Stewart Graham Lee is an English stand-up comedian and director. In the mid-1990s he was one half of the radio duo Herring, alongside Richard Herring, his stand-up is characterised by repetition, frequent callbacks nonchalant delivery and a pronounced use of deconstruction, which he self-consciously refers to on stage. After a return to the live circuit, through BBC and Channel 4 specials and series, Lee has rebuilt an audience and a reputation as an anti-populist comedian. In December 2011 he won British Comedy Awards for best male television comic and best comedy entertainment programme for his series Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle. A 2009 article in The Times referred to him as "the comedian's comedian, for good reason" and named him "face of the decade". In June 2012 Lee was placed at number 9 in the Top 100 Most Influential People in UK Comedy, he co-wrote and co-directed the West End hit musical Jerry Springer: The Opera, a critical success that sparked a backlash from Christian groups who staged a series of protests outside its early stagings.
Lee has written music reviews for publications including The Sunday Times. Lee was born in Shropshire, he grew up in Solihull in the West Midlands. He attended the private school Solihull School on a part scholarship; as a teenager he suffered from ulcerative colitis. He is married with whom he has two children, he is a patron of Humanists UK, an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a member of Arts Emergency. His influences include Simon Munnery, Kevin McAleer and Johnny Vegas. While studying English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, in the 1980s, he wrote and performed comedy in a revue group called "The Seven Raymonds" with Richard Herring, Emma Kennedy and Tim Richardson, but did not perform in the well-known Oxford Revue, though he did write for and direct the 1989 Revue. Having moved to London and begun performing stand-up comedy after university, he rose to greater prominence in 1990, winning the prestigious Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition. With Herring, Lee wrote material for BBC Radio 4's On the Hour, anchored by Chris Morris and was notable for the first appearance of Steve Coogan's celebrated character, Alan Partridge, for which Lee and Herring wrote much early material.
After a disagreement with the rest of the cast and Herring did not remain with the group when On The Hour moved to television as The Day Today, their material was excised from an official release of the radio show in the mid-1990s, although it was included in a CD released in 2008. In 1992 and 1993, he and Herring wrote and performed Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World for BBC Radio 4, before moving to BBC Radio 1, for one series of Fist of Fun, followed by three series of Lee and Herring. Throughout the late nineties he continued performing solo stand-up and has collaborated with, amongst others, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh. Indeed, though Barratt and Fielding had worked together in the past, the first seeds of the Boosh were sown while working as part of Lee's Edinburgh show King Dong vs Moby Dick in which Barratt and Fielding played a giant penis and a whale, respectively. Lee returned the favour by going on to direct their 1999 Edinburgh show, Arctic Boosh, which remains the template for their live work.
In 2001, Lee published The Perfect Fool. In the same year he performed Pea Green Boat, a stand-up show which revolved around the deconstruction of the Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat and a tale of his own broken toilet; this would be condensed to focus on the poem itself, a 15-minute version aired on Radio 4. In 2007, Go Faster Stripe released a 25-minute edit on 10" Vinyl. During late 2000 and early 2001, Lee "gradually and without any fanfare – or much thought – gave up being a stand-up comedian", 2001 became the first year since 1987 that he did not perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. While Lee found himself performing less and less standup and moving away from the stage, he continued his directorial duties on television. Two pilots were made for Channel 4, Cluub Zarathustra and Head Farm, but neither was developed into a series; the former featured all the ingredients that would appear in Attention Scum, a BBC2 series fronted by Simon Munnery's "League Against Tedium" character, which featured the likes of Kevin Eldon, Johnny Vegas and Roger Mann, as well as Richard Thomas and opera singer Lore Lixenberg, in their guise as "Kombat Opera".
