Ben Miller

Last updated 09 January 2020

Ben Miller
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Bennet Evan Miller

Born: Thursday 24th February 1966 (age: 57)


Ben Miller is best known in the UK for his comedy partnership with Alexander Armstrong, but has also undertaken a number of successful solo ventures, notably James Lester in Primeval and DI Richard Poole in Death in Paradise. Other roles include Popetown, The Worst Week of My Life, and Moving Wallpaper.

Born in London and brought up in Nantwich, Miller did not initially follow an acting career, but instead studied Natural Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge followed up by a PHD in solid state physics. During this period his interest in comedy came to the fore, with him joining Footlights in 1989 alongside contemporaries Andy Parsons and Sue Perkins. He was introduced to Armstrong in London in 1992 at the TBA Sketch Comedy Group, a meeting that has led to a partnership of over 20 years with stage performances at the Edinburgh Fringe, and on television in a succession of series on the Paramount Comedy Channel, Channel 4 and BBC One.

As well as television, Miller has also appeared in the films with Steve Coogan in The Parole Officer and Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English, and will be seen alongside Billy Connolly and David Tennant in What We Did On Our Holiday. He also provided the voice of 'Monkey' alongside Johnny Vegas for the ITV Digital and later PG Tips advents until 2007. For theatre he played Louis Harvey in The Ladykillers, and in 2014 he commenced a stage tour as Robert Houston in The Duck House.