Who is Alexander Armstrong? Pointless host, half of Armstrong and Miller and regular Have I Got News For You presenter

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ALEXANDER Armstrong is a much-loved TV presenter thanks to shows such as Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain and Pointless.

But do you know about his music career or his stand-up past? Here are a few things you might not know about the multi-talented star, and where you can catch him on TV…

 The comedian and TV presenter has also been classically trained in music

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The comedian and TV presenter has also been classically trained in music

Who is Alexander Armstrong, what’s his background and how did he find fame?

Northumberland-born Alexander Armstrong, 47, is a British comedian, actor and presenter.

He attended Cambridge University, where he achieved a music scholarship.

There he studied English Literature, and after joining an amateur dramatics club in his final year, his passion for writing comedy emerged.

He also met Richard Osman, who he later started working with on their game show Pointless.

In 1992, Armstrong moved to London where he met comedy partner Ben Miller.

The pair soon began performing together and were nominated for the Perrier Award after a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Following a successful stand-up career, the comedy duo co-starred in Armstrong and Miller from 1997-2001.

The popularity of the show launched both of their careers to new heights.

Alexander was soon appearing on BBC Radio 4, including segments on The Very World of Milton Jones and office sitcom Weak at the Top.

 Alexander has become best known for his work on Pointless with co-star Richard Osman

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Alexander has become best known for his work on Pointless with co-star Richard Osman

Which shows has Alexander Armstrong presented?

Alexander Armstrong has hosted shows across ITV, BBC, Dave and Channel 4.

One of his most recent hosting roles was on Don’t As Me Ask Britain, a popular celebrity panel game-show that invites viewers to play along at home via a mobile phone app.

The prolific presenter’s best-known project is quiz programme Pointless, which has aired since 2009 and is said to be watched by the Queen.

Now he is hosting Teach My Pet To Do That on ITV – a gruelling animal competition where pets are turned into viral video worthy performers – which kicks off tonight, August 11, at 8pm on ITV.

Armstrong has also worked on Prize Island, Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask, Epic Win and Best of The Worst.

One of Armstrong’s most regular appearances is on Have I Got News for You, where he’s been a guest presenter since 2003.

 The star has released an album and plans to create a musical in the future

The star has released an album and plans to create a musical in the future

Is Alexander Armstrong a singer?

Even though Alexander Armstrong is most known for his TV roles, not everyone will be aware of his love of singing.

The host is a classically trained baritone and has even released his own classical music albums.

His debut compilation, A Year of Songs, topped the UK classical chart in 2015.

Impressively, Armstrong’s second effort, Upon a Different Shore, climbed to No.8 on the UK album chart.

He has also revealed his plans to write a musical in the future.

Pointless host Alexander Armstrong shows off his smooth singing voice on This Morning

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