Alun Armstrong | Biography

Posted On: 01 May, 2014


Alun Armstrong | Biography

Quick Facts

Date of Birth July 17, 1946
Age 71 Years 4 Month(s)
Nationality British
Profession Actor
Wife/Spouse Sue Armstrong
Ethnicity English, White
Is Gay/Lesbian No
Divorced? Not Yet
Married Yes
Net Worth 5.9 $Million
Height 1.80 m
Weight 68 kg (approx.)
Children/Kids Joe Armstrong, Tom Armstrong, Dan Armstrong

An English character actor Alun Armstrong is a successful actor, who became inspired in acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school. Armstrong is a superb actor well known for his work on New Tricks (2003), Braveheart (1995) and The Mummy Returns (2001). He is also a strong actor who spent almost nine years with Royal Shakespeare Company. He was born on 17 July 1946 in Annfield Plain, near Stanley, County Durham. Both of his parents were Methodist lay preachers. Armstrong also had small roles as the High Constable in Sleepy Hollow Cardinal Jinette in Van Helsing (2004), Magistrate Fang in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist and Uncle Garrow in Eragon. 

Armstrong did his schooling from Annfield Plain Junior School and then attended the Consett Grammar School, where a teacher inspired him to try acting. When he was in grade six, he played Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Due to his background and his northern accent he couldn't make out in National Youth Theater. Once he auditioned the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but was rejected. He, then studied fine art at Newcastle University, but was expelled because of not attending the classes.
Later, he started to work as an assistant manager at the Cambridge Arts Theater and went on to Theater in Education Company affiliated with the Sheffield Repertory Theater, where he performed in several Radio 4 dramas. 

With a lot of practice and hard work, in 1971, Armstrong made his screen debut in the film Get Carter. Armstrong has already done number of films, but before he used to do a small role in movies. He had a small role in a movie A Bridge Too Far, had a supporting role as the bandit leader Torquil in the fantasy film Krull. In 1992, he played the movie Patriot Games as an SO-13 officer. 

In 1995, he appeared in the movie Braveheart. He played the role of villain Egyptian Cult leader Hafez in The Mummy Returns in 2001. In Millions (2004), he portrayed Saint Peter with a Geordie accent. 
Apart from the movies, he has also done many television series. Altogether, he has done about 80 different roles in television productions. In 1990's, he played in the episodes of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? Porridge and The Sweeney. He played many television series including North East England, The Stars Look Down, and Days of hope. He also did two mini tv series in North East England. In an interview taken in 2007, he said that Days of Hope is his favorite series because it was his own history and background that was being dramatized in this series. 

Armstrong has played the many roles in the adaptations of Charles Dickens novels including The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982), Oliver Twist (1999), David Copperfield (1999), Bleak House (2005), Oliver Twist (2005), Little Dorrit (2008) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012). He played Wackford Squeers and Mr. Wagstaff in the eight-hour Royal Shakespeare Company stage adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He has appeared in two versions of Oliver Twist: the 1999 ITV mini-series as Agnes Fleming's father Captain Fleming and Roman Polanski film as Magistrate Fang in 2005.

He played the role of Austin Donohue in the bbc drama series Our Friends in the North. In 1999, he portrayed the 18th century politician Henry Fox in the bbc series Aristocrats. He portrayed George Oldfield in a TV film This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. For this role, he was nominated for the Royal Television Society Award. He played the role of husband of Brenda Blethyn in Between the Sheets (2003) as a frustrated married couple in sex therapy. Recently, he has done a TV film Henry IV, Parts I and II and a TV series penny Dreadful in 2014. 

He has also done many theater shows including The Changing Room, Dracula, A Fart for Europe, as you like It, The Passion, to name few.  He has played the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Voice 3 Controller in Family Voices Victoria Station. He was also awarded the Laurence Olivier Theater Award in 1994 (1993 season) for Best actor in a Musical for his performance in Sweeney Todd at the Royal National Theater. 

Regarding his personal life, Armstrong is married to sue armstrong. He and his wife Sue are having three sons. Their names are Tom, Joe and Dan. His son Joe Armstrong is also an actor. Both father and son played the younger and older versions of the same character in the 2010 bbc drama A Passionate Woman. His son Dan Armstrong is a musician in the Band Clock Opera. In July 2009, Alun received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland. Alun's age now is 68 years old. His family photos are also easily available in various sites. 

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