At the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lee directed Johnny Vegas' first DVD, Who's Ready For Ice Cream?. In 2004, he returned to stand-up comedy with the show Standup Comedian, which earned him a Tap Water Award in Edinburgh and was released on DVD in October 2005. Lee is known for writing music reviews and, when asked in 2003 what his favourites were, he said "Most of my favourites are still going like The Fall, Giant Sand and Calexico. I listen to a lot of jazz, 60s and folk music but I like Ms. Dynamite, The Streets". On stage, he has referenced his love of free jazz, used the music of avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey as incidental music in his DVD release of the show "Stand-Up Comedian". In January 2005, Jerry Springer: The Opera, a satirical musical/opera based upon The Jerry Springer Show, was broadcast on BBC Two, following a successful West End run for several years, as a prelude to the show's UK Tour. Christian Voice led a number of protest groups who claimed that the show was blasphemous and offensive.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2018 spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 different shows in 317 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the month of August, it is an open access performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorises shows into sections for theatre, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, children's shows, opera, spoken word and events. Comedy is the largest section, making up over one-third of the programme and the one that in modern times has the highest public profile, due in part to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards; the Festival is supported by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets to all events from a central physical box office and website, offers year-round advice and support to performers.
The Society's permanent location is at the Fringe Shop on the Royal Mile, in August they manage Fringe Central, a separate collection of spaces in Appleton Tower and other University of Edinburgh buildings, dedicated to providing support for Fringe participants during their time at the festival. The Fringe board of directors is drawn from members of the Festival Fringe Society, who are Fringe participants themselves – performers or administrators. Elections are held once a year, in August, Board members serve a term of four years; the Board appoints the Fringe Chief Executive Shona McCarthy who assumed the role in March 2016. The Chief Executive operates under the chair Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea; the Fringe started life when eight theatre companies turned up uninvited to the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. With the International Festival using the city's major venues, these companies took over smaller, alternative venues for their productions. Seven performed in Edinburgh, one undertook a version of the medieval morality play "Everyman" in Dunfermline Abbey, about 20 miles north, across the River Forth in Fife.
These groups aimed to take advantage of the large assembled theatre crowds to showcase their own alternative theatre. Although at the time it was not recognised as such, this was the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe; this meant that two defining features of the future Fringe were established at the beginning – the lack of official invitations to perform and the use of unconventional venues. These groups referred to themselves as the "Festival Adjuncts" and were referred to as the "semi-official" festival, it was not until the following year, 1948, that Robert Kemp, a Scottish playwright and journalist, is credited with coining the title "Fringe" when he wrote during the second Edinburgh International Festival: Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before... I am afraid some of us are not going to be at home during the evenings! The word "fringe" had in fact been used in a review of Everyman in 1947, when a critic remarked it was a shame the show was so far out "on the fringe of the Festival".
In 1950, it was still being referred to in similar terms, with a small'f': On the fringe of the official Festival there are many praiseworthy "extras," including presentations by the Scottish Community Drama Association and Edinburgh University Dramatic Society – Dundee Courier, 24 August 1950 The Fringe did not benefit from any official organisation until 1951, when students of the University of Edinburgh set up a drop-in centre in the YMCA, where cheap food and a bed for the night were made available to participating groups. Late night revues, which would become a feature of Fringes, began to appear in the early 50s; the first one was the New Drama Group's After The Show, a series of sketches taking place after Donald Pleasence's Ebb Tide, in 1952. Among the talent to appear in early Fringe revues were Ned Sherrin in 1955, Ken Loach and Dudley Moore with the Oxford Theatre Group in 1958. Due to many reviewers only being able to attend Fringe events late night after the official festival was finished, the Fringe came to be seen as being about revues.
It was a few years. John Menzies compiled a list of shows under the title "Other Events" in their omnibus festival brochure, but it was printer C. J. Cousland, the first to publish a listings guide, in 1954; this was funded by participating companies and was entitled "Additional Entertainments", since the name "Fringe" was still not yet in regular usage. By that year, the Fringe was attracting around a dozen companies, a meeting was held to discuss creating "a small organisation to act as a brain for the Fringe", or what The Scotsman called an "official unofficial festival". A first attempt was made to provide a central booking service in 1955 by students from the university, although it lost money, blamed on those who had not taken part. Formal organisation progressed with the formation of the Festival Fringe Society; the push for such an organisation was led by director of Oxford Theatre Group. A constitution was drawn up, in which the policy of not vetting or censoring shows was set out, the Society produced the first guide to Fringe shows.
