This is an unofficial website dedicated to the work of the British actor Richard Armitage, star of The Crucible (at the Old Vic), The Hobbit, NBC's Hannibal, Into the Storm, Captain America: The First Avenger, Spooks, Strike Back, Robin Hood and the BBC's North and South. I hope you will find the most up-to-date news about Richard's career, interviews, pictures, multimedia, information about filming locations and much more. All content is listed in the menu on the left.
To leave a comment or give feedback, please visit the Guest Book or leave a message wherever you see 'Write Comment' (on this page, it's just above the 'News'). Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about contacting Richard and about this website.
Richard narrated the documentary Jutland: WW1's Greatest Sea Battle on Channel 4 (UK) last night. I have recorded a clip and uploaded it here. Apologies that the quality isn't perfect but this is the best I could do. Programme information is on Channel 4's site.
Richard's character in Alice Through the Looking Glass is King Oleron, according to his IMDB page. Richard said this was a cameo role at the end of this video interview with Digital Spy, however in this radio interview with Irish radio programme 'Newstalk', recorded just after The Crucible finished its run in September 2014, he said he had a small part in the film (8m 36s).
Here is a picture of Richard in his cameo role in the forthcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, released in the UK and US in a few weeks time on 27 May. The picture was taken from a featurette about the costumes in the film. Watch the full video here on Vimeo.
The director of Urban and the Shed Crew, Candida Brady, has released a video interview with Richard about working on the film. You can watch it here on YouTube. Still no news on release of this film I'm afraid. Candida posted this on twitter on Tuesday.
1. A donation of £339.50 plus gift aid has been made today to The Salvation Army, one of the eight charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving.com, as a result of orders made via Amazon UK and Amazon DE in December 2015 and January 2016. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
2. More reports and photos have been posted of the Berlin Station filming on La Palma on 11 April 2016.
Richard filmed scenes for Berlin Station on the island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands today. News reports, pictures and video have been posted on twitter as follows:
This photo of Richard with officials from the town is courtesy of Cabildo de La Palma (@CabLaPalma). Click to enlarge.
A slightly different version of the above photo from eldiario.es: "Anselmo Pestana greets actor Richard Armitage during filming in La Palma in the series ' Berlin Station'". Mr Pestana, on Richard's left, is the president of the Cabildo de La Palma the governing body of La Palma.
The first official pictures from Berlin Station have been released, via the German news outlet Berliner Zeitung, two of which show Richard as Daniel Miller. Many press outlets are still referring to his character as Daniel Meyer, as this was the name given on the original PR release, however Richard and the writer have since confirmed on twitter that the character is called Daniel Miller.
Here are the two new photos - click to enlarge. I will create a Berlin Station gallery on this site when more pictures are released.
The article refers to the German actress Victoria Mayer and her role as Ingrid Hollander in the US drama, and so there is no information about Richard or his role, except a small reference to her character's interaction with Mr Miller: 'For me it is more about Ingrid's conflict with the agent, who is played by Richard Armitage, and her confrontation with the American secret service'. Here is a rough English translation of the article.
2. A donation of EU 365.00 has been sent to berliner-stadtmission.de following this tweet after Richard's visit to the refugee centre in Berlin, and as a result of the positive replies I received on twitter to this idea. I have donated the Amazon US referral fee earnings received for the period September - December 2015. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
1. New poll on the site - Richard has been involved in the making of five films and one TV series that we haven't seen yet - which one are you most looking forward to watching? Vote on the left-hand side. Previous poll results are here.
2. The biography page has been updated and a new page for Sleepwalker has been created, summarising all we know so far about this film.
1. Berlin Station has received funding from the German Motion Picture Fund, and Richard was photographed with Parliamentary State Secretary Iris Gleicke, as you may have seen from Richard's twitter feed yesterday.
2. Today is the release date for a new audiobook by Audible: Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. It isnarrated by Emma Thompson, with a prologue read by Richard Armitage. You can order it from Audible US or Audible UK or use one of the Amazon links on the home page of this site, search for the book including the word Armitage and the audiobook will appear, plus you will earn commission for charity if you order it.
I've noticed that Amazon UK are selling the audiobook for a cheaper price than Audible UK, unless you buy it free with a free trial subscription of course.
