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Joe Armstrong in 2010
|Born|| 7 October 1978 |
Joe Armstrong in 2010
|Born|| 7 October 1978 |
Joe Armstrong (born 7 October 1978) is an English actor. His notable television roles include Allan A Dale in three series of Robin Hood and Hotspur in Henry IV, Part I. On stage, he played the lead role in DC Moore's The Empire and appeared in the 2011 revival of Flare Path, and he starred with Maxine Peake in Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange.
Joe Armstrong is the son of actor Alun Armstrong and his wife Sue. He has an older brother, Tom, and a younger brother, Dan, who is in the band Clock Opera. He was born and raised in London, and he attended Elliott School in Putney from 1993 to 1997. He then studied at the University of Bristol where he acted in The Brecht Project—a collection of scenes from the works of Bertolt Brecht—in 1998 and Women Beware Women in 1999.
Joe Armstrong's first television role was a bit part in a 2003 episode of The Bill, followed by a brief appearance in the ITV mini-series Between the Sheets starring his father Alun Armstrong. In the 2004 BBC film Passer By, he had a supporting role as one of two men accused of assaulting a woman on a train. He guest starred in the 2004 Waking the Dead episode "Fugue States" as a young man who reappears with amnesia after being abducted as a child. Also in 2004, he played the son of a murdered farmer in the Foyle's War episode "They Fought in the Fields."
Other television credits include guest spots in Midsomer Murders (2004), Blackpool (2004), Rose and Maloney (2005), another episode of The Bill (2005), The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2006), Party Animals (2007), The Last Detective (2007) and The Whistleblowers (2007).
In 2006, Armstrong was cast in the BBC series Robin Hood as Allan—based on the legendary figure Alan-a-Dale—who joins Robin's band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest. Allan later becomes allied with the sympathetic villain Guy of Gisborne but has a change of heart and rejoins his friends. Armstrong appeared in all three series from 2006 to 2009. The series was filmed on location in and around Budapest.
Armstrong portrayed Norman Heatley in the 2009 BBC Four film Breaking the Mould about the team who turned penicillin into a viable medicine. In 2010, he co-starred with Billie Piper in the two-part drama A Passionate Woman as the husband of a woman who has an affair. His father Alun Armstrong played the older version of his character.
Armstrong played Hotspur in Richard Eyre's 2012 production of Henry IV, Part I—one of four films in the BBC Two Shakespeare cycle The Hollow Crown. He employed a Geordie accent for the role. Jeremy Irons played Henry IV, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal and Alun Armstrong as Hotspur's father, the Earl of Northumberland.
In 2013, he will appear in the six-part drama The Village, depicting life in an English village throughout the 20th century.
Performing with the National Youth Theatre, Armstrong's roles included Gerry Evans in Dancing at Lughnasa in 1998 and Lieutenant Stedna in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? in 2000. He also played Wackford Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby.
In 2003, Armstrong had the dual roles of Adam and Jeff in Protection by Fin Kennedy at the Soho Theatre. He appeared in How Love Is Spelt by Chloe Moss at the Bush Theatre in 2004 and in A Night at the Dogs by Matt Charman at the Soho Theatre in 2005.
At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009, he played Liam in the Dennis Kelly play Orphans. The play premiered at the Traverse Theatre in August and then moved to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September and the Soho Theatre in London in October. Armstrong was nominated for a Stage Award for Best Actor.
In the DC Moore play The Empire, Armstrong starred as Gary, a Lance Corporal in Afghanistan guarding an injured prisoner who claims to be British. Paul Taylor of The Independent wrote: "Gary ... veers between seething anger and low-key sarcasm, an oscillation superbly conveyed by excellent Joe Armstrong." In preparation for the role, Armstrong and other cast members met with soldiers who had served in Afghanistan. The play had a six-week run at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in the Royal Court Theatre from March to May 2010 followed by two weeks at the Drum Theatre in the Theatre Royal, Plymouth in May.
