Jonas Armstrong

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Jonas Armstrong
Born William Jonas Armstrong
(1981-01-01) 1 January 1981 (age 33)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

William Jonas Armstrong (born 1 January 1981) is an Irish-born British actor best known for his appearances on television in the United Kingdom, where he played the title role in the BBC One drama series Robin Hood.

Early life[edit]

William Jonas Armstrong was born in Dublin,[1] and raised in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2003.

Career[edit]

After graduating Armstrong appeared in Quartermaine's Terms at the Royal Theatre in Northampton as Derek Meadle.[2] And in March 2004 he played Henry in The Skin of Our Teeth at the Young Vic theatre in the London Borough of Lambeth.[citation needed] In 2004 he appeared in six episodes of the fourth series of the British television comedy-drama, Teachers on Channel 4, as Anthony Millington.[1] In January 2005 he appeared as Richard in Rutherford & Son at the Royal Exchange in Manchester.[citation needed] Later in 2005 he appeared again on Channel 4 in the crime drama series The Ghost Squad as Pete Maitland. In December 2006 he starred in the two-part crime drama Losing Gemma on ITV.[1]

His first major television role came in October 2006 when he played Robin of Locksley, in the BBC's 2006 series based on Robin Hood.[3] During filming of the second series, (which aired in 2007) Armstrong broke a metatarsal bone in his foot during a staged fight scene.[4] Armstrong was a guest panelist on the BBC comedy panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 28 February 2007.[1]

In August 2008, the BBC confirmed that Armstrong would be leaving Robin Hood at the end of the third season, which aired on 27 June 2009, with him saying that he was "looking for new challenges" and the BBC saying "he'll be desperately missed".[5] The character of Robin was accordingly killed in the final episode, and the show was subsequently not renewed for a fourth series. In 2008 he appeared in the horror film Book of Blood which is based on a short story by Clive Barker.[1]

He appeared in Episode 3 of the third series of BBC serial The Street broadcast on 27 July 2009, playing the role of TA soldier Private Nick Calshaw who returns from Afghanistan with a facial disfigurement and a prosthetic hand after being injured by a suicide bomber whom he was unable to shoot. In January 2009 Jonas Armstrong read CBeebies Bedtime stories on The Bedtime Hour.

On November 2013, Armstrong received a "Stars on Horizon" award for Walking With the Enemy at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. [6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Teachers Anthony Millington TV series (6 episodes)
2005 The Ghost Squad Pete Maitland TV series (7 episodes)
2006 Losing Gemma Steve TV movie
Robin Hood Robin Hood TV series (39 episodes: 2006-2009)
2009 Book of Blood Simon McNeal
The Street Nick TV series (3 episodes)
2010 Marple: The Secret of Chimneys Anthony Cade TV movie
2011 The Field of Blood Terry Hewitt TV series
The Body Farm Nick Warner TV series (6 episodes)
Rage of the Yeti Bill TV movie
2012 Prisoners' Wives Steve Roscoe TV series (6 episodes)
Hit & Miss Ben TV series (6 episodes)
Twenty8k Clint O'Connor
2013 Walking with the Enemy Elek Cohen Post-Production
The Field of Blood Terry Hewitt TV series
2014 Edge of Tomorrow [7] Post-Production
The Whale Owen Chase TV film 2013

Theatre[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Jonas Armstrong". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Preview: Quartermine's Terms". BBC. 10 October 2003. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Osborn, Michael (8 September 2006). "Robin Hood given modern makeover". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Talking Shop: Jonas Armstrong". bbc.co.uk. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Robin Hood star quits BBC remake". bbc.co.uk. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Chairman's Award Gala". Eye On South Florida. November 13, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Full Announcement, Release Date for "All You Need is Kill", SuperHeroHype!, 1 October 2012

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