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2014: A Great Year and So Many Gifts from RA! Let’s Give Back & Say Thanks Through JustGiving!

RA as Swann in Pinter/PROUST, January, 2014. Photo by Chrissy Lampard.

RA as Swann in Pinter/PROUST, January, 2014.
Photo by Chrissy Lampard.

What a great year 2014 has been for RA (and for us): I think it ALL began with The Anglophile Channel 2013 British Artist of the Year Award! That was followed by Pinter/PROUST in NYC in January; the The Anglophile Channel interviews on its YouTube Channel in February; then Urban and The Shed Crew and its regular updates. In May, we had the audiobook (#1 for the year for Audible, by the way) Hamlet: The Novel that overlapped with The Old Vic’s advance promotion for The Crucible. Once The Crucible opened, we had RA updates every day for three months, as he took the time after each evening performance to meet his followers at the Stage Door. And in the middle of ALL The Crucible’s well-deserved accolades, Into the Storm opened, and RA joined social media. The Crucible wrapped up and RA seemed to be in LA almost immediately for Sleepwalker… and now we have The Hobbit: THORIN (aka #BOFTA)!

RA and all of his followers have been immensely blessed this year; RA has brought us so many gifts of phenomenal performances and delightful appearances. Thank you, RA!

In return, we believe we should give something back.
RA supports a number of charities doing superb,
much-needed good work.
Go to JustGiving for a list of them all,
and give as generously as you can afford.
We know these causes mean much to RA, and he might even prefer
that we spend our money there, rather than a Ferrari.

RA as Swann with Lara Hillier in Pinter/PROUST. January 2014. Screen-grab by Fernanda Matias from Chrissy Lampard video.

RA as Swann with Lara Hillier in Pinter/PROUST. January 2014.
Screen-grab by Fernanda Matias from Chrissy Lampard video.

RA kicked off 2014 in January, with Pinter/PROUST, a reading in NYC,  directed by Pinter directing partner Di Trevis. Look for Chrissy’s videos here: AND our album of her photos here

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel presents RA with the British Artist of 2013 Award. The interviews were released in February.

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel presents RA with the British Artist of 2013 Award. The interviews were released in February.

Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel interviews if RA in February were a tremendous hit with fans: RA as you’d never seen him before!
The interviews here: TeaserFirst Interview; Second interview; Third InterviewSilly bits

RA as Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew. Filmed Spring, 2014. Thanks to Urban and the Shed Crew for the photo.

RA as Chop in Urban and the Shed Crew. Filmed Spring, 2014.
Thanks to Urban and the Shed Crew for the photo.

“Urban and the Shed Crew,” based on a true story by Bernard Hale. IMDb’s description:  It’s been described as a tale of heroin and cement, set in Britain’s underclass in the 90s.

Twelve-year old Urban Grimshaw (Fraser Kelly) is Britain’s most runaway child, he’s even been on TVs Crimewatch. His mother is a junkie and his father might as well be dead. He can’t read or write, and he doesn’t go to school. His average day is spent sitting around a bonfire with his mates smoking drugs and stealing cars. When he meets his mother’s new friend Chop (RA), a 37 year old, disillusioned, ex-social worker also living on society’s margins, on one of Leeds roughest estates, the two become firm friends. But even Chop with his own penchant for drink, drugs and hard living is shocked by the state of Urban’s life. After much soul searching he resolves to clean up his own act and save the kid. But as their friendship deepens, Urban introduces him to the Shed Crew the anarchic gang of kids aged between ten and fourteen years who spend their time joy-riding, thieving, and engaging in drugs and sex. It is only then that we see exactly how long the road to civilization really is.

When ex-social worker Bernard Hare turned his startling experiences with a group of young delinquents into a novel it was described as one of the year’s most compelling and best selling books. Urban and the Shed Crew is a stunning piece of ethnography described by The Guardian as moving but never sanctimonious, another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.

Our album about the production – from photos to interviews with Author Bernard Hale and others – can be found here.

RA performs AJ Harley and David Hewson's Hamlet: A Novel. Released May, 2014.

