The last 12 months have been all about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with a surge of publicity that we have never experienced before. Richard appeared in over 200 video, print and online interviews! All of them were posted on this site and now reside in the archive news page, but I have been copying the links to other parts of the site to make them easier to find.

Video interviews are on the Hobbit Video Clips and Interviews page, red carpet interviews are on the Hobbit Premieres 2012 page, and almost all of the written interviews are on the Print and Online Interviews page.


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The news wasn't all about interviews: high resolution stills from the film were released, a huge variety of merchandise was publicised, numerous trailers and TV spots appeared on YouTube, and Richard attended FIVE Hobbit Premieres around the world from 28 November to 12 December 2012.


Hobbit publicity continued in the first half of this year with promotion of the DVD in the UK and Australia. In March, Richard spent two very busy days promoting the DVD in the UK with Andy Serkis and James Nesbitt. Three weeks later he spent a few days promoting the Hobbit DVD in Australia, which included an evening few will forget, especially those of you who attended...The Popcorn Taxi Q&A in Cremone, Sydney.


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The volume of Hobbit publicity was worth the long wait and more than made up for the lack of news and interviews in 2011 and 2012, and it all starts again in a few month's time (gulp)!


Was there any other news?

We received a message from Richard on 28 November 2012, the day of the Wellington world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which surprised and delighted us all that he would think of sending us a message at such a time.


Non-Hobbit news included the sporadic appearance of fantastic new pictures from the Robert Ascroft photoshoot and occasional news that...well, er...THERE IS NO NEWS of a release date for Black Sky. Yet. (Filmed in Michigan, August 2012).


Now we must wait to find out what's next for Richard and of course look forward to seeing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in December 2013.


Happy Birthday Richard - you've been SO busy these past 12 months and have spoiled us with all the interviews, amazed us that you never once looked like you were irritated by those interviewers asking you the same questions OVER AND OVER and delighted us with your portrayal of Thorin.

Thank you!


Richard has suggested in the past that gifts could be made to his favoured charities
rather than to himself.

If you wish to donate to his four chosen charities on Just Giving, click on the links below.

Childline      Barnardos      Salvation Army      Shelter

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  • CJ  - Happy Birthday おたんじょうびおめでとう!

    Happy Birthday Richard! Your portrayal of Thorin amazed me but your sense of humour definitely is the one that makes you different.

    I wish you all the very best and many happy returns.

    CJ - Australia

  • Trude Westphal  - Birthday wishes from Trude

    Dear Richard,

    Sorry a bit late, but I hope you had a wonderfull birthday!
    I wish you a very good year with a beautifull role for you to play and for us to enjoy.

    Greetings from Trude (Soest, The Netherlands)

  • Monika  - HBD from Hungary

    Dear Mr. Armitage! Happy Birtday!!!! I wish all the best!
    Lots of Love

  • Dorothy Shea  - Happy 42nd Birthday!

    Dear Richard,

    I hope you had a wonderful 42nd birthday. May all your fondest wishes come true. To the one who holds The Key (of Erebor) To My Heart, as you said to me at the NYC Premiere, a great big hug and kiss from your fan and friend in Houston, Texas, USA.

    Love Always,
    Dorothy Shea

  • Sheri Wiggins  - Happy Birthday from Tennessee

    Dear Richard, heres wishing you the happiest birthday ever. I am sitting on my couch watching Robin Hood. And suddenly realized today was your birthday ;)
    God bless and keep you always!
    Love from Sheri in the mountains of Tennessee, USA.

  • Silvia  - Happy Birthday from Italy

    Buon Compleanno Richard! Happy Birthday Richard!
    Silvia from Italy :D

  • Jana  - HAPPY BDAY from GERMANY

    Dear Richard,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY , I wish you all the luck in the world and LOTS of chocolate ice cream!

  • Stefanie Metzger

    It is still the only known means to get older to live for a long time.

    (José Ortega y Gasset)

    Dear Mr Armitage,

    we wish you all the best for your 42 birthday. Have a gorgeous an delightful day. Thank you for creating such great characters like Thorin Oakenshield. All the best for your future.

    Susanne U. and Stefanie M. from Bavaria, Germany

  • Viola  - To your Birthday... your Birthday a bunch of shootingstars, loving Moments and a powerful Vision for your life... With greetings from Portugal... Viola

  • Iris Wallmeier  - Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday Richard
    I hope You `ll have a wonderful Day with lots of nice friends and maybe some good choclate ice cream, too ;)
    I also wish You health and good times for many - many years to come -
    and for us fans: another "Happy New Richard Year" :)
    Lots of kisses from Germany
    Your fan

  • NovemberBride  - From Flyover Land

    Hope you've had a fantastic day!!

  • Trish Hutchinson

    Happy birthday Mr. Armitage, I hope you have a GREAT day! And thanks for sharing your boundless talent with the world; I've especially enjoyed listening to the 2 books on CD you did, Sylvester and Venetia! You're amazing! :cheer:

  • Melinda Hestand  - Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday to the most wonderful, talented, and beautiful man in the world, and in middle earth too. You are blessed to have the attributes that you have and will no doubt receive in the future.

    Lots of Love and Kisses
    from a Proud Member of the Armitage Army
    Melinda Hestand

  • Bexs  - Happy birthday

    Dear Richard,
    Just to wish you a happy birthday and hope you have had a lovely day celebrating it. I want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the roles you have played; I would like you know as a school teacher I intend to use you as inspiration for my year group as motivation for their GCSE years. Cannot wait to see you in future roles and the continuation of your role as Thorin.
    Love Bexs xx

  • GimmeSherlock

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD!!! Wishing you all the best in your career and in life! ;)


    Dear Richard,
    I'm wishing you a marvelous birthday!
    My best wishes for your future life, carreer, love, ...
    May all your dreams come true and may the Lord bless and guide you wherever you are and whatever you do. May He shower his chosiest blessings over you forever!

    An ocean of love, hugs and kisses
    Michaela from Moosburg/Bavaria

  • Mary

    Just a few words to say Happy Birthday.
    May you have everything you need and wish
    for. We all admire you and respect you.
    Love Mary

  • Rachelle  - Happy Birthday from Ottawa, ON Canada!

    Happy Birthday Richard!

    You are now the same age as the answer to the Meaning of Life! Hope your day is absurdly awesome! May it be filled with all good things, especially a nice bottle of some Kline Zinfandel (or perhaps a Rosemount Estates Shiraz!).

    So glad to have joined your "army" and I am looking forward to seeing more of you (take that any way you like...wink!), on the big screen..hahahaha!

    Much love and best wishes!

  • L  - Happy Birthday!

    Mr. Armitage, I love your acting (and you looks hehe). Thank you for making my favorite characters come alive! Happy birthday, and please do more period dramas! L. from FL

  • Deva  - re: Happy Birthday Richard Armitage

    Happy Birthday, from one birthday twin to another!!

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