45 Facts About Alexander Armstrong


Alexander Armstrong is the host of the BBC One game show Pointless, as well as the morning show on Classic FM.


Alexander Armstrong is one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller.


Alexander Armstrong is known as the voice of Mr Smith, Sarah Jane Smith's alien supercomputer in The Sarah Jane Adventures and the series 4 two-part finale of Doctor Who.


Alexander Armstrong is a bass-baritone and has released three studio albums.


Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong was born in Rothbury, Northumberland, on 2 March 1970, the youngest of three children, to physician Henry Angus Armstrong and Emma Virginia Peronnet.


Alexander Armstrong was educated at Mowden Hall School in Stocksfield, Northumberland, and St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, where he was a chorister at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral from the ages of 11 to 13.


Alexander Armstrong attended Durham School and Trinity College, Cambridge, on music scholarships.

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At Cambridge, Alexander Armstrong studied English, receiving a third-class degree, and sang bass baritone as a choral scholar with the college choir.


Alexander Armstrong joined the Footlights in his final year as part of the writing team for the 1992 revue and was Spooks creator David Wolstencroft's comedy partner.


Alexander Armstrong was eventually introduced to Ben Miller, who had moved to London, through Jez Butterworth.


Alexander Armstrong renewed his partnership with Miller for the award-winning The Alexander Armstrong and Miller Show in 2007.


Alexander Armstrong appeared in BBC Radio 4's The Very World of Milton Jones, broadcast between 1998 and 2001.


Alexander Armstrong narrated the animated cartoon series The Big Knights in 1999; it first appeared on BBC1 that Christmas.


Between early 2000 and early 2001, Alexander Armstrong starred as a misanthropic, animal-hating vet in the BBC One sitcom Beast, and he has been the star of a series of TV commercials for Pimm's.


On BBC Radio 4, Alexander Armstrong played John Weak in the office sitcom Weak at the Top.


Alexander Armstrong played Martin Baine-Jones for the Times Online's Timeghost podcast.


Between September and November 2010, Alexander Armstrong took The Alexander Armstrong and Miller Show on tour in the UK, completing 62 dates.


On 1 September 2006, Alexander Armstrong was chairman of the short-lived Channel 4 panel show Best of the Worst which featured team captains David Mitchell and Johnny Vaughan.


Alexander Armstrong has been a frequent guest host on the BBC's satirical Have I Got News for You, having appeared 32 times; he has, to date, made the most appearances of any guest, whether as host or panelist.


Alexander Armstrong has been the presenter of the BBC One game show Pointless with former university friend Richard Osman since it began in 2009.


Alexander Armstrong presented a documentary, Alexander Armstrong's Very British Holiday, for the BBC on 8 November 2009 about the history of the "great British summer holiday" and his attempts to explore its modern version.


On 30 May 2011, Armstrong hosted the pilot for a new panel show, Alexander Armstrong's Big Ask for Dave with Dave Lamb, Katy Brand, Griff Rhys Jones and Robert Webb.


In July 2011, Alexander Armstrong became a co-presenter on BBC One's The Great British Weather.


In September of 2014, it was announced that Alexander Armstrong would succeed David Jason as the voice of Danger Mouse in the 2015 revival of the 1980s animated series.


On 1 June 2015, Alexander Armstrong presented a documentary, Rome's Invisible City, which used 3D scanning technology to discover the underground spaces below the city.

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Subsequently, it was announced that Alexander Armstrong would be making a three-part series exploring the lost and hidden sites of Florence, Naples, and Venice.


In 2015, Alexander Armstrong presented a three-part factual series for ITV, called Land of the Midnight Sun, in which he travelled half-way round the Arctic Circle meeting its inhabitants and exploring their ways of life.


Alexander Armstrong has done other voiceover work, including Mr Wolf and Captain Dog in Peppa Pig and he is the narrator of Hey Duggee.


Alexander Armstrong mainly sang at his local parish church services or at weddings, away from the public eye.


Alexander Armstrong impersonated Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" in the show Your Face Sounds Familiar and surprised the judges by singing in falsetto.


Since September 2014, Alexander Armstrong has presented the Saturday afternoon programme on the classical radio station Classic FM.


Alexander Armstrong participated in VE Day 70: A Party to Remember on 9 May 2015, a televised commemorative concert from Horse Guards Parade in London, where he sang "We Must All Stick Together" by Ralph Butler and Raymond Wallace, and "London Pride", a patriotic song by Noel Coward.


Alexander Armstrong sang in Songs of Praise: The Big Sing, broadcast on 20 September 2015, a special programme from the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the world's longest-serving monarch.


On 6 November 2015, Alexander Armstrong released his debut solo vocal album, A Year of Songs, on Warner Music Group's East West Records label.


Alexander Armstrong's version was recorded under the Warner Classics label with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


From 2002 to 2009, Alexander Armstrong appeared in a series of British television adverts for the drink Pimm's.


In 2002, Alexander Armstrong provided the voice for the character Horse in the English dub of the series A Town Called Panic.


Also, in 2012, Alexander Armstrong was the voice of Professor M for the animation breaks for the McLaren F1 team, with the animations called Tooned broadcast on Sky Sports F1.


In 2014, Alexander Armstrong provided the narrator's voice for CBeebies animation Hey Duggee.


In 2019, Alexander Armstrong cameoed in the Horrible Histories:The Movie as Procurator Catus Decianus.


In December 2015, Alexander Armstrong was awarded an honorary doctorate from Northumbria University.


On 27 August 2003, Alexander Armstrong married Hannah Bronwen Snow, a stay-at-home mother; they have four sons.


In February 2011, Alexander Armstrong became President of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne and launched their million pound appeal at a special gala event.


Alexander Armstrong is a patron of several charities, including Family Links, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Just A Drop.


Alexander Armstrong said that his family had traditionally voted for the Liberal Democrats.

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