Miles Jupp

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]

Miles Jupp
Jupp in July 2017
Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp

(1979-09-08) 8 September 1979
ResidenceMonmouthshire, Wales
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationComedian, actor
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Rachel Jupp

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 most 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 he discovered his roots are actually in Sussex.[5]

He was educated at three independent schools: the Hall School in Hampstead, North London, and St George's School in Windsor, and then at Oakham School in Rutland, followed by the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Divinity.[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] 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 had five children under the age of eight in 2015,[23] when the family moved from Peckham, South London to Monmouthshire, Wales.[24]



Year Film Role Notes
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
2010 Timber! Miles Short film
2011 Johnny English Reborn Technician
2011 Connected Shop Manager Short film
2013 The Look of Love Interviewer
2014 The Monuments Men Major Fielding
2014 Rosewater Maziar's Producer
2014 The Riot Club Male Banker
2014 The Last Sparks of Sundown Geoffrey Chicken
2015 The Dark Room The Charity Collector Short film
2016 Grimsby Policeman
2016 The Legend of Tarzan The Valet
2016 ChickLit Marcus
2016 Waterboys Horatio
2017 Journey's End Hardy
2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas William Makepeace Thackeray


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Revolver Shoe Salesman
2002–2005 Live Floor Show Rupert Donaldson
2002–2005 Balamory Archie 74 episodes
2006 Feel the Force Mr. Bramwell Episode: "Murder"
2007 Wedding Belles Male Host Television film
2008 She Stoops to Conquer Tony Lumpkin Television film
2008 The Wrong Door Ninja Episode: "Bondo"
2009 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Various 4 episodes
2009–2012 The Thick of It John Duggan 2 episodes
2009–2012 Gary: Tank Commander Captain Fanshaw 10 episodes
2010 Lip Service Rory 2 episodes
2010–2014 Rev. Nigel McCall 19 episodes
2011 Campus Arnold Episode: "Post-Coital"
2011 Peeder Jigson's Video Diary Trevor Gertrude Episode: "What Everyone's Up to in the Break"
2011 Comedy Lab Stu Carter Episode: Rick and Peter"
2012 Spy Owen 9 episodes
2012 A Young Doctor's Notebook Palchikov the Clerk Episode: "Episode Four"
2013 Man Down Man in Pub Episode: "Episode One"
2013 Harrow: A Very British School Narrator 8 part documentary
2015 In and Out of the Kitchen Damian Trench 3 episodes; also writer
2016 Do Not Disturb John
2016 Josh Giles Episode: "Sex & Politics"
2016 Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle James Havant Brown Television special
2016 Outnumbered Stuart Episode: "Christmas Special 2016"
2017 Father Brown Wynford Collins Episode: "The Tanganyika Green"
2017 Quacks George Combe Episode: "The Madman's Trial"
2017 James and Jupp 4 episodes
2017 The Crown Humphrey Episode: "Marionettes"
2017–2018 Bad Move Matt 12 episodes
2018-2019 The Durrells Basil Recurring role
2018 Watership Down Blackberry (voice) Miniseries


Year Title Role Notes
2005–06Jack and the BeanstalkSimple SimonHis Majesty's Theatre[25]
2007The Way of the WorldPetulantRoyal Theatre[26]
2011A Day in the Death of Joe EggBriCitizen's Theatre[27]
2012–13PeopleBevanNational Theatre[28]
2014Neville's IslandAngusDuke of York's[29]
2015Rules for LivingMatthewNational Theatre[30]
2019 The Life I Lead David Tomlinson UK tour[31]

Stand-up shows

  • Gentlemen Prefer Brogues (2003–04) Edinburgh Festival
  • Young Man in a Huff (2005) Edinburgh Festival
  • Everyday Rage & Dinner Party Chit Chat (2007) Edinburgh Festival
  • Drifting (2008) Edinburgh Festival
  • Telling It Like It Might Be (2009) Edinburgh Festival
  • Fibber in the Heat (2010) Edinburgh Festival & National Tour
  • Miles Jupp Is the Chap You're Thinking Of (2014) United Kingdom Tour
  • Songs of Freedom (2016) stand up tour[32][33]


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