Miles Jupp

IntroBritish comedian and actor
Is Comedian 
From United Kingdom 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 8 September 1979 
, London
Age41 years

Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp (born 8 September 1979) is an English comedian and actor. Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, he first became known on British television as the inventor Archie, in the children’s television series Balamory. His profile rose in Britain, after a spate of appearances on comedy panel shows, and his roles as John Duggan in The Thick of It and Nigel in the sitcom Rev.
In September 2015, Jupp replaced Sandi Toksvig as the host of The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4.

Early life and education

Jupp was born in London, the son of a minister in the United Reformed Church. Although Jupp believed he was of Belgian stock for most of his life, descended from sixteenth century Huguenot immigrants, while creating a programme for BBC Radio 4, he discovered his roots actually lay in Sussex.

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. 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.


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.

TV and film

Jupp first came to prominence on British television as Archie the Inventor in CBeebies’ Balamory. 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 for making inappropriate comments, prompting the remark that his fringe is to “hide the lobotomy scars”. 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 2010 film Made in Dagenham.

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.

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.

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 April 27, 2016, Jupp was announced to voice Blackberry in the upcoming adaptation of Watership Down.

In October 2016 Jupp appeared as Giles, the chairman of the residents’ committee in the BBC Three sitcom Josh. In 2017 he will appear as Hardy in the film Journey’s End.


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

In April 2012, Jupp was a contestant on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz (Series 77; Episode 1). 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 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.

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”, 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.

In June 2015, Jupp was announced as the new presenter of The News Quiz, replacing Sandi Toksvig.


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.

Personal life and family

Jupp is married to Rachel, whom he met while at Edinburgh University. The couple have five children; the third and fourth are twins.



2007Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixTV Weatherman
2007Death Defying ActsVentriloquist
2008Is Anybody There?Vicar
2009Sherlock HolmesWaiter
2010Made in DagenhamUndersecretary 2
2010Timber!MilesShort film
2011Johnny English RebornTechnician
2011ConnectedShop ManagerShort film
2013The Look of LoveInterviewer
2014The Monuments MenMajor Fielding
2014RosewaterMaziar’s Producer
2014The Riot ClubMale Banker
2014The Last Sparks of SundownGeoffrey Chicken
2015The Dark RoomThe Charity CollectorShort film
2016The Legend of TarzanThe Valet
2017Journey’s EndHardyPost-production


2001RevolverShoe Salesman
2002–2005Live Floor ShowRupert Donaldson
2002–2005BalamoryArchie74 episodes
2006Feel the ForceMr. BramwellEpisode: “Murder”
2007Wedding BellesMale HostTelevision film
2008She Stoops to ConquerTony LumpkinTelevision film
2008The Wrong DoorNinjaEpisode: “Bondo”
2009Stewart Lee’s Comedy VehicleVarious4 episodes
2009–2012The Thick of ItJohn Duggan2 episodes
2009–2012Gary: Tank CommanderCaptain Fanshaw10 episodes
2010Lip ServiceRory2 episodes
2010–2014Rev.Nigel McCall19 episodes
2011CampusUnknownEpisode: “Post-Coital”
2011Peeder Jigson’s Video DiaryTrevor GertrudeEpisode: “What Everyone’s Up to in the Break”
2011Comedy LabStu CarterEpisode: Rick and Peter”
2012SpyOwen9 episodes
2012A Young Doctor’s NotebookPalchikov the ClerkEpisode: “Episode Four”
2013Man DownMan in PubEpisode: “Episode One”
2013Harrow: A Very British SchoolNarrator8-part documentary
2015In and Out of the KitchenDamian Trench3 episodes; also writer
2016Do Not DisturbJohn
2016JoshGilesEpisode: “Sex & Politics”
2016Alan Partridge’s Scissored IsleJames Havant BrownTelevision special
2016OutnumberedStuart (pretend Nazi)Episode: “Christmas Special 2016”
2017Father BrownWynford CollinsEpisode: “The Tanganyika Green”
2017Watership DownBlackberry (voice)Miniseries