Many successful actors and actresses knew from the beginning that they would end up in the entertainment industry, but this was not the case with Richard Armitage, a renowned actor who was seventeen years old before joining a circus in Budapest, which was his first attempt at acting.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Richard Crispin Armitage, popularly known among fans as Richard Armitage, was born on August 22, 1971, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom. Richard was born as the second son of Margaret (Hendey) and John Armitage. His mother Margaret worked as a secretary, while his father is a trained engineer.
The famous actor was named after King Richard the 3rd because his birth coincided with the anniversary of the day the King was slain on the battlefield. The actor describes himself as a lonely child; according to him, it was his passion for reading that made him develop vivid fantasies that made him appear as an actor. Among his favorite books from his childhood are The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Richard has an older brother named Chris and he suffers from aquaphobia (fear of drowning) which is a consequence of an incident in his early years when his stroller fell into a neighbor’s pond.
It is known that Richard received his earliest formal education at Huncote Community Primary School in Blaby County. Some years later he moved to Brockington College in Enderby where he studied music. For some reason best known to him, he left Brockington and went to the Pattison Dancing Academy in Coventry.
At the age of fourteen, the budding actor discovered a strong interest in acting during a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. He once said that he realized that actors were amusing themselves and entertaining the audience at the same time. They were doing something that they enjoyed doing, and they were paid for it. He immediately made the decision to enter the entertainment industry.
When he was seventeen years old, Richard made his acting debut by working in a circus in Budapest. He stayed with the circus for six weeks before receiving his equity card. He then returned to England and began appearing in theatre productions in the genres of acting and music. He played both big and small roles in theatre, films, and series until his big breakthrough came with his role in The Hobbit (2012/2014), which earned him a Saturn Prize.
Is Richard Armitage Gay or Married, Who’s His Wife?
The renowned actor has often posed shirtless in several television series and films. His impressive body structure and likable personality have led to the accusation that he is gay. There are rumors that Richard and the Hobbit costar Lee Pace are lovers because the two were photographed together on several occasions.
In an interview with Comic-Con, when asked about his feelings for Richard, Lee replied that Richard is an amazing man and that he loves him. Lee’s answer made the whole situation worse and raised more doubts about the sexuality of both actors.
The English actor named Annabel Capper was romantically involved with Richard in 2013, but the relationship, if it ever existed, was not lasting. There were also rumors that Richard had a romantic relationship with the actress Daniela Denby-Ashe, but the details of this relationship are not known to the public.
It seems that Richard was taken off the marriage market by his current girlfriend Samantha Colley. The couple seemed to keep it secret and confidential, but eventually, everything came out in the open. Celebrity actor Richard is now visibly engaged to Samantha Colley, who, together with Lee Pace, smashed all gay rumors, which was a trick in the first place.
For his part, Richard didn’t take the liberty to reveal how they met, he kept it in his heart as usual. However, it is claimed that the lovebirds met on the set of The Crucible, which seems credible, because sometime in April 2014 there was news that Richard and Samantha would play together in The Crucible, which gained the reputation of the most important theatrical productions of the year.
From 2014 until today we cannot really decipher whether the prominent couple performed the wedding ceremony or not. At some point in the past, there were rumors that the couple was ready to announce their engagement, but it seems that they tied the knot secretly. It is said that Richard was once seen wearing a new wedding ring, and it is widely believed that the turtledoves exchanged their wedding vows in front of a few close friends and family members in an intimate morning ceremony in a secret place.
What Is His Height?
The prominent actor’s body is male, his shirtless pose in many of his television movies and series is evidence of his impressive physique. With his height of 1.82 m and a corresponding weight of 93 kg, he certainly makes the heart of every woman around him beat faster than normal.