Date of birth: August 22, 1971
Hometown: Leicester, Leicestershire
Astral sign: Leo
Richard Crispin Armitage is an English actor famous for his roles as John Thornton in North & South, Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood, and Lucas North in Spooks. He plays Thorin Oakenshield in the three-film adaptation of The Hobbit.
Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, playing the cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning how to play the flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A Levels in music and English.