Ben Miller studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and was halfway through a PhD in solid state physics when he chanced upon the Footlights and got the bug for sketch comedy. In 1992, he joined forces with Alexander Armstrong, and the duo spent four years touring pubs and clubs before landing their first TV series with Channel Four, Armstrong And Miller, in 1997, which ran for four seasons before being re-commissioned by BBC1 as The Armstrong And Miller Show. After winning the 2010 Bafta award for the Best Comedy Programme, they took to the road for a UK Live tour which prompted the Scotsman to herald them as “the most famous white, middle class, mid-40s duo in the country, outside politics.”
Alongside his enormous success as a comedian and actor, Ben has maintained a passionate interest in science. He writes a regular column in Eureka, the Times’ science magazine and presented the BBC2 Horizon documentary What is one degree? as well as a Radio Four series about the history of particle physics, My Great Big Particle Adventure.
His first book, IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE, was published by Little, Brown Book Group in 2012 and went straight into the non-fiction paperback bestseller list.
Ben’s latest book, THE ALIENS ARE COMING!, was published by Little, Brown in February 2016 and has had fantastic praise from Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain:
‘An eclectic and entertaining story, weaving together space exploration, the evolution of life on Earth, The Drake Equation and Egyptian hieroglyphs. That’s non-trivial, as we say in physics, but Ben Miller manages it!’ – Professor Brian Cox
‘A witty and informative romp through our search for little green men, that says as much about human ingenuity and obsession as it does about the aliens we seek’ – Dara O’Briain.
Horizon: What is One Degree?, BBC Two