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Also Known As: Richard Crispin Armitage Died:
Born: August 22, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, GB Profession:

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Black Sky (2014)
2.
 Into the Storm (2014)
6.
 North & South (2004)
7.
 Cats (1998) Swing
8.
 Cleopatra (1999) Epiphanes
9.
 Sparkhouse (2003)
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Studied music at at Brockington College in Enderby, England; played cello and flute
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Pursued acting while attending Pattison College in Coventry, England
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At 17, joined theater group The Second Generation at a circus in Budapest to gain his Equity Card
1999:
Made screen acting debut with a one-line role in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"
2002:
Landed first substantive television role in "Sparkhouse" (BBC), a modern take on <i>Wuthering Heights</i>
2002:
Played recurring role of British operative Lucas North on popular BBC One espionage series "Spooks" ("MI-5")
2006:
Cast as Guy of Gisborne on BBC One series "Robin Hood"
2010:
Starred on military action series "Strike Back" (Sky 1); aired on Cinemax in U.S.
2011:
Made Hollywood feature debut as Nazi spy Heinz Kruger in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
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
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Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA): -

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