"...like his co-stars, Armitage gives a performance all his own. It's a carefully balanced turn: Dolarhyde has a split personality, one half an insecure wallflower and the other half a monster out of nightmares. But Armitage makes us believe that both personas could exist in one man -- more than that, that each persona fuels the other."
3. Hariclea attended the Crucible screening at the Barbican Cinema in London on Wednesday 9th March, which also included a Q&A with cast members Zara White (Mercy Lewis), Anna Madley (Elizabeth Proctor) and Marama Corlett (Betty Parris), as well as Digital Theatre's Robert Delamere, who directed the performance. Click here to read her blog of the evening, an account which I feel is well worth a read for insights into the production and a trip down memory lane for those of us who were lucky enough to attend the mesmerising performance of all involved in this intense version of Arthur Miller's classic. It was also interesting to hear that Robert Delamere met the playwright many years ago. Thank you for sharing Hariclea!
On Saturday 5th March, Richard visited the Berliner Stadtmission to spend some time with refugee families. He wrote about the experience and posted the pages on twitter yesterday evening. Here is the original tweet and below are the 3 pages as thumbnails - click to enlarge.
1. In a podcast from the New York Times, Richard talks about recording the David Copperfield audiobook for Audible, as well as recording his first audiobooks for the BBC Robin Hood series and reading some of Georgette Heyers' work. Click here for the link (or here for a direct link to the podcast). Richard appears at 35mins 25seconds.
2. Thanks to Summer for the information that Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel is availabe for $5.95 from Audible.com until 6 March! Click here for details (note - this link will redirect if you are outside the US).
Congratulations to Richard for his 2016 Saturn Awards nomination for Best Supporting TV Actor! Watch the nominations here on YouTube (Richard's nomination is at 3:45). Last year, Richard won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Here is his acceptance speech.
2. A donation of £223.38 plus gift aid has been made today to Young Minds UK, one of the eight charities Richard has nominated on JustGiving.com, as a result of orders made via Amazon UK and Amazon DE in November 2015. Thank you so much for continuing to use the Amazon links on my home page to order your shopping!
Richard attended the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg reception at Berlin's Ritz-Carlton hotel last night, to celebrate European talent in the film industry as part of the Berlinale film festival. More information about the event is here on Variety's site. Five photos of Richard with his Berlin Station co-star Richard Jenkins have been found on the event's facebook page photo 1 and photo 2 and also three photos from Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, a regional news site: photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3. These photos are now in the gallery.
Update: thanks to Veloce for finding larger versions of the last 3 photos from the pnn.de site: click to open gallery.
Richard is currently filming Berlin Station in Berlin, playing the lead character Daniel Miller. Filming started in November 2015 and is expected to continue until March/April 2016.
3. Articles and audio interview clips with Richard about his reading of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, which was released from Audible on 9th February. If you order the audiobook from Audible via Amazon, using my Amazon links on the home page, you will earn commission that I will pay to one of Richard's nominated charities.
Business Wire announced the release of the audiobook, with quotes from Richard:
"I think David Copperfield is Dickens’ broadest, most humorous and moving epic novel. His treatment in this work of birth, life, love and death had a huge impact on me the first time I read it. It gave me immense pleasure to attempt to bring these vivid characters to life...I'm very proud to have been asked to read this beloved book. I hope you enjoy listening."
Interview with Richard on YouTube in the Audible studios about recording David Copperfield
On discovering Dickens, on the production's challenges, surprises and rewards and on the book's title character
4. Richard's 2015 performance of Classic Love Poems, published by Audible Studios, was one of the bestselling audiobooks of the year and is a finalist for a 2016 Audie Award in the “Best Male Narrator” category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 11 May at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Good luck Richard!
1. The Critics Choice Movie and TV Awards take place in Santa Monica, California this evening at 5pm (PT)/8pm (ET). Richard is nominated in the Best Guest Actor/Actress category for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal. Richard confirmed today that he is unable to attend.
2. Richard has been nominated as Best TV Supporting Actor in Hannibal by the US film magazine Fangoria. The magazine is asking for the public to vote for film and TV categories in the horror genre. If you'd like to vote, click the link and email your choices before 13th March.
Richard Armitage has been voted 'People's Choice' for villain of the year with his portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal by readers of IGN! The entertainment site voted David Tennant as their winner, but Richard got the people's vote. Click here for more information.