Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp (born 8 September 1979) is an English comedian and actor. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, before playing the role of the inventor Archie in the British children's television series Balamory. He has also appeared on comedy panel shows, played John Duggan in The Thick of It and Nigel in the sitcom Rev.
Jupp, the son of a minister in the United Reformed Church, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and spent most of his childhood in London. For much of his life Jupp believed he was of Belgian stock, descended from 16th-century Huguenot immigrants. However, while creating a programme for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 he discovered his roots are actually in Sussex.
He was educated at three independent schools: The Hall School in Hampstead, North London; St George's School in Windsor; and Oakham School in Rutland. He studied Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. 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.
He wrote a book about his adventures as a cricket journalist in India: Fibber in the Heat.
Jupp played 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 of 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 film Made in Dagenham (2010).
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 27 April 2016, Jupp was announced to voice Blackberry in the forthcoming adaptation of Watership Down. In 2015, Jupp appeared as a team captain on The Really Welsh Christmas Quiz, alongside fellow comedians Chris Corcoran, Elis James and Omar Hamdi.
In October 2016, Jupp appeared as Giles, the chairman of the residents' committee in the sitcom from BBC Three Josh. In 2017, he appeared as Hardy in the film Journey's End, and played auction house appraiser Winford Collins in “The Tanganyika Green”, S5:E13 of Father Brown. In 2018, Jupp made guest appearances as Basil, an incompetent lawyer, in the television drama by ITV, The Durrells.
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 has 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.
Jupp first appeared as a contestant on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz on April 2012 (Series 77; Episode 1). In June 2015 he was announced as the new presenter of the show, replacing Sandi Toksvig. He chaired the show for 12 series, with his last appearance on 31 May 2019 (Series 99; Episode 8).
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.