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Alexander Armstrong
Armstrong in 2005
Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong

(1970-03-02) 2 March 1970 (age 54)
EducationTrinity College, Cambridge (BA)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • radio personality
  • television presenter
  • singer
Years active1994–present
Hannah Snow
(m. 2003)
RelativesLucius Thompson-McCausland (grandfather)

Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong (born 2 March 1970) is an English actor, comedian, radio personality, television presenter and singer. He is the host of the BBC One game show Pointless, and is a weekday morning-show presenter on Classic FM.

Armstrong is a member of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. His television credits include Armstrong and Miller, Beast, Life Begins, Hunderby and Danger Mouse. He is also known as the voice of Mr Smith, Sarah Jane Smith's alien supercomputer in The Sarah Jane Adventures and the series 4 two-part finale of Doctor Who.

Armstrong is a bass-baritone singer and has released three studio albums.

Early life


Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong was born in Rothbury, Northumberland, on 2 March 1970, the youngest of three children, to physician Henry Angus Armstrong and Emma Virginia Peronnet (née Thompson-McCausland). The Armstrongs are a North East landowning family distantly related to The 1st Baron Armstrong.[1] Armstrong's maternal grandparents were economist Lucius Thompson-McCausland[2] and Helen Laura McCausland (6 April 1903 – February 2000), granddaughter of Captain Conolly Thomas McCausland (13 May 1828 – 25 June 1902) and Hon. Laura St. John (12 June 1842 – 21 October 1919), daughter of The 15th Baron St John of Bletso. The McCausland family held land at Drenagh in County Londonderry.[3]

Armstrong was educated at Mowden Hall School in Stocksfield, Northumberland, and St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, where he was a chorister at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral from the age of 11 to 13.[4] He attended Durham School and Trinity College, Cambridge, on music scholarships.[5][6] He played the piano – which has been seen in several The Armstrong and Miller Show sketches – and the cello, the latter which he dropped in favour of the "much more masculine" oboe.[5][7]

At Cambridge, Armstrong studied English, receiving a third-class degree, and sang bass baritone as a choral scholar with the college choir.[5][8][9] Armstrong joined the Footlights in his final year as part of the writing team for the 1992 revue and was Spooks creator David Wolstencroft's comedy partner.[6]



After graduating in 1992, Armstrong moved to London with friends to pursue a career in acting and comedy. While waiting for acting roles, he worked in several north London bars and restaurants. He was eventually introduced to Ben Miller, who had also moved to London, through Jez Butterworth.[7] In 1996, Armstrong and Miller performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and were nominated for the Perrier Award.



Armstrong and Miller co-starred in four series of Armstrong and Miller from 1997 to 2001, while also performing sketches in The Sunday Format. The duo decided to take a break and split for several years to forge their own solo careers.[6] Armstrong renewed his partnership with Miller for the award-winning The Armstrong and Miller Show in 2007.[10] The Armstrong and Miller Book was released in October 2010.[11]

Armstrong appeared in BBC Radio 4's The Very World of Milton Jones, broadcast between 1998 and 2001. He narrated the animated cartoon series The Big Knights in 1999; it first appeared on BBC1 that Christmas. That same year he also starred as Prince Charming in ITV's Christmas pantomime, alongside Ben Miller, Samantha Janus, Paul Merton, Harry Hill, Frank Skinner and Ronnie Corbett. Between early 2000 and early 2001, Armstrong starred as a misanthropic, animal-hating vet in the BBC One sitcom Beast, and he has also been the star of a series of TV commercials for Pimm's.[citation needed]

On BBC Radio 4, Armstrong played John Weak in the office sitcom Weak at the Top. He also played Martin Baine-Jones for the Times Online's Timeghost podcast. Between September and November 2010, Armstrong took The Armstrong and Miller Show on tour in the UK, completing 62 dates. This was the second time The Armstrong and Miller Show had toured, the first tour being in autumn 2001.[citation needed]

Television presenting


On 1 September 2006, Armstrong was chairman of the short-lived Channel 4 panel show Best of the Worst which featured team captains David Mitchell and Johnny Vaughan. Armstrong presented the short-lived ITV1 quiz series Don't Call Me Stupid, in which mismatched celebrities taught each other a subject they are passionate about before facing a studio quiz on their new topic. He has been a frequent guest host on the BBC's satirical Have I Got News for You, having appeared 32 times; he has, to date, made the most appearances of any guest, whether as host or panelist.[12] In 2008, he was the presenter and narrator for When Were We Funniest? and was the only person to feature in all 12 episodes.[13] Armstrong in The Independent was reported to not want to be "pigeonholed" as a presenter, preferring to focus on acting and comedy.[14]