RA performs AJ Harley and David Hewson’s Hamlet: A Novel.
Released May, 2014.

As Urban and the Shed Crew wrapped, RA released Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, brilliantly written by AJ Hartley and David Hewson. Audible.com describes it as: “…a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge – of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet – son of the old king, nephew of the new – becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception – and murder. Beautifully and compellingly performed by actor Richard Armitage  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

For RA’s rendition, Audible named it its #1 Audiobook of the year! Listen and you’ll understand why!

RA and newcomer Samantha Colley rehearse Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by the great Yael Farber. Photo by Johan Persson.

RA and newcomer Samantha Colley rehearse Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by the great Yael Farber.
Photo by Johan Persson.

RA signed on for an intense, “visceral” three-month gig on stage as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber in-the-round at the Old Vic. Rehearsal photos began showing up early as part of the promotion. Then things got under way in June with the play’s previews, followed by Opening Night in July.

Richard Armitage in The Crucible. Photo by Jay Brooks.

Richard Armitage in The Crucible.
Photo by Jay Brooks.

The Crucible is powerful and complex – especially this interpretation – and received well-earned 5-star reviews across the board. Learn more about it on The Old Vic website and in our album here, and share your appreciation of RA and the The Crucible production on our Richard Armitage in THE CRUCIBLE Appreciation page.

RA behind-the-scenes in Into the Storm.

During alll the amazing publicity, accolades and sold-out shows of The Crucible, RA’s US film Into the Storm opened! Although it was, as RA called it, a “summer disaster film,” it performed well internationally. More here in our Into the Storm album. (RA US had a crew on the Black Carpet! What an honor!)

On August 22, 2014, Twiiterers awoke to discover RA had joined TWITTER!

On August 22, 2014, Twitterers awoke to discover RA had joined them!

AND, on his birthday – again, in the middle of The Crucible run – the very best thing of the 2014 happened: RA joined Twitter. For all his previous comments about not understanding social media (My Space, RA, really? ), he has taken to it like a pro, and seems to be enjoying himself (we certainly are!)! King of the Hashtags and Selfies! It is a welcome link to, and yet another gift to his fans!

Then, toward the end of the run of The Crucible came the news all those who hadn’t been able make the London trip – and, franly, all who’d seen it – had been hoping for: The Old Vic was allowing Digital Theatre to record the production! It would be released in theatres in the UK and Ireland in December, and then globally – except, due to copyright issues, in North America – in theaters in 2015. However, American and Canadian audiences will be able to download a production they never thought to see. What a lovely gift!

RA as John Proctor in the film version of The Crucible. Thanks to Digital Theatre Creative Director Robert Delamere for the screen-grab!

RA as John Proctor in the film version of The Crucible.
Thanks to Digital Theatre Creative Director Robert Delamere for the screen-grab!

So: 1980s poverty-stricken Leeds; 1300s-1400s Denmark; 17th century Salem, Massachusetts… what was next for RA?

RA is sleep therapist Dr. Scott White in Elliott Lester and Jack Olsen’s contemporary indie thriller.

The contemporary thriller Sleepwalker, with RA as Dr. Scott White. The Anglophile Channel blog describes it this way: “In a script written by Jack Olsen, Sleepwalker, centers around Sarah (Ahna O’Reilly, best known for her role in The Help) who’s trying to reconstruct her life following the apparent suicide of her novelist husband. After returning to university, to finish her dissertation, Sarah experiences frequent bouts of sleepwalking. She is sent to Dr. Scott White’s (Armitage) sleep research lab for treatment.  When Sarah’s life starts to alternate between her waking world and a nightmarish alternate reality, where no one recognizes that she has ever existed, she is plunged into chaos, confusion and terror.  The one constant in her shifting world is Scott, the man she’s been longing for all her life.  But does Sarah’s true love actually exist, or is it a figment of Sarah’s troubled imagination that derives from wishful thinking and longing? (I think I had a dream like this once…)”

Celebrating 10 years of N&S: To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

Celebrating 10 years of N&S: To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

And in November, RA celebrated the 10th anniversary of the iconic North & South, a role that really put him on (our) map, at least.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

RA in The Hobbit: THORIN, or BOTFA as some call it.

