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Overview (3)

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, UK
Birth NameRichard Crispin Armitage
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love (1999), but it was Sparkhouse (2002) that gave him a break-through role as the charming but a bit odd character of John Standring opposite Sarah Smart. After two guest-roles in Cold Feet (1997) in 2003 and Between the Sheets (2003), he landed a role as Steven in Frozen (2005), which eventually led him to play the lead role in the big hit BBC drama North & South (2004). Other than appearing on screen, he has also appeared on stage--in, for example, Macbeth and Hamlet.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jen

Richard Crispin Armitage was born in Leicester, to Margaret (Hendey) and John. He studied at Pattison College in Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. In later years he took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from musical theatre (Cats) to classical theatre (Death of a Salesman). He enrolled at LAMDA in 1995 and starred in The Cherry Orchard and The Normal Heart among others. He started working in cinema in 1999 with some small roles in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Cleopatra and This Year's Love. In 2000 he took part in the RSC Macbeth tour of the USA and Japan with Antony Sher as the lead actor. In 2002 he had a breakthrough with his role as John Standring in Sparkhouse, a BBC Miniseries in three parts. In 2004 he got famous throughout the whole UK with his role of mill-owner John Thornton in North And South (BBC). He landed a key role in BBC Robin Hood from 2006 to 2009 as the dark and evil Guy of Gisborne, then from 2008 to 2010 he played Lucas North in the successful British series Spooks (MI-5 in the USA). He kept working on British TV (Strike Back: Origins in 2010) and had a small but pivotal role in Captain America: the first Avenger, till he became known worldwide with his role of Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Hobbit (2012/2014), for which he received a Saturn Award. In 2014 he was the protagonist of Yael Farber's acclaimed version of Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Old Vic in London, for which role he was nominated for an Olivier Award. He starred in the third season of Hannibal (2015) in the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, which got him another Saturn Award. In 2016 he starred in the Epix original series Berlin Station in the lead role of Daniel Miller, and in the same year he received many positive reviews for his role of Kenneth in Mike Bartlett's Love, love, love for Roundabout Theatre in NYC. In 2017 He worked on Ocean's Eight, and on the second season of Berlin Station. In July 2017 the film Pilgrimage came out with many positive reviews. He has narrated several audio books with Audible, for which he has received two nominations for an Audie Award. He has recently given the voice to Trevor Belmont in the series Castlevania on Netflix.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Valentina Ancilotti

Trade Mark (2)

His baritone voice
Blue-grey eyes

Trivia (35)

To get into character as Lee, his role in Cold Feet (1997), he took up aqua aerobics.
He plays the cello, guitar, and flute.
His parents are John, an engineer, and Margaret, a secretary. Coincidentally, he played the character John Thornton in 'North & South', and his love interest was Margaret Hale.
At 17, joined a circus in Budapest for six weeks to get his Equity card.
Previous jobs include packing boxes in a warehouse, worked at a laser gun place and took front-of-house jobs in the theatre but continued to go to drama classes.
Started acting career in musical theatre.
At age 14, he persuaded his parents to send him to a vocational school in Coventry where he could develop his musical talents.
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 28 for 18 months.
His older brother's name is Chris.
Was named after King Richard III, as he was born on the anniversary of the day the King was killed in battle.
Completed filming a two-part series called "Malice Aforethought" set in 1920s, where he played misogynist Bill Chatford. [November 2004]
Shot the second series of Robin Hood, reprising his role as Guy of Gisbourne. [April 2007]
Completed filming the first episode of _"Inspector George Gently" (2007)_ qv. In "Gently Go Man" he played the character of Ricky, a Geordie biker. [December 2006]
Shot the 7th series of Spooks in London. [March 2008]
Shot "Marie Lloyd" in the role of her first husband Percy Courtenay. [February 2007]
Filmed new Jimmy McGovern's project "Moving On" (working title) in Liverpool. [December 2008]
Shot Sky1 6-part series "Strike Back" in South Africa. [August 2009]
Filmed the Hobbit - 1 and 2 in New Zealand. [March 2011]
Filmed the BBC Drama, Robin Hood, in Hungary, where he played Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff of Nottingham's evil henchman. [May 2006]
Filmed series 8 of "Spooks" in London. [April 2009]
Shot Miss Marple and then returned to shooting Guy of Gisbourne in the second series of Robin Hood. [February 2007]
Shot the third series of Robin Hood in Hungary. [July 2008]
Filmed some scenes of Spooks Series 7 in Moscow. [August 2008]
Shot series 8 of Spooks (MI5). [July 2009]
Shot series 9 of Spooks (MI5). [February 2010]
Shot the BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special 2006 as Harry, Geraldine's love interest. These were the last two episodes of this popular series. [October 2006]
Shot the 7th series of Spooks in London. [February 2008]
Was the youngest actor to audition for the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.
Is a fan of Damages (2007).
Nominated for WhatsOnStage Best Actor in a Play Award - for his role in The Crucible.
Nominated for an Olivier Best Actor Award for his role in The Crucible.
Suffers from aquaphobia (specifically, fear of drowning) stemming from an incident in which his stroller fell into a neighbor's pond when he was a toddler. This has not stopped him from taking aqua aerobics classes to prepare for the role of Lee in Cold Feet, allowing himself to be water-boarded twice (In Spooks and Strike Back), swimming at least 50 laps a day to prepare for the role of Heinz Kruger in Captain America, and allowing himself to be submerged in a well for a considerable length of time while shooting an episode of Robin Hood.
His role in Hannibal: The Great Red Dragon (2015) is almost entirely silent.
He won the Saturn Award 2016 for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in 'Hannibal'.
He was considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016).

Personal Quotes (6)

I try to be quite a detailed actor. People were really picking up on that. Even if it was just a flicker of the eye or something, they got it.
You can spend a bit of yourself when you give yourself to a character. At the end of a job, you have to remind yourself who and what you are.
Live acting is a kind of adventure sport. I don't go abseiling or snowboarding, but I sometimes think that stepping out on stage can have the same kind of adrenaline rush.
I don't think actors need to go on pedestals. I don't buy it. I think it's a weird thing. It's like you become someone else, like stepping into another universe.
[on suffering an injury on the set of Spooks before his first audition for Thorin Oakenshield] I had taken so many painkillers that I hobbled into the room, sat on my hands and the whole meeting passed in a bit of a blur. If nothing else, I think, with my audition I may have succeeded in showing my ability to convey pain!
[on his professional quandary, as a six-foot-two actor, in playing Thorin, the Dwarf King] I think the biggest challenge for me is that when I walk into a room they think the wrong guy has come to the audition. It's a compliment, but on a business level it's difficult because it's hard to convince people it was really me playing the role.

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