Ben Miller Biography
Ben Miller (Bennet Evan Miller) is an English comedian, actor and director. He is best known as one half of comedy double act Armstrong and Miller, with Alexander Armstrong. Miller and Armstrong wrote and starred in the Channel 4 sketch show Armstrong and Miller. They also wrote and starred in the BBC sketch show The Armstrong & Miller Show.
Ben Miller is also known for playing the lead role of DI Richard Poole in BBC Crime Drama Death in Paradise. He met Alexander Armstrong in 1992, when he had moved to London to pursue a career in comedy. They met at the TBA Sketch Comedy Group, a comedy club which ran at the Gate Theatre Studio, Notting Hill throughout the 1990s. They started their career immediately together.
They commissioned television series Armstrong and Miller. The series ran for four series from 1997 to 2001. In 1998, the duo also had their own radio show with the same name on BBC Radio 4. The radio featured many of the sketches and characters from their TV series. After a six-year break, the show was recommissioned for Hat Trick Productions as The Armstrong & Miller Show.
In 2008, they also had a second radio show, Children’s Hour with Armstrong and Miller. Later, Miller started also acting in films. He starred in Steve Coogan’s first feature film, The Parole Officer in 2001. Two years later he played the role of ‘Bough’, sidekick in the film Johnny English. Miller began touring for his book, It’s Not Rocket Science, on 23rd July 2012.
Ben Miller also appeared at the British Comedy Awards with Armstrong on Channel 4. On 13th December 2014, he appeared in a Christmas edition of The Celebrity Chase. From 2011 until the series three premiere in 2014, Miller starred in the BBC-French co-produced series Death in Paradise as Detective Inspector Richard Poole. A third series of Death in Paradise was commissioned for early 2014.
Filming began in March 2013, and Miller left in May after completion of the first episode, in which his character was murdered. He quit due to personal reasons. In 2014, he appeared in the feature film Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism. That same year September, Miller guest starred in Doctor Who as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the third episode: “Robot of Sherwood”.
The following year starred as King John in Series 6 of Horrible Histories. Since October 2015, Ben Miller along with Ruth Jones and Will Close, appears in adverts for British supermarket Tesco as Roger with Jones as his wife Jo and Close as their son Freddie. In 2016, Miller co-presented the ITV entertainment series It’s Not Rocket Science alongside Rachel Riley and Romesh Ranganathan.
In February that year, Ben Miller issued a book, accompanied by a lecture tour, entitled The Aliens are Coming! The book examined the question “are we alone in the universe?” In the six-part BBC sitcom I Want My Wife Back Miller played the role of Murray. He starred alongside Caroline Catz. In 2016 he appeared in the Channel 4 comedy Power Monkeys. In 2018 he returned to the role of ‘Bough’, sidekick again to Rowan Atkinson’s title character, in the film Johnny English Strikes Again.
Ben Miller Age
Ben Miller was born in London, England on 24th February 1966. His age is currently 53 years as of 2019.
Ben Miller Net Worth
Ben Miller has made a huge fortune from his career. Ben Miller has an approximated net worth of $5 million. He has gained most of his worth from acting. He has also earned a lot from authoring his books.
Ben Miller Wife
Ben Miller got married to his second wife Jessica Parker in September 2013. Jessica is a production executive. She is also the daughter of British musician Alan Parker. Miller and Jessica have a son, Harrison, born in late 2011 and a daughter born in June 2015. The couple is living happily with their three children.
Before Ben Miller married his second and current wife, Miller was married to his first wife Belinda Stewart-Wilson. Wilson guest-starred with him in Series 3 of Primeval. The couple divorced in 2011. Circumstances surrounding their divorce are not yet known. Before they divoced, they had a son Jackson, known as Sonny (born in 2006).
Ben Miller Rob Brydon
On 20 February 2009, Ben Miller appeared with Rob Brydon in an episode of QI (Series 6. 9). The two have often been mistaken for each other. As a joke they dressed in similar shirts for the episode and shared an on-screen narcissistic kiss!
