Alun Armstrong Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 15 Jul, 2018
Facts of Alun Armstrong
Date of Birth: 1946 , July-17
Age: 72 years old
Birth Nation: England
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inch
Name Alun Armstrong
Nationality English
Birth Place/City Annfield Plain, County Durham
Profession Actor
Married Yes
Married to Sue Armstrong
Children Joe Armstrong, Tom Armstrong and Dan Armstrong
Divorce No
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Alun Armstrong has been active in entertainment industry since 1970s, and made her appearances in several movies, television as well as a theaters. He involve into acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school.

Armstrong has appeared in movies like Oliver Twist, TV shows such as New Tricks, and plays including The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Early Life And Education of Alun Armstrong 

Alun Armstrong was born on 17th july 1946 in Annfield Plain, County Durham, England under the birth sign Cancer.  His father was a coal miner and both his parents were Methodist lay preachers.

Armstrong went to the Annfield Plain Junior School. During his schools days, he decided to pursue acting during his school days. He also played as Petruchio in the Shakespearean comedy The Taming of the Shrew.

In 1964, Armstrong took part in the National Youth Theatre Summer School. Since he was not accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he studied art at the Newcastle University instead. However, he was expelled after two years due to poor attendance.

For some time, Armstrong worked as a bricklayer and a gravedigger. Later, he found work as an assistant stage manager at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. He began his acting career performing in radio plays for BBC Radio 4.

Alun Armstrong's Career

Alun Armstrong is an English character actor who was born in the year 1946 July 17 at Annfield Plain, County Durham, England. He is active in the acting arena since 1971 till present.

Alun Armstrong became first interested in acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school. He made his screen debut in the year 1971 from the movie Get Carter. He appeared in number of movies afterwards.

Armstrong usually played in supporting roles in the movies. He can be seen in small roles in the movies A Bridge Too Far (1977), Krull (1983), Patriot Games (1992), Braveheart (1995), The Mummy Returns (2001), Millions (2004), Oliver Twist (2005) and Eragon (2006).

Besides appearing in movies, Armstrong has also appeared in more than 80 different roles in the television productions in the course of his career. He has been playing in television since 1971. To mention some of the television appearances, he appeared as Brian Lane in the BBC’s New Tricks.

Armstrong is well known for his acting in this series. He has appeared in Little Dorrit as Jeremiah and Ephraim Flintwinch, Garrow’s Law as John Southouse, etc. In addition to his work on television and movies, he has been active in theatre productions as well since 1971.

He has appeared in several of the theatre productions starting from David Storey’s play The Changing Room and Christopher Wilkinson’s I Was Hitler’s Maid as Billy Spencer and Adolf Hitler respectively on the play in 1971. To mention some, he has appeared in Dracula, Bastard Angel, The Tempest, Les Miserables-The Dream Cast in Concert, The Front Page, My Fair Lady, and many more. 

From the works of Alun Armstrong, it is proved that he is a very versatile and talented actor. He had won the Laurence Olivier Award for the Best Actor in a Musical called Sweeney Todd. He is very skilled in acting as to perform in theatre and to last for decades with fame is not an easy piece of cake for an ordinary actor.

Armstrong is a dedicated and hardworking actor which we can see from his success. He had been rejected at times in his early age during the auditions but he never lost hope and kept on trying and struggling and eventually he got a chance in 1971 which he took as a golden opportunity to prove himself and that was what he did as well.

Alun Armstrong's Net Worth and Awards & Achievements

Alan Armstrong has garnered a massive popularity from his acting career. He has an estimated net worth in millions, but the actual amount has not reveled yet.  

In 1994, Alun Armstrong won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Armstrong won a Dallas OUT TAKES Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his performance in the 2004 TV film When I’m 64. He received a Best Supporting Actor award at the Portsmouth International Film Festival for his role in the movie Out of Innocence in 2016.

Armstrong received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland.

Alun Armstrong's Personal Life 

Alun Armstrong is a married to Sue Armstrong. He has three sons, Joe Armstrong, Tom Armstrong and Dan Armstrong. There are no news of his past affairs and dating with any woman in the past.

Joe is also an actor. Both the father and son had played the younger and older version of the same character in 2010 bbc drama called “A Passionate Woman.” There are lots of his photos when young and at this age and also his family pictures are found in different internet sites.

 

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