Armstrong has been the presenter of the BBC One game show Pointless with former Cambridge University friend Richard Osman since it began in 2009.[15] He also presented a documentary, Alexander Armstrong's Very British Holiday, for the BBC on 8 November 2009 about the history of the "great British summer holiday" and his attempts to explore its modern version. On 30 May 2011, Armstrong hosted the pilot for a new panel show, Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask for Dave with Dave Lamb, Katy Brand, Griff Rhys Jones and Robert Webb. After a positive response to the pilot, Dave commissioned the first series, which first aired on 6 February 2012. In July 2011, Armstrong became a co-presenter on BBC One's The Great British Weather. In August 2011, he began presenting Epic Win on BBC One.[16]

In 2012–2013, Armstrong co-hosted ITV series Prize Island with Emma Willis.[17] On 3 January 2015, Armstrong and Rochelle Humes co-hosted entertainment special Frank Sinatra: Our Way on BBC One.[18]

On 1 June 2015, Armstrong presented a documentary, Rome's Invisible City, which used 3D scanning technology to discover the underground spaces below the city.[19] Subsequently, it was announced he would be making a three-part series exploring the lost and hidden sites of Florence, Naples, and Venice.[20]

In 2015, Armstrong presented a three-part factual series for ITV, called Alexander Armstrong in the Land of the Midnight Sun, in which he travelled half-way round the Arctic Circle meeting its inhabitants and exploring their ways of life.[21] In January 2016, he guest presented Bruce's Hall of Fame on BBC One.

In 2017, he presented Don't Ask Me Ask Britain and Teach My Pet to Do That, both on ITV.

Singing and music


After over a decade in television and comedy, Armstrong returned to his musical roots and put together his own cover band,[22] which plays a wide range of music from jazz to rock to pop classics. A classically trained bass baritone,[8] he is the vocalist and is backed up by Harry the Piano on keyboards,[23] Simon Bates on woodwind, Jeff Lardner on drums and Dave Swift on bass.[24] The band's first tour ran from 19 September to 6 November 2013.

Armstrong mainly sang at his local parish church services or at weddings, away from the public eye.[25] Armstrong impersonated Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" in the show Your Face Sounds Familiar and surprised the judges by singing in falsetto.[26] He sang "Winter Wonderland" during the celebrities Christmas special of Pointless and "No Rhyme for Richard" from Blondel in BBC Two's Tim Rice: A Life in Song[27] and collaborated with The Sixteen to record the single "Good King Wenceslas" to raise funds for the charity Crisis.[28]

Since September 2014, Armstrong has presented the Saturday afternoon programme on the classical radio station Classic FM.[29][30] He now also presents the mid-morning show on weekdays between 9am and noon.

Armstrong participated in VE Day 70: A Party to Remember on 9 May 2015, a televised commemorative concert from Horse Guards Parade in London, where he sang "We Must All Stick Together" by Ralph Butler and Raymond Wallace, and "London Pride", a patriotic song by Noël Coward.[31] He sang in Songs of Praise: The Big Sing, broadcast on 20 September 2015, a special programme from the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the world's longest-serving monarch, singing "I Would Be True".[32]

On 6 November 2015, Armstrong released his debut solo vocal album, A Year of Songs, on Warner Music Group's East West Records label. It reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart in its first week and topped the UK Classical Chart, the first time a comedian/actor has reached number 1 in that chart.[33] In January and February 2016 he carried out a 9-date UK tour with his band.[34]

In June 2016 he began recording his second album, Upon a Different Shore, which was released on 28 October.[35] It reached number 8 on the UK Albums Chart.

