Hollywood actor Richard Armitage debuted as an extra on the TV series Boon in 1992. His next acting gig came several years later appearing on the miniseries Cleopatra. About the same time, he also made his film debut with a small part in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In the 2000s, he played Angus on the TV movie Macbeth, followed by a role on the BBC film Sparkhouse. He also made one-episode roles on such shows as Casualty and Doctors. He next starred on the ITV miniseries Between the Sheets, followed by a starring role on the BBC miniseries North & South, the latter of which he gained recognition.
Following this, he appeared as Dr. Alec Track in 4 episodes of The Golden Hour. From 2006 to 2009, he portrayed Guy of Gisborne on the British show Robin Hood. On the big screen, his first credited role was in 2005’s Frozen. He became further known in the 2010s, playing Heinz Kruger in the Hollywood film Captain America: The First Avenger. His international breakout role was as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy films. Since then, he’s starred in the movies Into the Storm, The Crucible, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Brain on Fire, and Pilgrimage. His recent work on the big screen was in 2018’s Ocean’s 8. He also played Francis Dolarhyde on the American series Hannibal. As of 2016, he stars as Daniel Miller on the American drama series Berlin Station.
His portrayal of John Porter on Chris Ryan’s Strike Back had the actor working out more vigorously in order to improve his physique and strength. When asked what kind of training he did for his role here, he said: “I did mega-training with ex-military men. I’d be in the gym for two hours after a 12-hour day on Spooks, and it was so hardcore I’d throw up. I stuffed myself with food and drank protein shakes to bulk up. I used to be a dancer, but I had to strap my weak ankles every day and strengthen my wrists so I could hold a machine gun. My body just wasn’t up to it.”