Children will recognise him as Archie The Inventor in Balamory, but Miles Jupp is also an award-winning stand-up. He started his career with victories in two new act competitions in 2001, So You Think You’re Funny and the Leicester Festival of The Year award. Two years later he was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award for his show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues.
On TV his upper-class persona landed him regluar apperances on BBC Scotland’s Live Floor Show and has appeared on Paramount’s The World Stands Up and Channel 4’s You Must Be Joking, among others.
He has contributed to a number of Radio 4 shows such as The News Quiz, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, The Vote Now Show & Loose Ends, as well as his own series for the station Miles Jupp’s Real World (co-performed with Frankie Boyle), which was broadcast in 2005. He continues to write material for a number of TV and radio shows and various performers.
Last year he played John Duggan in Armando Iannucci’s political comedy The Thick Of It and Capt. Sebastien Fanshawe in Tank Commander. He also appeared in the TV series Lip Service. He is in Made In Dagenham, a film about the Ford machinists’ strikes of the 1960s which led to the equal pay act.
He has also appeared in the feature films Harry Potter And The Order Of The Pheonix, Death Defying Acts, Sherlock Holmes and Is Anybody There? He was in all four series of the children’s series Balamory and also featured in the television films of She Stoops To Conquer and Irvine Welsh and Dean Kavanagh’s Wedding Belles.
He narrated two series of The Penny Dreadfuls Present: The Brothers Faversham for Radio 7 which has since transferred to Radio 4 and acted in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. He has also appeared alongside Simon Munnery in two plays by Stewart Lee – Boswell & Johnson: Late But Live and a companion piece about Elizabeth And Raleigh, both of which toured in 2008.
In 2008 at the Edinburgh Festival he hosted a daily podcast for the Guardian newspaper, and performed another solo show Drifting which toured early in 2009. At that year’s Edinburgh Festival he recorded a second series of The Guardian Podcast, hosted An Audience With Clarke Peters and performed a full run of his solo show Telling It Like It Might Be at The Gilded Balloon, which then ran at The Soho Theatre in London that winter.
He has recently completed filming on Rev, a new sitcom for BBC2 in which he stars alongside Tom Hollander, Olivia Coleman, Simon McBurney, Steve Evets, Ellen Thomas and Lucy Lieman. It commenced broadcast in late June 2010.
In August 2010 his new show Fibber In The Heat opened at the Gilded Balloon during Edinburgh Festival Fringe , and he also filmed an episode of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and played roles in Campus for Channel 4 and Gary:Tank Commander for BBC Scotland.