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Alun Armstrong is a Actor British born on 17 july 1946

Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 17 july 1946 (73 years)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award

Alun Armstrong (born 17 July 1946) is an English character actor. Armstrong grew up in County Durham in North East England. He first became interested in acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school. Since his career began in the early 1970s, he has played, in his words, "the full spectrum of characters from the grotesque to musicals... I always play very colourful characters, often a bit crazy, despotic, psychotic."

His numerous credits include several different Charles Dickens adaptations and the eccentric ex-detective Brian Lane in New Tricks. Armstrong is also an accomplished stage actor who spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He originated the role of Thénardier in the London production of Les Misérables and he won an Olivier Award for playing the title role in Sweeney Todd.

Biography

Alun Armstrong and his wife Sue have three sons: Tom, Joe and Dan. Joe Armstrong is also an actor. Father and son played older and younger versions of the same character in the 2010 BBC drama A Passionate Woman, and they played Northumberland and his son Hotspur in the 2012 BBC adaptation of Henry IV. Dan Armstrong is a musician in the band Clock Opera. Alun Armstrong appeared in the music video for their song "The Lost Buoys."

In July 2009, Armstrong was awarded two honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions to the arts. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland. The theatre at the Civic Hall in Stanley, County Durham, near Armstrong's hometown, was named after him in 2014.

He is an avid supporter of AFC Wimbledon football club, as is his character in New Tricks.

Best films

The Saint (1997)
(Actor)

Usually with

Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(3 films)
Michael Byrne
Michael Byrne
(4 films)
Liz Smith
Liz Smith
(4 films)
Ian McNeice
Ian McNeice
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Alun Armstrong (45 films)

