunes in two consecutive series of Doc Martin as Park Ranger Stewart James who believes he lives with a giant squirel named Anthony he was also hurt in a friendly fire incident with friend Tony Bartlet.

In 2008 he appeared on three ITV1 series, as television producer Jonathan Pope in Tony Jordan's series Moving Wallpaper and also starred in Thank God You're Here on 12 January 2008.

On the 3rd episode of Lily Allen & Friends, Miller said that Armstrong & Miller was coming back Spring 2009 for a new series. However on Thursday September 3rd 2009 Ben Miller confirmed via Twitter that the second series will begin airing on BBC1 on October 9th 2009.

He was recently a guest challenger on popular Channel 4 food programme Gordon Ramsay's The F Word.

With Armstrong, he has formed a production company. Toff Media, named after a BBC producer said that the duo was "too posh" to have their own TV show.

Personal life

Miller's paternal grandfather was a Lithuanianmarker-born tailor who lived in London's East End. His mother is Welsh.

While at Cambridge, he acted with and dated Rachel Weisz. He now lives in Maida Vale and is married to Belinda Stewart-Wilson (who guest-starred alongside Miller in Series 3 of Primeval). A talented musician, Miller plays the guitar and drums, and likes yoga,. Miller was best man to Alexander Armstrong in 2004, but let slip in an interview that during the stag event in Tauntonmarker, Somersetmarker the group iced cakes, and describe the weekend as "utterly bizarre, probably the most effeminate stag do in history." At Grammar School in Nantwichmarker, Cheshiremarker, Ben was in a band rather esoterically named 'Aquilae', who performed Eagles covers translated into Latin. His fictitious school band Slide Rule, featured in sketches from the first A&M TV series, is believed to be an affectionate homage to the legendary Section B. At St. Catharine's, he played in a band called the Dear Johns, with Andy Edwards and Eoin Patterson. They released one 7" single, entitled "Shame". He is often mistaken for Rob Brydon, with whom he appeared, similarly dressed (and kissed) on QI (series 6. 9) in February 2009.

Awards

Miller was awarded a Judge's Commendation for his portrayal of Hamlet at the 1990 National Student Drama Festival.Ben co-wrote MindGym, winner of the first BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award for comedy in 1998, with Tim Wright and Adam Gee.Ben Miller has won a range of comedy awards. He won an award at this year's BCA Awards for "The Armstrong and Miller Show", in which he co-stars with Alexander Armstrong.

Filmography



References

  1. Ben dazzles 'em news.com.au - 4 March 2007
  2. Star of Primeval and The Armstrong and Miller Show cult.tv
  3. The Armstrong & Miller Show - Armstrong and Miller BBC Press Office - 12 October 2007
  4. Coogan's out on Parole BBC News - 10 August 2001
  5. The 5-Minute Interview: Ben Miller The Independent - 21 December 2005
  6. HOW WE MET: Sarah Alexander & Ben Miller Independent on Sunday - 7 March 2004
  7. Al and monkey bring back the monkey magic Unilever Press Dept
  8. This much I know: Ben Miller The Observer - 24 February 2008
  9. Rachel's Weisz guy Mail on Sunday - 5 June 2005
  10. Life is sweet for Alex Manchester Evening News - 14 February 2005


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