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Early vitality and education

Armitage was born in Leicester, England, the younger son of Margaret, a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. Richard has an older brother named Chris. He attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire and began subordinate school at the local broad school, Brockington College in Enderby.

At Brockington, Armitage pursued his concern in music - playing the cello in school and local orchestras, and knowledge how to play the flute. By fourteen, having secured a give from the Leicestershire Authority, he successfully persuaded his mother to furnish him to convey to Pattison College in Coventry, an independent boarding school specialising in the Performing Arts so that he could centre on drama and dance.

Armitage has expressed gratitude for the lessons and opportunities Pattison College granted, assertion "It... instilled me with a arrangement that has stood me in rectitude stead - never to be slow, to discern your lines and to be professional." By the period he artistic school, he had achieved A Levels in music and English, and acting attempt in local amateur and professional marvellous such as Showboat, Half a Sixpence, Orpheus and the Underworld (as Bacchus) and The Hobbit (as an elf) at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham.

Career

1988–2003: Early act

After completing the advertisement at Pattison College in 1988, Armitage joined the Nachtcircus in Budapest for six months to obtain his Equity Card, a requirement at the period for entertainment professionals to act in the UK. Returning to England, he pursued a arrangement in melodious theatre – working as an helper choreographer to Kenn Oldfield and performing in different marvellous, including the ensembles of 42nd Street, My One and Only, Nine, Annie Get Your Gun and as Admetus and Macavity in Cats. Armitage was also pursuing acting in dramatic theatre marvellous, including The Real Thing, Six Degrees of Separation and Death of a Salesman.

By 1992, he began to dubiousness if melodious theatre was the rectitude arrangement footpath, so he enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 1993 to further application acting. "I needed to do something a morsel more sincere than melodious theatre. For me it was a morsel too dramatic and total almost status on stage and showing off. I was looking for something else, so that's why I went back to drama school."

After completing LAMDA's three-year advertisement, he returned to the stage as a supporting player with the Royal Shakespeare Company's marvellous of Macbeth and The Duchess of Malfi, as rightly as Hamlet and Four Alice Bakers with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre while taking a order of little roles in television and films. In 2002 he starred in the Charm Offensive's origination of Use Me As Your Cardigan.

That identical year Armitage appeared in his leading major television role, as John Standring in the BBC drama Sparkhouse (2002). "It was the leading period I went to an audition in symbol. It was a less role preserve it was something I veritably got my teeth into... I couldn't go back. I knew I had to access everything the identical form." After this he took supporting roles in the TV marvellous of Between the Sheets, Cold Feet (order 5), and Ultimate Force (order 2).

2004–10: Television achievement

In 2004, Armitage landed his leading leading role as textile mill proprietor John Thornton in the BBC accommodation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. The ruler and producers took a accident casting a pliant-known agent for their leading man. He was the leading agent to audition for the role and the continue individual hurl. North & South was an unforeseen achievement. The BBC communication boards crashed shortly behind the telecast as a limit of rattle almost him and he was hailed as the novel "Mr. Darcy" (referring to Colin Firth's "Mr Darcy" whom numerous behold as the definitive fabulous leading man). Armitage did not perceived John Thornton as the mental fabulous leading man role and was surprised by the response. Instead, he said that he felt personally drawn to the role, as his father's family had been weavers. He cited Thornton's dualism as drawing him to the symbol. "The dichotomy between the powerful, almost prodigious, entrepreneur and this phraseology of assailable boy is exciting for me to behold at."

Richard Armitage at the 2010 BAFTA TV Awards

In 2005, he played Peter MacDuff in Macbeth in the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told order and appeared as a recovering gambling addict in one episode of Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He starred in The Impressionists, playing the young Claude Monet, and as Dr Alec Track in ITV's The Golden Hour, a medical order based on the London Air Ambulance. His leading existing role in movies was in the independent film Frozen.

In 2006, Armitage was hurl as Guy of Gisborne in the BBC order Robin Hood, which was filmed in Hungary. "In arrangement to sustain the symbol of Guy, you occupy to encounter the encounter within him. He's constantly pulled between rectitude and noxious, between who he wants to be and who he truth is. He could occupy been a rectitude man, preserve he is forever dragged down by his calamitous flaw – that he wants brightness at total costs." Approaching the third order, he said, "I do affection playing him, preserve with a symbol equal Gisborne, if you bestow him what he needs, then in a form, it's over. That symbol is one interesting when he isn't getting what he wants, whether it's faculty, money or the girl." The third and final order of Robin Hood started on 28 March 2009.

Armitage appeared in a two-portion 2006/07 Christmas/New Years particular of The Vicar of Dibley, as Harry Kennedy, the vicar's novel affection concern (and eventual husband). He reprised the role in 2007 for Red Nose Day. On 8 April 2007, he played biker Ricky Deeming in the detective drama George Gently with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby. On 9 May 2007, he appeared in the BBC Four origination of Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall playing Marie Lloyd's leading husband, Percy Courtenay. He also appeared in the Granada TV origination of Agatha Christie's novel Ordeal by Innocence as the symbol Philip Durrant.

Armitage joined the hurl of Spooks as the symbol Lucas North for order 7, which began on 27 October 2008 in the UK. Armitage notes that the symbol, who spent eight years in a Russian prison, has a personable outside, preserve is psychologically damaged. "I affection films with a junction of action and rectitude characters. That's why Lucas is interesting as I gain to play someone with a complicated psychology who goes eviscerate there and tries to preserve the globe." During the filming of order 7 Armitage allowed himself to be subjected to waterboarding to film a flashback following. In July 2010, Armitage completed filming of order 9, his final order.

On 20 May 2009, Armitage appeared in the BBC1 drama Moving On as John Mulligan.

In May 2010, Armitage starred as precedent SAS trooper John Porter in Strike Back (also known as Chris Ryan's Strike Back) for Sky1. Filmed in South Africa, Armitage establish the main contemn of the role was to exhibit how the symbol resolved being a trained killer with having a family and home vitality. "In the end it was the symbol I was attracted to, the story of a man who makes a determination below exigency and that determination has a knock-on limit on his total vitality," he said. "He goes in inspect of reconciliation quiet believing he did the rectitude thing plane though it demand the lives of three of his friends... There's ire and there's injustice. It's equal, 'I did the rectitude thing, with the unfit outcome.'" By the period Sky1 and Cinemax determined to commission a second order of Strike Back named Strike Back: Project Dawn, Armitage had committed to The Hobbit and was unable to continue in the order. However, he appeared as a visitor star in the leading episode to resolve John Porter's indispensableness.