Already making its international box office power obvious, according to Deadline: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies continues to roll out overseas, planet Earth is becoming dominated by Middle-earth. The finale to Peter Jackson’s big-footed trilogy opened in 17 markets Thursday with No. 1s across the board. Grossing a total $13.7M in 28 markets, the cume at Thursday’s close was $26.6M.”

And it doesn’t even hit the STATES until next week!

I’ve left out other RA projects: his narration of a terrific documentary, not to mention his promotion of the DOS DVD and then the DOS EE DVD, his marathon Hobbit: THORIN promotional tour , and a much-longed for reunion interview with Marlise & The Anglophile Channel; here’s the tease …

Marlise (The Anglophile Channel) and RA REUNITE in a special interview to be aired later... something MORE to anticipate! Thanks, The Anglophile Channel, for the screen-grab!

Marlise (The Anglophile Channel) and RA REUNITE in a special interview to be aired later… something MORE to anticipate!
Thanks, The Anglophile Channel, for the screen-grab!

 And I’ve surely missed some other things as well. TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS!

So BLESS YOU, our incredibly hard-working RA! Congratulations on an astonishing year! We can’t wait to see what’s to come!

And remember: See all he’s done for us this year! SO much Access!

Again, one last call-to-action:
Please, everyone, let’s all determine to give something back.
RA supports a number of charities doing incredible work with few resources.
Go to JustGiving for a list of them – Shelter, YoungMinds,
The Salvation Army, Childline, Anthony Nolan
and Barbado’s – and give as generously as you can afford. 

And we wish RA and all or his colleagues a lovely, restful, renewing holiday season! Then on to 2015!

Rest well, have a lovely holiday season and vacation, and return to us SOON!

Rest well, have a lovely holiday season and vacation, and return to us SOON!

You may also follow Richard Armitage US
on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

#NS10: Support YoungMinds, RA Tweets in His Selfie

To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

To support YoungMinds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do. OR you may go directly to YoungMinds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

Today’s North & South 10th Anniversary Celebration launched with a BIG BANG as RA tweeted twice about the anniversary. In the first (see below) he displayed his usual RA humor. But in the second (above) he used the opportunity to reach out to his audience and request our support for one of his chosen charities, YoungMinds:

To support Young Minds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

To support YoungMinds, you may go to RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do OR you may go directly to YoungMinds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate.

What exactly is the organization RA is asking you to support? “YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice.” A perfectly wonderful charity that certainly deserves our support. If the links in the photo captions don’t work, here they are again:

To donate to YoungMinds, you may go to:

  1.  RA’s Just Giving page here https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Armitage13, and also send a note of thanks to RA and YM for all they do
  2. Or you may go directly to Young Minds’ donation page here: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/support_our_work/donate

#NS10 Continues…

Of course, the #NS10 celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of North & South on the BBC continues through December 7 (the series aired Nov. 14-Dec.5.

Let’s see if we can create TREND on Twitter and FB,
by adding #NS10 on ALL your posts about the anniversary.

Here are the basics for joining in this celebration:

1. Watch N&S, beginning this weekend…
2. Take a photo: a selfie, or your TV screen, the DVD cover, even pick a photo of your favorite character (in costume!): be creative (but PG-13!)… Like this:

Via Chrissy: Chrissy Lampard‎  Ozzy wonders what Thornton's got that he hasn't ... #NS10 from chilly CT

Via Chrissy Lampard‎:
Ozzy wonders what Thornton’s got that he hasn’t … #NS10 from chilly CT

"Happy 10th North and South! #NS10  Who's my fave character? Guess!  Ok it's Higgins." Amy in Nashville TN.

“Happy 10th North and South! #NS10 – then an icon of of top hats and a straw hat – Who’s my fave character? Guess! – smiling, if smug, icon – Ok it’s Higgins.”
Amy in Nashville TN.

3. Tell us where you live, the characters you love AND be sure to add #NS10 (so we can track all responses and compile them)…
4. POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA, and on the event’s FB (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and Twitter (NS10 @NandS10th) pages!

