Miles Jupp

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Miles Jupp
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Jupp in July 2017
Born (1979-09-08) 8 September 1979 (age 41)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Comedian, actor
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Rachel Jupp
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Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp (born 8 September 1979) is an English comedian and actor. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, before playing the role of the inventor Archie in the British children's television series Balamory . He has also appeared on comedy panel shows, played John Duggan in The Thick of It and Nigel in the sitcom Rev . [1] [2]


In September 2015, Jupp replaced Sandi Toksvig as the host of The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. [3] [4]

Early life and education

Jupp, the son of a minister in the United Reformed Church, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and spent most of his childhood in London. For much of his life Jupp believed he was of Belgian stock, descended from 16th-century Huguenot immigrants. However, while creating a programme for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 he discovered his roots are actually in Sussex. [5]

He was educated at three independent schools; The Hall School in Hampstead, North London; St George's School in Windsor; and at Oakham School in Rutland. He studied Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. [6] [7] [1] During his time at university, he performed with improvised comedy troupe the Improverts, and took part in pantomime productions with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company at Bedlam Theatre. [8]


Jupp won So You Think You're Funny?, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2001, and was a Perrier Award "Best Newcomer" nominee in 2003, for his show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues. He claimed to have bluffed his way onto an England cricket tour to India, as the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland, and the Western Mail during his appearance on Celebrity Mastermind, and again in an appearance on Test Match Special in 2011.

He wrote a book about his adventures as a cricket journalist in India: Fibber in the Heat. [9]

Television and film

Jupp played Archie the Inventor in CBeebies' Balamory . [10] He also had a role in the BBC Scotland comedy programme Live Floor Show , where he played an eccentric, foul mouthed comedian. In 2007, Jupp appeared fleetingly in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as a television weatherman, who complained about an incredibly hot drought.

Jupp appeared in Series 3 and 4 of political comedy The Thick of It as John Duggan, an incompetent press officer with a habit of making inappropriate comments, prompting the remark that his fringe is to "hide the lobotomy scars". [11] Following this role he appeared in BBC Scotland's comedy Gary: Tank Commander as Captain Fanshaw. In 2009, he appeared briefly in the film Sherlock Holmes as a waiter. In the same year, he also appeared in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle .

In 2010, Jupp appeared on Mock the Week , Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow , and as Nigel, a Church of England Lay Reader, in the BBC sitcom Rev. He also appeared as an under-secretary in the film Made in Dagenham (2010).

In January 2011, Jupp was a team member with Goldie, and team captain Phill Jupitus on the music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks . In May and November 2011, and in April 2012, he appeared as a panellist on both Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie To You? (BBC). On 22 August 2011, he appeared as the lunchtime guest on Test Match Special , where he revealed a love of cricket and that he had worked with the Test Match Special team, who had no idea who he was. This became the basis of the book Fibber in the Heat. [12]

In October 2011, he again appeared in Mock the Week . Jupp had a cameo role in Johnny English Reborn in 2011, as an employee of MI7. He appeared in Series 4, Episode 4 of the comedy panel game Argumental , which aired on 24 November 2011. In 2012, he appeared again on Mock the Week .

In January 2012, he won an episode of Celebrity Mastermind . In February 2012, he appeared on BBC Let's Dance for Sport Relief , and danced to The Prodigy's "Firestarter". In March 2012, he appeared in an episode of the specially televised 45th Anniversary series of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute quiz show, alongside Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Liza Tarbuck, and in July 2013, he appeared in an episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue , also on BBC Radio 4. He featured in the 2014 World War II film, The Monuments Men , as British officer Major Fielding. Jupp has also appeared several times on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown . [2]

During 2014, Jupp narrated for the BBC television documentary series, Building Dream Homes. He appeared in the film Grimsby as a police officer in 2016. On 27 April 2016, Jupp was announced to voice Blackberry in the forthcoming adaptation of Watership Down . In 2015, Jupp appeared as a team captain on The Really Welsh Christmas Quiz, alongside fellow comedians Chris Corcoran, Elis James and Omar Hamdi. [13]

In October 2016, Jupp appeared as Giles, the chairman of the residents' committee in the sitcom from BBC Three Josh . [14] In 2017, he appeared as Hardy in the film Journey's End , [1] and played auction house appraiser Winford Collins in “The Tanganyika Green”, S5:E13 of Father Brown . In 2018, Jupp made guest appearances as Basil, an incompetent lawyer, in the television drama by ITV, The Durrells .


Jupp was the narrator of the radio show The Penny Dreadfuls Present...The Brothers Faversham by the Penny Dreadfuls, which was broadcast in the beginning of 2008 on BBC Radio 7 in the United Kingdom.

