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Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage is a British actor who has played in movies, series, theatre, and voice acting. Richard Armitage is popular for his role as John Thornton’s infamous British television program ‘North & South.

Early Life and Childhood

Richard Armitage was born on August 22, 1971, and is currently 48 years old. His full name is Richard Crispin Armitage and his zodiac sign is Leo. Likewise, he was born in Huncote, Leicestershire, England. His nationality is British, belongs to the white ethnic group, and follows Christianity. Similarly, he was born to John Armitage who is an engineer, and Margaret Armitage who is a secretary. He has an older brother Chris Armitage.

Likewise, ever since childhood, he has been keen on playing various musical instruments. He played cello during school days and was also part of the local orchestra. Similarly, he also played the flute. Furthermore, reflecting upon his educational background, he completed his primary education at Huncote Community Primary School. Furthermore, he then attended Brockington College which was a mixed secondary school of the Church of England.

Similarly, after obtaining a grant from the ‘Leicestershire Authority’, he transferred to Pattinson College. This is a non-selective independent school that specializes in performing arts. Likewise, he chose music and English in A-Levels in 1988. During his school days, he participated in professional stage productions and local amateur. Moreover, he played in the stage production ‘The Hobbit’ as an elf at the ‘New Alexandra Theatre’ in Birmingham. However, after he had a stint with Pattison College, he went to Budapest, Hungary, and remained part of ‘Nachtcircus’. He went there for 6 months to earn his ‘Equity Card’ to start his career in professional entertainment in the UK.

Richard Armitage – Net Worth 2023

Richard Armitage has a net worth of $13 million. His primary source of income is through acting. However, there is no information regarding his total asset value.

Theatrical Career

Richard Armitage started his career in theatre as an assistant choreographer for Kenn Oldfield. Moreover, this was a musical theatre and has been part of musicals such as ‘Cats’ and ‘42nd Street’. Likewise, he started his dramatic career with stage plays in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘The Real Thing’. However, in the beginning, he was skeptical of choosing a career in musical theatre. Likewise, he continued his career and studies in acting. Further, he joined ‘LAMDA’ in 1993 and completed a 3-year program before making a comeback on stage.

Moreover, besides this, he worked in other theatrical shows for various theatres. He worked for the ‘Birmingham Repertory Theatre’ in shows like, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘The Four Alice Bakers’. Following this, he worked for ‘The Royal Shakespeare Company’ in their production ‘Of Macbeth’. Likewise, he played ‘Jez’ in ‘Use Me as Your Cardigan’ by ‘Charm Offensive’.

Likewise, his theatre drama ‘The Crucible’ was distributed in cinemas across the UK and Ireland. It was later made ‘Digital Theatre’ to record it and was made available for digital download worldwide. Followed by this later he played ‘Kenneth’ in the play ‘Love, Love, Love’ in the production of ‘Laura Pels Theatre’. This was his first theatrical role on the American stage. Likewise, his latest play is ‘Uncle Vanya’.

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Caption: Latest theatre play of Richard Armitage in ‘Uncle Vanya’. Source: Instagram

Films and television series

Similarly, while doing stage plays, he started working in both films and TV shows. He made his debut in Television by casting as John Standring in ‘Sparkhouse’. Likewise, he rose to fame with the British historical period drama ‘North & South in the role of textile mill owner ‘John Thornton’. Furthermore, he played in various television series like, ‘The Impressionists, ‘Robin Hood’, ‘And Spooks’.

Moreover, he debuted in the movie in 2005 with his first performance in the British psychological thriller ‘Frozen’. Likewise, he has also played ‘Thorin Oakenshield’ in the three-film production of ‘The Hobbit’. Besides this, he has played in other movies in ‘The Hobbit series, ‘An Unexpected Journey’, ‘The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘And The Battle of the Five Armies’. Furthermore, he made a blockbuster performance in the disaster film ‘Into the Storm’. Likewise, his notable performance is in movies like, ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, ‘Brain on Fire’, ‘And Ocean’s 8’.

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Caption: Cover picture of the famous television program ‘North & South’. Source: Instagram

Voice Acting

Besides, acting in theatre and movies, Richard Armitage craves his niche as a voice actor for his trademark baritone voice. He made his debut in voice acting with his performance in the TV series ‘Robin Hood’. Likewise, he started narrating the audiobook version of the first four episodes of the series. Followed by this, he worked as a narrator in various other audiobooks like, ‘Sylvester’, ‘Venetia’, and ‘The Convenient Marriage’.

Likewise, he has also given his narration in various TV documentaries like, ‘Homes from Hell’, ‘Surgery School’, and ‘Elsa: The Lioness That Changed the World’. Moreover, he has also worked on various radio and television commercials. Similarly, his lead voice role was in the American adult animated web series, ‘Castlevania’. Likewise, he is the lead voice in the starring role of ‘The Logan’/’Wolverine’ podcast serials ‘Wolverine’ and ‘Sticher’.


Moreover, Richard Armitage’s notable stage performance in ‘The Old Vic’ in which he played the role of ‘John Proctor’. This act was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful play. Furthermore, he received the ‘Broadway World: UK award’ for the ‘Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play’. Likewise, for his performance in the series ‘Hannibal’, Richard has received the ‘Saturn Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series’.

Similarly, he has received the ‘Saturn Award’ for ‘The Hobbit’ in ‘Best Supporting Actor in Film’. Moreover, he was awarded ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘NIFF’ for his performance in the movie Urban and the Shed’. Likewise, for his work in ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel’, he won the ‘Audible Award’ for the ‘Book Audiobook of the Year’.

Brand Endorsements

Being a successful actor and voice actor, Richard Armitage certainly has gained a huge influence over his audience. In addition, the actor has worked in several brand endorsement deals as well. Similarly, he has voiced a commercial about Pure New Zealand.

Relationship Status

Likewise, Richard Armitage is straight and single. Currently, he is not in a romantic relationship with anyone. However, in the past, he was in love with Samantha Colley. They both got engaged in the year 2016 and unfortunately broke off in 2017.

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Caption: Richard Armitage with his ex-girlfriend Samantha Colley (Source: Evening Standard)

Body Measurements

Reflecting upon his body measurement, Richard Armitage stands 6 feet 2 inches tall (74 inches) and weighs around 93 kg. Likewise, he has a masculine body with a charming personality. His attractive face compliments well with his pair of blue eyes and dark brown hair color.

Richard Armitage – Social Media

Likewise, his social media presence is active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. He joined Twitter in August 2014 and has 233K followers on his @RCArmitage account. Similarly, his Instagram handle is @richardcarmitage and has 139K followers. He has even gained a lot of fans through Facebook, having more than 10.5k followers.