Nineteen companies participated in the Fringe in that year. By that time it provided a "complete... counter-festival programme". Not long after came the first complaints that the Fringe had become too big. Director Gerard Slevin claimed in 1961 that "it would be much better if only ten
The Scotsman is a Scottish compact newspaper and daily news website headquartered in Edinburgh. First established as a radical political paper in 1817, it began daily publication in 1855 and remained a broadsheet until August 2004, its parent company, JPIMedia publishes the Edinburgh Evening News. As of February 2017, it had an audited print circulation of 19,449, with a paid-for circulation of 88.3% of this figure, about 17,000. Its website, Scotsman.com, had an average of 138,000 unique visitors a day as of 2017. The title celebrated its bicentenary on 25 January 2017; the Scotsman was launched in 1817 as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren in response to the "unblushing subservience" of competing newspapers to the Edinburgh establishment. The paper was pledged to "impartiality and independence". After the abolition of newspaper stamp tax in Scotland in 1855, The Scotsman was relaunched as a daily newspaper priced at 1d and a circulation of 6,000 copies.
The fledgling paper was based at 257 High Street on the Royal Mile. In 1860, The Scotsman obtained a purpose built office on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh designed in the Scots baronial style by the architects Peddie & Kinnear; this backed onto their original offices on the Royal Mile. The building bears the initials "JR" for John Ritchie the founder of the company. On 19 December 1904, they moved to huge new offices at the top of the street, facing onto North Bridge, designed by Dunn & Findlay; this huge building had taken three years to build and had connected printworks on Market Street. The printworks connected below road level direct to Waverley station in a efficient production line. In 1953 the newspaper was bought by Canadian millionaire Roy Thomson, in the process of building a large media group; the paper was bought in 1995 by Frederick Barclay for £ 85 million. They moved the newspaper from its Edinburgh office on North Bridge, now an upmarket hotel, to modern offices in Holyrood Road designed by Edinburgh architects CDA, near the subsequent location of the Scottish Parliament Building.
The daily was awarded by the Society for News Design the World’s Best Designed Newspaper™ for 1994. In December 2005, The Scotsman along with its sister titles owned by The Scotsman Publications Ltd was acquired, in a £160 million deal, by Johnston Press, a company founded in Scotland and at the time one of the top three largest local newspaper publishers in the UK. Ian Stewart has been the editor since June 2012, after a reshuffle of senior management in April 2012 during which John McLellan, the paper's editor-in-chief was dismissed. Ian Stewart was editor of Edinburgh Evening News and remains as the editor of Scotland on Sunday. In 2012, The Scotsman was named Newspaper of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. In 2006 Barclay Brothers sold Barclay House to Irish property magnate Lochlann Quinn, in 2013 Scottish video games maker Rockstar North, of Grand Theft Auto fame, signed the lease, causing Johnston Press group to move out in June 2014. Johnston Press have downsized to refurbished premises at Orchard Brae House in Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, a move, quoted as saving the group £1million per annum in rent.
The newspaper backed a'No' vote in the referendum on Scottish independence. In November 2018, Johnston Press filed for administration. Shortly after filing for administration, the company was bought out by JPIMedia. 1817: William Ritchie 1817: Charles Maclaren 1818: John Ramsay McCulloch 1843: John Hill Burton 1846: Alexander Russel 1876: Robert Wallace 1880: Charles Alfred Cooper 1905: John Pettigrew Croal 1924: George A. Waters 1944: James Murray Watson 1955: John Buchanan 1956: Alastair Dunnett 1972: Eric MacKay 1985: Chris Baur 1988: Magnus Linklater 1994: Andrew Jaspan 1995: James Seaton 1997: Martin Clarke 1998: Alan Ruddock 2000: Tim Luckhurst 2000: Rebecca Hardy 2001: Iain Martin 2004: John McGurk 2006: Mike Gilson 2009: John McLellan 2012: Ian StewartSource: The Scotsman Digital Archive In 1998 The Scotsman was among the first UK newspapers to launch a website updated on a daily basis. Scotsman.com has since grown to become the second biggest newspaper website in Scotland in terms of readership, behind the Daily Record.
