Jonas Armstrong

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Jonas Armstrong
William Jonas Armstrong

(1981-01-01) 1 January 1981 (age 38)
Years active2003–present

William Jonas Armstrong (born 1 January 1981) is an Irish-born British actor known for playing the title role in the BBC One drama series Robin Hood.


Born in Dublin, Ireland, his family moved to Lytham St. Annes when he was six years old. He attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2003 with a BA in acting. After graduating, he 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]

The most recent role Jonas has played is in the 2019 ITV drama series The Bay, where he plays Sean Meredith. Sean is a fisherman and the step-father to teenage twins Dylan and Holly, who go missing. He’s married to Jess Meredith, with whom he’s had two more children, with a third on the way.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Teachers Anthony Millington TV series (7 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 Agatha Christie's Marple 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 The Field of Blood Terry Hewitt TV series
2014 The Whale Owen Chase TV film
Walking with the Enemy Elek Cohen
Edge of Tomorrow Skinner
2015 The Dovekeepers Yoav TV miniseries
2016 Ripper Street Nathaniel TV series (series 4+5)
Line of Duty Joe TV series (3 episodes)
Dark Angel Joe TV miniseries (2 episodes)
2018 Troy: Fall of a City Menelaus TV miniseries
2019 Death in Paradise Dylan Shepherd TV series
The Bay Sean Meredith TV series



  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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