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Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong is an English actor, presenter, and baritone singer best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, and as host of BBC TV gameshow Pointless since its inception in 2009. He has presented several panel shows, most notably Have I Got News For You, where he is the most frequent guest presenter, and has done a range of voiceover work in children's TV, including the titular role in Danger Mouse. He is recognised for his endearing, graceful, gentlemanly style.

Biography

Born and raised in Northumberland, almost 5km from the nearest village, Alexander Armstrong is the youngest of three children. He was educated at various private schools such as St Mary's Musical School in Edinburgh, where he was a chorister at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, and Durham School, at which he was awarded a prestigious music scholarship. He would go on to study English at Trinity College, Cambridge, earning himself another choral scholarship, and his love of classical music, a constant throughout his life, is often parodied in early Armstrong and Miller sketches.

Shortly after leaving university, Jez Butterworth introduced him to the man who would be his comedy partner for many years, Ben Miller. After joining forces they gradually honed their act, eventually winning a nomination for the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1996. Soon they were awarded a contract to produce the sketch show Armstrong and Miller, which ran from 1997 to 2001, while Armstrong also performed sketches in The Sunday Format. After splitting temporarily, they reunited in 2007 for BBC TV's The Armstrong and Miller Show, which was nominated for two BAFTAs, winning one.

Armstrong has also hosted several panel-shows, including Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask, Don't Ask Me Ask Britain, Best of the Worst, and The Imitation Game. Moreover, he has hosted Have I Got News For You more times than anyone else, and was reportedly offered the job on a permanent basis in 2003, before the BBC changed its mind and reverted to a guest-presenter format.

Armstrong has also provided the voice for several cartoons, narrating Hey Duggee, playing the title role on Danger Mouse, and bringing Mr Wolf and Policeman Stag to life on Peppa Pig.

He turned down the opportunity to host Channel 4's Countdown in 2008, after Des O'Connor's retirement, but in 2009 accepted the presenting role on a new BBC game-show, Pointless, alongside former university friend Richard Osman. The aim of the game is to provide the correct but least obvious answer, and thus score the lowest number of points (hence the name). After 1000 episodes and counting, he has become a national treasure due to his politeness, charm, and gentle wit.

After over a decade in television, radio, and comedy, Armstrong returned to his other great love: music. A bass baritone blessed with a rich, tuneful voice, in 2015 he hosted Frank Sinatra: Our Way on BBC One, and since September 2014 has presented the Saturday afternoon programme on Classic FM. He has released two solo vocal albums, 2015's A Year of Songs and 2016's Upon a Different Shore.

Armstrong has four children with wife Hannah Bronwen Snow, keeps an eclectic range of animals, including dogs, hens, and ponies, and is well-loved for his sunny optimism and warmth.