It was his role as John Porter that led to his casting in Captain America: The First Avenger. American casting agents noticed posters of him as John Porter in London. Although mysterious to them, they offered him the role of Nazi espy Heinz Kruger due he looked the portion. Armitage accepted and shot his scenes in the autumn of 2010, behind filming wrapped on Spooks, order 9. The film was released in July 2011.

2010–existing: Film achievement and over

On 21 October 2010, Peter Jackson announced Armitage was hurl as Thorin Oakenshield in the three-film origination of The Hobbit. Principal photography in New Zealand ran from March 2011 to July 2012, broken into three filming blocks with breaks in-between, and choose-ups were shot in the summer of 2013. All three films were released in December, starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014. Armitage reflection it was a amazing occasion, as he grew up reading the books. Coincidentally, one of his leading stage roles was playing an elf in a origination of The Hobbit at the Alex Theatre in Birmingham. He describes the symbol of Thorin as being complicated and flawed, "somebody that had doubts and that had fears, and there was a courteous margin to him and a very perhaps lonely margin to him." He notes the sight with Balin in Bag End shows the symbol's inside sensitivity and apprehension of failure, "failing where his father and his grandfather had failed as rightly."

After filming wrapped on The Hobbit, Armitage flew to Detroit, Michigan to film Into the Storm from July to September 2012. He starred as Gary Fuller, a elevated school Vice Principal with two teenage sons. The film from New Line was released in August 2014.

In March 2014, Armitage began the eight-week shoot of an accommodation of Bernard Hare's narrative Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew in Leeds, UK. He played "Chop" (the creator's nickname), an ex-collective worker, drunk and drug addict in Britain's lowerclass who befriends the hardened young criminal Urban. Armitage explained his inducement to this role: "it ticks a brief boxes for me: it"s based on a veritably interesting piece of lore, preserve also based on living nation, who occupy been working with us on seat." Urban and the Shed Crew premiered at the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) on 7 November 2015.

Armitage next appeared as John Proctor in The Old Vic's origination of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Directed by Yaël Farber and performed in the circular, the play ran from 21 June to 13 September 2014. The origination concoct an unequalled number of 5-star reviews and was a commercial achievement. For his accomplishment, Armitage was awarded Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play by Broadway World:UK Awards 2014 and a Best Actor nomination for an Olivier Award. Due to worldwide claim to perceive the origination, Digital Theatre captured the grow accomplishment to fetch The Crucible to cinemas and for digital download. It was screened at cinemas on 4 and 7 December 2014 in the UK and Ireland, with further screenings in other selected territories in February and March 2015. Copyright issues prevented the film from being screened at North American cinemas. Digital Theatre made the digital download available worldwide on 17 March 2015.

In a September 2014 colloquy, Armitage revealed he would film his cameo role of King Oleron in Alice Through the Looking Glass in London behind The Crucible closed. The film was released in May 2016.

Armitage spent four weeks in October 2014 filming Sleepwalker in the greater Los Angeles area. In this psychological thriller, Armitage plays Dr. Scott White, a senior MD at a slumber investigation centre. No free date has been seat.

DeLaurentiis Company tweeted on 13 January 2015 that Armitage was hurl as Francis Dolarhyde in the TV origination of Hannibal, written and co-produced by Bryan Fuller. Dolarhyde is a serial killer, a symbol mark which Armitage had expressed concern in portraying. He filmed the order in Toronto, Canada from January to April, and the order aired from 4 June to 29 August 2015. Armitage appeared in the continue six episodes of period 3, earning elevated eulogize, broad acclaim and separate assign nominations, including two wins.

After wrapping on Hannibal in slow April 2015, Armitage joined his companion Pilgrimage castmates who had already begun filming in Connemara, Ireland two weeks preceding. He plays Sir Raymond De Merville, a 13th-century French Norman who is eager on foiling a cluster of monks escorting a holy relic from Ireland to Rome. The hurl and complement later moved to the Ardennes country of Belgium to full filming, with Armitage wrapping one week earlier than the film wind at the end of May.

News broke on 13 May 2015 that Armitage would star in Clearance, the leading English address film by Finnish ruler Aku Louhimies and seat to film in South Africa in November 2015. It is an action drama almost a hardened mine expert named Ray (Armitage) and his procreant associate (Naomi Harris) who are kidnapped in South Sudan.

In a June 2015 colloquy, Armitage mentioned his next projects included an Edith Wharton film and a true Irish mournful drama. Per agent David Higham, Bridget Cleary is likely the Irish drama.

On 12 July 2015, Armitage revealed he was almost to initiate filming Brain on Fire in Vancouver, Canada. Subsequent intelligence outlets granted more details almost his role as "Big Man" Tom Cahalan, father of the protagonist in the true-vitality story of young journalist Susannah Cahalan's unanticipated descent into dim insanity and the eleventh-hour diagnosis by one doctor. Filming began 13 July 2015. Brain on Fire premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 14 September 2016.

Armitage landed the conduct role of Daniel Miller in Berlin Station, an first espy order for Epix. His symbol, a cerebral analyst from Langley, is a newly anointed undercover CIA administrative tasked with finding a mole in Berlin. Filmed in Berlin from November 2015 to April 2016, with some additional filming in the Canary Islands, the order premiered on Epix in the drop of 2016.

On 13 July 2016, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Armitage was hurl as Kenneth in the American premiere of Love, Love, Love by playwright Mike Bartlett. Love, Love, Love marks Armitage's leading leading role in a dramatic play on an American stage. The off-Broadway play ran from 22 September to 18 December 2016 at the impart Laura Pels Theater in New York City.

Armitage co-starred in the heist comedy Ocean's 8 (2018).

In February 2017, it was announced that Armitage had joined the hurl of Julie Delpy's film My Zoe. In it he devise play the role of James, the ex-husband of Delpy’s symbol Isabelle. Their toxic espousals may be over preserve they are quiet in handle with each other as they co-parent their daughter Zoe. But when disaster strikes this fractured family, Isabelle takes matters into her occupy hands. In February 2018, Armitage joined the hurl of The Lodge, which began filming in early February.

