Richard Armitage

British actor Richard Armitage was a television star in his native country, playing complicated men of action on series like "Spooks" (BBC One/Three, 2001-2011) and "Strike Back" "(Sky 1/Cinemax, 2010- ) before leaping ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1971 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (20)

Into the Storm 2014 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

Old Vic's The Crucible 2014 (Movie)

John Proctor (Actor)

Strike Back 2010 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Strike Back: Origins 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Thorin (Actor)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Thorin (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Thorin (Actor)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 (Movie)

Heinz Kruger (Actor)

Robin Hood 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Marple Series III 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ShakespeaRe-Told 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

North & South (UK) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

MI-5 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cats 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannibal (Tv Show)

Actor

Malice Aforethought (TV Show)

Actor

Sparkhouse (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Song Performer("Misty Mountains") (Song)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

musician (Music)
Other (1)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

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Biography

British actor Richard Armitage was a television star in his native country, playing complicated men of action on series like "Spooks" (BBC One/Three, 2001-2011) and "Strike Back" "(Sky 1/Cinemax, 2010- ) before leaping to international attention in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" (2012-2014) film trilogy. Like Hugh Jackman before him, Armitage began his career in musical theater before finding fame on British television, playing dark, dashing anti-heroes on "North and South" (BBC, 2004) and "Robin Hood" (BBC One, 2007-09). His growing popularity, especially among female viewers, led to a starring role on "Spooks" as a one-time terrorist masquerading as a spy, as well as voiceover work on numerous TV commercials and in documentaries. He then segued into another action series, "Strike Back," before landing a central role in "The Hobbit," which necessitated his leaving the series for what would most likely be a star-making turn not unlike Viggo Mortensen's career-transforming appearance in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" (2001-2003) trilogy. Having already conquered British television, Richard Armitage's ascension to worldwide stardom in films seemed a foregone conclusion.

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)

Milestones

2012

Co-starred as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of a company of 13 dwarves in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson

2011

Made Hollywood feature debut as Nazi spy Heinz Kruger in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

2010

Starred on military action series "Strike Back" (Sky 1); aired on Cinemax in U.S.

2006

Cast as Guy of Gisborne on BBC One series "Robin Hood"

2002

Played recurring role of British operative Lucas North on popular BBC One espionage series "Spooks" ("MI-5")

2002

Landed first substantive television role in "Sparkhouse" (BBC), a modern take on Wuthering Heights

1999

Made screen acting debut with a one-line role in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"

Studied music at at Brockington College in Enderby, England; played cello and flute

At 17, joined theater group The Second Generation at a circus in Budapest to gain his Equity Card

Pursued acting while attending Pattison College in Coventry, England

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