RA will play Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates.

RA will play Chop’, a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds’ roughest estates.

Thanks to Richard Armitage Net for this very welcome news item: Richard has been cast in Urban and the Shed Crew, a Blenheim Films production, which has just started filming in Leeds in the UK. The filming will take place over the next 6 weeks. This film is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, written by Bernard Hare. Richard will play ‘Chop’, an ex-social worker who befriends the eponymous character ‘Urban’.

Also, check out the film’s Facebook page, and the Urban and the Shed Crew website.

Read all about it on the Richard Armitage Net website!

AND there are women in the cast! Thanks to Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central for this casting news!

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About Richard Armitage US

Richard Armitage US is a respectful blog with a sense of humor (and a point of view) for fans of British-born actor Richard Crispin Armitage. Armitage is star of – among other productions – North & South, The Vicar of Dibley two-part series finale, Robin Hood, Spooks (MI-5 in the US), Chris Ryan’s Strike Back (Strike Back: Origins in the States),and his chilling portrayal of Francis Dolarhyde in Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal. Most recently, he has been seen in the popularly and critically acclaimed series Berlin Station, the third season of which is currently being shot in Budapest and Berlin, and will air in the States on EPIX later this year, with a slight delay in other international territories. His film appearances include starring roles in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, as Thorin Oakenshield; Into the Storm, as tornado-beleaguered Gary Fuller; and other films, including Urban and the Shed Crew (awaiting release), Sleepwalker (available on iTunes and Amazon Video in the States); Pilgrimage (available on DVD in the US and the UK); and Brain on Fire, based on Susannah Cahalan’s best-selling memoir now streaming on Netflix; and Urban and the Shed Crew, coming soon on DVD. He was nominated for the 2015 Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s classic play The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber at The Old Vic/London in-the-round. In 2016, he starred in Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer, at New York's Roundabout Theatre. His current film project is Julie Delpy’s My Zoe, in which he co-stars with Ms. Delpy, who also directs, and Daniel Brühl. It has been shooting in Berlin and Moscow. His voice-performances of audiobooks are numerous, and range from Georgette Heyer to Charles Dickens, and characters ranging from Hamlet to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... to name just a few. See Audible.com for more. Although this page is US-based, we welcome RA’s fans from across the globe to join us here, and on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Servetus says :

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    Comments there, please!

  2. mujertropical says :

    Reblogged this on My Sort of Bloke and commented:
    It’s about time!!!! My Missing Person poster worked! ;D

  3. saraleee says :

    Squee! That’s so exciting!

  4. jazzbaby1 says :


  5. Perry says :

    Reblogged this on Armitage Agonistes and commented:
    OMG, I didn’t even read this yet.

  6. Perry says :

    Wow – this is fabulous. I just commented elsewhere ( oh, on my own blog – I forgot to close comments and refer -sorry, will do). Anyway, I just commented elsewhere that I hope Amazon is ready for a deluge on this book.

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      I KNOW! LOL. I just ordered it from Amazon, used, from the UK. I’m eager to read it!

      • Perry says :

        This is amazing. And we will have an announcement soon I gather.Now that the news is out. But I think the link to the Facebook Page is the wrong page. I found a different one through a different search – the director.

        • Richard Armitage US says :

          Really, Perry? It looks pretty official to me. It has a photo of the crew on the first day of filming and lots of info about the culture and the urban slang we’ll see and hear in the film. (I didn’t see anything on Candida Brady’s page. )

        • Perry says :

          Now it’s official. RaCentral tweeted and I posted her tweet. Things even don’t move at all, or they move really ast in Armitage world. Check out my latest post or RACentral on twitter. He is named.

  7. Helen says :

    Fantastic news! Sounds like a good meaty role for him (and we’ll get grubby and stubbly Armitage, yay! ) 🙂

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      He will be amazing. The character sounds like just the thing he’s been looking for: someone he hasn’t played before, and will allow him to really stretch his acting muscles. Plus, What a lovely time to be there, AND in close proximity to his family. I’m so happy for him!

  8. fedoralady says :

    Reblogged this on the armitage effect and commented:
    Richard’s got himself a new role–sounds gritty! Thanks to Richard Armitage US for the heads up!

  9. Sloan says :

    This is great news… gritty role in an independent film. Yay!

  10. Ms Mel says :

    I just bought the book on Amazon! I don’t know how distribution works for these kinds of movies, but I hope we will get to see it in the US.

  11. Joanna says :

    What can I say…YAY! Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  12. LostinaGoodbook says :

    I read this book a couple of years ago – it is amazing, very hard-hitting and a very original voice. This will be a great part for Richard, very different from Thorin or anything he has done recently. I’m so happy about this announcement. I can’t wait to see this film. (Left this comment first on Armitage Agonistes, so repeating here. I was so excited by the news I didn’t notice it was a re-blog!)

    • Richard Armitage US says :

      I’ve ordered the book from the UK, and can’t wait to get it. It DOES sound like the perfect role for him, as he told The Anglophile Channel that the “next stop” would be to be unrecognizable as a character without all the gear. From what I’ve read about the book, the range required of him for Chop is going to really show people what he can do. I’m confident he will blow not only his fans, but also the industry away.

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