Narration

Armitage was introduced to tone act while working on the TV drama Robin Hood in 2006. The BBC was publishing novels of the leading four episodes of order one and asked Armitage to register the audiobook versions. In late years, Armitage has also performed a big bargain of tone act, such as reading poetry for different radio programmes and starring as Robert Lovelace in BBC Radio 4's origination of Clarissa: A History of a Young Lady in April 2010. He has recorded eleven audio books: six based on BBC's Robin Hood, Bernard Cornwell's The Lords of the North, three Georgette Heyer novels for Naxos AudioBooks (Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, Venetia, and The Convenient Marriage) and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. He has narrated television documentaries such as Homes from Hell, Empire's Children, Too Poor for Posh School?, The Great Sperm Race, Forest Elephants: Rumble in the Jungle, Surgery School, and Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World. In 2011, he granted the narration for a order almost the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal, 125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious, and Fraud Squad. He has also granted the tone-over for numerous TV and radio advertisements.

Richard III joining

Armitage was hoping to star in a drama based on Richard III. Armitage was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where Richard III was killed and has said "I believe it is a big story, a socio-political thriller, a affection story and a dynastic disaster". He thinks the story has the possible to be told as a twenty-episode miniseries. A script has been in outgrowth since 2010 and "a chance of nation... are interested , preserve there is no one that devise advance on the gas." Armitage stated that he is quiet interested in the fling, though he has reservations that he might be too high and too aged to play Richard III.

Acting phraseology

Armitage has described himself as a arrangement agent. "Yeah, I assume I am. In a form it's slightly lazy due it resources you don't occupy to feign – you exact occupy to believe. As abundant as it's possible to be equal that I assume I phraseology of do advance in and eviscerate, I'm not one of these nation that can't talk to other nation due I'm in my symbol, preserve I phraseology of do abode with the symbol, yeah. He's always there. It's equal marinating something – you're sitting in a marinade the total period." He has also spoken of dreaming in symbol while playing John Porter and Thorin Oakenshield. However, recently he rejected the label of "arrangement agent". "I ponder I'm a concentrating agent. So in arrangement to do my act in the arrangement of a day, specially with a symbol equal this I occupy to assemble. So it's almost staying in the sight, staying with my apex in the sight and attempting to hold the symbol with me. It doesn't common I can't occupy a talk or go and create a cup of coffee. But I truth abode with the symbol for 18 months."

He frequently speaks of developing and being drawn to dualism in his characters. "If I'm offered the role of the hero, I immediately behold for the antihero within!... I perceive everything in provisions of an external skin and an inside skin." He creates "symbol diaries" with total biographies for the characters he plays. "It was expressive to me to put in a background for my symbol that would be appropriable for the total journey. A chance of that is hidden and no one gets to peruse that. It's what is appropriable to me. If you are playing something protracted-running and a role that has a forthcoming , it's almost equal you occupy to seat a garden which you devise need to come back to at some aim. If you don't put in early, it can interfere with you."

Credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref. 1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Naboo fighter steer 1999 Staged Daryl Newman Short film 1999 This Year's Love Smug Man at Party 2005 Frozen Steven 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Heinz Kruger 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Thorin Oakenshield 2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Thorin Oakenshield 2014 Into the Storm Gary Fuller 2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Thorin Oakenshield Win—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a film 2014 The Crucible John Proctor Film capturing grow stage accomplishment of the origination at The Old Vic 2015 Urban and the Shed Crew Chop Win - Best Actor assign at the NIFF 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass King Oleron 2016 Brain on Fire Tom Cahalan 2017 Sleepwalker Dr. Scott White 2017 Pilgrimage Sir Raymond De Merville 2018 Ocean's 8 Claude Becker 2018 My Zoe James Post-origination 2019 The Lodge Richard Post-origination

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref. 1992 Boon Man in pub Series 7, Episode 6: "Message in a Bottle"; uncredited 1999 Cleopatra Epiphanes Television miniseries 2001 Macbeth Angus Television film 2001 Doctors Dr. Tom Steele Series 4, Episodes 58 & 59: "Good Companions" & "Cat's Out of the Bag" 2001 Casualty Craig Parker Series 16, Episode 17: "Playing with Fire" 2002 Spooks Armed police administrative Series 1, Episode 4: "Traitor's Gate" 2002 Sparkhouse John Standring BBC drama, television film 2003 Cold Feet Lee Preston Series 5, Episodes 1–6 2003 Ultimate Force Capt. Ian Macalwain Series 2, Episodes 2–6 2003 Between the Sheets Paul Andrews ITV miniseries 2004 North & South John Thornton BBC miniseries 2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Philip Turner Series 4, Episode 1: "In Divine Proportion" 2005 Malice Aforethought William Chatford ITV drama, television film 2005 The Golden Hour Dr. Alec Track Series 1 (4 episodes) 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Peter Macduff Episode 2: "Macbeth" 2006 The Impressionists Young Claude Monet BBC docudrama, miniseries 2006 CBeebies: Bedtime Hour Himself/Storyteller BBC children's order, 5 episodes 2006–2009 Robin Hood Guy of Gisborne Series 1, 2 & 3 (37 episodes) 2006–2007 The Vicar of Dibley Harry Kennedy Christmas Special: "The Handsome Stranger"Christmas Special: "The Vicar in White"Comic Relief Special: "Wife Swap" 2007 Inspector George Gently Ricky Deeming Pilot episode: "Gently Go Man" 2007 Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall Percy Courtenay BBC drama, television film 2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Philip Durrant Series 3, Episode 2: "Ordeal by Innocence" 2008–2010 Spooks Lucas North Series 7–9 (25 episodes) 2010 Chris Ryan's Strike Back John Porter Series 1 (6 episodes) 2009 Moving On John Mulligan Series 1, Episode 3: "Drowning not Waving" 2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn John Porter Series 2, Episode 1 2015 Hannibal Francis Dolarhyde Season 3, Episodes 8–13Win—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on a television order and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best TV Supporting Actor 2016–existing Berlin Station Daniel Miller Main role 2017-existing Castlevania Trevor Belmont Main role; tone role

Theatre (choice)

