Alun Armstrong - Rotten Tomatoes

Alun Armstrong

Highest Rated:   91% The Duellists (1977)
Lowest Rated:   14% It's All About Love (2004)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% Golden Years
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Garrow's Law
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece Contemporary
  • Ernest Whitehouse
2008
No Score Yet Girls of Belarus
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Little Dorrit
  • Jeremiah Flintwinch
2008
No Score Yet The Girls of Belarus
  • Bob Jenkins
2007
16% Eragon
  • Uncle Garrow
2006
60% Oliver Twist
  • Magistrate Fang
2005
87% Millions
  • St. Peter
2005
14% It's All About Love
  • David
2004
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment
  • Cardinal Jinette
2004
23% Van Helsing
  • Cardinal Jinette
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
2002
47% The Mummy Returns
  • Curator
2001
40% Proof of Life
  • Wyatt
2000
No Score Yet This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper
  • Actor
2000
48% Onegin
  • Zaretsky
1999
67% 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
29% The Saint
  • Chief Insp. Teal
1997
No Score Yet Breaking The Code
  • Mick Ross
1997
33% An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Uncle Vernon
1995
78% 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 Doggin' Around
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Blue Ice
  • Osgood
1993
75% 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
33% Krull
  • Torquil
1983
76% The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Grimes
1981
No Score Yet Measure for Measure
  • Provost
1979
73% A Bridge Too Far
  • Corporal Davies
1977
91% The Duellists
  • Lacourbe
1977
No Score Yet The Likely Lads
  • Milkman
1976
90% Get Carter
  • Keith Lacey
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Our Friends in the North
1996
  • Actor
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Northumberland
93% Penny Dreadful
2014-2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
  • Brian Lane
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Henry Fox Hiram Grewgious Dan Peggotty Bucket Mr. Evans Mr. Fleming Ernest Whitehouse Jeremiah/Ephraim Flintwinch
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Stowell
57% Forever
2014-2015
  • Brian Lane
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
38% Frontier
2016
  • Actor

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