Armstrong played RAF tail gunner Dusty Miller in Terence Rattigan's World War II drama Flare Path in 2011. The critically acclaimed revival directed by Trevor Nunn ran from March to June at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In 2012, he played Jean in Miss Julie opposite Maxine Peake in the title role at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Armstrong described the role as one of his most challenging because of the need to make his character's sudden changes in mood believable. Alfred Hickling of The Guardian remarked that "Joe Armstrong's Jean ... flips back and forth between brute arrogance and fawning servility with the casual manner of tossing a coin."
He will appear in the forthcoming film Closer to the Moon, also starring Harry Lloyd, Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong, which was filmed in Bucharest in the autumn of 2011. The film is about the bank robbery allegedly committed by the Ioanid Gang in 1959 Romania. Armstrong's character Razvan is based on the journalist Haralambie Obedeanu who was one of the accused.
Armstrong performed in the BBC radio plays Girl from Mars in 2008 and Hitched in 2010, and he read the story Gifts by Garry Kilworth as part of a Christmas radio program. In 2011, he co-starred with Richard Briers and Edna Doré in the Radio 4 drama A Shoebox of Snow. Armstrong reprised his role in DC Moore's The Empire for a BBC Radio 3 production. He was in the radio serial Ruthless by Tim Loane on Radio 4 in 2012.
|2003||The Bill||Fraser Howie||Series 19, Episode 30: #105|
|2003||Between the Sheets||Richard Lloyd||TV mini-series: Episode 1|
|2004||Passer By||Tinley||Television film|
|2004||Waking the Dead||Jason Murphy||Series 4, Episodes 5–6: "Fugue States"|
|2004||Midsomer Murders||David Cooke||Series 8, Episode 2: "Dead in the Water"|
|2004||Foyle's War||Tom Jackson||Series 3, Episode 3: "They Fought in the Fields"|
|2004||Blackpool||Mark Reed||TV mini-series: Episodes 1, 2 and 4|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Max Roche||Series 2, Episode 3|
|2005||The Bill||Lenny Bartle||Series 21, Episode 101: #374|
|2006||A Ticket Too Far||Ray||Short|
|2006||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Darren||Series 5, Episode 3: "Chinese Walls"|
|2006||Coming Up||Danny||Short; Series 2, Episode 2: "Service"|
|2006-2009||Robin Hood||Allan A Dale||Series 1–3: 38 episodes|
|2007||Party Animals||D.C. Harmison||Series 1, Episode 6|
|2007||The Last Detective||Chas||Series 4, Episode 1: "Once Upon a Time on the Westway"|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||Fleck||Series 1, Episode 4: "Fit for Purpose"|
|2009||Breaking the Mould||Norman Heatley||Television film|
|2010||A Passionate Woman||Donald||Television film (Part 1)|
|2011||Hustle||Joe Ryan||Series 7, Episode 2: "Old Sparks Come New"|
|2011||Land Girls||Danny Sparks||Series 3|
|2012||Public Enemies||Ben Somers||3-part television drama|
|2012||Henry IV, Part I||Hotspur||Television film|
|2012||Closer to the Moon||Razvan||Film|
|2013||The Village||Television series|
|1998||Dancing at Lughnasa||Brian Friel||Gerry Evans||George Square Theatre, Edinburgh|
Arts Theatre, London
|National Youth Theatre|
|2000||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Ray Herman||Lieutenant Stedna||Apollo Theatre, London||National Youth Theatre|
|Soho Theatre, London|
|2004||How Love Is Spelt||Chloe Moss||Joe||Bush Theatre, London|
|2005||A Night at the Dogs||Matt Charman||Danny||Soho Theatre, London|
|2009||Orphans||Dennis Kelly||Liam||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Soho Theatre, London
|Nominated: Stage Award for Best Actor|
|2010||The Empire||DC Moore||Gary||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London|
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
|2011||Flare Path||Terence Rattigan||Sergeant Dusty Miller||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
|2012||Miss Julie||August Strindberg||Jean||Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester|