Ben Miles

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Ben Miles
Born
Benjamin Charles Miles

(1966-09-29) 29 September 1966 (age 53)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Emily Raymond
Children3

Benjamin Charles Miles (born 29 September 1966) is an English actor, best known for his starring role as Patrick Maitland in the television comedy Coupling, from 2000 to 2004, as Peter Townsend in the Netflix drama The Crown (2016–17) and George in episode 8 “The One That Holds Everything” in the TV drama The Romanoffs (2018).

Early life[edit]

Miles was born in Wimbledon, London, and lived as a young man in Ashover, Derbyshire,[1] attending Tupton Hall School. He began acting in school productions, which he pursued mainly because it allowed him to miss classes. In an interview, Miles stated how he would spend his spare time in a now-defunct record shop (Hudsons) in Chesterfield, Derbyshire while "thinking about 'finding the one'".[2] He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Career[edit]

He moved into television roles in the 1990s, playing supporting roles in such series as Zorro, Soldier Soldier, Is It Legal?, The Bill, Peak Practice and Wonderful You.

Miles played a very small part as a journalist, with just a few words of dialogue, in the 1997 motion picture The Wings of the Dove. In 2000, he was cast as Robert Brown in Cold Feet and the womanizing 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 Montague Dartie (this was the first time Miles acted with Amanda Root) and in Prime Suspect. In 2004, Miles portrayed Charles Ryder in the BBC Radio 4 production of Brideshead Revisited. Miles was the co-lead in the BBC drama, A Thing Called Love, filmed on location in Nottingham, England.

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.[3] 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 as Plantagenet Palliser in Radio 4 production The Pallisers. In 2009, he appeared as the head of a stock market trading firm in the BBC city-based drama Sex, the City and Me. He played the lead in Pulse opposite Claire Foy,[4] whom he also co-starred with in The Promise in early 2011, just after also appearing in BBC 1's Zen. They were re-united again in The Crown.

Miles often works with director James McTeigue: he appeared in McTeigue's 2005 film V for Vendetta as Dascombe, in Ninja Assassin, and in Speed Racer.[5]

On stage, he played Bolingbroke in the Old Vic's production of Richard II in 2005 alongside his father-in-law Gary Raymond. Miles also 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.[6]

In summer 2011, Miles starred as Robert in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing his wife, Emma. The love triangle was completed by Douglas Henshall as his best friend and her lover, Jerry. The revival was directed by 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 Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in Stratford and at the Aldwych Theatre in London. In April 2015 the RSC brought the plays to New York City, where his performance was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Play at the Tony Awards.[7][8]

In 2016, he played Peter Townsend in the Netflix series The Crown, and the Duke of Somerset in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, the second cycle in a series of television film adaptations of William Shakespeare's history plays. In the same year, he also had a guest role as Chancellor Tom Pickering in an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror ("Hated in the Nation").

In 2017, he voiced the Time Traveller in a Big Finish Productions adaptation of The Time Machine and Ace in the UK dub of Bob the Builder: Mega Machines.

In 2018, he played DSU Jack Haley in the BBC Two miniseries Collateral, Simon's father George Burrows in the series The Romanoffs, and appeared on stage at the Lyttelton Theatre as one of the Lehman Brothers in The Lehman Trilogy.[9]

In 2019 he played Commander Danny Hart in The Capture and John Profumo in The Trial of Christine Keeler, both on BBC One.

Personal life[edit]

Miles can play bass, drums, and guitar and is left-handed. He is married to the actress Emily Raymond,[1] who starred in the film Love Lies Bleeding alongside Faye Dunaway; they have three children.[3] The two also appeared together in the episode of Peak Practice, "Before The Lights Go Out" in 1999.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Getting It Right Spiro
1997 The Wings of the Dove Journalist #1
1997 Keep the Aspidistra Flying Ravenscroft Waiter US Title: A Merry War
1997 Paris, Brixton Mike Short film
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Baron Courchamps
2003 Three Blind Mice Lindsey
2008 Speed Racer Cass Jones
2009 Ninja Assassin Maslow
2016 Harry VI: Part 1 - Deleted Scenes Somerset Short film
Direct-to-video
2017 Bob the Builder: Mega Machines Ace (voice) UK version
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Jerry Fredericks
2018 Red Joan Nick
2019 The Lehman Trilogy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000-2004 Coupling Patrick Maitland 28 episodes
2001 Holby City Ed Somers Episode: "Tip of the Iceberg"
2005 The Government Inspector Kevin Marsh Television movie
2010 Pulse Joe Sennet Television movie
2011 Zen Amedeo Colonna 3 episodes
Television miniseries
2011 The Promise Max Meyer 4 episodes
Television miniseries
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Dr. Stapleton Episode: "The Murder at Road Hill House"
2011 Masterpiece Mystery Amedeo Colonna Episode: "Ratking"
2013-2014 Dracula Browning 10 episodes
2016-2017 The Crown Peter Townsend 9 episodes
2017-2018 Bob the Builder Ace (voice) UK version
4 episodes
2018 Collateral DSU Jack Haley 4 episodes
2018 The Romanoffs George Burrows Episode: "The One That Holds Everything"
2019 The Capture Commander Daniel "Danny" Hart 6 episodes
2019-2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler John Profumo 6 episodes
2019 The One Show Himself One episode
2020 Mare of Easttown Richard Ryan Episode: "#1.1"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelly, Guy (3 September 2019). "The amount of privacy we give up is scary". The Daily Telegraph (51, 100). p. 20. ISSN 0307-1235.
  2. ^ "Ben Miles". OfficialLondonTheatre.com. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Login". Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Ben Miles: 'BBC Three show defies genre'". 28 May 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Entertainment, Movie & TV News - Moviefone.com". Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. ^ Exit, Laughing: Tony-Winning Norman Conquests Ends Broadway Run Archived 26 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Soloski, Alexis (18 March 2015). "Ben Miles Takes On 'Wolf Hall' Onstage". New York Times. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Epic London Double-Bill Wolf Hall Opens On Broadway - Playbill". Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  9. ^ Treneman, Anne (13 July 2018). "Magnificent Mendes tale of bank brothers is right on the money". The TImes (72586). p. 23. ISSN 0140-0460.

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