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- 1991 Murder Most Horrid
- 1992 The Pall Bearer’s Revue
- 1993 French and Saunders
- 1995 You Bet!
- 1997 The Jack Docherty Show
- 2004–06 The Worst Week of My Life
- 2006 Popetown
- 2007–10 The Armstrong & Miller Show
- 2008–09 Moving Wallpaper
- 2008 Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Jonathan Pope
- 2010 220.127.116.11.
- 2011–14 Death in Paradise
- 2017 Tracey Ullman’s Show
- 2018 The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
Ben Miller Books
- It’s Not Rocket Science (2014) Sphere
- The Aliens Are Coming!: The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe (2017)
Ben Miller Interview
Q: Where do you live and why?
Ben Miller: We live in a hamlet near Rendcomb because we fell in love with the house. We’d been house-hunting in North Oxfordshire which, on paper, was exactly where we wanted to be – but we just didn’t click with the countryside. As we got into Marylebone Station, Jess’s mum phoned and said, ‘Have you seen Country Life?’ We opened it, saw the house we now live in, and thought: That’s what we want! It started life as the chauffeur’s cottage for the rather grand house next door; then, over a period of 30 years, an architect lived there and developed it, using all original materials.
Q: How long have you lived in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: So we moved…err…I’m really bad at this! (Jess would know to the day.) It was an August so I’m guessing that was four years ago. We came for the countryside and stayed for the people. We’ve got the most incredible bunch of friends here now.
Q: What’s your idea of a perfect weekend in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: At weekends, we go for walks in Sapperton. Or to the New Inn at Coln; we love Sam and Georgie [Pearman, the owners]. About two years ago, we sold our flat in London because we just weren’t going there anymore. I still love London; we took our kids to Drury Lane last weekend to watch Paddington with an orchestra, which was fantastic. But the great thing about here is that we can be at Kemble Station in half an hour.
Q: If money were no object, where would you live in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: This is the game we all play! We leaf through Cotswold Life – that’s what it’s for – and we decide where in the Cotswolds we’d like to live. There are some extraordinary houses in Gloucestershire; no question about it. Nearly all are a lot grander than ours but we don’t want to move. We’re a skip and a jump from Cheltenham, with its great secondary schools and shops. My wife phoned me yesterday, in a state of giddy excitement, going, ‘JOHN LEWIS IS OPENING IN CHELTENHAM!’
Q: Where are you least likely to live in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: Anywhere near Gloucester Services because it would bankrupt me. Someone in that shop has thought: ‘What could we stock that Ben Miller couldn’t resist?’ There’s an algorithm on my phone, beaming data straight to them.
Q: Where’s the best pub in the area?
Ben Miller: We’re so spoilt. For me, it has to have really good food and an amazing walk. I’ve already mentioned the New Inn at Coln, which has both. It used to be undiscovered… It’s going to be discovered now I’ve put it in here.
Q: And the best place to eat?
Ben Miller: 131 [the Promenade, Cheltenham]. It’s got that Montpellier vibe, and a kind of shabby chic I really like. You can eat in any way you want: formally; a burger in Crazy Eights; or sitting on the terrace in summer.
Q: What would you do for a special occasion?
Ben Miller: Film premieres are incredibly exciting: I love that there is actually a red carpet! It all starts with thinking about what you’re going to wear and where you’ll have it made; this year [for Johnny English Strikes Again], my suit was tailored by Chester Barrie in Savile Row. I had a very light tweed. I do enjoy dressing up. Jess wore one of her own creations – she buys beautiful Berber wedding blankets, from collectives in the mid-Atlas mountains, and turns them into coats. A hefty percentage of the profits go to the charity Project Soar Morocco, which helps and encourages teenage girls to become future leaders.
Q: What’s the most underrated thing about the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: Funnily enough, its entrepreneurial pulse. It’s no accident that some of the country’s finest clothing brands, movie companies, travel companies – everything – are based here. My theory is that people who’ve chosen to come to the Cotswolds want a balanced life. They care about their family; they care about their environment; they care about their community. That’s a very unusual thing in the UK.
