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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BBC orders 204 more Pointless episodess

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman to return

The BBC has commissioned another 204 episodes of Pointless and Pointless Celebrities.

Comedian Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman are to return to front 165 daytime and 39 primetime celebrity episodes of the show, taking it up to its ten year anniversary in 2019.

The order comes as a brand new run of Pointless on launches this afternoon at 5:15pm on BBC One.

Armstrong said ‘I cannot tell you how much I adore hosting Pointless and I’m thrilled that the BBC commissioned us to produce over 200 more episodes.'

Pointless is made by  Remarkable Television, and the new shows will be filmed at the newly reopened BBC TV Centre. 'I’m especially delighted to be heading back to where it all began for Xander and I,' Osman said.

The show – which has already run for more than 900 episodes in the UK – has been adapted for broadcasters in 11 other territories including Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and across Central and Eastern Europe.

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Published: 4 Sep 2017

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