Sir Jonathan Miller, writer and director, dies aged 85

Theatre director also had career in medicine and was member of Beyond the Fringe Sir Jonathan Miller, the writer, theatre and opera director, and member of the Beyond the Fringe comedy team, has died at the age of 85. In a statement his family said Miller died peacefully at home following a long battle with Alzheimers. Although he hated the term polymath his contribution to British culture was wide and praised in many fields. Miller rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of the irreverent satirical show Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. He studied medicine at Cambridge University, qualifying as a doctor in 1959. He combined his early stage appearances with hospital rounds. …