Year Title Role Playwright Venue Notes Ref. 1995 The Long and the Short and the Tall Macliesh Willis Hall Actors' Centre's Tristram Bates Theatre 1995 The Real Thing Henry Tom Stoppard Old School Manchester 1995 Six Degrees of Separation Flan John Guare Old School Manchester 1995 Death of a Salesman Biff Arthur Miller Old School Manchester 1998 Hamlet Bernardo William Shakespeare Birmingham Repertory Theatre Opened on 22 September 1998 for three-week despatch. 1999 The Four Alice Bakers Young Richie Baker Fay Weldon Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ran from 23 February to 13 March 1999. 1999–2000 Macbeth Angus William Shakespeare Swan Theatre (Stratford); Theatre Royal, Brighton; Theatre Royal, Bath; The Globe Tokyo; Young Vic; Long Wharf Theatre Royal Shakespeare CompanyOpened 2 November 1999 in Stratford; Brighton (24-29 Jan 2000); Bath (1-5 Feb 2000); Tokyo (24 March to 8 April 2000); London (10 April to 3 June 2000); New Haven, USA (15–25 June 2000). 2000–2001 The Duchess of Malfi Delio John Webster Barbican Theatre; different UK theatres; Royal Shakespeare Theatre Royal Shakespeare CompanyOpened 10 November 2000 in London; UK bound; Stratford (6 February to 3 March 2001). 2002 Use Me As Your Cardigan Jez Samantha Ellis Jacksons Lane Ran from 19 February to 9 March 2002. 2010 The Twenty Four Hour Plays Celebrity Gala: The Third Wish Dennis/Himself Stephen Beresford The Old Vic Fundraising event. The leading of six brief plays performed on 21 November 2010. 2014 Pinter/PROUST: Remembrance of Things Past Swann, Journalist, Brothel Patron Harold Pinter and Marcel Proust 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center Staged reading. Performed on 16 January 2014 as portion of the centenary celebrations commemorating the promulgation of Swann's Way. 2014 The Crucible John Proctor Arthur Miller The Old Vic Ran from 21 June to 13 September 2014.Win—Broadway World:UK Awards for Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play 2016 Love, Love, Love Kenneth Mike Bartlett Laura Pels Theater Ran from 22 September to 18 December 2016.

Discography

Year Title Role Author Notes 2006 Robin Hood: Will You Tolerate This? Narrator Kristy Neale First published 13 October 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Sheriff Got Your Tongue? Narrator Kay Woodward First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Who Shot The Sheriff? Narrator Jacqueline Rayner First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Parent Hood Narrator Mandy Archer First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2007 The Lords of the North Narrator Bernard Cornwell First published July 2007 by Chivers Audiobooks 2009 Robin Hood: The Witch Finders Narrator Rebecca Levene First published April 2009 by Big Finish Productions 2009 Robin Hood: The Siege Narrator Simon Guerrier First published 30 June 2009 by Big Finish Productions 2009 Sylvester Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 1 July 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks 2010 Venetia Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 1 April 2010 by Naxos Audiobooks 2010 The Convenient Marriage Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 2 August 2010 by Naxos Audiobooks 2014 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Narrator A. J. Hartley and David Hewson First released 20 May 2014 by Audible.comWin—Audible Award for Best Audiobook of the Year 2015 Classic Love Poems Narrator William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and more First released 9 February 2015 by Audible.com 2015 The Chimes Narrator Charles Dickens First released 11 December 2015 by Audible.com 2016 David Copperfield Narrator Charles Dickens First released 9 February 2016 by Audible.com 2016 Introduction to The Turn of the Screw Co-narrator Henry James First released 15 March 2016 by Audible.com 2016 Romeo and Juliet: A Novel Narrator David Hewson First released 6 December 2016 by Audible.com 2017 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Narrator Robert Louis Stevenson First released 24 October 2017 by Audible.com 2018 The Martian Invasion of Earth Co-narrator HG Wells First released 2 February 2018 by Big Finish Classics audiobooks 2018 Wanderlust Co-narrator Lauren Blakely First released 6 February 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Tattooist of Auschwitz Narrator Heather Morris First released 20 February 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Bloody Chamber Co-narrator Angela Carter First released 15 March 2018 by Audible.com 2018 Their Lost Daughters Narrator Joy Ellis First released 29 May 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Man from St. Petersburg Narrator Ken Follett First released 23 August 2018 by Audible.com

Radio

2007: BBC Radio 4: The Ted Hughes Letters, as Ted Hughes (29 October 2007) 2007: BBC Radio 2: A War Less Ordinary, narrator (10 November 2007) 2010: BBC Radio 4: Clarissa: The History of a Young Lady, as Robert Lovelace (14 March 2010) 2010: BBC Radio 3: Words and Music: Symphony of a City as narrator (12 September 2010)

Voice-over

2007: Channel 4: Empire's Children, as narrator (2 July 2007) 2009: ITV1: Homes from Hell, as narrator (3 March 2009) 2009: Channel 4: The Great Sperm Race, as narrator (23 March 2009) 2010–11: Voice-over for Santander TV and radio adverts 2010: BBC 2: The Natural World, Forest Elephants: Rumbles in the Jungle, as narrator 2010–2011: Voice-over for Sky Sports HD TV and radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for General Election 2010 Leaders' Debates radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for BBC Winter Olympics TV and radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for Alfa Romeo Mito TV advert 2010: Voice-over for John Bull Jewelers radio adverts 2010: ITV: Surgery School, as narrator 2010: Voice-over for Hyundai ix20 TV advert 2010: BBC: Lost Land of the Tiger, as narrator 2011: BBC: Elsa: The Lioness That eChanged the World, as narrator 2010: Voice-over for ActionAidUK TV advert 2011: Voice-over for Pilsner Urquell TV advert 2011: Discovery Channel UK: HMS Ark Royal, as narrator 2011: Eden Channel: Trouble in Lemur Land: Phantoms of the Forest, as narrator 2011: BBC2: 125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious, as narrator 2011: Voice-over for LG Optimus 3D Smartphone TV advert 2011: ITV: Fraud Squad, as narrator 2011: National Geographic Wild: Leopards of Dead Tree island, as narrator 2012: ITV: Fraud Squad, order two, as narrator

Podcast shows

Wolverine: The Long Night, order customary, as James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Ref. 2009 Spooks Golden Nymph Awards Outstanding Actor – Drama Series Nominated 2009 Spooks TV Quick Awards Best Actor Nominated 2011 Venetia Audie Awards Best Audiobook Adaptation Nominated 2013 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey SFX Awards Best Actor Nominated 2014 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Empire Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated 2014 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audible Best of 2014 Audiobook of the Year Won 2014 The Crucible Broadway World: UK Awards Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play Won 2015 The Crucible What's On Stage Awards Best Actor in a Play Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies SFX Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Empire Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audie Awards Best Solo Narration – Male Nominated 2015 The Crucible Olivier Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a film Won 2016 Hannibal Critics' Choice Awards Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series Nominated 2016 Hannibal Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Supporting Actor Won 2016 Classic Love Poems Audie Awards Best Male Narrator Nominated 2016 Hannibal Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a television order Won 2018 Urban and the Shed Crew Newcastle International Film Festival Best Actor Won

Early vitality and education

Armitage was born in Leicester, England, the younger son of Margaret, a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. Richard has an older brother named Chris. He attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire and began subordinate school at the local broad school, Brockington College in Enderby.

