Alexander Arnold (actor)

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Alexander Arnold
Born (1992-12-21) 21 December 1992 (age 30)
Ashford, Kent, England
Other namesAlex Arnold
  • Actor
  • musician
  • singer
Years active2011–present

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]



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.[3] 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.[4]

He starred in a two-part ITV drama called A Mother's Son, written by Chris Lang and first screened in September 2012.[5] In 2013, he appeared in the BBC Three zombie drama In the Flesh, and in the third series of crime drama Vera.[6] He also earned a starring role as Adam in the television series What Remains.[7] In 2015, he joined the cast of Poldark, a new BBC series based on The Poldark Novels.[8]

Arnold landed his first film role in the 2014 western The Salvation, shot in South Africa.[9]


Arnold enjoys playing the bass guitar,[10] and is the lead singer of an indie band called Circuithouse.[11][12]

Charity work[edit]

In April 2011, Arnold donated a painting of his childhood bear to The Bristol Autism Project, which helps autistic children in Bristol.[13][14]


Denotes works that have not yet been released


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
2022 Pistol Jamie Reid Miniseries
2022 Signora Volpe Sasha Pavlenko 1 episode No.1.3

Feature film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Salvation Voichek
2016 David Brent: Life on the Road Pog
2017 My Cousin Rachel Young Lad
2017 Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Anaesthetist
2019 Yesterday Gavin
2020 The Outpost SGT Christopher T. Griffin
2023 The Entertainer Joe Post-production
TBA The Last Breath Brett Post-production

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
2022 The Chromakey Man Dan
TBA Meet Me by the Sea Oliver Completed
TBA Marble Dust Post-production

Music videos[edit]

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

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Venue Ref
2014 Four Minutes Twelve Seconds Nick Hampstead Theatre, London [15]
2015 Luna Gale Peter Hampstead Theatre, London [16]
2015 Crushed Shells and Mud Vince Southwark Playhouse, London [17]
2016 Shopping and Fucking Robbie Lyric Theatre, London [18]
2019 Bitter Wheat Roberto Garrick Theatre, London [19]


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England and Wales, 1916–2005 A45B
  2. ^ "The new Skins cast revealed - BBC Newsbeat" – via
  3. ^ "Alexander Arnold plays Rich - Channel 4 - Info - Press".
  4. ^ "Cloud Control 'Death Cloud' by Luke Snellin on Promo News".
  5. ^ "Hermione Norris and Martin Clunes to front new ITV Drama". Radio Times. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (11 April 2014). "Poldark: new BBC One drama adds '70s series star Robin Ellis". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  9. ^ "The Salvation". spierfilms. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Alex Arnold previews Rich's episode". digitalspy. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Circuit House's Open Mic". vimeo. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Circuit House". facebook. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Art Explosion for Bristol Autism Project". ecojam. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Hello, Sweetie".
  15. ^ "FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS: FULL CAST ANNOUNCED". Hampstead Theatre. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  16. ^ Billington, Michael (23 June 2015). "Luna Gale review – to whom does a baby really belong?". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  17. ^ Hitchings, Henry (7 October 2015). "Crushed Shells And Mud, theatre review: Teen spirit in the apocalypse". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  18. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (13 October 2016). "Shopping and Fucking". Time Out. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  19. ^ "BITTER WHEAT". Nimax Theatres. Retrieved 9 June 2023.

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