As well as reproducing articles from the day's paper, it features online features and video content exclusive to the site. List of newspapers in Scotland List of newspapers by date Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher; the world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers pp 273–79 Official website The Scotsman Digital Archive 1817-1950 Johnston Press Comprehensive Design Architects
Perrier is a French brand of natural bottled mineral water captured at the source in Vergèze, located in the Gard département. Perrier is best known for its occurring carbonation, distinctive green bottle, higher levels of carbonation than its peers. Perrier was part of the Perrier Vittel Group SA, which became Nestlé Waters France after the acquisition of the company by Nestlé in 1992. Nestlé Waters France includes Vittel, S. Pellegrino and Contrex; the spring from which Perrier water is sourced is carbonated. Both the water and natural carbon dioxide gas are captured independently; the water is purified, during bottling, the carbon dioxide gas is re-added so that the level of carbonation in bottled Perrier matches that of the Vergèze spring. Perrier is available in 750 mL, 330 mL, 200 mL glass bottles in Europe, as well as in 330 mL cans. In other markets, the 250 mL can is available. Perrier bottles all are a signature green color. In August 2001, the company introduced a new bottling format using polyethylene terephthalate to offer Perrier in plastic, a change, researched for 11 years to determine which material would best help retain both the water's flavor and its purported "50 million bubbles."
Perrier comes in several flavors: Natural and Lime have been in market for many years, in 2007, Citron Lemon-Lime and Pamplemousse Rose flavors debuted in the United States. In 2015, a Green Apple flavor was launched in France as well as the US. In 2016, a Mint flavor was introduced in France. Since 2002, new varieties of Perrier have been introduced in France, for example, Eau de Perrier is less carbonated than the original, comes in a blue bottle. Perrier Fluo comes in flavors such as ginger-cherry, orange-lychee and ginger-lemon; the spring in Southern France from which Perrier is drawn was known as Les Bouillens. It had been used as a spa since Roman times. Local doctor Louis Perrier operated a commercial spa there, he sold the spring to St John Harmsworth, a wealthy British visitor. Harmsworth was the younger brother of the newspaper magnates Lord Lord Rothermere, he had come to France to learn the language. Dr. Perrier showed him the spring, he decided to buy it, he sold his share of the family newspapers to raise the money.
Harmsworth closed the spa. He renamed the spring Source started bottling the water in distinctive green bottles; the shape was that of the Indian clubs. Harmsworth marketed the product in Britain at a time when Frenchness was seen as chic and aspirational to the middle classes, it was advertised as the Champagne of mineral water. Advertising in newspapers like the Daily Mail established the brand. For a time, 95% of sales were in Britain and the U. S. Perrier's reputation for purity suffered a blow in 1990 when a laboratory in North Carolina in the United States found benzene, a carcinogen, in several bottles. Perrier stated that it was an isolated incident of a worker having made a mistake in filtering and that the spring itself was unpolluted; the incident led to the worldwide withdrawal of the product, some 160 million bottles of Perrier. From 1981 to 2005, the company sponsored an annual comedy award in the United Kingdom, the Perrier Comedy Award known as "The Perriers". In 2006 it was announced that Perrier would no longer sponsor the award, renamed the "if.comedy awards", after its new sponsor, Intelligent Finance.
In 1992, Perrier was bought by one of the world's leading food and drink companies. Nestlé had to contend with competition from the Agnelli family for ownership of the business. In 2004, a crisis erupted; the following year, Perrier was ordered to halt restructuring due to a failure to consult adequately with staff. In 2013, Perrier celebrated its 150th anniversary by launching a limited edition series of bottles inspired by Andy Warhol; as of January 2013, Perrier was available in 140 countries, 1 billion bottles are sold every year. Mineral water Apollinaris Badoit Evian Topo Chico Farris Gerolsteiner Brunnen Panna Ramlösa Spa Fox, Barry, "Secrets of the Source", New Scientist, 120: 45–48, retrieved July 15, 2010 Official website
Richard Ellef Ayoade is a British actor, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his role as the awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in Channel 4 sitcom The IT Crowd, for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance, he has worked alongside Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Matt Berry, Matthew Holness and Rich Fulcher. Born in Hammersmith, Ayoade served as the president of Footlights at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Ayoade and Matthew Holness debuted their respective characters Dean Learner and Garth Marenghi at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, bringing the characters to television with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and Man to Man with Dean Learner. Ayoade appeared in the comedy shows The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley, before gaining exposure and recognition for his role in The IT Crowd. After directing music videos for the Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kasabian, Ayoade wrote and directed the comedy-drama film Submarine in 2010, he co-starred in the American science fiction comedy film The Watch in 2012 and his second film, the black comedy The Double, premiered in 2013.
