Ben Miller

Last updated on the 8 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 24 February 1966, London, England. 

Ben Miller discovered his passion for performing arts and comedy at an early age. He attended Cambridge University where he became a member of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights alongside fellow talents such as David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Miller’s education further developed his comedic skills and laid the foundation for a successful career in entertainment. After graduating from university with a degree in natural sciences, he embarked on an impressive journey filled with diverse roles that showcased both his acting prowess and sense of humour.

One of Miller’s most significant roles came in the acclaimed BBC sitcom “The Worst Week of My Life,” where he portrayed Howard Steel – an ordinary man faced with extraordinary challenges leading up to his wedding day. With impeccable comic timing and physicality, Miller expertly brought this character to life while delivering side-splitting moments that endeared him to audiences worldwide.

Another major breakthrough for Miller was landing the lead role of Detective Inspector Richard Poole in “Death in Paradise.” His portrayal of this quirky detective captivated viewers with its blend of humor and intrigue over several seasons.

With numerous accolades under his belt including BAFTA nominations for both acting and writing, Miller continues to captivate audiences with memorable performances that highlight both wit and depth. His ability to seamlessly transition between laughter-inducing antics and heartfelt portrayals is a testament to his talent as an actor.


Suggested viewing


The Worst Week of My Life (2004)

The Worst Week of My Life

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.9

As Howard Steel prepares for his wedding to Mel Cook, his life takes a disastrous turn. His one-night stand from two years ago, Cassie, reappears, seeking revenge. His clumsiness leads to mishaps, such as killing his future in-laws’ dog and putting Mel’s grandmother in the hospital. Amidst the chaos, Howard grapples with his insecurities and the pressure of marrying into a wealthy family.

Top cast: Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Whitehead, Janine Duvitski, Ron Cook, Raquel Cassidy, Tony Gardner.

Death in Paradise (2011)

Death in Paradise poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

“Death in Paradise” is a British crime drama series set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. Each episode features a murder mystery that requires detective work from an assigned British detective, who must navigate the idyllic yet deceptive surroundings while unraveling secrets and catching culprits against the backdrop of this tropical paradise.

Top cast: Ben Miller, Don Warrington, Elizabeth Bourgine, Danny John-Jules, Tobi Bakare, Joséphine Jobert, Ralf Little, Kris Marshall, Sara Martin’s, Ardal O’Hanlon.

Ballot Monkeys (2015)

Ballot Monkeys poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

A political satire series following the mishaps of four campaign teams during the UK general election. Through a series of misadventures and absurd situations, each team tackle their own challenges and comedic chaos while trying to secure victory for their respective parties.

Top cast: Ben Miller, Sarah Hadland, Hugh Dennis, Amelia Bullmore, Andy Nyman, Sara Pascoe, Hattie Morahan, John Marquez.

Professor T (2021)

Professor T poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

“Professor T” is a crime drama series that follows Jasper Tempest, a brilliant but unconventional criminology professor with OCD. Tasked with helping the police solve complex cases, he uses his unique insights and sharp intellect while struggling to face personal relationships and his own troubled past.

Top cast: Ben Miller, Frances de la Tour, Emma Naomi, Barney White, Juliet Aubrey, Sarah Woodward, Andy Gathergood, Douglas Reith.

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