- "I didn't want to command respect, I wanted to earn loyalty."
- —Richard Armitage on portraying Thorin Oakenshield
Born in Leicester, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, playing the cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning to play the flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A levels in music and English.
- Armitage previously co-starred alongside Hugo Weaving, who portrayed Elrond, in the film Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving portrayed the main antagonist, Red Skull, while Armitage had a small role as an assassin working for him.
- Starting in 2017, Armitage voices Trevor Belmont, the protagonist of the animated series Castlevania, based on the popular video game series; Graham McTavish appears opposite Armitage as the primary antagonist, Count Dracula.
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