Since the series ran from November 14 through December 5, we’ll be keeping the pages open for photos through December 7 (and perhaps longer)

Discussions are already under way on the FB page (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and on the Twitter page (NS10 @NandS10th), so join in now!

Finally – saving the most fun for last – here is RA’s first tweet, with that RA sense of humor.

And then there's the RA sense of humor, which never fails!

And then there’s the RA sense of humor, which never fails!

I LOVE him in those hats! Every time I watch the show, I think: “THAT man can WEAR a hat!” Examples:

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 1)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 1)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 2)

THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 2)

Concluding evidence: THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 3). CASE CLOSED!

Concluding evidence: THIS man can WEAR a HAT! (Exhibit 3).
CASE CLOSED!

And, again, there’s Ozzy:

Via Chrissy: Chrissy Lampard‎  Ozzy wonders what Thornton's got that he hasn't ... #NS10 from chilly CT

Then there’s Chrissy Lampard‎’s Ozzy, 
who wonders what Thornton’s got that he hasn’t … #NS10 from chilly CT

 

#NS10: Join this interactive, fan-based celebration of North & South’s 10th Anniversary, Beginning This Weekend!

Relive your favorite moments of North & South on its 10th Anniversary.  (Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Thornton.)

Relive your favorite moments of North & South on its 10th Anniversary.
(Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Thornton.)

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online, global celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

It’s SO easy to be a part of the‪#‎NS10‬ online event:

1. Watch N&S, beginning this weekend…
2. Take a photo: a selfie, or your TV screen, the DVD cover, even pick a photo of your favorite character (in costume!): be creative (but PG-13!)…
3. Tell us where you live, the characters you love AND be sure to add #NS10 (so we can track all responses and compile them)…
4. POST IT EVERYWHERE YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA, and on the event’s FB (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and Twitter (NS10 @NandS10th) pages!

Since the series ran from November 14 through December 5, we’ll be keeping the pages open for photos through December 7 (and perhaps longer)

Discussions are already under way on the FB page (http://bit.ly/NS10th) and on the Twitter page (NS10 @NandS10th), so join in now!

Here are some of our favorite characters and moments…

Becoming friends: Thornton and Higgins share a very good stew.

Becoming friends: Thornton and Higgins share a very good stew.

That'll be no charge, ma'am.

That’ll be no charge, ma’am.

The amazing Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins: such a lovely portrayal of a strong spirit!

The amazing Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins: such a lovely portrayal of a strong spirit!

Sorry, but if I were Mrs. Hale (Lesley Manville), I'd be distraught, too.  DEAD PIGS right outside her windows?  (Also pictured: Pauline Quirke as Dixon, Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret,  and Tim Pigott-Smith as Mr. Hale.)

Sorry, but if I were Mrs. Hale (Lesley Manville), I’d be distraught, too.
DEAD PIGS right outside her windows?
(Also pictured: Pauline Quirke as Dixon, Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret,
and Tim Pigott-Smith as Mr. Hale.)

What would we do with a basket?

What would we do with a basket?

Mother and son understand each other utterly... until Miss Hale arrives.

Mother and son understand each other utterly… until Miss Hale arrives.

The Thorntons prepare for a party.  (Richard Armitage as John, Sinéad Cusack as Hannah, and Jo Joyner as Fanny.)

The Thorntons prepare for a party.
(Richard Armitage as John, Sinéad Cusack as Hannah, and Jo Joyner as Fanny.)

Don't cross Higgins!

Don’t cross Higgins!

Boucher's last moments.

Boucher’s last moments.

Little Tommy Boucher (Spencer Wild), such an endearing character!

Little Tommy Boucher (Spencer Wild), such an endearing character!

The look before The Kiss.

The look before The Kiss.

 

Beginning This Friday, Nov. 14: #NS10 – Series Fans Will Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of North & South’s Premiere!

