Have been inspired to name my Top Five Favourite Richard Armitage characters…
1. John Thornton
There’s nothing he could even begin to think of doing that could beat John Thornton… I adore that character and he gave him the very heart & soul he deserved. A heartbreaking, sophisticated and overwhelmingly attractive performance. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t thank the heavens this brilliant romance was written and I know Ms Gaskell would say; “Beautifully done Richard, beautifully.” That’s if she could stop crying from the joy of it all…
2. John Proctor
Just absolutely staggering, mind-blowing, a superior performance fitting of such a fine character. I don’t think like Proctor, I don’t think like Miller but Richard clearly examined the very depths of this man’s soul and the result has me beaming with pride…….. and I don’t even know him personally!
3. Guy of Gisborne
Honestly a lot of the series annoys me and they can’t even write Guy to his full potential BUT Richard gives Guy every possible chance to shine as a character as opposed to some paper thin villain. He can’t help the extreme sexiness he brings to the role but that wasn’t enough for Richard; he just had to go and give us a bad-ass intensity that could absolutely haunt you for the rest of your days. It’s all in those eyes.
4. Lucas North
Fortunately Richard had some good writers on his side this time round and he well and truly stepped up to the pressure of what this series demanded of him. Richard really beautifully displays Lucas’ vulnerability from beginning to end and it’s just not possible to NOT adore him. A worthy character for the most worthy of actors.
5. Harry Jasper Kennedy
Gosh, you just have to love Harry! Richard could have quite easily slipped into the realm of sickly sweet here and all would have just been a bit too much. What I think he’s done best here is he’s really played it like he’s completely unaware that he’s the hero, that he’s Darcy and she’s Elizabeth, that he’s the heartthrob that nobody dares hope for in life! Geraldine shows up at his door and he’s in love at first sight; he continues to look at her as though there’s no one else in the world! Lovely.
Richard Armitage, the very model of a superior actor!