• Richard Armitage is an English actor born in 197•
• He is known for his roles in British TV series “North and South” and “Spooks”, as well as playing Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit” trilogy.
• He started out on stage, and has since appeared in numerous films and TV series, as well as doing audio books and voice acting roles.
• Richard has received numerous awards and nominations for his acting work.
• He is engaged to Samantha Colley and is active on social media.

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Short Info

Net Worth$13 million, $118.6 billion
Date Of BirthAugust 22, 1971, 1306
DiedJanuary 24, 1376, Sussex, United Kingdom
SpouseEleanor of Lancaster, Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Arundel
MarkHis baritone voice
FactShot Miss Marple and then returned to shooting Guy of Gisbourne in the second series of Robin Hood. [February 2007]

Who is Richard Armitage?

Richard Crispin Armitage was born on the 22nd August 1971, in Huncote, Leicestershire England, and is an actor, known for his appearances in British TV series; “North and South” as John Thornton, as well as on the “Spooks” TV drama in which he portrayed Lucas North. However, it was his role of the dwarf prince and leader Thorin Oakenshield, in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy “The Hobbit” that brought him recognition around the globe, especially among the fans of Tolkien’s books.

Early life Family, and Education

Raised in a middle-class family with his older brother, Chris, Richard is the son of Margaret and John Armitage. Richard first went to Huncote Community Primary School, then the local comprehensive school, Brockington College, at which young Richard showed a preference for music, which led to cello and flute lessons, and he soon participated with school and local orchestras. As his interest in performing arts developed, Richard asked for a transfer to Pattison College, a boarding school specializing in the Performing Arts, where he focused on drama and dance. His years at Pattison College were quite fruitful, as aside from music, he would also get acting experience, participating in several professional and amateur productions, such as “Half a Sixpence” and “The Hobbit”, among others. He later graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 1996.

Career Beginnings

Richard would then venture to Budapest in order to obtain an Equity Card, needed for all the entertainment professionals to work and create in the UK. After this was completed successfully, Richard returned to England where he started appearing in musical plays and dramatic theatre productions, most notably in “Six Degrees of Separation”, and “Death of a Salesman”. Exploring his options, he started doubting if musical theatre was his right calling, and became more focused on Shakespearean productions, including “Macbeth” and “Hamlet”. At this time, he began appearing on television, with his first major role being as John Standring in the drama series “Sparkhouse” in 2002.

Early Success

In 2004, Richard secured his first starring role, as textile mill owner John Thornton in the TV series “North & South”, based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. The series became a complete success, which left BBC producers in awe, and Richard was branded a new ideal romantic leading man, and regarded as the next Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth in the mini-series “Emma”. Richard actually didn’t share their opinion, and continued his career with such roles as Peter McDuff in “Macbeth”.

Continuing the pave his way in English productions, Richard starred in the TV series “Golden Hour” in 2005, while from 2006 to 2009 he was Guy of Gisborne in the TV series “Robin Hood”. His next notable role was as John Porter in the TV action-drama series “Strike Back” (2010-2011), which eventually resulted in him being cast as Heinz Kruger in the sci-fi action film “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson, one of his first notable roles in films, but the next role changed the entire course of his career.

“The Hobbit” and Later Career

It was made clear by director, Peter Jackson, in October 2010, that Richard would be Torin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” trilogy films, based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. The films, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” released in December 2011, in 2012 “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”, and in 2013 “The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies”, became both a commercial and critical success, launching Richard to stardom. Since then, he has been cast in blockbuster films, such as the action thriller film “Into the Storm” in 2014, then the drama “The Crucible” in the same year, while two years later he was King Oleron in another take on the odd life of Alice Kingsleigh – “Alice through the Looking Glass” – directed by James Bobin, and starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, and Helena Bonham Carter; however, the film receiving mixed reviews. In recent years, Richard has starred in the drama film “Pilgrimage” (2017), and appeared in the female version of “Ocean’s Eight”, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, and Anne Hathaway in the lead roles.

An Accomplished Stage Actor

Like many Shakespearean actors, Richard himself started on stage, making his debut in 1995 as Macliesh in the play “The Long and the Short and the Tall”. Since then, he has made many notable appearances, starting as Bernardo in “Hamlet” in 1998, which ran for three weeks at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Then for a year he was Angus in “Macbeth” (1999-2000), while from 2000 to 2001 he played Delio in the play “The Duchess of Malfi”. Most recently, Richard was Kenneth in the play “Love, Love, Love”, written by Mike Bartlett.

Voice Actor and Narrator

Recognized for his deep baritone voice, Richard has used the elegance of his voice to extend his skills to voice acting and narration. He started in 2006 when he was asked by the BBC to record audiobook versions of the first four episodes of “Robin Hood”. The enterprise became rather successful, and since then, Richard has become a noted narrator and voice actor. So far, he has released eleven audio books, themajority of which are “Robin Hood”-based, and has narrated a number of documentaries over his career, including “Too Poor for Posh School?, “Forest Elephants: Rumble in the Jungle”, and “Homes from Hell” among many others. Some of his voice roles include Trevor Belmont in the animated horror series “Castlevania”.

