Ben Miles is an English actor. He debuted around the 1990s, first acting on television. During his early years, he had guest roles on the TV shows Soldier Soldier, Is It Legal?, The Bill, Peak Practice and Wonderful You. In 1997, he made his big screen debut in the movie The Wings of the Dove. In the 2000s, he first became known for starring as Patrick Maitland on the sitcom Coupling. He also had roles on other shows, including on The Forsyte Saga and Prime Suspect. More recently, he portrayed Peter Townsend in the Netflix series The Crown.