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Richard Armitage stars in "Strike Back" on Cinemax as John Porter. The series is an adaptation of ex-SAS soldier Chris Ryan's novel. Armitage also stars in the feature film "Captain America: The First Avenger," opposite Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving, and the highly anticipated Peter Jackson films "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Jouney" and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" as Thorin Oakenshield.

Richard Armitage has been a favorite with critics and audiences alike in the UK for several years. His lead
Richard Armitage
Richard Armitage
Richard Armitage - © Claire Newman Williams
roles in high-profile TV productions such as "North & South," "MI-5" (UK title, "Spooks"), "Robin Hood" and "Strike Back" have established him as one the most popular actors in the UK, with a massive fan following.

Brought up in Leicestershire by his school secretary mother and engineer father, Richard's first steps into the acting world could not have been further away from the norm for a young, aspiring actor. At the age of 17 and needing an Equity card, Richard joined a "physical theater" group which traveled to the NachtCircus in Budapest. Incorporating illusion and mime into his act, he was shown particular praise for his skills with hula hoops and skateboard.

With this first taste of show business still fresh, Richard returned to London and, in 1994, began a three-year classical acting course at LAMDA. The first role that he won after leaving could not have put him on a bigger stage. His cameo appearance in "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" brought incredible experience and a large amount of fan mail, from Japan in particular. He followed up "Star Wars" with a part in "This Year's Love," alongside Dougray Scott, Kathy Burke and Jennifer Ehle, and then took his first central role, as Epiphanes, in the two-part miniseries, "Cleopatra," with Billy Zane, Rupert Graves and Art Malik.
A string of memorable performances followed in TV projects such as "Sparkhouse," "Cold Feet," "Ultimate Force" and "Between the Sheets," and onstage in "Hamlet," "The Four Alice Bakers," "Macbeth" and "The Duchess of Malfi."

In 2004, Richard played the lead role in the BBC's hugely-successful adaptation of "North & South," and his appeal reached a whole new, more widespread audience. An adaptation of the classic Elizabeth Gaskell novel, Richard played John Thornton, a Victorian industrialist at the height of the revolution. His robust, awe-inspiring public persona is peppered with cruelty and a tyrannical fist, but his affection for Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) uncovers his vulnerability.

Richard went on to film "Macbeth" as part of the BBC's series of modern Shakespeare interpretations. Set in a high-pressured restaurant kitchen, Richard played Macduff, opposite James McAvoy and Keeley Hawes. Written by Peter Moffat, "Macbeth" was directed by Mark Brozel and was broadcast in November 2005.

In 2006, Richard took on the major role of Sir Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff of Nottingham's merciless sidekick, in the BBC series "Robin Hood." Over the following three years, the series went on to become a major international hit and Richard became a household name.

Following "Robin Hood," Richard joined the cast of the BBC's flagship series, "Spooks" ("MI-5") late in 2008 as the character Lucas North. In late 2010, after leading the show for a couple of years, Richard left in an explosive storyline.

In May 2010, Richard starred as John Porter in "Strike Back" for Sky 1. In three stand-alone narratives based in Iraq, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Pakistan, dramatised over six episodes, the stories connect the dramatic politics of war with the personal demons of two very driven men: Porter and Collinson (Andrew Lincoln). John Lloyd of the Financial Times described Armitage as "one of the best action men on television, with actorly reserves enough to bring to life private griefs, as well as public derring-do." Sky1 has commissioned a second series of "Strike Back," due to be broadcast late in 2011. Season one is also due to hit the US in late 2011 on HBO.

Richard is currently in New Zealand filming Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," the first part of which is scheduled to be released in December 2012, with the second part following in December 2013. Richard will play Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves, and will share the screen with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins.

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Age: 45 years old
Birthday: August 22, 1971
Height: 6' 2"
Full Name / Real Name: Richard Crispin Armitage
Birthplace: Leicester, England, UK

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