Where is Richard Armitage Now?

Richard is working on several projects; in February 2018, he joined the cast of the upcoming horror film “The Lodge”, which is now in post-production, and is also working on the drama film “My Zoe”, scheduled for release in 2019.

Richard Armitage Awards and Nominations

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This skillful actor has received more than 15 nominations, and has won numerous prestigious awards, such as a Saturn Award in the category Best Supporting Actor for his work on the film “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, and a Chainsaw Award from Fangoria Chainsaw Awards in the category Best TV Supporting Actor, among many other awards and nominations.

Do You Know How Rich Successful Actor, Richard Armitage Is?

Since launching his career, Richard has featured in more than 40 film and TV titles, while he has also left his mark on stage, narration and voice acting as well. Some of the projects on which he worked were successful commercially, some of them weren’t, but they have all certainly benefited his wealth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Richard Armitage is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Armitage’s net worth is as high as $13 million. Undoubtedly, his wealth will increase in the upcoming years, assuming that he successfully continues his career.

Do You Know About Richard’s Personal Life, Affair, Girlfriend, Engagement, Wedding?

When it comes to his personal life, Richard is one of those personalities who tend to keep their most intimate details hidden from the public eyes, however, the media managed to uncover some of the juicy details about Richard.

image source, Richard Armitage and Lee Pace

Though sometime back he was rumored to be in a romance with Lee Pace, it all came to an end when he announced his engagement to Samantha Colley in 2016. The couple met back in 2014 while working on “Crucible”. There is no information about their wedding date.

Is Richard Armitage on Social Media?

Richard has used social media platforms to its full extent; from film, stage, and television, Richard has managed to expand his popularity to social media and become a star. His official Instagram page has over has over 77,000 followers, who have enjoyed a post from his daily life and career, such as this scene from shooting the “Berlin Station”. He also has a massive fan following on Twitter, with over 220,000 people, with whom he has shared details from his career, and personal life. If you aren’t already a fan of this prominent actor, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you to start following your favorite dwarf, just skip over to his official pages.

General Info

Full NameRichard Armitage
Net Worth$13 million, $118.6 billion
Date Of BirthAugust 22, 1971, 1306
DiedJanuary 24, 1376, Sussex, United Kingdom
Height1.89 m
ProfessionMilitary Leader, Politician
EducationPattison College, Brockington College, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
NationalityBritish, English


SpouseEleanor of Lancaster, Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Arundel
ChildrenAlice FitzAlan, Countess of Kent, Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, John FitzAlan, 1st Baron Arundel, Joan Fitzalan, Countess of Hereford
ParentsMargaret Armitage, John Armitage, Alice de Warenne, Countess of Arundel, Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel
SiblingsChris Armitage, Katherine FitzAlan, Aline FitzAlan, Mary FitzAlan, Eleanor FitzAlan, Michael FitzAlan, Edmund FitzAlan, Alice FitzAlan


NominationsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, Empire Award for Best Supporting Actor, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play, Empire Award for Best Actor
MoviesThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Into the Storm, Captain America: The First Avenger, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Brain on Fire, Malice Aforethought, Ordeal by Innocence, Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hal...
TV ShowsStrike Back, Spooks, Robin Hood, Malice Aforethought, North & South, Between the Sheets, Sparkhouse, Moving On, The Golden Hour, Berlin Station

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#Marks / Signs
1Blue-grey eyes
2His baritone voice


1[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.
2[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!
3I 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.
4Live 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.
5You 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.
6I 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.


1He won the Saturn Award 2016 for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in 'Hannibal'.
2His role in Hannibal: The Great Red Dragon (2015) is almost entirely silent.
3Suffers 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.
4Nominated for an Olivier Best Actor Award for his role in The Crucible.
5Nominated for WhatsOnStage Best Actor in a Play Award - for his role in The Crucible.
6Is a fan of Damages (2007).
7Was the youngest actor to audition for the role of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.
8Shot the 7th series of Spooks in London. [February 2008]
9Shot 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]
10Shot series 9 of Spooks (MI5). [February 2010]
11Shot series 8 of Spooks (MI5). [July 2009]
12Filmed some scenes of Spooks Series 7 in Moscow. [August 2008]
13Shot the third series of Robin Hood in Hungary. [July 2008]
14Shot Miss Marple and then returned to shooting Guy of Gisbourne in the second series of Robin Hood. [February 2007]
15Filmed series 8 of "Spooks" in London. [April 2009]
16Filmed the BBC Drama, Robin Hood, in Hungary, where he played Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff of Nottingham's evil henchman. [May 2006]
17Filmed the Hobbit - 1 and 2 in New Zealand. [March 2011]
18Shot Sky1 6-part series "Strike Back" in South Africa. [August 2009]
19Filmed new Jimmy McGovern's project "Moving On" (working title) in Liverpool. [December 2008]
20Shot "Marie Lloyd" in the role of her first husband Percy Courtenay. [February 2007]
21Shot the 7th series of Spooks in London. [March 2008]
22Completed 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]
23Shot the second series of Robin Hood, reprising his role as Guy of Gisbourne. [April 2007]
24Completed filming a two-part series called "Malice Aforethought" set in 1920s, where he played misogynist Bill Chatford. [November 2004]
25Was named after King Richard III, as he was born on the anniversary of the day the King was killed in battle.
26His older brother's name is Chris.
27Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 28 for 18 months.
28At age 14, he persuaded his parents to send him to a vocational school in Coventry where he could develop his musical talents.
29Started acting career in musical theatre.
30Previous 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.
31At 17, joined a circus in Budapest for six weeks to get his Equity card.
32His 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.
33He plays the cello, guitar, and flute.
34To get into character as Lee, his role in Cold Feet (1997), he took up aqua aerobics.




