Aug. 14th, 1970
Rothbury, Northumberland, England, UK
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On 27 August 2003, Armstrong married Hannah Bronwen Snow, an events organiser. According to Ben Miller, his stag do activities included icing cakes.He has three sons - Rex (born 2007) and Patrick (born 2009).Just before Armstrong appeared on This Morning on 24 June 2010,his wife went into labour and later gave birth to their third son,Edward.
In August 2010, Armstrong was featured in an episode of the BBC One genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, through which he discovered that he was a descendant of William the Conqueror. With his father's side of his family already well-known to him as the land-owning Armstrong family of Rothbury and William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong,the series traced his mother's side of the family,beginning with the McCauslands seated in Drenagh in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, through the Rouse-Boughton family, to Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquess of Worcester, a descendant of William the Conqueror via Edward III and the Beauforts,Dukes of Somerset.
Alexander Armstrong is an active supporter of the Countryside Alliance, appearing in their advertisements and magazine to promote countryside shooting.
Early life and career
Armstrong was born in Rothbury, Northumberland the youngest of three children to Emma Virginia P (née Thompson-McCausland) and Henry Angus Armstrong. He was educated at Durham School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English and was a member of the college choir. In 1992, while at Cambridge, he met Ben Miller, where both were in the Cambridge Footlights, and they formed the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. Armstrong decided not to pursue a career as a professional bass singer, and developed a career in acting. Whilst waiting for acting roles Armstrong worked in a string of North London bars and restaurants.
Armstrong has performed in several comedy roles. He co-starred in four series of Armstrong and Miller from 1997 to 2001. Armstrong renewed his partnership with Ben Miller for The Armstrong and Miller Show in 2007.
He starred as a misanthropic, animal-hating vet in the sitcom Beast. He is also the star of a series of TV commercials for Pimm's.
In 1999, he starred as Prince Charming in ITV's Christmas pantomime alongside his friend Ben Miller, and with Samantha Janus, Paul Merton, Harry Hill, Frank Skinner and Ronnie Corbett.
On BBC Radio 4, he plays the part of John Weak in the office sitcom Weak at the Top by Guy Browning.
Armstrong also played Martin Baine-Jones alongside Ben Miller's Craig Children for the Times Online's "Timeghost" podcast as they discussed the cultural zeitgeist.
Alexander went on tour with The Armstrong and Miller show in the UK from September - November 2010. The pair completed a 62 date show. This is the second time The Armstrong and Miller show had gone out on the road. The first tour was in autumn 2001.
He appeared on the BBC Radio 4 program The Very World of Milton Jones.
The Armstrong and Miller hardback book was released in October 2010.
Dramas and sitcoms
Armstrong co-starred with Caroline Quentin on all three series of ITV1 drama Life Begins.
He appeared in Steve Coogan's Saxondale (Series 1 Episode 2) in 2006, as a famous motoring presenter (played like Jeremy Clarkson). Armstrong also appeared as David Cameron in the satirical fictional documentary The Trial of Tony Blair, played a middle aged man who leaves his wife during a mid-life crisis in Maggie Mae and a sex-addicted guest in Hotel Babylon in 2007. He voices Mr Smith, an alien computer, in The Sarah Jane Adventures and in the Doctor Who episodes "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End".
He also played a role in the 2008 BBC comedy drama Mutual Friends as well as the role of Adam fforbes-Hamilton, the nephew of Audrey DeVere (née fforbes-Hamilton) in the 2007 Christmas Special of the classic BBC sitcom To the Manor Born starring Penelope Keith as Audrey, Peter Bowles as her husband Richard and Angela Thorne as Audrey's old school-friend Marjorie Frobisher, who, despite being "old enough to be his mother" (to quote Audrey), develops a schoolgirl-type romantic crush on Adam.
In 2006 (repeated in 2007), he was a guest on Private Passions, the weekly music discussion programme hosted by Michael Berkeley on BBC Radio 3. He appeared as an advocate on Visionaries for BBC World News broadcast on 6 September 2008.
In April 2009, he played a school sports instructor on the Sky1 TV movie Skellig,based on the prize-winning children's novel,alongside Tim Roth (in the title role), John Simm and Kelly MacDonald.
In October 2009, he played Clive Sinclair in a docu-drama about Clive Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Research, and Chris Curry, the co-founder of Acorn Computers, called Micro Men.He also had a role in the second series of Reggie Perrin.
- Along with 'David Tennant (I)' (qv), 'Elisabeth Sladen' (qv), 'John Leeson' (qv), 'Tommy Knight' (qv) and 'Lachele Carl' (qv), he is one of only six actors to play the same character (Mr Smith) in both _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) and _"The Sarah Jane Adventures" (2007)_ (qv).
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