Another year has gone by and there have been many more projects to discover since last August...


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, December 2013

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Pinter/PROUST at the 92nd Street Y, New York City, 16th January 2014

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Recording narration for Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel (audiobook), by A J Hartley and D Hewson
Recorded February 2014, released May 2014

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Filming for Urban and the Shed Crew, March - May 2014

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Arthur Miller's The Crucible at The Old Vic, London June - September 2014

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WHAT ELSE has been keeping Richard busy these last 12 months?

In September 2013, additional shooting took place on the Into the Storm set.

On 22nd September, Richard attended the BAFTA LA Tea Party to celebrate British influence in Hollywood.

Promotion for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug took place in the latter quarter of 2013.

On 4th November, a live Hobbit fan event took place and cast members appeared simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington. Richard was in New York with Orlando Bloom at AMC Lincoln Square in New York with host Anderson Cooper.

On 1st December, Richard attended Tourism New Zealands' 'The Book of New Zealand' event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Google+ Hangout event took place in Los Angeles on 4th December with Richard, Peter Jackson and Evangeline Lilly.

Cinemax interviewed Richard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans and Evangeline Lilly in Los Angeles in December and released the uncensored interview in 4 parts: clip 1, clip 2, clip 3 and clip 4.

Richard appeared at Waterstone's book shop in Piccadilly (some pictures here), London on Friday 6th December. A small venue with a small audience that were privileged to hear Richard and Luke Evans discuss their experiences of filming The Hobbit.

We received a Christmas message of thanks from Richard on 19th December 2013 in which Richard coined the phrase 'well-wishers'.

On 27th February, Marlise from The Anglophile Channel on YouTube interviewed Richard. The interview was released in 3 parts with outtakes.

On 30th March 2014, Richard and other cast members of The Hobbit attended the 2014 Empire Awards. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and Richard went on stage a second time to present the Best Female Newcomer award.

The 31st March saw Richard doing several interviews in the UK to promote The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug DVD, including a live interview on ITV's This Morning.

Richard attended WonderCon in Anaheim on 19th April 2014 to promote nto the Storm. Heather's professional HQ photos are here.

  Richard narrated a D-Day documentary called D-Day's Sunken Secrets, which was shown on Channel 5 in the UK on Monday 19th May. Richard also recorded the voiceover for a few adverts for Barclays Bank this year.

On 14th July, Richard travelled north to Salford to record a live interview with BBC Breakfast and then on Andrew Marr's news programme on Sunday 20th July. Both interviews were to promote The Crucible.

In July and continuing this month, promotion for Into the Storm has escalated and the premiere will take place in New York City on Monday 4th August. Richard will attend this premiere with all the cast, the director and the producer.


 Phew what a list...and this doesn't include all of the print interviews in the last 12 months
(note: I will update this soon with the latest articles!)


Also, I didn't mention THE HOBBIT PREMIERES!

Richard attended three premieres for The Desolation of Smaug around the world in December 2013:
Los Angeles (World Premiere) 2 December ~ Berlin (European Premiere) 9 December ~ Madrid 11 December.
Candid photographs here.



 Happy Birthday Richard - I thought last year was busy, but this year has been CRAZY! You will be on stage on your birthday, but I hope you manage to celebrate with friends and loved ones on or around that day. Thanks for keeping us entertained and we all look forward to the next 12 months including that final foray into Middle-earth.

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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Comments (417)
  • Eliana in Sunny L.A.  - THANK YOU


  • rdas  - YAY!

    Another year of awesomeness! Here's to many more! Happy Birthday!


  • Agie  - Happy Birthday!

    Dear Richard,

    Happy, happy birthday! I wanted to thank you for all the hard work you've been doing not just these past few months, but the past years as well. You have inspired me to persevere to reach the goals I have set for myself. I could only wish I am as brave as you to pursue what it is I really, really want to do.

    I am glad that despite all the attention and fame you are gaining now, you still remain the down-to-earth and ever humble and sweet man I know you to be. I wish I could watch you at The Crucible but I am quite a ways away and lack the funds to get to the UK. Of course, I know you are doing great thanks to all the other fans who have seen the play and shared their experiences. I look forward to seeing more of you in the coming years!

    Good luck, take care, and, once again, happy birthday! I hope you enjoy your special day.

