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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

RICHARD ARMITAGE (Thorin Oakenshield) has been a favorite of critics and audiences alike in the UK for several years. His starring roles in such high-profile television productions as NORTH AND SOUTH, SPOOKS (US title: MI-5), ROBIN HOOD and STRIKE BACK have established him as one of the most popular actors in the UK, with a massive fan following. With several highly anticipated projects upcoming in the United States, Armitage is quickly rising as a leading man in Hollywood as well.

Most recently, Armitage wrapped production on the upcoming tornado disaster film BLACK SKY, in which he stars opposite Sarah Wayne Callies. The Steven Quale-directed feature is due out in 2013. He also reprises the role of Thorin Oakenshield in the second and third installments of the trilogy, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN.

For his first U.S. film, Armitage appeared in 2011's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, directed by Joe Johnston. Armitage played Heinz Kruger, Captain America's nemesis, alongside Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and Hayley Atwell.

His other British TV projects include BBC's MACBETH, opposite James McAvoy and Keeley Hawes, and appearances in SPARKHOUSE, COLD FEET, ULTIMATE FORCE and BETWEEN THE SHEETS.

Armitage also has also appeared in numerous theatre productions, including HAMLET, THE FOUR ALICE BAKERS, MACBETH and THE DUCHESS OF MALFI.

Born and raised in Leicester, England, Armitage was classically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

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