Jonas Armstrong

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Jonas Armstrong
William Jonas Armstrong

Years active2003–present

William Jonas Armstrong is an Irish actor known for playing the title role in the BBC One drama series Robin Hood.


In 2003, Armstrong appeared in Quartermaine's Terms at the Royal Theatre in Northampton as Derek Meadle.[1] In 2004, he appeared in seven episodes of the fourth series of the British television comedy-drama, Teachers on Channel 4, as Anthony Millington.[2] 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.[2]

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] He was a guest panelist on the BBC comedy panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 28 February 2007.[2]

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, citing his statement that he was "looking for new challenges". BBC replied to his words by explaining that "he'll be desperately missed".[5] 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.[2]

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, he read four CBeebies Bedtime stories on "The Bedtime Hour".

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

In 2019, Armstrong appeared in the ITV drama series The Bay, where he played Sean Meredith.[7] In 2021, Armstrong starred in the 2021 ITV series Hollington Drive.



Year Film Role Notes
2009 Book of Blood Simon McNeal
2011 Rage of the Yeti Bill TV film
Life Outside Daniel
2012 Twenty8k Clint O'Connor
2013 Walking with the Enemy Elek Cohen
The Whale Owen Chase TV film
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Skinner


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Teachers Anthony Millington Series regular
2005 The Ghost Squad Pete Maitland Series regular
2006 Losing Gemma Steve Miniseries
2006–2009 Robin Hood Robin Hood Series regular
2009 The Street Nick Calshaw 3 episodes
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Anthony Cade Episode: "The Secret of Chimneys"
2011 The Field of Blood Terry Hewitt Miniseries
The Body Farm Nick Warner Miniseries
2012 Prisoners' Wives Steve Roscoe Series regular
Hit & Miss Ben Series regular
2015 The Dovekeepers Yoav Miniseries
2016 Line of Duty Joe Nash 3 episodes
Dark Angel Joe Nattrass Miniseries
Ripper Street Nathaniel Dove Series regular
2018 Troy: Fall of a City Menelaus Series regular
Urban Myths Bob Geldof Episode: "Backstage at Live Aid"
2019 Death in Paradise Dylan Shepherd Episode: "Murder Most Animal"
The Bay Sean Meredith Series regular
2021 The Drowning Jason Main role
Hollington Drive Gareth Boyd Series regular
2022 Floodlights Barry Bennell Main role



  1. ^ "Preview: Quartermine's Terms". BBC. 10 October 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jonas Armstrong". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 15 October 2008.
  3. ^ Osborn, Michael (8 September 2006). "Robin Hood given modern makeover". Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Talking Shop: Jonas Armstrong". 6 October 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Robin Hood star quits BBC remake". 6 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Chairman's Award Gala". Eye On South Florida. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  7. ^ “Meet the cast of ITV's The Bay”

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