Channel 5 Iceland with Alexander Armstrong: How TV star is ‘related’ to Peep Show star David Mitchell


Alexander Armstrong is currently starring in a three part documentary on Channel 5.

The series, ‘Iceland’, sees the actor and television presenter travel across Iceland to bask in the picturesque scenery and meet the people who live there.

The presenter, actor and singer, who is probably most recognisable as the host of the BBC One gameshow Pointless, will travel to nearly every corner of Iceland giving viewers an insight into the beautiful sites and culture of the Nordic island.

And, while Alexander takes viewers on a tour around Iceland, you might be curious to know about his life off camera.

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Alexander Armstrong

The 51-year-old, whose full name is Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong, or ‘Xander’ to his friends, was the youngest child of a Northumberland GP, Henry, and magistrate wife, Virginia.

The family’s lineage was revealed in a 2010 episode of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?

The family’s ancestry stretches back through landed gentry in Northumberland and Ireland to William the Conqueror.

The television presenter spoke about his upbringing in rural England to the Independent.



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“It was an incredibly sheltered upbringing,” he said. “It was so far away from the modern world. We lived so far from anywhere that our newspaper wouldn’t be delivered up to our house, it would be left at the post office which is about a mile and a bit away down at the bottom of the valley. So one of the treats would be to walk with the dogs to go and pick up the paper.”

The Pointless host now lives in London with wife Hannah, a former events organiser, and their three sons, Rex, Patrick and Edward.

But did you know the presenter is also related to comedian David Mitchell?

David, who was part of the comedy due Mitchell and Webb, shot to fame in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show.



David Mitchell with Robert Webb as stars of Peep Show
David Mitchell with Robert Webb as stars of Peep Show

And David Mitchell and Alexander Armstop are, indeed, brother-in-laws – kind of.

Let us try to break this down.

David Mitchell is married to the Only Connect host Victoria Coren Mitchell. Victoria is the sister of critic and controversy prone Giles Coren.

Giles is married to Esther Walker, a journalist who has written for The Times, the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph.

Esther’s sister is Hannah Bronwen Snow, who is married to Pointless host Alexander Armstrong.

You can watch Iceland with Alexander Armstrong on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight.

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