Joe Armstrong (actor)

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Joe Armstrong
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Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Joe Armstrong (born 7 October 1978, London, England[1]) is an English actor best known for playing Allan-a-Dale in the BBC television series Robin Hood, appearing in all three series to date, with many fans claiming him to be the best character in the entire series, surpassing even Robin himself. Armstrong's father is the British television, stage and film actor Alun Armstrong.

Armstrong's television drama credits include Passer By, Blackpool, and Between the Sheets in which he acted alongside his father Alun.

Other television credits include The Bill, Rose and Maloney, Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders.

When filming the part of 'Alan-A-Dale' in 'Robin Hood', Joe Armstrong was given the nickname 'Jim Robinson' on set (a reference to the 'Neighbours' character played by namesake 'Alan Dale') so as to avoid any confusion with the actor playing 'Robin Hood' named Jonas Armstrong. (The two men are NOT related.)

His most recent roles include his portrayal of Norman Heatley in the BBC Four film Breaking the Mould about the team that turned penicillin into a viable medicine, and in the Dennis Kelly play Orphans, premiering at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Also in 2010 he was in the BBC One 2-part drama series A Passionate Woman playing the husband of a woman who is unhappy until she meets a Polish man and has an affair with him. His father Alun Armstrong played the older version of himself in the drama. Armstrong is currently starring in The Empire, a DC Moore play in conjuction with The Royal Court Theatre.


  1. ^ "Joe Armstrong Fansite - Biography". Retrieved 2007-06-01. BBC press release for Breaking the Mould Paines Plough Theatre Company press release for Orphans.

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