At Brockington, Armitage pursued his concern in music - playing the cello in school and local orchestras, and knowledge how to play the flute. By fourteen, having secured a give from the Leicestershire Authority, he successfully persuaded his mother to furnish him to convey to Pattison College in Coventry, an independent boarding school specialising in the Performing Arts so that he could centre on drama and dance.

Armitage has expressed gratitude for the lessons and opportunities Pattison College granted, assertion "It... instilled me with a arrangement that has stood me in rectitude stead - never to be slow, to discern your lines and to be professional." By the period he artistic school, he had achieved A Levels in music and English, and acting attempt in local amateur and professional marvellous such as Showboat, Half a Sixpence, Orpheus and the Underworld (as Bacchus) and The Hobbit (as an elf) at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham.

Career

1988–2003: Early act

After completing the advertisement at Pattison College in 1988, Armitage joined the Nachtcircus in Budapest for six months to obtain his Equity Card, a requirement at the period for entertainment professionals to act in the UK. Returning to England, he pursued a arrangement in melodious theatre – working as an helper choreographer to Kenn Oldfield and performing in different marvellous, including the ensembles of 42nd Street, My One and Only, Nine, Annie Get Your Gun and as Admetus and Macavity in Cats. Armitage was also pursuing acting in dramatic theatre marvellous, including The Real Thing, Six Degrees of Separation and Death of a Salesman.

By 1992, he began to dubiousness if melodious theatre was the rectitude arrangement footpath, so he enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 1993 to further application acting. "I needed to do something a morsel more sincere than melodious theatre. For me it was a morsel too dramatic and total almost status on stage and showing off. I was looking for something else, so that's why I went back to drama school."

After completing LAMDA's three-year advertisement, he returned to the stage as a supporting player with the Royal Shakespeare Company's marvellous of Macbeth and The Duchess of Malfi, as rightly as Hamlet and Four Alice Bakers with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre while taking a order of little roles in television and films. In 2002 he starred in the Charm Offensive's origination of Use Me As Your Cardigan.

That identical year Armitage appeared in his leading major television role, as John Standring in the BBC drama Sparkhouse (2002). "It was the leading period I went to an audition in symbol. It was a less role preserve it was something I veritably got my teeth into... I couldn't go back. I knew I had to access everything the identical form." After this he took supporting roles in the TV marvellous of Between the Sheets, Cold Feet (order 5), and Ultimate Force (order 2).

2004–10: Television achievement

In 2004, Armitage landed his leading leading role as textile mill proprietor John Thornton in the BBC accommodation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South. The ruler and producers took a accident casting a pliant-known agent for their leading man. He was the leading agent to audition for the role and the continue individual hurl. North & South was an unforeseen achievement. The BBC communication boards crashed shortly behind the telecast as a limit of rattle almost him and he was hailed as the novel "Mr. Darcy" (referring to Colin Firth's "Mr Darcy" whom numerous behold as the definitive fabulous leading man). Armitage did not perceived John Thornton as the mental fabulous leading man role and was surprised by the response. Instead, he said that he felt personally drawn to the role, as his father's family had been weavers. He cited Thornton's dualism as drawing him to the symbol. "The dichotomy between the powerful, almost prodigious, entrepreneur and this phraseology of assailable boy is exciting for me to behold at."

Richard Armitage at the 2010 BAFTA TV Awards

In 2005, he played Peter MacDuff in Macbeth in the BBC's ShakespeaRe-Told order and appeared as a recovering gambling addict in one episode of Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He starred in The Impressionists, playing the young Claude Monet, and as Dr Alec Track in ITV's The Golden Hour, a medical order based on the London Air Ambulance. His leading existing role in movies was in the independent film Frozen.

In 2006, Armitage was hurl as Guy of Gisborne in the BBC order Robin Hood, which was filmed in Hungary. "In arrangement to sustain the symbol of Guy, you occupy to encounter the encounter within him. He's constantly pulled between rectitude and noxious, between who he wants to be and who he truth is. He could occupy been a rectitude man, preserve he is forever dragged down by his calamitous flaw – that he wants brightness at total costs." Approaching the third order, he said, "I do affection playing him, preserve with a symbol equal Gisborne, if you bestow him what he needs, then in a form, it's over. That symbol is one interesting when he isn't getting what he wants, whether it's faculty, money or the girl." The third and final order of Robin Hood started on 28 March 2009.

Armitage appeared in a two-portion 2006/07 Christmas/New Years particular of The Vicar of Dibley, as Harry Kennedy, the vicar's novel affection concern (and eventual husband). He reprised the role in 2007 for Red Nose Day. On 8 April 2007, he played biker Ricky Deeming in the detective drama George Gently with Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby. On 9 May 2007, he appeared in the BBC Four origination of Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall playing Marie Lloyd's leading husband, Percy Courtenay. He also appeared in the Granada TV origination of Agatha Christie's novel Ordeal by Innocence as the symbol Philip Durrant.

Armitage joined the hurl of Spooks as the symbol Lucas North for order 7, which began on 27 October 2008 in the UK. Armitage notes that the symbol, who spent eight years in a Russian prison, has a personable outside, preserve is psychologically damaged. "I affection films with a junction of action and rectitude characters. That's why Lucas is interesting as I gain to play someone with a complicated psychology who goes eviscerate there and tries to preserve the globe." During the filming of order 7 Armitage allowed himself to be subjected to waterboarding to film a flashback following. In July 2010, Armitage completed filming of order 9, his final order.

On 20 May 2009, Armitage appeared in the BBC1 drama Moving On as John Mulligan.

In May 2010, Armitage starred as precedent SAS trooper John Porter in Strike Back (also known as Chris Ryan's Strike Back) for Sky1. Filmed in South Africa, Armitage establish the main contemn of the role was to exhibit how the symbol resolved being a trained killer with having a family and home vitality. "In the end it was the symbol I was attracted to, the story of a man who makes a determination below exigency and that determination has a knock-on limit on his total vitality," he said. "He goes in inspect of reconciliation quiet believing he did the rectitude thing plane though it demand the lives of three of his friends... There's ire and there's injustice. It's equal, 'I did the rectitude thing, with the unfit outcome.'" By the period Sky1 and Cinemax determined to commission a second order of Strike Back named Strike Back: Project Dawn, Armitage had committed to The Hobbit and was unable to continue in the order. However, he appeared as a visitor star in the leading episode to resolve John Porter's indispensableness.

