Alun Armstrong

Highest Rated: 92% The Duellists (1977)
Lowest Rated: 16% Eragon (2006)
Birthday: Jul 17, 1946
Birthplace: Not Available
Thanks in part to Alun Armstrong, the works of Charles Dickens enjoyed widespread exposure before television and theater audiences in the late 20th century. A longtime fan of Dickens, Armstrong performed in two highly acclaimed TV productions of Dickens: David Copperfield as Dan Pegotty and Oliver Twist as Mr. Fleming. In addition, he played the cruel schoolmaster Squeers in the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. The production won four 1982 Tony Awards, including the award for Best Play, after it moved from London to New York. Armstrong also played Squeers in a 1982 TV production of Nickleby that won an Emmy and was nominated for a British Academy Award. Such is Armstrong's passion for Dickens that he turned down a role in a high-profile Clint Eastwood film to do the David Copperfield production. However, he has gratefully accepted challenging roles in many other high-profile motion pictures. For example, he played Mornay in Braveheart, Owens in Patriot Games, Corporal Davies in A Bridge Too Far, Lacourbe in The Duellists, and Keith in Get Carter.Theatergoers who have never seen Armstrong on the stage have been missing performances of the first rank. He was nominated for the coveted Laurence Olivier Award six times for work in such plays as Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Arthur Miller's The Crucible, and Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. He won the Olivier Award as Best Actor for his performance in Cameron Mackintosh's musical production of the Christopher Bond play Sweeney Todd. In film productions, Armstrong helped Jonathan Tammuz win a 1989 Oscar in the category of Best Live Action Short for his role as Stefano in The Childeater. And in TV productions, he earned a Best Actor nomination from the Royal Television Society for his performance in This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper. Armstrong was born on July 17, 1946, in County Durham, England. Though his face may have once been handsome, it is now a relief map of crevasses that make him ideal for roles as Dickens characters. Such a countenance works well, too, for Shakespeare characters whose visages are etched with the hardships of living. Armstrong put his wrinkles to work in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale, Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, and Measure for Measure. Although never regarded as a famous actor, Armstrong has certainly been one of the hardest-working. Between 1999 and 2002, he performed in 17 productions, including two major films -- Sleepy Hollow and The Mummy Returns -- and a hit TV miniseries, The Aristocrats.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dark Angel Actor 2017
86% Out of Innocence Actor 2016
23% Golden Years Actor 2016
No Score Yet Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert Actor $0.4M 2010
No Score Yet Garrow's Law Actor 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary Ernest Whitehouse 2008
No Score Yet Little Dorrit Jeremiah Flintwinch 2008
No Score Yet The Girls of Belarus Bob Jenkins 2007
16% Eragon Uncle Garrow $75.1M 2006
60% Oliver Twist Magistrate Fang $2M 2005
88% Millions St. Peter $6.5M 2005
19% It's All About Love David 2004
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment Cardinal Jinette 2004
24% Van Helsing Cardinal Jinette $119.7M 2004
No Score Yet When I'm 64 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Carrie's War Mr. Samuel Evans 2004
No Score Yet Paradise Found Pissarro 2003
No Score Yet Sparkhouse Actor 2002
67% Strictly Sinatra Bill 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers Samuel Brubeck $1.7M 2002
47% The Mummy Returns Curator $200.7M 2001
39% Proof of Life Wyatt $31.2M 2000
No Score Yet This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper Actor 2000
48% Onegin Zaretsky 1999
68% Sleepy Hollow High Constable 1999
No Score Yet G:MT Greenwich Mean Time Actor 1999
No Score Yet With Or Without You Sammy 1999
No Score Yet David Copperfield Daniel Peggotty 1999
No Score Yet Aristocrats Henry Fox 1999
30% The Saint Chief Insp. Teal 1997
No Score Yet Breaking The Code Mick Ross 1997
36% An Awfully Big Adventure Uncle Vernon 1995
77% Braveheart Mornay 1995
No Score Yet Les Miserables: In Concert - The Dream Cast M. Thenardier 1995
No Score Yet Witness Against Hitler Actor 1995
80% Black Beauty Reuben Smith 1994
No Score Yet Blue Ice Osgood 1993
71% Patriot Games Owens 1992
No Score Yet Split Second Thrasher 1992
No Score Yet London Kills Me Stone 1991
No Score Yet American Friends Weeks 1991
No Score Yet Stanley and the Women Actor 1991
88% White Hunter Black Heart Ralph Lockhart 1990
No Score Yet That Summer of White Roses Zemba 1990
No Score Yet Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire Actor 1985
32% Krull Torquil 1983
77% The French Lieutenant's Woman Grimes 1981
No Score Yet Measure for Measure Provost 1979
59% A Bridge Too Far Corporal Davies 1977
92% The Duellists Lacourbe 1977
No Score Yet The Likely Lads Milkman 1976
84% Get Carter Keith Lacey 1971

TV

CREDIT
75% Frontier
2016-2018
  • 2018
  • 2017
47% Prime Suspect: Tennison
2017
Clifford Bentley
  • 2017
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
Stowell
  • 2015
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
Brian Lane
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
91% Penny Dreadful
2014-2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Northumberland
  • 2013
97% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Henry Fox Hiram Grewgious Dan Peggotty Bucket Mr. Evans Mr. Fleming Ernest Whitehouse Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1985
  • 1979
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1996
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Trevor
  • 1992
No Score Yet Bleak House
2005
57% Forever
2014-2015
Brian Lane
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
1987-2000
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North
1996

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