Ayoade has appeared on panel shows prominently on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and served as a team captain on Was It Something I Said? in 2013. Ayoade presents the factual shows Gadget Man, its spin-off Travel Man and the 2017 revival of The Crystal Maze. Ayoade has provided his voice to a number of animated projects, including the films The Boxtrolls and Early Man, the television shows Strange Hill High and Apple & Onion. Ayoade has written two comedic books centring around film, Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey and The Grip of Film. Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, the son of a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother, on 23 May 1977, his father was an electrical engineer. The family moved to Suffolk when he was young. At fifteen, Ayoade developed an interest for film "beyond Star Wars and Back to the Future", began exploring the works of directors Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini. Ayoade studied at St Joseph's College and read law at St Catharine's College, where he won the Martin Steele Prize for play production and was president of the amateur theatrical club Footlights from 1997 to 1998.
He and Footlights vice-president John Oliver wrote and performed in several productions together, appearing in both Footlights' 1997 and 1998 touring shows: Emotional Baggage and Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He says that his parents would not approve of studies considered to be of the "Regency era", adding that "a non-vocational degree seemed such an outlandish indulgence". Ayoade states that his degree in law is no longer a viable "fallback" for him and that he would need to "go back to square one". Ayoade co-wrote the stage show Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight with Matthew Holness, whom he met at the Footlights, appearing in the show with Holness at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000 where it was nominated for a Perrier Award; the show saw the debut of Holness' character Garth Marenghi, a fictional horror writer, Ayoade's character Dean Learner, Marenghi's publisher. In 2001, he won the Perrier Comedy Award for co-writing and performing in Garth Marenghi's Netherhead, the sequel to Fright Knight.
In 2004, Ayoade and Holness took the Marenghi character to Channel 4, creating the spoof horror comedy series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Ayoade wrote and appeared in the series, which saw Marenghi and Learner star in a 1980s television drama, never broadcast. Learner played a hospital administrator. Along with Matt Berry, Ayoade directed, co-wrote and co-starred in AD/BC: A Rock Opera, which parodies life-of-Christ rock operas and aired on BBC Three in December 2004. Ayoade was a writer on the sketch show Bruiser in 2000, which starred former Footlights president David Mitchell and Robert Webb, featured Holness. Ayoade was featured in a bit-part as a reporter in the HBO television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. After appearing in Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding's radio series The Boosh, Ayoade was part of the original cast of Barratt and Fielding's The Mighty Boosh television show, he was selected to play the role of dangerous villain Dixon Bainbridge. However, by the time the radio series transferred to television he was under contract by Channel 4 and was only able to act in the pilot before leaving The Boosh.
The part was taken by eventual IT Crowd co-star Matt Berry. He returned in the second series in 2005, to play the part of the belligerent shaman Saboo. Ayoade continued his association with The Mighty Boosh in the third series, reprising his role and acting as script editor. In 2005, he played the role of Ned Smanks in Chris Morris' and Charlie Brooker's sitcom Nathan Barley. Ayoade's Dean Learner character was resurrected in 2006 to host a comedy chat show, Man to Man with Dean Learner, on Channel 4; the different guests were played each week by Holness. Ayoade appeared in the satirical comedy series Time Trumpet in 2006, set in the year 2031 and saw Ayoade and other celebrities reminiscing about the year 2007 onwards. In February 2006, Ayoade began playing the technically brilliant but awkward IT technician Maurice Moss in the sitcom The IT Crowd on Channel 4, appearing alongside Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson, Chris Morris, on, Matt Berry; the series' creator Graham Linehan wrote the part for Ayoade to play.
