Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Date of birth: 02-03-1970
Alexander Armstrong – also known as Xander – studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was also a member of Cambridge Footlights and the college choir.

He met his comedy partner Ben Miller in 1991, when they started performing together in the TBA sketch night in Notting Hill, West London.

But 1998 was their breakthrough year, when they landed a Radio 4 series and a TV series, produced for Channel 4 and the Paramount Comedy Channel.

The show ran for four series and included such characters as Scandanavian heavy metal band Strijka, the drama Nude Practice and hip middle-class presenters Craig Children and Martin Bain-Jones.

They dissolved their partnership in 2000, to forge their separate careers

Armstrong went on to appear in such TV shows as Mutual Friends, Don't Call Me Stupid, hospital sitcom TLC and three series of Life Begins for ITV

He was also a regular guest host on Have I Got News For You, and appeared in Woody Allen’s film Match Point, as well as numerous adverts for Pimms.

He reunited with Miller for one-off charity gig in London celebrity hangout The Groucho Club in 2005, which reignited their partnership, and led to their prime-time BBC One show in autumn 2007.

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They must have made a good impression

ITV orders impersonation panel show after succesful pilot

ITV has commissioned a new comedy panel show based on impressions

Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson are the team captains on The Imitation Game – which will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong and feature a mix of well-known and up-and-coming impressionists.

Rounds will require them to provide new voiceovers for old news footage, or sing one performer’s songs in the style of another.

Seven 45-minute episodes have been commissioned followed the success of a pilot earlier this year which also featured Jess Robinson and Luke Kempner.

Kenton Allen, the chief executive of programme-makers Big Talk, told trade website Broadcast that the show was inspired by the popularity of impressionists on Britain’s Got Talent. 

His company is producing the show with Random Entertainment, the company run by former Goodie Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith, the producer of Radio 4’s I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue –  which also features a round that puts one song to the tune of anothe.

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Published: 18 Oct 2017

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