Alexander Arnold (actor)

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Alexander Arnold
Born (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 27)
Other namesAlex Arnold
OccupationActor, singer, musician

Alexander Arnold[1] (born 21 December 1992) is an English actor, singer, and musician, best known for his role as Rich Hardbeck in the E4 teen drama Skins.[2]

Early life[edit]

Arnold was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of John and Jacqui Arnold. He has a brother and a sister. He was educated at The Norton Knatchbull School in Ashford, where he pursued his interests in art and drama in his GCSE choices.[3][failed verification] However, at the time of his role in Skins, he was studying his A-levels at Highworth Grammar School for Girls[citation needed]. Outside of school, he has been involved in several plays with Ashford Youth Theatre, has a great passion for bagels and was a member of the National Youth Theatre for two years.[4]



Arnold made his professional debut in the fifth and sixth series of the E4 teen drama Skins, playing the keen metalhead Rich Hardbeck. He got the role while still in the sixth form through the open audition process in London.[5] In September 2011, he starred in the music video “Death Cloud” by Cloud Control. Directed by the award-winning Luke Snellin, it was shot in Spain over two days.[6]

He starred in a two-part ITV drama called A Mother's Son, written by Chris Lang and first screened in September 2012.[7] In 2013, he appeared in the BBC Three zombie drama In the Flesh, and in the third series of crime drama Vera.[8] He also earned a starring role as Adam in the television series What Remains.[9] In 2015, he joined the cast of Poldark, a new BBC series based on The Poldark Novels.[10]

Arnold landed his first film role in the 2014 western The Salvation, shot in South Africa.[11]


Arnold enjoys playing the bass guitar,[12] and is the lead singer of an indie band called Circuithouse.[13][14]

Charity work[edit]

In April 2011, Arnold donated a painting of his childhood bear to The Bristol Autism Project, which helps autistic children of Bristol.[15][16]



Year Title Role Notes
2011–2012 Skins Rich Hardbeck 16 episodes
2012 A Mother's Son Jamie 2 episodes
2013 In the Flesh Alex 1 episode No.1.1
2013 Vera Sam Bishop 1 episode No.3.1
2013 What Remains Adam Moss 4 episodes
2014 Silk David Cowdrey 1 episode No.3.1
2015 Poldark Jim Carter 4 episodes
2015 Capital Parker 2 episodes
2016 Death in Paradise Matt Holt 1 episode No.5.6
2018 Save Me Luke 6 episodes

Feature film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Salvation Voichek
2016 David Brent: Life on the Road Pog
2019 Yesterday Gavin

Short film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Moths Noble
2013 Mickey & Michaela Bury Their Dad Mickey
2014 Apprehension
2014 Nighthawks Jack
2015 The Son The Kid
2015 The Removal Mick
2017 What is Transference And Why It Matters Ryan

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist
2011 Death Cloud Cloud Control
2016 Painkillers Brian Fallon
2019 The Races Sports Team


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England and Wales, 1916–2005 A45B
  2. ^ "The new Skins cast revealed - BBC Newsbeat" – via
  3. ^ "Welcome to Norton Knatchbull School - Kent".
  4. ^ Thompson, Erica (19 April 2011). "The kids are aight" – via
  5. ^ "Alexander Arnold plays Rich - Channel 4 - Info - Press".
  6. ^ "Cloud Control 'Death Cloud' by Luke Snellin on Promo News".
  7. ^ "Hermione Norris and Martin Clunes to front new ITV Drama". Radio Times. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  8. ^ Lynn (26 October 2012). "Royle Family actor Ricky Tomlinson to star in new BBC3 zombie drama, In The Flesh". Unreality Primetime. Archived from the original on 28 October 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  9. ^ "David Threlfall leads all-star cast in Tony Basgallop's compelling new BBC One drama What Remains". BBC. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  10. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (11 April 2014). "Poldark: new BBC One drama adds '70s series star Robin Ellis". Digitalspy. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  11. ^ "The Salvation". spierfilms. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Alex Arnold previews Rich's episode". digitalspy. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  13. ^ "Circuit House's Open Mic". vimeo. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Circuit House". facebook. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Art Explosion for Bristol Autism Project". ecojam. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Hello, Sweetie".

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