Ben Miles

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Ben Miles
Born Benjamin Miles
1967 (age 46–47)
Wimbledon, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Emily Raymond (three children)

Ben Miles (born 1967) is an English actor, best known for his starring role as Patrick Maitland in the British TV comedy Coupling, from 2000 to 2004.

Life and career[edit]

Miles was born in Wimbledon, London, but lived as a young man in Ashover Derbyshire, attending Tupton Hall School. He began acting in school productions, which he pursued mainly because it allowed him to miss classes.[1] He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He moved into television roles in the 1990s, playing supporting roles in such series as The Bill and Peak Practice.

In 2000, he was cast as the womanising Patrick Maitland in the comedy series Coupling, a role which he played until the series ended in 2004. He continued other television work during his tenure in Coupling, appearing in The Forsyte Saga as the rakish Montague Dartie, and in Prime Suspect. In 2004, Miles portrayed Charles Ryder in the BBC Radio 4 production of Brideshead Revisited. Miles appeared in the 2005 BBC television drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of a teacher taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral. In 2006, he appeared in the TV drama After Thomas as the father of a son with autism.[2] He worked alongside actors such as Clive Mantle. In 2008 he appeared as the squire Sir Timothy in the British production Lark Rise to Candleford, and in 2009 appeared as the head of a stock market trading firm in the BBC city-based drama Sex, the City and Me (January 2009). He played the lead in Pulse opposite Claire Foy,[3] who he also co-starred with in The Promise in early 2011, just after also appearing in BBC 1's Zen.

Miles often works with director James McTeigue: he appeared in McTeigue's 2006 film V for Vendetta as Dascombe, in Ninja Assassin and in Speed Racer.[4] On stage he played Bolingbroke in the Old Vic's production of Richard II in 2005 alongside his father-in-law Gary Raymond, well known for Rat Patrol, El Cid and Suddenly Last Summer. Miles most recently appeared in the play The Norman Conquests as Tom in 2009. The Norman Conquests won a Tony Award during his tenure in the play for Best Revival of a Play.[5]

In summer 2011 Miles starred in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End as Robert with his wife played by Kristin Scott Thomas. The love triangle was completed by his best friend and her lover Jerry, Douglas Henshall. The revival was brought to life by director Ian Rickson. Also in 2011 he appeared in the television film The Suspicions of Mr Whicher as Dr. Stapleton.

In 2014 Miles played Thomas Cromwell in the RSC version of Hilary Mantel's novels.

Personal life[edit]

He can play bass, drums and guitar and is left-handed. Miles is married to the actress Emily Raymond who starred in the film Love Lies Bleeding alongside Faye Dunaway. They have three children.[6] The two also appeared together in the episode of Peak Practice, "Before The Lights Go Out" in 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Big Interview:Ben Miles
  2. ^ Daddy dearest
  3. ^ Ben Miles: 'BBC Three show defies genre'
  4. ^ Interview: James McTeigue, 'Ninja Assassin'
  5. ^ Exit, Laughing: Tony-Winning Norman Conquests Ends Broadway Run
  6. ^ Daddy dearest

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