Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Ben Miller studied for a PhD in physics (specifically "novel quantum effects in quasi zero-dimensional mesoscopic electrical systems") at Cambridge University, where he was also a member of the Footlights comedy troupe.

He met his comedy partner Alexander Armstrong 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 Scandinavian 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

Miller went on to appear in two series and a Christmas special of the BBC One sitcom The Worst Week Of My Life, and other TV shows including Primeval and Channel 4 sitcom The Book Group .

He has also appeared in films including Razzle Dazzle, co-written by stand-up Robin Ince, and Steve Coogan’s The Parole Officer.

He reunited with Armstrong 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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Ben Miller signs children's book deal

First title out next Christmas

Ben Miller has become the latest comedian to turn children’s book author.

His first title, The Night I Met Father Christmas, will be out in November – part of a two-book deal he signed with publishers Simon & Schuster.

Jane Griffiths, the company’s editorial director for children’s fiction at S&S, told trade website The Bookseller: ‘I was transfixed by Ben’s writing immediately; it’s full of warmth, humour and magic and from the outset you know you’re in the hands of a great storyteller.

‘The Night I Met Father Christmas is the perfect story to share together in the lead-up to Christmas. We believe it has all the hallmarks of a Christmas classic in the making.’

A second title will follow in November 2019.

The world of children’s literature has become dominated by celebrity names, prompting complaints from other writers  that they are being pushed out of publishing deals.

Other comics to have turned to children’s fiction recently include Miranda Hart, David Baddiel, Julian Clary, Adrian Edmondson, and the phenomenally successful David Walliams.

Miller previously wrote the adult pop science book It's Not Rocket Science in 2014. He abandoned his Cambridge PhD in solid state physics in the early 1990s to follow a career in comedy with double-act partner Alexander Armstrong.

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Published: 10 Jan 2018

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