Don't be left out in the cold!  Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

Don’t be left out in the cold!
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online GLOBAL celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

We’re keeping it flexible and simple:

  1. Beginning the weekend of Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, watch N&S. (Because the series originally ran through December 5, we’ll continue the celebration through the weekend of  Dec. 5, 2014.)
  2. While you watch, take a selfie. (And shy people: if you, like me, aren’t comfortable with a selfie that includes your face, you can still celebrate with us. My selfie, for example, will probably going to be of  my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of the TV!). Have fun, be creative… but keep it clean!
  3. Post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, Tumblr, on the NS10 Facebook site (link below)… everywhere using the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag*!
  4. Important note: When you post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag, include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South, and the actor(s) you follow to demonstrate the series’ lasting impact. 

*The #NS10 hashtag will help us compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S FB page (link below) or on a blog.

SO:

  1. Watch N&S between Nov. 14 and Dec. 7.
  2. Take a selfie.
  3. Post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag EVERYWHERE you use social media!
  4. On your post, include where you live and which characters/actors you like.

And that’s it!

So get ready to make a good, strong pot of stew; sit back; and enjoy the series that has entranced so many for 10 years with Margaret and Mr. Thornton, Higgins and Bessy, Fanny and Hannah, Mr and Mrs. Hale and Dixon… the entire marvelous cast!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

 

Questions, concerns, ideas????
CONTACTS:
The Facebook page: http://bit.ly/NS10th
Twitter: NS10 @NandS10th
Email: ns10thanniversary at gmail.com

And to round things out, let’s take a look at some of the actors/characters that brought this series to life (billing per IMDb):

Daniela Denby-Ashe  as Margaret Hale

Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale

 

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Tim Pigott-Smith as  Richard Hale

Tim Pigott-Smith as Richard Hale

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

 

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

John Light as Henry Lennox

John Light as Henry Lennox

William Houston as John Boucher

William Houston as John Boucher

Mr. Thornton and Margaret...

Mr. Thornton and Margaret…

 #NS10!

Beginning Friday, Nov. 14: #NS10 – Series Fans Will Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of North & South’s Premiere!

Don't be left out in the cold!  Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

Don’t be left out in the cold!
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of North & South, Beginning Friday, November 14!

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH ALL THE FANS OF THE SERIES!
The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online GLOBAL celebration.

The celebration is designed to include fans of the entire cast: Richard Armitage,  Daniela Denby-Ashe, Brendan Coyle, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack, Lesley Manville, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jo Joyner, Pauline Quirke, Brian Protheroe, Rupert Evans, John Light, William Houston, and all others involved (even that slimy eel Slickson)!

We’re keeping it flexible and simple:

  1. Beginning the weekend of Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16, watch N&S. (Because the series originally ran through December 5, we’ll continue the celebration through the weekend of  Dec. 5, 2014.)
  2. While you watch, take a selfie: you and your favorite scene or character, maybe? Be creative and have fun (but keep it clean, please)! (Thanks to Tara Jarrett for the terrific “Selfie-While-Watching” idea!) And shy people: if you, like me, aren’t comfortable with a selfie that includes your face, you can still celebrate with us. My selfie, for example, will probably going to be of  my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of the TV!).
  3. Post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, Tumblr, on the NS10 Facebook site (link below)… everywhere using the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag*!
  4. Important note: When you post your selfie with the #NS10 hashtag, include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South, and the actor(s) you follow to demonstrate the series’ lasting impact. 

*The #NS10 hashtag will help us compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S FB page (link below) or on a blog.

And that’s it!

So get ready to make a good, strong pot of stew; sit back; and enjoy the series that has entranced so many for 10 years with Margaret and Mr. Thornton, Higgins and Bessy, Fanny and Hannah, Mr and Mrs. Hale and Dixon… the entire marvelous cast!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Questions, concerns, ideas????
CONTACTS:
The Facebook page: http://bit.ly/NS10th
Twitter: NS10 @NandS10th
Email: ns10thanniversary at gmail.com

And to round things out, let’s take a look at some of the actors/characters that brought this series to life (billing per IMDb):

Daniela Denby-Ashe  as Margaret Hale

Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Richard Armitage as  John Thornton

Tim Pigott-Smith as  Richard Hale

Tim Pigott-Smith as Richard Hale

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Sinéad Cusack as  Hannah Thornton

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Brendan Coyle as Nicholas Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Anna Maxwell Martin as Bessy Higgins

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Lesley Manville as Maria Hale

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Pauline Quirke as Dixon

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Brian Protheroe as Mr. Bell

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

Rupert Evans as Frederick Hale

John Light as Henry Lennox

John Light as Henry Lennox

William Houston as John Boucher

William Houston as John Boucher

Mr. Thornton and Margaret...