In December 2017, he narrated Prokofiev's Peter and The Wolf for children. Armstrong's version was recorded under the Warner Classics label with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.[citation needed]

A third studio album, In a Winter Light, was released in November 2017.[36]

Other work


In 1997, Armstrong and Ben Miller provided the voices for lead characters for the PC game 'Wings of Destiny', published by Psygnosis in 2000, as British airmen and Nazi officers covering the two comic-book plots in the game. From 2002 to 2009, Armstrong appeared in a series of British television adverts for the drink Pimm's.[37] With Miller, he has formed a production company called Toff Media.[38] In 2002, Armstrong provided the voice for the character Horse in the English dub of the series A Town Called Panic.[39]

In 2009, Armstrong portrayed the British microcomputer innovator Sir Clive Sinclair in the BBC docu-drama Micro Men. Set in the early 1980s, the film focused on the semi-broken friendship and rivalry between Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers head Chris Curry when both companies were angling for the lucrative BBC computer literacy deal. Micro Men was directed by Saul Metzstein, and starred Armstrong opposite Martin Freeman as Chris Curry.

A book based on Armstrong's show Pointless, titled The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World was published in the UK by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, in October 2012. It was written by Armstrong and his Pointless co-host, Richard Osman.[40]

Also, in 2012, Armstrong was the voice of Professor M for the animation breaks for the McLaren F1 team, with the animations called Tooned (also featuring the voices of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button) broadcast on Sky Sports F1.[citation needed]

In 2013, Armstrong and Miller appeared in the television advertising campaign for Spitfire Ale.[41]

In 2014, Armstrong provided the narrator's voice for CBeebies animation Hey Duggee. In September 2014, it was announced that Armstrong would succeed David Jason as the voice of Danger Mouse in the 2015 revival of the 1980s animated series. Armstrong has done other voiceover work, including Mr Wolf and Captain Dog in Peppa Pig'. [42]

In 2019, Armstrong also cameoed in Horrible Histories: The Movie as Procurator Catus Decianus.[43]

In January 2024, Armstrong participated in the fifth series of The Masked Singer UK as the character "Chicken Caesar". He was eliminated and unmasked in the second episode.[44]



In December 2015, Armstrong was awarded an honorary doctorate from Northumbria University.[45][46]

Personal life


On 27 August 2003, Armstrong married Hannah Bronwen Snow; they have four sons.[47][48][49] In July 2014 they moved to a 26-acre (11 ha) farm in Bledington in Gloucestershire on the border with Oxfordshire.[50][51][52]

In February 2011, Armstrong became President of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne and launched their million pound appeal at a special gala event.[53] He is a patron of several charities, including Family Links,[54] the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust[55] and Just A Drop.[56]



In an interview with The Independent in March 2012, Armstrong spoke of his support for the rural campaigning organisation the Countryside Alliance, saying: "I'd like people to be honest about what they don't like about country sports because if it's actually the people you don't like, then I'd much rather they would actually just say that." He has appeared in their advertisements and magazine to promote countryside shooting. He said that his family had traditionally voted for the Liberal Democrats. Armstrong described himself as a "floating voter", stating "I'm not greatly impressed by party politics, but I am by individual people. I'm a centrist, and very suspicious of any tribalism."[7]

In August 2014, Armstrong was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.[57]

In 2017, Armstrong urged the UK government to do more to support music education and therapy, saying "in the weft and weave of politics I think these sorts of human stories get shoved to one side, but we have to make sure they are right up front and centre. It's not all about Brexit."[58]





