Benjamin Charles Miles
29 September 1966
Wimbledon, London, England
Benjamin Charles Miles (born 29 September 1966) is an English actor, best known for his starring role as Patrick Maitland in the television comedy Coupling, from 2000 to 2004, as Montague Dartie in The Forsyte Saga, from 2002 to 2003, as Peter Townsend in the Netflix drama The Crown (2016-2017) and George in episode 8 "The One That Holds Everything" in the TV drama The Romanoffs (2018).
Miles was born in Wimbledon, London, and lived as a young man in Ashover, Derbyshire, attending Tupton Hall School. He began acting in school productions, which he pursued mainly because it allowed him to miss classes. In an interview, Miles stated how he would spend his spare time in a now-defunct record shop (Hudsons) in Chesterfield, Derbyshire while "thinking about 'finding the one'". He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Miles played a very small part as a journalist, with just a few words of dialogue, in the 1997 motion picture The Wings of the Dove. In 2000, he was cast as Robert Brown in Cold Feet and the womanizing Patrick Maitland in the comedy series Coupling, a role which he played until the series ended in 2004. He continued other television work during his tenure in Coupling, appearing in The Forsyte Saga as Montague Dartie (this was the first time Miles acted with Amanda Root) and in Prime Suspect. In 2004, Miles portrayed Charles Ryder in the BBC Radio 4 production of Brideshead Revisited. Miles was the co-lead in the BBC drama, A Thing Called Love, filmed on location in Nottingham, England.
Miles appeared in the 2005 BBC television drama Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of a teacher taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral. In 2006, he appeared in the TV drama After Thomas as the father of a son with autism. He worked alongside actors such as Clive Mantle. In 2008, he appeared as the squire Sir Timothy in the British production Lark Rise to Candleford, and as Plantagenet Palliser in Radio 4 production The Pallisers. In 2009, he appeared as the head of a stock market trading firm in the BBC city-based drama Sex, the City and Me. He played the lead in Pulse opposite Claire Foy, whom he also co-starred with in The Promise in early 2011, just after also appearing in BBC 1's Zen. They were re-united again in The Crown.
On stage, he played Bolingbroke in the Old Vic's production of Richard II in 2005 alongside his father-in-law Gary Raymond. Miles also appeared in the play The Norman Conquests as Tom in 2009. The Norman Conquests won a Tony Award during his tenure in the play for Best Revival of a Play.
In summer 2011, Miles starred as Robert in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing his wife, Emma. The love triangle was completed by Douglas Henshall as his best friend and her lover, Jerry. The revival was directed by Ian Rickson. Also in 2011 he appeared in the television film The Suspicions of Mr Whicher as Dr. Stapleton.
In 2014 Miles played Thomas Cromwell in the RSC version of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in Stratford and at the Aldwych Theatre in London. In April 2015 the RSC brought the plays to New York City, where his performance was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Play at the Tony Awards.
In 2016, he played Peter Townsend in the Netflix series The Crown, and the Duke of Somerset in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, the second cycle in a series of television film adaptations of William Shakespeare's history plays. In the same year, he also had a guest role as Chancellor Tom Pickering in an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror ("Hated in the Nation").
In 2017, he voiced the Time Traveller in a Big Finish Productions adaptation of The Time Machine and Ace in the UK dub of Bob the Builder: Mega Machines.
In 2018, he played DSU Jack Haley in the BBC Two miniseries Collateral, Simon's father George Burrows in the series The Romanoffs, and appeared on stage at the Lyttelton Theatre as one of the Lehman Brothers in The Lehman Trilogy.
Miles can play bass, drums, and guitar and is left-handed. He is married to the actress Emily Raymond, who starred in the film Love Lies Bleeding alongside Faye Dunaway; they have three children. The two also appeared together in the episode of Peak Practice, "Before The Lights Go Out" in 1999.
|1989||Getting It Right||Spiro|
|1997||The Wings of the Dove||Journalist #1|
|1997||Keep the Aspidistra Flying||Ravenscroft Waiter||US Title: A Merry War|
|1997||Paris, Brixton||Mike||Short film|
|2001||The Affair of the Necklace||Baron Courchamps|
|2003||Three Blind Mice||Lindsey|
|2006||V for Vendetta||Dascomb|
|2008||Speed Racer||Cass Jones|
|2015||Woman in Gold||Ronald Lauder|
|2016||Harry VI: Part 1 - Deleted Scenes||Somerset||Short film|
|2017||Bob the Builder: Mega Machines||Ace (voice)||UK version|
|2018||The Catcher Was a Spy||Jerry Fredericks|
|2019||The Lehman Trilogy|
|1990-1991||Zorro||José Rivas||2 episodes|
|1995||Soldier Soldier||John McGovern||1 episode|
|1996||Is It Legal?||Tom||1 episode|
|1997||Melissa||1st Editor||1 episode|
|1998||The Round Tower||Angus Cotton||Television movie|
|1997-1999||The Bill||D.C. Colin Waterman / Dan Price||2 episodes|
|1998||The Life and Crimes of William Palmer||Thomas Palmer||2 episodes|
|1999||Wonderful You||Ray||4 episodes|
|1999-2000||Peak Practice||Rob Sinclair||5 episodes|
|2000||Cold Feet||Robert Brown||7 episodes|
|2000-2004||Coupling||Patrick Maitland||28 episodes|
|2001||Holby City||Ed Somers||Episode: "Tip of the Iceberg"|
|2002-2003||The Forsyte Saga||Montague Dartie|
|2005||The Government Inspector||Kevin Marsh||Television movie|
|2005||Under the Greenwood Tree||Parson Maybold||Television film|
|2008||Lark Rise to Candleford||Sir Timothy Midwinter||10 episodes|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Marple||Percival Fortescue||Episode: "A Pocket Full of Rye"|
|2010||Pulse||Joe Sennet||Television movie|
|2011||Zen||Amedeo Colonna||3 episodes|
|2011||The Promise||Max Meyer||4 episodes|
|2011||The Suspicions of Mr Whicher||Dr. Stapleton||Episode: "The Murder at Road Hill House"|
|2011||Masterpiece Mystery||Amedeo Colonna||Episode: "Ratking"|
|2016-2017||The Crown||Peter Townsend||9 episodes|
|2017-2018||Bob the Builder||Ace (voice)||UK version|
|2017||The Last Post||Major Harry Markham||6 episodes|
|2018||Collateral||DSU Jack Haley||4 episodes|
|2018||The Romanoffs||George Burrows||Episode: "The One That Holds Everything"|
|2019||The Capture||Commander Daniel "Danny" Hart||6 episodes|
|2019-2020||The Trial of Christine Keeler||John Profumo||6 episodes|
|2019||The One Show||Himself||One episode|
|2020||Devils||Edward Stuart||2 episodes|