|Also Known As:
Richard Crispin Armitage
|Born: || August 22, 1971
||Cause of Death: ||
|| Leicester, Leicestershire, England, GB
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Studied music at at Brockington College in Enderby, England; played cello and flute
Pursued acting while attending Pattison College in Coventry, England
At 17, joined theater group The Second Generation at a circus in Budapest to gain his Equity Card
Made screen acting debut with a one-line role in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace"
Landed first substantive television role in "Sparkhouse" (BBC), a modern take on <i>Wuthering Heights</i>
Cast as Guy of Gisborne on BBC One series "Robin Hood"
Played recurring role of British operative Lucas North on popular BBC One espionage series "Spooks" ("MI-5")
Made Hollywood feature debut as Nazi spy Heinz Kruger in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
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
Starred on military action series "Strike Back" (Sky 1); aired on Cinemax in U.S.
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