- "I didn't want to command respect, I wanted to earn loyalty."
- —Richard Armitage on playing his character Thorin Oakenshield
Richard Armitage (born 22 August, 1971 in Leicester, England, UK) is set to play Thorin II Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's upcoming live-action, three-part film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Born in Leicester, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, playing the cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning how to play the flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A Levels in music and English.