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Actor

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2h
Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Matthew Rhys, Rory Kinnear, Tamzin Merchant, Alun Armstrong, Julia McKenzie, Ron Cook
Roles Hiram Grewgious
Rating67% 3.393573.393573.393573.393573.39357
The film begins with John Jasper, choirmaster of Cloisterham Cathedral, in an opium den, hallucinating about strangling his nephew, Edwin Drood, in full view of his fiancée, Rosa Bud. Edwin Drood later visits Cloisterham, initially to see Rosa, before going off to his uncle's house. His arrival at the Nuns' House, the boarding school where Rosa lives, is met with much excitement by the other occupants, while Rosa appears indifferent at best. It is soon apparent that theirs is an odd relationship and Rosa shows little passion for it, something Edwin communicates to his uncle after the visit. In the same scene, the attraction Jasper seems to have for Rosa, as indicated in his earlier hallucination, is buttressed by a drawing of her enjoying pride of place on his wall, which Edwin believes he has kept because he (Edwin) was the artist.
Eragon
Eragon (2006)
, 1h44
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dragons
Actors Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Garrett Hedlund
Roles Uncle Garrow
Rating50% 2.549272.549272.549272.549272.54927
Arya, an elf and princess of Ellesméra, runs for her life with a "stone" stolen from the evil king, Galbatorix. She is surrounded by a ring of fire created by a Shade (dark sorcerer) called Durza, and to protect the stone from him she uses her magic to send it to a distant forest, where Eragon (Ed Speleers), a 15-year-old farm boy from the small village of Carvahall in the country of Alagaësia, is hunting for food. When the stone magically appears before him, he takes it to his hometown in hopes of trading it for food. After he brings it home, he realizes it is an egg, as a blue dragon hatches from it. As he reaches to touch the dragon, a magical mark is burned into his palm, magic that is felt all across the land by those who have a connection to legend of the dragon, mainly Arya, a former dragon rider named Brom, and Galbatorix himself. Eragon tries to keep the dragon and take care of it until Galbatorix sends his monstrous minions, the Ra'zac, to capture Eragon and the dragon. Eragon sends the dragon into the sky so she may learn to fly, which she succeeds before she returns to him fully grown due to her magic. She reveals herself to him that her name is Saphira, and that they are able to hear each other's thoughts. After seeing the Ra'zac in town, Eragon hurries home to protect his uncle, but Saphira picks him up and tells him that the Ra'zac are after him. When he gets home, Eragon finds his uncle dead and blaming Saphira, he sends her away. As he mourns over his uncle's body, Brom arrives, and asks Eragon to call his Saphira. After a brief scuffle, Brom implores Eragon to leave town, which they do after Brom sets fire to his uncle's barn, burning his remains.
Millions
Millions (2005)
, 1h38
Directed by Danny Boyle
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Christmas films, Children's films
Actors Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon, James Nesbitt, Daisy Donovan, Christopher Fulford, Leslie Phillips
Roles Saint Peter
Rating68% 3.4477153.4477153.4477153.4477153.447715
Millions tells the story of 8-year-old Damian, a Catholic school boy, whose family moves to the suburbs of Widnes after the death of his mother. Soon after the move, Damian's "hermitage" in a cardboard box by the train tracks is disturbed by a bag of money flung from a passing train. Damian immediately shows the money to his brother, Anthony, and the two begin thinking of what to do with it. Anthony wants the money all to himself. Damian, kind-hearted and religious, had recently overheard three Latter-day Saint missionaries lecture other members of the community on building foundations of rock rather than foundations of sand, an old Christian principle which dictates that self-worth should be based on the teachings of Christ rather than any other object of worship such as Money/Mammon or Power. The lecture inspires Damian, who looks for ways to give his share of the money to the poor; at one point he even stuffs a bundle of cash through the missionaries' letter box, having heard about their modest lifestyle and deciding that they too must be poor.
Oliver Twist, 2h10
Directed by Roman Polanski
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about children, L'enfance marginalisée
Actors Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foreman, Barney Clark, Harry Eden, Leanne Rowe, Edward Hardwicke
Roles Magistrate Fang
Rating68% 3.447773.447773.447773.447773.44777
In the 1800s, young orphan Oliver Twist is forcibly brought to a workhouse in an unidentified town In England on his ninth birthday. He and the other resident children are treated poorly and given very little food. Facing starvation, the boys select Oliver (through a lottery) to ask for more food at the next meal, which he tentatively does. This results in Oliver being chastised, and the workhouse officials, who are wealthy, well-fed, hypocritical men, decide to get rid of him. After nearly being sold as an apprentice to a cruel chimney sweep, Oliver is sent to Mr. Sowerberry, a coffin-maker, whose wife and senior apprentice take an instant dislike to the newcomer. After more poor treatment, Oliver snaps and attacks Noah, the snotty older apprentice, for having insulted his mother. Knowing his life with the Sowerberrys will only get worse, Oliver escapes on foot early the next morning.
When I'm Sixty-four, 1h30
Directed by Jon Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Alun Armstrong, Paul Freeman, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jason Flemyng, Cordelia Bugeja, Pip Torrens
Roles Jim
Rating77% 3.8601253.8601253.8601253.8601253.860125
Jim (Alun Armstrong) is a Latin teacher who is retiring after a long career at the same public school he attended as a boy. He has led a sheltered and lonely life and is determined to see the world and fall in love. His plans are delayed when his father (David Morris) has a stroke.
Van Helsing, 2h12
Directed by Stephen Sommers
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Inspiré de l'univers des contes et légendes, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Cyberpunk films, Steampunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Elena Anaya, Will Kemp
Roles Cardinal Jinette
Rating61% 3.0500053.0500053.0500053.0500053.050005
In 1887, Transylvanian Doctor Victor Frankenstein brings to life his Monster with the aid of his assistant Igor and Count Dracula. After Dracula betrays and kills Doctor Frankenstein, the Monster escapes to a windmill, which is burned down by a pursuing mob. The mob flees as Dracula and his three brides mourn the loss of the Monster.
Van Helsing: The London Assignment, 30minutes
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Animation
Themes Steampunk films
Actors Hugh Jackman, Robbie Coltrane, David Wenham, Grey DeLisle, William Dwight Schultz, Tara Strong
Roles Cardinal Jinetta ( voice )