In 2009, Jupp became host of BBC Radio 7 satirical comedy series Newsjack as well as the host on BBC Radio Scotland comedy quiz show Swots . In February 2011, he appeared as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's panel show It's Your Round . Since February 2012, Jupp has hosted three series of a BBC Radio 4 panel show It's Not What You Know, based on his suggestion for a round on It's Your Round. [15]

In 2011, he starred in the self-penned BBC Radio 4 comedy In and Out of the Kitchen , "the diary, written for publication, of a somewhat minor celebrity chef, Damien Trench", [16] with a second series following in 2013, and continuing with a third series in 2014. The show also had a short-lived television version in 2015. A six part fourth series aired on BBC Radio 4 in August and September 2015. [17]

Jupp first appeared as a contestant on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz on April 2012 (Series 77; Episode 1). In June 2015 he was announced as the new presenter of the show, replacing Sandi Toksvig. [18] He chaired the show for 12 series, with his last appearance on 31 May 2019 (Series 99; Episode 8). [19]


In March 2008, Jupp performed his third solo show entitled Everyday Rage and Dinner Party Chit Chat, at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. He presented the Live at the Gilded Balloon podcast for The Guardian newspaper's coverage of the 2008 and 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. [20] [21]

Personal life

Jupp and his wife Rachel met whilst studying in Edinburgh. [22] They have five children. [23] The family moved from Peckham, South London to Monmouthshire, Wales. [24]



2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix TV Weatherman
2007 Death Defying Acts Ventriloquist
2008 Is Anybody There? Vicar
2009 Sherlock Holmes Waiter
2010 Made in Dagenham Undersecretary 2
2010Timber!MilesShort film
2011 Johnny English Reborn Technician
2011ConnectedShop ManagerShort film
2013 The Look of Love Interviewer
2014 The Monuments Men Major Fielding
2014 Rosewater Maziar's Producer
2014 The Riot Club Male Banker
2014The Last Sparks of SundownGeoffrey Chicken
2015The Dark RoomThe Charity CollectorShort film
2016 Grimsby Policeman
2016 The Legend of Tarzan The Valet
2017 Journey's End Hardy
2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas William Makepeace Thackeray
2019 Greed Select Committee Chairman
2020 Misbehaviour Clive


2001RevolverShoe Salesman
2002–2005 Live Floor Show Rupert Donaldson
2002–2005 Balamory Archie74 episodes
2006 Feel the Force Mr. BramwellEpisode: "Murder"
2007 Wedding Belles Male Host Television film
2008 She Stoops to Conquer Tony LumpkinTelevision film
2008 The Wrong Door NinjaEpisode: "Bondo"
2009 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Various4 episodes
2009–2012 The Thick of It John Duggan2 episodes
2009–2012 Gary: Tank Commander Captain Fanshaw10 episodes
2010 Lip Service Rory2 episodes
2010–2014 Rev. Nigel McCall19 episodes
2011 Campus ArnoldEpisode: "Post-Coital"
2011Peeder Jigson's Video DiaryTrevor GertrudeEpisode: "What Everyone's Up to in the Break"
2011 Comedy Lab Stu CarterEpisode: Rick and Peter"
2012 Spy Owen9 episodes
2012 A Young Doctor's Notebook Palchikov the ClerkEpisode: "Episode Four"
2013 Man Down Man in PubEpisode: "Episode One"
2013 Harrow: A Very British School Narrator8 part documentary
2014Building Dream HomesNarrator
2014 - present 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Himself - Guest
2015 In and Out of the Kitchen Damian Trench3 episodes; also writer
2015 The Million Pound Motors [25] as narrator
2016Do Not DisturbJohn
2016 Josh GilesEpisode: "Sex & Politics"
2016Alan Partridge's Scissored IsleJames Havant BrownTelevision special
2016 Outnumbered StuartEpisode: "Christmas Special 2016"
2017 Father Brown Wynford CollinsEpisode: "The Tanganyika Green"
2017 Quacks George CombeEpisode: "The Madman's Trial"
2017James and Jupp4 episodes
2017 The Crown HumphreyEpisode: "Marionettes"
2017–2018 Bad Move Matt12 episodes
2017–present Frankie Boyle's New World Order Panelist
2018-2019 The Durrells BasilRecurring role
2018 Watership Down Blackberry (voice)Miniseries
2019Tourist TrapDr. Phillip HobbsEpisode: "Culture"
2019 Midsomer Murders Cornelius TetburyEpisode: "With Baited Breath"
TBA SAS: Rogue Heroes Upcoming miniseries


2005–06 Jack and the Beanstalk Simple Simon His Majesty's Theatre [26]
2007 The Way of the World Petulant Royal Theatre [27]
2011 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Bri Citizen's Theatre [28]
2012–13 People Bevan National Theatre [29]
2014 Neville's Island Angus Duke of York's [30]
2015 Rules for Living MatthewNational Theatre [31]
2019 The Life I Lead David Tomlinson UK tour [32] and Wyndham's Theatre
TBC (postponed from 2020) The Comedy of Errors Antipholus of Syracuse Royal Shakespeare Company

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