It was his role as John Porter that led to his casting in Captain America: The First Avenger. American casting agents noticed posters of him as John Porter in London. Although mysterious to them, they offered him the role of Nazi espy Heinz Kruger due he looked the portion. Armitage accepted and shot his scenes in the autumn of 2010, behind filming wrapped on Spooks, order 9. The film was released in July 2011.

2010–existing: Film achievement and over

On 21 October 2010, Peter Jackson announced Armitage was hurl as Thorin Oakenshield in the three-film origination of The Hobbit. Principal photography in New Zealand ran from March 2011 to July 2012, broken into three filming blocks with breaks in-between, and choose-ups were shot in the summer of 2013. All three films were released in December, starting with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 2012, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in 2013 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014. Armitage reflection it was a amazing occasion, as he grew up reading the books. Coincidentally, one of his leading stage roles was playing an elf in a origination of The Hobbit at the Alex Theatre in Birmingham. He describes the symbol of Thorin as being complicated and flawed, "somebody that had doubts and that had fears, and there was a courteous margin to him and a very perhaps lonely margin to him." He notes the sight with Balin in Bag End shows the symbol's inside sensitivity and apprehension of failure, "failing where his father and his grandfather had failed as rightly."

After filming wrapped on The Hobbit, Armitage flew to Detroit, Michigan to film Into the Storm from July to September 2012. He starred as Gary Fuller, a elevated school Vice Principal with two teenage sons. The film from New Line was released in August 2014.

In March 2014, Armitage began the eight-week shoot of an accommodation of Bernard Hare's narrative Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew in Leeds, UK. He played "Chop" (the creator's nickname), an ex-collective worker, drunk and drug addict in Britain's lowerclass who befriends the hardened young criminal Urban. Armitage explained his inducement to this role: "it ticks a brief boxes for me: it"s based on a veritably interesting piece of lore, preserve also based on living nation, who occupy been working with us on seat." Urban and the Shed Crew premiered at the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) on 7 November 2015.

Armitage next appeared as John Proctor in The Old Vic's origination of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Directed by Yaël Farber and performed in the circular, the play ran from 21 June to 13 September 2014. The origination concoct an unequalled number of 5-star reviews and was a commercial achievement. For his accomplishment, Armitage was awarded Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play by Broadway World:UK Awards 2014 and a Best Actor nomination for an Olivier Award. Due to worldwide claim to perceive the origination, Digital Theatre captured the grow accomplishment to fetch The Crucible to cinemas and for digital download. It was screened at cinemas on 4 and 7 December 2014 in the UK and Ireland, with further screenings in other selected territories in February and March 2015. Copyright issues prevented the film from being screened at North American cinemas. Digital Theatre made the digital download available worldwide on 17 March 2015.

In a September 2014 colloquy, Armitage revealed he would film his cameo role of King Oleron in Alice Through the Looking Glass in London behind The Crucible closed. The film was released in May 2016.

Armitage spent four weeks in October 2014 filming Sleepwalker in the greater Los Angeles area. In this psychological thriller, Armitage plays Dr. Scott White, a senior MD at a slumber investigation centre. No free date has been seat.

DeLaurentiis Company tweeted on 13 January 2015 that Armitage was hurl as Francis Dolarhyde in the TV origination of Hannibal, written and co-produced by Bryan Fuller. Dolarhyde is a serial killer, a symbol mark which Armitage had expressed concern in portraying. He filmed the order in Toronto, Canada from January to April, and the order aired from 4 June to 29 August 2015. Armitage appeared in the continue six episodes of period 3, earning elevated eulogize, broad acclaim and separate assign nominations, including two wins.

After wrapping on Hannibal in slow April 2015, Armitage joined his companion Pilgrimage castmates who had already begun filming in Connemara, Ireland two weeks preceding. He plays Sir Raymond De Merville, a 13th-century French Norman who is eager on foiling a cluster of monks escorting a holy relic from Ireland to Rome. The hurl and complement later moved to the Ardennes country of Belgium to full filming, with Armitage wrapping one week earlier than the film wind at the end of May.

News broke on 13 May 2015 that Armitage would star in Clearance, the leading English address film by Finnish ruler Aku Louhimies and seat to film in South Africa in November 2015. It is an action drama almost a hardened mine expert named Ray (Armitage) and his procreant associate (Naomi Harris) who are kidnapped in South Sudan.

In a June 2015 colloquy, Armitage mentioned his next projects included an Edith Wharton film and a true Irish mournful drama. Per agent David Higham, Bridget Cleary is likely the Irish drama.

On 12 July 2015, Armitage revealed he was almost to initiate filming Brain on Fire in Vancouver, Canada. Subsequent intelligence outlets granted more details almost his role as "Big Man" Tom Cahalan, father of the protagonist in the true-vitality story of young journalist Susannah Cahalan's unanticipated descent into dim insanity and the eleventh-hour diagnosis by one doctor. Filming began 13 July 2015. Brain on Fire premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 14 September 2016.

Armitage landed the conduct role of Daniel Miller in Berlin Station, an first espy order for Epix. His symbol, a cerebral analyst from Langley, is a newly anointed undercover CIA administrative tasked with finding a mole in Berlin. Filmed in Berlin from November 2015 to April 2016, with some additional filming in the Canary Islands, the order premiered on Epix in the drop of 2016.

On 13 July 2016, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Armitage was hurl as Kenneth in the American premiere of Love, Love, Love by playwright Mike Bartlett. Love, Love, Love marks Armitage's leading leading role in a dramatic play on an American stage. The off-Broadway play ran from 22 September to 18 December 2016 at the impart Laura Pels Theater in New York City.

Armitage co-starred in the heist comedy Ocean's 8 (2018).

In February 2017, it was announced that Armitage had joined the hurl of Julie Delpy's film My Zoe. In it he devise play the role of James, the ex-husband of Delpy’s symbol Isabelle. Their toxic espousals may be over preserve they are quiet in handle with each other as they co-parent their daughter Zoe. But when disaster strikes this fractured family, Isabelle takes matters into her occupy hands. In February 2018, Armitage joined the hurl of The Lodge, which began filming in early February.

Narration

Armitage was introduced to tone act while working on the TV drama Robin Hood in 2006. The BBC was publishing novels of the leading four episodes of order one and asked Armitage to register the audiobook versions. In late years, Armitage has also performed a big bargain of tone act, such as reading poetry for different radio programmes and starring as Robert Lovelace in BBC Radio 4's origination of Clarissa: A History of a Young Lady in April 2010. He has recorded eleven audio books: six based on BBC's Robin Hood, Bernard Cornwell's The Lords of the North, three Georgette Heyer novels for Naxos AudioBooks (Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle, Venetia, and The Convenient Marriage) and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel. He has narrated television documentaries such as Homes from Hell, Empire's Children, Too Poor for Posh School?, The Great Sperm Race, Forest Elephants: Rumble in the Jungle, Surgery School, and Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World. In 2011, he granted the narration for a order almost the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal, 125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious, and Fraud Squad. He has also granted the tone-over for numerous TV and radio advertisements.