Rating61% 3.0988753.0988753.0988753.0988753.098875
Monster hunter, Gabriel Van Helsing and friar Carl travel to London to investigate a series of horrific, and decidedly supernatural murders, being committed by the mad scientist Dr. Jekyll, in the form of his evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. When tracing Hyde to his underground fortress, Van Helsing and Carl find a young woman who claims to be Queen Victoria, and they discover that Dr. Jekyll is in love with the Queen. In order to keep her young and thus immortal, she has been given a potion by Dr. Jekyll that turns her into a young woman for one night. But, in order to create the potion which causes the transformations, Dr. Jekyll needs the drained souls of his freshly killed victims and thus the killings will never stop. Dr. Jekyll then kidnaps Victoria, using the Golden Jubilee Balloon to escape. Van Helsing uses his grappling gun to follow the balloon then proceeds to board it. In the balloon, Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde to kill Van Helsing and crashes the Balloon in the process. While fighting on the in-construction Tower Bridge, Mr. Hyde is shot through the arm but manages to escape. Upon returning Victoria to Buckingham Palace, Van Helsing says that daybreak will break the enchantment, returning her to her real age. To reward him, Victoria kisses him, at the precise moment of daybreak, causing her old-self to slap him and call for guards. Van Helsing sends word back to Vatican City about what has happened while he tracks Jekyll to Paris.
Paradise Found, 1h33
Directed by Mario Andreacchio
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Seafaring films, Peinture, Transport films
Actors Kiefer Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Alun Armstrong, Chris Haywood, Nicholas Hope
Roles Camille Pissarro
Rating59% 2.9559552.9559552.9559552.9559552.955955
The film covers a later part of Gauguin's life (from 1880 to 1897) when he resigned his job as a stockbroker to paint full-time and journey to Polynesia. It documents how Gaugin befriended Pissarro, felt compelled to paint, abandoned his family and then chronicled his love of Tahitian life.
It's All About Love, 1h45
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Romance
Themes Sports films, Films set in the future, Sports d'hiver, Patinage artistique
Actors Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, Claire Danes, Douglas Henshall, Alun Armstrong, Margo Martindale
Roles David
Rating55% 2.7523452.7523452.7523452.7523452.752345
Le film raconte l'histoire d'un jeune Docteur en littérature polonaise qui doit se rendre au Canada pour donner un cours à l'université. Il fait une escale à New York pour signer les papiers du divorce avec sa très belle jeune femme. Cette dernière est une vedette de patinage artistique. Son activité est très lucrative et elle est jalousement protégée par sa famille.
The Mummy Returns, 2h10
Directed by Stephen Sommers
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films based on mythology, Mythologie égyptienne
Actors Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Freddie Boath, Oded Fehr, Arnold Vosloo
Roles Baltus Hafez
Rating63% 3.1985953.1985953.1985953.1985953.198595
In 3067 BC, the Scorpion King leads his army on a campaign to conquer the world. After fighting for seven years, his army is defeated while attacking Thebes and exiled to the desert of Ahm Shere; his men die of heat exhaustion. After vowing to give Anubis his soul for the power to defeat his enemies, an oasis forms to hide the Scorpion King's pyramid and he is given a legion of jackal warriors in Anubis' image. The Army of Anubis sweeps across Egypt, but once their task is finished, Anubis claims the Scorpion King's soul and his army.
Strictly Sinatra, 1h37
Directed by Peter Capaldi
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Action, Romance
Actors Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Brian Cox, Alun Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan, Iain Cuthbertson
Roles Bill
Rating59% 2.9535952.9535952.9535952.9535952.953595
The film is about a young Glaswegian-Italian lounge singer, Toni Cocozza (Ian Hart), with a passion for Frank Sinatra and the dream of becoming a famous musician. He grows weary of playing to elderly crowds in third-rate bars and decides to accept career help from mob enforcer Chisolm (Brian Cox) and his boss Connolly (Iain Cuthbertson) whose wife (Una McLean) has taken a liking to Toni. In exchange for assisting the organization with their illegal activities, Chisholm pays for new clothes for Toni and pressures the producer of a talent show to allow Toni to compete in the contest. Meanwhile, he tries to keep his ties with the mob secret from his friend and accompanist Bill (Alun Armstrong) and pretty cigarette girl Irene (Kelly Macdonald) who he has fallen for. The trio form a modern day Rat Pack with Irene as Shirley MacLaine. Eventually his luck runs out. While he is helping to rob a store, Toni misses a date with Irene and she and Bill discover that he is leading a double life. They beg him not to compete in the talent show as he will be forever indebted to Chisholm, but he goes anyway. He only places fifth and continues his career singing in lounges, but is deeply unhappy. One day while making a drug drop the drugs he is carrying are stolen by a street kid. Toni refuses to harm the street kid, thus making him a target for the mob hitmen. He performs one last time at a birthday bash for Connolly's wife, fully expecting to be killed after he finishes his number. Bill rescues him by creating a distraction, which gives him a chance to get away with Irene. Using assumed names, the two manage to evade the mobsters and escape to New York City.
Harrison's Flowers, 2h10
Directed by Élie Chouraqui
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, David Strathairn, Alun Armstrong
Roles Samuel Brubeck
Rating71% 3.598583.598583.598583.598583.59858
The film is concerned with Harrison Lloyd, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Newsweek photojournalist who travels on his last assignment to the former Yugoslavia in 1991, during the Croatian War of Independence. Although he is presumed to have died in a building collapse, his wife travels to the region to find him, believing him to be in the city of Vukovar. Travelling through the war-torn landscape, she arrives in the city, and bears witness to the massacre which took place there. Back home, Harrison's son Cesar cares for his father's flowers in their greenhouse.
Proof of Life, 2h15
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, David Caruso, Gottfried John, Flora Martínez
Roles Wyatt
Rating61% 3.099683.099683.099683.099683.09968
Alice Bowman (Meg Ryan) moves to the (fictional) South American country of Tecala because her husband, Peter (David Morse), has been hired to assist with building a dam. Though Alice is unhappy at this most recent move, she agrees to stay. When Peter is in the city one day, a convoy of automobiles (including his) is ambushed by guerrilla rebels of the Liberation Army of Tecala (ELT). Believing that Peter actually works for an oil pipeline company, ELT soldiers abduct him and lead him into the country's jungles.