THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
RICHARD ARMITAGE (Thorin Oakenshield) has been a favorite of
critics and audiences
in the UK for several years, and his popularity is quickly rising worldwide.
Armitage, who originated the part of Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's
An Unexpected Journey," will reprise his role in the conclusion of the Trilogy,
"The Hobbit: There
and Back Again," due out in December 2014. Also in 2014, he stars in Steven
Quale's action thriller
"Into the Storm," slated for release in August.
Armitage gained a huge fan following in the UK with starring roles in such
television productions as "North and South," "Spooks (US title: MI-5)," "Robin
Hood" and "Strike
His first film in the U.S. was the 2011 hit "Captain America: The First
Avenger," directed by
Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans in the title role. Armitage played the
super hero's nemesis,
Heinz Kruger, in the film, which also starred Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci and
His recent television credits include "Macbeth," part of the BBC's 2005 "ShakespeaRe-told"
miniseries, opposite James McAvoy and Keeley Hawes, and the ITV telefilm "Marple:
Innocence." British TV audiences have also seen him on such programs as "Sparkhouse,"
Feet," "Ultimate Force" and "Between the Sheets."
Born and raised in Leicester, England, Armitage was classically trained at
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has appeared in numerous stage
including such plays as "Hamlet," "The Four Alice Bakers," "Macbeth" and "The
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