Ben Miller was born in London, St Bartholomew's Hospital to be precise, and was brought up in Nantwich, Cheshire. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge, specialising in Physics, and then began a PhD (working title, "Novel Quantum Effects In Quasi-Zero-Dimensional Electron Systems"). He gave it up for music and the free electric band - joining Caroline Quentin and Arthur Smith on tour in the fringe play "Trench Kiss".
A regular at the Edinburgh Fringe throughout the early nineties, Ben won a Perrier Pick of the Fringe Award in 1992 for his one-man show "Gone With Noakes", closely followed by an irate phone call from Peter Purves.
In 1994 the newly coined Armstrong and Miller performed their first full-length show at the Edinburgh Fringe to universal indifference; one wag from Time Out decided that they had "invented a new kind of comedy, one which isn't funny and has no jokes whatsoever". Bloodied but unbowed, they returned with a new show in 1996, which was nominated for a Perrier Award.
A series on the Paramount Comedy Channel was their point of departure into TV sketch comedy proper; this was followed by three more series on Channel Four, after which Armstrong and Miller was put on hold in 2000. Ben focussed at this point on his other passion, film, with parts in The Actors, Jimmy Grimble, The Parole Officer, Johnny English, and The Prince and Me, before rejoining forces with Alexander in 2006 for a pilot sketch show for BBC1. A new series of Armstrong and Miller followed in Autumn 2007, and a second in Autumn 2009, which won the Bafta for Best Comedy Show in 2010. Autumn 2010 sees them embark on a fifty-date national tour, ending at the New Wimbledon Theatre in November.
Ben is the co-author with Alexander of the Armstrong and Miller book, and is also hard at work on a new book, The Joy of Science, due out in autumn 2011.