Non-presenting roles

Year Work Role Channel Notes
1995 You Bet! Doctor Watson ITV Series 8, show 6
Guest appearance
The Thin Blue Line Unnamed Gentleman BBC One S1E6 "Kids Today"
Guest appearance (credited as "Alex Armstrong")
1996 Sharpe Lord John Rossendale ITV
1998 Is It Legal? Nick Channel 4 S3E5
Guest appearance
1999 The Big Knights Narrator BBC One Voice only
2000–2001 Beast Nick
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible Michael Masters BBC Two Episode 1
2002 I Saw You Peter ITV [59]
TLC Dr Stephen Noble BBC Two
Time Gentlemen Please Dean Sky One
2004–2006 Life Begins Phil Mee ITV
2005 Marple DI Craddock "A Murder Is Announced"
2006 Saxondale TV presenter BBC Two S1E2
Guest appearance
2007–2011 The Sarah Jane Adventures Mr Smith CBBC Voice only
2007 After You've Gone Dr Howard Banks BBC One S1E7
Guest appearance
Hotel Babylon Aiden Spencer S2E6
Guest appearance
Christmas at the Riviera Reverend Miles Roger ITV TV movie
To the Manor Born Adam fforbes-Hamilton BBC One Christmas special
Guest appearance
2008 Doctor Who Mr Smith S4E12 "The Stolen Earth" (voice only)
S4E13 "Journey's End" (voice only)
Mutual Friends Patrick Turner
2009 Micro Men Clive Sinclair BBC Four
2010 The Trial of Tony Blair David Cameron More4
Reggie Perrin David BBC One Series 2, 5 episodes
Guest appearance
2011 Doctor Who Reg Arwell S7EX "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"[60]
Rev. Patrick Yam BBC Two One episode
2011–present Peppa Pig Captain Daddy Dog/Mr. Wolf Nick Jr./Channel 5 Voice only
2012 Hacks David Bullingdon MP Channel 4 [61]
Love Life Dominic ITV
Hunderby Brother Joseph Sky Atlantic
2012–2013 Tooned Professor M Sky Sports F1 Voice only
2013–present PAW Patrol Jake Nick Jr./Channel 5 UK dub
2014 Not Going Out Himself BBC One Series 7, Episode 5: "Pointless"
2014–present Hey Duggee Narrator CBeebies [62] Voice only
2015–2019 Danger Mouse Danger Mouse CBBC Voice only (also voices Danger Mouse in live stage show at Butlins in 2017)[63]
2015 Cockroaches Doctor ITV2 [64]
The Sound of Music Live Max Detweiler ITV UK adaptation of The Sound of Music Live![65]
2017 Lip Sync Battle UK Himself Channel 5
2020 Have I Got 30 Years for You BBC One [66]
Michael McIntyre's The Wheel [67]
Anthony [68]
2021 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Celebrity Special Himself/Contestant ITV
2022 Celebrity Catchphrase [69]
The Wheel Himself/Celebrity expert BBC One [70]
2024 The Masked Singer UK "Chicken Caesar" ITV1 [44]
Beat the Chasers Himself/Contestant (season 5 episode 6)[71]

Presenting roles

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2003–present Have I Got News for You Guest presenter BBC One Most frequent guest presenter to have appeared on the show
2006 Best of the Worst Presenter Channel 4
2009–present Pointless Co-presenter BBC Two/BBC One With Richard Osman until 2022, with rotating guest presenters each doing 11 episodes each since 2022.
2011 The Great British Weather BBC One
Epic Win Presenter
2011–2013 Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask Dave
2013 Your Face Sounds Familiar Contestant ITV
Prize Island Co-presenter With Emma Willis
The 12 Drinks of Christmas BBC Two With Giles Coren[72]
2014 Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns Presenter BBC Four [73]
2015 Frank Sinatra: Our Way Co-presenter BBC One One-off special; with Rochelle Humes[18]
Sunday Night at the Palladium Presenter ITV Guest presenter; 1 episode
Alexander Armstrong in the Land of the Midnight Sun [21]
Rome's Invisible City BBC One One-off special
2016 Bruce's Hall of Fame Stand-in presenter for Bruce Forsyth
2017 Italy's Invisible Cities Co-presenter With Dr. Michael Scott[74]
Don't Ask Me Ask Britain Presenter ITV
Teach My Pet To Do That[75]
A Very Royal Wedding One-off documentary
Sheridan One-off special
2018 The Imitation Game Comedy panel show
2020 Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs Channel 5 One-off special[76]
2021 The Queen and Her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong ITV One-off documentary[77]
Iceland with Alexander Armstrong Channel 5 Three-part documentary series[78]
2022 South Korea with Alexander Armstrong Three-part documentary series[79]
2023 Alexander Armstrong in Sri Lanka Three-part documentary series[80]
Buckingham Palace with Alexander Armstrong Six-part documentary series[81]


Year Work Role Notes
1994 There's No Business... Tim Starring Raw Sex
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Winterburn
2001 Birthday Girl Robert Moseley
2005 Match Point Mr Townsend
2006 Scoop Unnamed policeman Guest appearance
2009 Skellig Mr Hunt
2010 Jackboots on Whitehall Red Leader
2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans Catus Decianus



Video games




Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
A Year of Songs
  • Released: 5 November 2015
  • Label: East West
  • Format: CD, digital download
Upon a Different Shore
  • Released: 28 October 2016
  • Label: East West
  • Format: CD, digital download
In a Winter Light
  • Released: 24 November 2017
  • Label: East West
  • Format: CD, digital download


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