Pilgrimage2016/Ipost-productionRaymond De Merville
Sleepwalker2015/IcompletedDr. Scott White
Brain on Fire2016Tom Cahalan
Alice Through the Looking Glass2016King Oleron
Berlin Station2016TV SeriesDaniel Miller
Urban & the Shed Crew2015Chop
Hannibal2015TV SeriesFrancis Dolarhyde
The Crucible2014TV MovieJohn Proctor
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies2014Thorin
Into the Storm2014Gary
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug2013Thorin
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey2012Thorin
Strike Back2010-2011TV SeriesJohn Porter Sgt. John Porter
Captain America: The First Avenger2011Heinz Kruger
North & South: Deleted Scenes2011Video shortJohn Thornton (uncredited)
MI-52002-2010TV SeriesLucas North / Armed Police Officer
Robin Hood2006-2009TV SeriesGuy of Gisborne
Moving On2009TV SeriesJohn Mulligan
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesPhilip Durrant
Miss Marie Lloyd2007TV MoviePercy Courtney
Inspector George Gently2007TV SeriesRicky Deeming
The Vicar of Dibley2006-2007TV SeriesHarry Kennedy
The Impressionists2006TV Mini-SeriesYoung Claude Monet
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-SeriesPeter Macduff
The Golden Hour2005TV SeriesDr. Alec Track
Malice Aforethought2005TV MovieWilliam Chatford
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries2005TV SeriesPhilip Turner
North & South2004TV Mini-SeriesJohn Thornton
Between the Sheets2003TV Mini-SeriesPaul Andrews
Ultimate Force2003TV SeriesCapt. Ian Macalwain
Cold Feet2003TV SeriesLee
Sparkhouse2002TV Mini-SeriesJohn Standring
Macbeth2001TV MovieAngus
Casualty2001TV SeriesCraig Parker
Doctors2001TV SeriesDr. Tom Steele
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace1999Naboo Fighter Pilot (uncredited)
This Year's Love1999Smug Man at Party
Cleopatra1999TV Mini-SeriesEpiphanes
Boon1992TV SeriesMan in Pub


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey2012performer: "Misty Mountains"


Hannibal: Season Three - Getting the Old Scent Again: Re-imagining Red Dragon2015Video documentaryHimself - 'Francis Dolarhyde'
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga2015Video documentary shortHimself
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - Part 32015Video shortHimself
Backstage with the Anglophile2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
Middle-earth: There and Back Again2014TV MovieHimself
The View2014TV SeriesHimself - The Hobbit
Rencontres de cinéma2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Janela Indiscreta2012-2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2012TV SeriesHimself
125 Years of Wimbledon: You Cannot Be Serious2011TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Natural World2011TV Series documentaryNarrator
North & South: Interview with Richard Armitage2011Video shortHimself / John Thornton
Lost Land of the Tiger2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Cutting Edge2010TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Great Sperm Race2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
The Story of the Costume Drama2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Children in Need2007TV SeriesGuy of Gisborne
Empire's Children2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The National Television Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
World of Robin Hood2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
RI:SE2003TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

LEGO the Hobbit: The Video Game2014Video GameThorin Oakenshield
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesThorin Oakenshield
The Story of Dibley2007TV Movie documentaryHarry Kennedy (uncredited)


Won Awards

2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionHannibal (2013)
2016Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV Supporting ActorHannibal (2013)
2015Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Nominated Awards

2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama SeriesHannibal (2013)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorHannibal (2013)
2015Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
2014Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest Supporting ActorThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Original SongThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
2009Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesSpooks (2002)
2009TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest ActorSpooks (2002)

2nd Place Awards

2013SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest ActorThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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  1. Chrys Page Reply

    Before I ever laid eyes on this man, I came across something he narrated. Hearing this voice just hypnotized me. But when I saw his face, those blue eyes, that sensuous body, I embarrassed myself to act like a teenager even when I was by myself. But what turned the silly adoration of a girl, at age 70, turned into an almost spiritual experience when I read about his humanity, and humility, and saw him giving accolades always to his co stars, crews, directors, and everyone connected with ever production he was working on, and never never showing off. He taught me to emulate him, and having little time to change my ways, I am going to follow his example, and do more for others than my ego, which I tried to handle with years of therapy without success. Richard Armitage has been for the last 8 years, with his kindness and exquisite manner has changed who I am. I love him so much.

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