    Much love from the Philippines (though I am currently training in the US),

  • Heather Siemon  - Happy 43rd Birthday!!

    Happy 43rd Birthday Richard from a long-time well wisher! :) Your career keeps growing and I am extremely happy for you. I wish you all the joy and happiness in life. Bless you! Take some time out of your busy schedule and get a few vodka drinks in for your birthday. You deserve some fun! Cheers to you!! :kiss:

    xxx Heather
    Southern California

  • Nadine  - Happy Birthday :)

    Dear Mr. Armitage,
    I want to wish you a very happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day amongst wonderful people.
    Best wishes,
    Nadine (:

  • Iqraa Helen Liversidge​​  - Richard Armitage

    Dear Richard I hope you have a great day,all my love all the way from Leeds Yorkshire :kiss: XxxxxxxXxxxxxx

  • Marta

    Happy Birthday Richard!! I hope you have a great day (hopefully with lots of chocolate) and a wonderful year ahead (hopefully with lots of great things, other than more chocolate)

    Much love from Spain - see you in The Crucible on September! :)

  • Nadine  - Happy Birthday :)

    Dear Mr. Armitage,
    I want to wish you a very happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day amongst wonderful people.
    Best wishes,
    Nadine (:

  • cyrielle  - happy birthday

    joyeux anniversaire de France!!^^

  • Ann Boudreau  - Happy Birthday !

    Dear Richard,
    Birthdays are a new start; fresh beginnings, a time to start new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with fresh confidence and drive. You are an amazing and talented actor and a genuine man. I wish you all the best, not only today but always.
    Happy Birthday!
    Ann Boudreau (Quebec, Canada)

  • Michelle D.  - Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday Greetings to you Mr. Armitage from this Rhode Island (USA) fan. I wish you health and happiness on your birthday and continued success with all your endeavors. I am sure that you are very busy with your work, and while I don't know that you would be able to read every single birthday greeting I am sure that you know that you are wished much happiness and many more healthy and happy birthdays by your fans...especially me.

    Michelle D.

  • Cynthia Griffith  - Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

    I just wanted to tell you that I have been inspired by your portrayal of Thorin. This is a character and a story that my husband has adored since childhood, and now we can share the fandom together. I went through a very long period of depression and anxiety, and did not think I would ever draw again (something I had been doing since I was old enough to hold a pencil). After a decade or more, I finally am back to art again, drawing Thorin and other dwarves. This makes my husband very happy, I must tell you. ;) I hope you have an amazing day, and we are wishing you the Very Best in the years to come. Good luck and keep up the excellent work!

    Cynthia in Texas

  • Magda Sereno  - Happy Day of Birth!

    Have an absolutely awesome birthday. Eat good food, drink good drinks, have fun, hug puppies, kiss kittens, whatever you enjoy doing and with those that you most care about.

    I really love what creative works I've seen from you and hope to see more in the future.

    As corny as it sounds I hope your wishes come true and you get to achieve more greatness and happiness. Which I'm sure I've already mentioned above.

    Eat. Drink. Be merry.


  • A  - Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Armitage!
    Congratulations on the success of The Crucible!( I wish I could see...)
    Best wishes from Tokyo, Japan

  • Maria  - Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday Mr. Armitage and thank you very much for stir my mirror neurons with your brilliant performance at The Crucible. You have one member more in your army.
    All the best and happy birthday!!

  • Jessica  - Happy Birthday!

    Happy birthday Richard, I hope you have a brilliant day. Thank-you for your wonderful work.

    Jessica (England)

  • Kathia Michaud  - Best wishes !

    Happy Birthday Richard! :D
    I wish that all your wishes will be granted this year. You're an awesome actor and I hope to see you in a theatrical piece one day. Whatever happens never stop believing in your dreams. I wish you a long and happy life.
    Love from Canada. xxx

  • Adeline  - Happy Birthday!


    Wishing you the very happiest of birthdays and many wishes for a wonderful year ahead! Thank you for all of your incredible work, your generosity to your fans and the example you set of kindness and graciousness. You are an inspiration.

    Many blessings for the coming year!


  • Laura  - Happy Birthday

    Dear Richard,

    I wish you the happiest of birthdays and much success in the coming year.

    Best wishes,

  • julie

    Happy birthday Richard have a wonderful day. Good luck with Into the Storm cant wait to see it on the weekend. :-)

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