Richard III joining

Armitage was hoping to star in a drama based on Richard III. Armitage was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Field, where Richard III was killed and has said "I believe it is a big story, a socio-political thriller, a affection story and a dynastic disaster". He thinks the story has the possible to be told as a twenty-episode miniseries. A script has been in outgrowth since 2010 and "a chance of nation... are interested , preserve there is no one that devise advance on the gas." Armitage stated that he is quiet interested in the fling, though he has reservations that he might be too high and too aged to play Richard III.

Acting phraseology

Armitage has described himself as a arrangement agent. "Yeah, I assume I am. In a form it's slightly lazy due it resources you don't occupy to feign – you exact occupy to believe. As abundant as it's possible to be equal that I assume I phraseology of do advance in and eviscerate, I'm not one of these nation that can't talk to other nation due I'm in my symbol, preserve I phraseology of do abode with the symbol, yeah. He's always there. It's equal marinating something – you're sitting in a marinade the total period." He has also spoken of dreaming in symbol while playing John Porter and Thorin Oakenshield. However, recently he rejected the label of "arrangement agent". "I ponder I'm a concentrating agent. So in arrangement to do my act in the arrangement of a day, specially with a symbol equal this I occupy to assemble. So it's almost staying in the sight, staying with my apex in the sight and attempting to hold the symbol with me. It doesn't common I can't occupy a talk or go and create a cup of coffee. But I truth abode with the symbol for 18 months."

He frequently speaks of developing and being drawn to dualism in his characters. "If I'm offered the role of the hero, I immediately behold for the antihero within!... I perceive everything in provisions of an external skin and an inside skin." He creates "symbol diaries" with total biographies for the characters he plays. "It was expressive to me to put in a background for my symbol that would be appropriable for the total journey. A chance of that is hidden and no one gets to peruse that. It's what is appropriable to me. If you are playing something protracted-running and a role that has a forthcoming , it's almost equal you occupy to seat a garden which you devise need to come back to at some aim. If you don't put in early, it can interfere with you."

Credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref. 1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Naboo fighter steer 1999 Staged Daryl Newman Short film 1999 This Year's Love Smug Man at Party 2005 Frozen Steven 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Heinz Kruger 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Thorin Oakenshield 2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Thorin Oakenshield 2014 Into the Storm Gary Fuller 2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Thorin Oakenshield Win—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a film 2014 The Crucible John Proctor Film capturing grow stage accomplishment of the origination at The Old Vic 2015 Urban and the Shed Crew Chop Win - Best Actor assign at the NIFF 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass King Oleron 2016 Brain on Fire Tom Cahalan 2017 Sleepwalker Dr. Scott White 2017 Pilgrimage Sir Raymond De Merville 2018 Ocean's 8 Claude Becker 2018 My Zoe James Post-origination 2019 The Lodge Richard Post-origination

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref. 1992 Boon Man in pub Series 7, Episode 6: "Message in a Bottle"; uncredited 1999 Cleopatra Epiphanes Television miniseries 2001 Macbeth Angus Television film 2001 Doctors Dr. Tom Steele Series 4, Episodes 58 & 59: "Good Companions" & "Cat's Out of the Bag" 2001 Casualty Craig Parker Series 16, Episode 17: "Playing with Fire" 2002 Spooks Armed police administrative Series 1, Episode 4: "Traitor's Gate" 2002 Sparkhouse John Standring BBC drama, television film 2003 Cold Feet Lee Preston Series 5, Episodes 1–6 2003 Ultimate Force Capt. Ian Macalwain Series 2, Episodes 2–6 2003 Between the Sheets Paul Andrews ITV miniseries 2004 North & South John Thornton BBC miniseries 2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Philip Turner Series 4, Episode 1: "In Divine Proportion" 2005 Malice Aforethought William Chatford ITV drama, television film 2005 The Golden Hour Dr. Alec Track Series 1 (4 episodes) 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Peter Macduff Episode 2: "Macbeth" 2006 The Impressionists Young Claude Monet BBC docudrama, miniseries 2006 CBeebies: Bedtime Hour Himself/Storyteller BBC children's order, 5 episodes 2006–2009 Robin Hood Guy of Gisborne Series 1, 2 & 3 (37 episodes) 2006–2007 The Vicar of Dibley Harry Kennedy Christmas Special: "The Handsome Stranger"Christmas Special: "The Vicar in White"Comic Relief Special: "Wife Swap" 2007 Inspector George Gently Ricky Deeming Pilot episode: "Gently Go Man" 2007 Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall Percy Courtenay BBC drama, television film 2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Philip Durrant Series 3, Episode 2: "Ordeal by Innocence" 2008–2010 Spooks Lucas North Series 7–9 (25 episodes) 2010 Chris Ryan's Strike Back John Porter Series 1 (6 episodes) 2009 Moving On John Mulligan Series 1, Episode 3: "Drowning not Waving" 2011 Strike Back: Project Dawn John Porter Series 2, Episode 1 2015 Hannibal Francis Dolarhyde Season 3, Episodes 8–13Win—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on a television order and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Best TV Supporting Actor 2016–existing Berlin Station Daniel Miller Main role 2017-existing Castlevania Trevor Belmont Main role; tone role

Theatre (choice)