AKA
Xander Armstrong
Member of
Armstrong & Miller
Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Monday 2nd March 1970 (49 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 Alexander Armstrong: All Mouth And Some Trousers Self
2019 Have I Got News For You - Series 58
  1. E9 - Election Special
Host / Presenter
2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans Catus Decianus
2019 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 14
  1. E9 - Michael Palin, Alexander Armstrong, Ashley Banjo, Katherine Ryan, Michael Sheen, Mark Ronson, Lukke Li
Guest
2019 Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Michael McIntyre's Big Surprises
  1. Michael McIntyre's Big Surprises
Guest
2018 We Are Most Amused & Amazed Host / Presenter
2018 Saluting Dad's Army Host / Presenter
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 56
  1. Special - Have I Got 2018 News For You
  2. E1 - Episode One
Host / Presenter
2018 The Imitation Game Host / Presenter
2018 Have I Got News For You - Series 55
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
2017 Have I Got News For You - Series 54
  1. Special - Have I Got 2017 News For You
  2. E1 - Episode One
Host / Presenter
2017 Danger Mouse - Series 2 Danger Mouse (Voice)
2017 Have I Got News For You - Series 53
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Host / Presenter
2017 Don't Ask Me Ask Britain Host / Presenter
2017 Drunk History - Series 3
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Alfred The Great
2017 Drunk History - Series 3
  1. E1 - Episode One
Sir Arthur Harris
2016 Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Have I Got News For You - Series 52
  1. Special - Have I Got 2016 News For You
  2. E7 - Episode Seven
Host / Presenter
2016 Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back Self
2015 Hunderby - Hunderby Revisited Brother Joseph
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 50
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E9 - Episode Nine
Host / Presenter
2015 Danger Mouse - Series 1 Danger Mouse (Voice)
2015 Horrible Science Tannoy (Voice)
2015 Tonight At The London Palladium - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2015 Have I Got News For You - Series 49
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Host / Presenter
2015 Room 101 - Series 4
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E4 - Alexander Armstrong, Henry Blofeld, Dame Kelly Holmes
Guest
2015 Cockroaches
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Doctor
2014 Have I Got News For You - Series 48
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Host / Presenter
2014 Not Going Out - Series 7
  1. E5 - Pointless
Self
2014 Have I Got News For You - Series 47
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Host / Presenter
2014 Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns Host / Presenter
2013 Have I Got News For You - Series 46
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
2013 My Hero: Ben Miller On Tony Hancock Self
2013 Have I Got News For You - Series 45
  1. E8 - Episode Eight
Host / Presenter
2013 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2012 Have I Got News For You - Series 44
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Host / Presenter
2012 Hunderby - Series 1 Brother Joseph
2012 Have I Got News For You - Series 43
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Host / Presenter
2012 Would I Lie To You? - Series 6
  1. Special - The Unseen Bits
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2012 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2012 Hacks David Bullingdon
2011 Felix & Murdo Murdo
2011 Felix & Murdo Executive Producer
2011 What's So Funny? - Series 2
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2011 Have I Got News For You - Series 42
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2011 Epic Win Host / Presenter
2011 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask - Pilot Host / Presenter
2011 Have I Got News For You - Series 41
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Host / Presenter
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 40
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E10 - Episode Ten
Host / Presenter
2010 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 3 Various
2010 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 3 Writer
2010 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 3 Executive Producer
2010 Reggie Perrin - Series 2 David
2010 Being Here - The Peter Sellers Story Host / Presenter
2010 Rev. - Series 1
  1. E1 - On Your Knees Forget The Fees
Patrick Yam
2010 Have I Got News For You - Series 39
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2010 The Story Of Are You Being Served? Narrator
2009 Have I Got News For You - Series 38
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Host / Presenter
2009 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 2 Various
2009 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 2 Writer
2009 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 2 Executive Producer
2009 Micro Men Sir Clive Sinclair
2009 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 17
  1. E4 - Graham Norton, Verne Troyer, Armstrong & Miller, Shakira
Guest
2009 Have I Got News For You - Series 37
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Host / Presenter
2009 The Justin Lee Collins Show
  1. E9 - Episode Nine
Guest
2008 Have I Got News For You - Series 36
  1. Special - Have I Got News For You Christmas 2008
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2008 Mutual Friends Patrick Turner
2008 Have I Got News For You - Series 35
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Host / Presenter
2008 When Were We Funniest? Host / Presenter
2007 To The Manor Born - 25th Anniversary Special
  1. 25th Anniversary Special
Adam fforbes-Hamilton
2007 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 1 Various
2007 The Armstrong & Miller Show - Series 1 Executive Producer
2007 Have I Got News For You - Series 34
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2007 Have I Got News For You - Series 33
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Host / Presenter
2007 After You've Gone - Series 1
  1. E7 - Out Of Africa
Dr Howard Banks
2006 Best Of The Worst Host / Presenter
2006 Have I Got News For You - Series 32
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Host / Presenter
2006 Weak At The Top - Series 2 John Weak
2006 Have I Got News For You - Series 31
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Host / Presenter
2006 The Ultimate Sitcom Narrator
2005 Have I Got News For You - Series 30
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Host / Presenter
2005 QI - Series C
  1. E4 - Cheating
Guest
2005 Weak At The Top - Series 1 John Weak
2005 Have I Got News For You - Series 29
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2004 Have I Got News For You - Series 27
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E1 - Episode One
Host / Presenter
2003 Have I Got News For You - Series 26
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Host / Presenter
2003 Have I Got News For You - Series 25
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Host / Presenter
2002 TLC Dr. Stephen Noble
2002 Time Gentlemen Please - Series 2
  1. E6 - Beer Necessities
Dean
2001 Armstrong And Miller - Series 4 Various
2001 Armstrong And Miller - Series 4 Writer
2001 Beast - Series 2 Nick
2000 Beast - Series 1 Nick
1999 Armstrong And Miller - Series 3 Various
1999 Armstrong And Miller - Series 3 Writer
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Winterburn
1998 Children's Hour... With Armstrong And Miller Martin Bain-Jones
1998 Children's Hour... With Armstrong And Miller Writer
1998 Is It Legal? - Series 3
  1. E5 - New Bloke
Nick
1998 The Very World Of Milton Jones - Series 1
  1. E1 - Episode One
Ensemble Actor
1997 Armstrong And Miller - Series 2 Various
1997 Armstrong And Miller - Series 2 Writer
1997 Armstrong And Miller - Series 1 Various
1997 Armstrong And Miller - Series 1 Writer
1996 The Sunday Format - Pilot
  1. Thrilled To Death
Ensemble Actor
1995 The Thin Blue Line - Series 1 (as Alex Armstrong)
  1. E6 - Kids Today
Posh Man
1995 Elastic Planet
  1. E6 - The Travel
Ensemble Actor
1988 Comic Relief
  1. E17 - Comic Relief 2019
Self
1980 An Audience With...
  1. E40 - Al Murray - The Pub Landlord
Self

Non-comedy TV and film credits might be found here:
Alexander Armstrong on IMDb

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