Q: What is a person from the Cotswolds called?
Ben Miller: There’s a farmer called John, who dresses like a cross between Ratty from Wind in the Willows and Worzel Gummidge. He speaks almost entirely in elongated vowels. Then there’s a guy called James; his kids go to school here but he spends the week in a flat in London. He stands on the platform at Kemble in pink cords, making me feel jealous and underdressed. And there’s Henrietta – the lifeblood of the village – who organizes all the bake-sales at the church fete and delivers the parish magazine in her 4×4.
Q: What would be a three-course Cotswold meal?
Ben Miller: I do love cooking but I’ve hardly cooked since I met my wife because she’s too good to compete with. I’d get everything at Jolly Nice [at the Old White Horse Filling Station, Frampton Mansell]. We’d buy some fantastic beef from the cows that graze on the Jolly Nice farm at Westonbirt; serve it with roast vegetables from Jolly Nice; and finish with ice cream from Jolly Nice. I’m a big fan of peanut butter but my family lean towards chocolate.
Q: What’s your favourite view in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: From our hill, across the Churn Valley. You drive down in the mornings and the amazing Rendcomb School is lit up by the early sun.
Q: What’s your favourite Cotswolds building and why?
Ben Miller: Cheltenham Ladies’ College is a favourite because it reminds me of Cambridge. I was at St Catharine’s, which made a huge impression on me. It was the first time I’d experienced living in a beautiful place; after that, everything was a compromise – until we came here.
Q: What would you never do in the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: Parachute jump: there’s nowhere flat to land. I’m not scared of heights; I did a stunt on Johnny English, where I had to jump off the top of a super-yacht – about five storeys off the ground – in a studio. The joke is that Rowan pinches his nose, goes over backwards, and lands on the lower deck. Because it’s the same continuous shot, I had to go through the shot first and jump off onto a tower. It was horrendous! Don’t get me wrong: if you could possibly get a stuntman to do it, you would; nobody wants to insure actors for things like that. But there are things you have to do.
Q: What are the four corners of the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: Up in the left, I’d put the Overbury Estate; in the far right, I’d say Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s not really a square but I’d go down to Stow, and then dip into Wiltshire with Malmesbury.
Q: If you lived abroad, what would you take to remind you of the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: The clothes I stand up in. I’m so sad that the fantastic outfitter [Pakeman Catto & Carter], next to the Harry Potter chemist in Cirencester, has closed. Luckily enough, I’ve found another one in the Market Place – Barrington Ayre.
Q: Which event, or activity, best sums up the Cotswolds?
Ben Miller: In summer, there’s a constant rotation of never-ending events – usually something insane. We never want to go away because there’s so much happening. At this time of year, I love the Enchanted Wood at Westonbirt Arboretum.
Q: If you were invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?
Ben Miller: Oh my word! I’d sneak into Highgrove and sample Duchy mince pies in Prince Charles’s testing laboratory (because he must have one). Myself and Alexander Armstrong hosted his 70th birthday at the Palladium – We Are Most Amused and Amazed – a night of comedy and magic. Really exciting. If I had actually gone through his suits, I wouldn’t have been able to look him in the eye at the handshaking at the end.
Q: To whom or what should there be a Cotswolds memorial?
Ben Miller: A monument to the Arts and Crafts movement – all of them sitting at an Arts and Crafts table on Arts and Craft chairs. It would have to be in stone, with lichen on it, and placed in Sapperton.
Q: The Cotswolds – aspic or asphalt?
Ben Miller: They’re doing fine as they are. They have one foot very firmly in the present and another very firmly in the past; it would be a great shame to lose either.
Q: With whom would you most like to have a cider?
Ben Miller: This is my open invitation to Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to meet me at the Woolpack [Slad]. Everybody constantly talks about him – I’ve been in the Cotswolds four years and I haven’t met him yet. Who the hell do I think I am!