In 2008, he won the award for an outstanding actor in a television comedy series at the Monte-Carlo Television Fe
Bennet Evan Miller is an English comedian and director. He is best known as one half of comedy double act Miller, with Alexander Armstrong. Miller and Armstrong wrote and starred in the Channel 4 sketch show Armstrong and Miller, as well as the BBC sketch show The Armstrong & Miller Show. Miller is known for playing the lead role of DI Richard Poole in the first two series of the BBC Crime Drama Death in Paradise. Miller was born in London and grew up in Nantwich, Cheshire, his paternal grandfather was a Lithuanian Jewish tailor who immigrated to the UK and lived in London's East End. He anglicised the family surname. Ben's father Michael Miller was a lecturer in American Literature at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic, he has two younger sisters and Bronwen. Miller was educated at Malbank School and Sixth Form College, his local comprehensive school in Nantwich, Cheshire, he read Natural Sciences at Cambridge. As an undergraduate, he participated in theatre with Rachel Weisz, dated her, he remained at Cambridge to read for a PhD in solid state physics, with his thesis titled Novel quantum effects in low-temperature quasi-zero-dimensional mesoscopic electron systems.
He abandoned completion of his thesis to pursue a career in comedy. Miller's interest in comedy began when a friend asked him to help ferry around the judges of the National Student Drama Festival, being held that year in Cambridge. Having finished his undergraduate degree, he joined the Footlights in 1989, working with Andy Parsons, David Wolstencroft and Sue Perkins, went on to direct a revue. Miller moved to London to pursue a career in comedy, he was introduced to fellow Cambridge graduate Alexander Armstrong in 1992, at the TBA Sketch Comedy Group, a comedy club which ran at the Gate Theatre Studio, Notting Hill throughout the 1990s. They performed their first full-length show together at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1994 and returned in 1996, when they were nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award, their success resulted in the commission of the television series Armstrong and Miller, which ran for four series from 1997 to 2001 – one on the Paramount Comedy Channel and three on Channel 4. In 1998, the duo had their own radio show with the same name on BBC Radio 4, which featured many of the sketches and characters from their TV series.
After a six-year break, the show was recommissioned for Hat Trick Productions as The Armstrong & Miller Show and three series have been produced. In 2008, they had a second radio show, Children's Hour with Armstrong and Miller. Miller started acting in films, starring in Steve Coogan's first feature film, The Parole Officer. In 2003 he played the role of'Bough', sidekick to Rowan Atkinson's title character, in the film Johnny English. In 2004 he co-starred in The Me. In 2004 and 2005, he starred in two series of the BBC television series The Worst Week of My Life, with Sarah Alexander. In 2006 he took part in The Worst Christmas of My Life, he starred as James Lester in ITV's 2007 sci-fi drama Primeval and as Mr Jonathan in the Australian film Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance. Miller provided the voice for the ITV Digital and now PG Tips Monkey in a popular series of television advertisements featuring Johnny Vegas. In 2008, he appeared as television producer Jonathan Pope in Tony Jordan's series Moving Wallpaper on ITV1 and starred in Thank God You're Here.
In 2010, he made his directorial debut with the film Huge. In January 2011 he presented an episode of the BBC science series Horizon titled "What is One Degree?". In 2011 he reprised his role as James Lester in the TV series Primeval. From November 2011 he played the role of Louis Harvey in The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre. On 23 July 2012, Miller began touring for his book, It's Not Rocket Science, from the Royal Society in London, he appeared at the British Comedy Awards with Armstrong on Channel 4. In 2013, Miller took part in an episode of Room 101 and a Comic Relief special of game show Pointless. On 13 December 2014, he appeared in a Christmas edition of The Celebrity Chase. From 2011 until the series three premiere in 2014, Miller starred in the BBC-French co-produced series Death in Paradise as Detective Inspector Richard Poole. A third series of Death in Paradise was commissioned for early 2014. On 9 April 2013 it was announced that Miller would be departing the series, to be replaced by actor Kris Marshall.