Year Title Role Playwright Venue Notes Ref. 1995 The Long and the Short and the Tall Macliesh Willis Hall Actors' Centre's Tristram Bates Theatre 1995 The Real Thing Henry Tom Stoppard Old School Manchester 1995 Six Degrees of Separation Flan John Guare Old School Manchester 1995 Death of a Salesman Biff Arthur Miller Old School Manchester 1998 Hamlet Bernardo William Shakespeare Birmingham Repertory Theatre Opened on 22 September 1998 for three-week despatch. 1999 The Four Alice Bakers Young Richie Baker Fay Weldon Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ran from 23 February to 13 March 1999. 1999–2000 Macbeth Angus William Shakespeare Swan Theatre (Stratford); Theatre Royal, Brighton; Theatre Royal, Bath; The Globe Tokyo; Young Vic; Long Wharf Theatre Royal Shakespeare CompanyOpened 2 November 1999 in Stratford; Brighton (24-29 Jan 2000); Bath (1-5 Feb 2000); Tokyo (24 March to 8 April 2000); London (10 April to 3 June 2000); New Haven, USA (15–25 June 2000). 2000–2001 The Duchess of Malfi Delio John Webster Barbican Theatre; different UK theatres; Royal Shakespeare Theatre Royal Shakespeare CompanyOpened 10 November 2000 in London; UK bound; Stratford (6 February to 3 March 2001). 2002 Use Me As Your Cardigan Jez Samantha Ellis Jacksons Lane Ran from 19 February to 9 March 2002. 2010 The Twenty Four Hour Plays Celebrity Gala: The Third Wish Dennis/Himself Stephen Beresford The Old Vic Fundraising event. The leading of six brief plays performed on 21 November 2010. 2014 Pinter/PROUST: Remembrance of Things Past Swann, Journalist, Brothel Patron Harold Pinter and Marcel Proust 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center Staged reading. Performed on 16 January 2014 as portion of the centenary celebrations commemorating the promulgation of Swann's Way. 2014 The Crucible John Proctor Arthur Miller The Old Vic Ran from 21 June to 13 September 2014.Win—Broadway World:UK Awards for Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play 2016 Love, Love, Love Kenneth Mike Bartlett Laura Pels Theater Ran from 22 September to 18 December 2016.

Discography

Year Title Role Author Notes 2006 Robin Hood: Will You Tolerate This? Narrator Kristy Neale First published 13 October 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Sheriff Got Your Tongue? Narrator Kay Woodward First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Who Shot The Sheriff? Narrator Jacqueline Rayner First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2006 Robin Hood: Parent Hood Narrator Mandy Archer First published 6 November 2006 by BBC Audiobooks 2007 The Lords of the North Narrator Bernard Cornwell First published July 2007 by Chivers Audiobooks 2009 Robin Hood: The Witch Finders Narrator Rebecca Levene First published April 2009 by Big Finish Productions 2009 Robin Hood: The Siege Narrator Simon Guerrier First published 30 June 2009 by Big Finish Productions 2009 Sylvester Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 1 July 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks 2010 Venetia Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 1 April 2010 by Naxos Audiobooks 2010 The Convenient Marriage Narrator Georgette Heyer First published 2 August 2010 by Naxos Audiobooks 2014 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Narrator A. J. Hartley and David Hewson First released 20 May 2014 by Audible.comWin—Audible Award for Best Audiobook of the Year 2015 Classic Love Poems Narrator William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and more First released 9 February 2015 by Audible.com 2015 The Chimes Narrator Charles Dickens First released 11 December 2015 by Audible.com 2016 David Copperfield Narrator Charles Dickens First released 9 February 2016 by Audible.com 2016 Introduction to The Turn of the Screw Co-narrator Henry James First released 15 March 2016 by Audible.com 2016 Romeo and Juliet: A Novel Narrator David Hewson First released 6 December 2016 by Audible.com 2017 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Narrator Robert Louis Stevenson First released 24 October 2017 by Audible.com 2018 The Martian Invasion of Earth Co-narrator HG Wells First released 2 February 2018 by Big Finish Classics audiobooks 2018 Wanderlust Co-narrator Lauren Blakely First released 6 February 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Tattooist of Auschwitz Narrator Heather Morris First released 20 February 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Bloody Chamber Co-narrator Angela Carter First released 15 March 2018 by Audible.com 2018 Their Lost Daughters Narrator Joy Ellis First released 29 May 2018 by Audible.com 2018 The Man from St. Petersburg Narrator Ken Follett First released 23 August 2018 by Audible.com

Radio

2007: BBC Radio 4: The Ted Hughes Letters, as Ted Hughes (29 October 2007) 2007: BBC Radio 2: A War Less Ordinary, narrator (10 November 2007) 2010: BBC Radio 4: Clarissa: The History of a Young Lady, as Robert Lovelace (14 March 2010) 2010: BBC Radio 3: Words and Music: Symphony of a City as narrator (12 September 2010)

Voice-over

2007: Channel 4: Empire's Children, as narrator (2 July 2007) 2009: ITV1: Homes from Hell, as narrator (3 March 2009) 2009: Channel 4: The Great Sperm Race, as narrator (23 March 2009) 2010–11: Voice-over for Santander TV and radio adverts 2010: BBC 2: The Natural World, Forest Elephants: Rumbles in the Jungle, as narrator 2010–2011: Voice-over for Sky Sports HD TV and radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for General Election 2010 Leaders' Debates radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for BBC Winter Olympics TV and radio adverts 2010: Voice-over for Alfa Romeo Mito TV advert 2010: Voice-over for John Bull Jewelers radio adverts 2010: ITV: Surgery School, as narrator 2010: Voice-over for Hyundai ix20 TV advert 2010: BBC: Lost Land of the Tiger, as narrator 2011: BBC: Elsa: The Lioness That eChanged the World, as narrator 2010: Voice-over for ActionAidUK TV advert 2011: Voice-over for Pilsner Urquell TV advert 2011: Discovery Channel UK: HMS Ark Royal, as narrator 2011: Eden Channel: Trouble in Lemur Land: Phantoms of the Forest, as narrator 2011: BBC2: 125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious, as narrator 2011: Voice-over for LG Optimus 3D Smartphone TV advert 2011: ITV: Fraud Squad, as narrator 2011: National Geographic Wild: Leopards of Dead Tree island, as narrator 2012: ITV: Fraud Squad, order two, as narrator

Podcast shows

Wolverine: The Long Night, order customary, as James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Ref. 2009 Spooks Golden Nymph Awards Outstanding Actor – Drama Series Nominated 2009 Spooks TV Quick Awards Best Actor Nominated 2011 Venetia Audie Awards Best Audiobook Adaptation Nominated 2013 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey SFX Awards Best Actor Nominated 2014 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Empire Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated 2014 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audible Best of 2014 Audiobook of the Year Won 2014 The Crucible Broadway World: UK Awards Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play Won 2015 The Crucible What's On Stage Awards Best Actor in a Play Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies SFX Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Empire Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel Audie Awards Best Solo Narration – Male Nominated 2015 The Crucible Olivier Awards Best Actor Nominated 2015 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor in a film Won 2016 Hannibal Critics' Choice Awards Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series Nominated 2016 Hannibal Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Supporting Actor Won 2016 Classic Love Poems Audie Awards Best Male Narrator Nominated 2016 Hannibal Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a television order Won 2018 Urban and the Shed Crew Newcastle International Film Festival Best Actor Won


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