Judy Parfitt
(Movies & TV)
David Storey
Ian Holm
(Movies & TV)
Helen Mirren
(Movies & TV)
Lindsay Anderson
(Movies & TV)
Rose Hill (actress)
(Movies & TV)
Ben Kingsley
(Movies & TV)

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Alun Armstrong (actor)

Knowledge Identifier: +Alun_Armstrong_(actor)


Alun Armstrong (actor)

Prolific British character actor add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1946.

Countries: United Kingdom (80%), (10%), Poland (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Judy Parfitt, David Storey, Ian Holm

Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, Newcastle University, University of East Anglia, University of Sunderland




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Alun Armstrong was born in 1946 add something


He took part in the National Youth Theatre summer school in 1964, but his background and his northern accent made him feel out of place add something


Since his career began in the early 1970s, he has played, in his words, "the full spectrum of characters from the grotesque to musicals add something


Armstrong made his screen debut in the 1971 film "Get Carter" add something


One of his early roles was Billy Spencer in David Storey's play "The Changing Room" at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Lindsay Anderson in 1971 add something


In 1975, he played Touchstone in "As You Like It" directed by Peter Gill at the Nottingham Playhouse add something


In 1975, he was cast in two mini-series dealing with coal miners in North East England add something


In the 1977 film "A Bridge Too Far", he had a small role as one of the British troops at the Battle of Arnhem add something


Rebroadcast in 1978 in the "Play for Today" series add something


Armstrong spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1979 to 1988 add something


In 1981, Armstrong joined the cast of the eight-hour production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" as Wackford Squeers add something


Rose Hill (actress) - In June 1981 Hill reprised her roles in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" for the Royal Shakespeare Company with Alun Armstrong and Ian McNeice added to the cast, Ben Kingsley and Timothy Spall having left the production


He played Wackford Squeers and Mr. Wagstaff in an eight-hour stage performance of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" that was filmed for television in 1982 add something


The play was filmed for television at the Old Vic Theatre in 1982 add something


He had a supporting role as the bandit leader Torquil in the 1983 fantasy film "Krull" add something


In 1983, he played Ralph Trapdoor in "The Roaring Girl" starring Helen Mirren add something


He performed the roles of Leontes in "The Winter's Tale" and John Proctor in "The Crucible" on a national tour that included Christ Church, Spitalfields in 1984 and on tour to Poland in 1985 add something


In 1988, he was again nominated for the Olivier award for the roles of Barabas in an RSC production of "The Jew of Malta" and the Captain in a National Theatre production of "The Father" by August Strindberg add something


He reprised the role, paired with Jenny Galloway as Mme. Thénardier, in "Les Misérables - The Dream Cast in Concert" at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1995, which was filmed and released on DVD. He appeared in the 25th anniversary concert, though Matt Lucas performed the role of Thénardier add something


In the 1996 BBC drama series "Our Friends in the North", he played Austin Donohue, a character based on the politician T. Dan Smith add something


Armstrong portrayed 18th century politician Henry Fox in the 1999 BBC miniseries "Aristocrats" add something


Armstrong took the lead role at short notice in Shelagh Stephenson's play "Mappa Mundi" in 2002, replacing Ian Holm who withdrew due to illness add something


He starred in the 2004 TV film "When I'm 64" about a lonely retired schoolteacher who starts a relationship with another man add something


In 2006, he returned to the stage to star in Trevor Nunn's production of "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" at the National Theatre add something


Judy Parfitt - In 2008, she appeared as the primary villainess in "Little Dorrit", as the cruel Mrs. Clennam, alongside Alun Armstrong, Sue Johnston and Matthew Macfadyen


For three series from 2009 to 2011, he played William Garrow's mentor John Southouse in the BBC period legal drama "Garrow's Law" add something


In July 2009, Armstrong was awarded two honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions to the arts add something


At the Proms in 2012, he played Alfred Doolittle in a performance of "My Fair Lady" starring Annalene Beechey and Anthony Andrews add something


In 2012, he played the Earl of Northumberland in the BBC2 adaptations of " Henry IV, Parts I and II" add something


In August 2012, Armstrong announced he would leave the show after filming the tenth series, expected to air in 2013 add something


In the 2014 Showtime horror series "Penny Dreadful", Armstrong played Vincent Brand, an actor who gives Frankenstein's monster a job at the Grand Guignol add something