Filming began in March 2013, Miller left in May after completion of the first episode, in which his character was murdered. Miller explained. "It was the job of a lifetime, but logistically I just didn't feel I could continue." He went on to say that "My personal circumstances just made it too complicated, but I will miss it like a lung. I love it here." Miller's wife had discovered. Their time apart caused strains on their relationship, with his sons, he wanted to spend more time with his family. In 2014, Miller appeared in the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, he appeared with Billy Connolly and David Tennant in the film What We Did on Our Holiday. Starring opposite Nancy Carroll and Diana Vickers, Miller played Robert Houston in the play The Duck House by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash; the show is a political satire based on the UK parliamentary expenses scandal. On 6 September 2014, Miller guest starred in Doctor Who as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the third episode: "Robot of Sherwood". In 2015, following the
Dame Emma Thompson is a British actress, activist and comedian. One of the UK's most acclaimed actresses, she is known for her portrayals of enigmatic women in period dramas and literary adaptations, playing matronly characters with a sense of wit, she is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards. Born in London to English actor Eric Thompson and Scottish actress Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe. After appearing in several comedy programmes, she first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, winning the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both series, her first film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy, in the early 1990s, she collaborated with her husband and director Kenneth Branagh. The pair became popular in the British media and co-starred in several films, including Dead Again and Much Ado About Nothing.
In 1992, Thompson won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for the period drama Howards End. In 1993, she garnered dual Academy Award nominations for her roles in The Remains of the Day as the housekeeper of a grand household and In the Name of the Father as a lawyer. Thompson scripted and starred in Sense and Sensibility, which earned her numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, which makes her the only person to receive Academy Awards for both acting and writing, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. Other notable film and television credits include the Harry Potter film series, Love Actually, Angels in America, Nanny McPhee, Stranger than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey, Men in Black 3, Beauty and the Beast. In 2013, she received acclaim and several award nominations for her portrayal of P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Thompson is married to actor Greg Wise, they have one son. She is an activist in the areas of human rights and environmentalism and has received criticism for her outspokenness.
She has written two books adapted from The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2018 Birthday Honours by Elizabeth II for her services to drama. Thompson was born in Paddington, London, on 15 April 1959, her mother is the Scottish actress Phyllida Law, while her English father, Eric Thompson, was involved in theatre, was the writer–narrator of the popular children's television series The Magic Roundabout. Her godfather was writer Ronald Eyre, she has one sister, Sophie Thompson, who works as an actress. The family lived in West Hampstead in north London, Thompson was educated at Camden School for Girls, she spent much time in Scotland during her childhood and visited Ardentinny, where her grandparents and uncle lived. In her youth, Thompson was intrigued by language and literature, a trait which she attributes to her father, who shared her love of words. After taking A levels in English and Latin, securing a scholarship, she began studying for an English degree at Newnham College, arriving in 1977.
Thompson believes that it was inevitable that she would become an actress, commenting that she was "surrounded by creative people and I don't think it would have gone any other way, really". While there, she had a "seminal moment" that turned her to feminism and inspired her to take up performing, she explained in an interview in 2007 how she discovered the book The Madwoman in the Attic, "which is about Victorian female writers and the disguises they took on in order to express what they wanted to express. That changed my life." She became a self-professed "punk rocker", with short red hair and a motorbike, aspired to be a comedian like Lily Tomlin. At Cambridge, Thompson was invited into Footlights, the university's prestigious sketch comedy troupe, by its president, Martin Bergman, becoming its first female member. In the troupe were fellow actors Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, she had a romantic relationship with the latter. Fry recalled. Our nickname for her was Emma Talented." In 1980, Thompson served as the Vice President of Footlights, co-directed the troupe's first all-female revue, Woman's Hour.
The following year and her Footlights team won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their sketch show The Cellar Tapes. Scholastically, Thompson graduated with upper second-class honours. In 1982, Thompson's father died as a result of circulatory problems at the age of 52; the actress has commented that this "tore to pieces", "I can't begin to tell you how much I regret his not being around". She added, "At the same time, it's possible that were he still alive I might never have had the space or courage to do what I've done... I have a definite feeling of inheriting space, and power." Thompson had her first professional role in 1982, touring in a stage version of Not the Nine O'Clock News. She turned to television, where much of her early work came with her Footlights co-stars Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry; the regional ITV comedy series There's Nothing To Worry About! was their first outing, followed by the one-off BBC show The Crystal Cube. There's Nothing to Worry About! Later returned as the networked sketch show Alfresco, which ran for two series with Thompson, Laurie, Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane.
She collaborated again with Fry and Laurie on the accla