About Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

  • Alexander shot to fame as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller and as host of the daily television game show Pointless.

  • Born in Northumberland in 1970, Alexander studied in Edinburgh and Durham and then read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, on music scholarships.  

  • Alexander is a trained classical baritone. He was a member of the Trinity college choir and joined the writing team of the famous Footlights in his final year.

  • He moved to London to pursue a career in comedy. In 1996, he and Ben Miller performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and were nominated for the Perrier Award. 

  • Alexander has made more appearances as host of Have I Got News for You than any other guest presenter. He has been on the show more than 20 times. 

  • Since Pointless begain in 2009, Alexander has been the presenter alongside former university mate Richard Osman.

  • Alexander is President of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, the largest independent library outside London. He launched their million pound appeal at a special gala event in February 2011.

  • One of Alexander's favourite books is Mr Standfast by John Buchan, an espionage thriller featuring Richard Hannay, the main character of The 39 Steps

Did you know?

Alexander is a descendant of William the Conqueror.