Mr. Thornton and Margaret…

 

Please Join #NS10 – A Fan-Based 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Premiere of North & South AND a Read-Along of the Book!

Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) and Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Daniela Denby-Ashe (Margaret Hale) and Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORTH & SOUTH WITH US! The weekend of Nov. 14 marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC series North & South, and we are planning a fan-based, online GLOBAL celebration.

Thanks to Tara Jarrett for the terrific “Selfie-While-Watching” idea!

First:
The Facebook page for the initiative is here: http://bit.ly/NS10th
FB event page: http://bit.ly/NS10EVENTPAGE
Twitter Account: Twitter: NS10 @NandS10th
Email account: ns10thanniversary at gmail.com

Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. During the weekend of November 14, watch N&S and take a selfie of you watching (Shy people: if you, like me, are shy about taking a selfie that includes your face, don’t be concerned. My selfie is going to be of my TV with my legs stretched out on the coffee table in front of my sofa!).
  2. Post your photo on Twitter, your Facebook page, Tumblr, on the NS10 Facebook site (link above)… everywhere!
  3. On your selfie post, include your location to demonstrate the global appeal of North & South, and the actor(s) you follow to demonstrate its lasting impact.
  4. Also, remember to add the ‪#‎NS10‬ (withnospaces) hashtag to your posts so we can compile all of these into one place, either on the special N&S page (link above) or on a blog.

We are eager to get the fans of the other stars involved in this celebration as well! We’d love your help in reaching out to everyone who loves this film!  We need your help with research:  We need to get in touch with the FAN groups of the N&S actors, and you can help us track them down!

Will you help? As of Sunday, October 26, we’ve managed to at least contact the actors’ representatives, and some of the actors directly, but we hope you can help us. We believe fan group information may be gathered  via the internet: FB, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, etc. But that doesn’t mean the reps will pass along the info to the principals, much less the fans. SO, if you know fans or fan groups of any of the cast, please help us!

Here’s the cast:

Daniela Denby-Ashe – Margaret Hale
Richard Armitage – John Thornton (we have some contacts here <smile>)
Tim Pigott-Smith – Richard Hale
Sinéad Cusack- Hannah Thornton
Brendan Coyle – Nicholas Higgins (we’ve made some contact here)
Anna Maxwell Martin – Bessy Higgins
Lesley Manville – Maria Hale
Jo Joyner – Fanny Thornton
Pauline Quirke – Dixon
Brian Protheroe – Mr. Bell
Rupert Evans – Frederick Hale
John Light – Henry Lennox
William Houston – John Boucher

Tracking down as many as possible of these actors’ fan groups is crucial to the event’s success.

If you are a member of a fan group, and/or can help us reach out to them, please reply to ns10thanniversary at gmail.com
or comment on the FB page: http://bit.ly/NS10th

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Another  part of the 10th Anniversary celebration of North & South, Author Trudy Brasure will be one of the moderators of a read-along of Elizabeth Gaskell’s book on Goodreads.com!

A group there for fans of N&S has welcomed our anniversary plans for reading Gaskell’s book. Discussion threads for every three chapters of the book have already been established, and discussion comments there have already been active. You are welcome to add your questions and comments to the group read there at any time.  Details: If you’re not already a Goodreads member, you may log in using your FB account, or create a separate account. Trudy also says that you may lurk and read all the comments without joining the site, but if you wish to ask questions or make comments, you will need to join the site and the group …it’s very easy! Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/120502-north-south

Cheers to you all and we look forward to seeing photos from N&S fans from all over the world the weekend of November 14… or as long as people want to participate!

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

Brendan Coyle (Nicholas Higgins) with Richard Armitage (John Thornton) in North & South. (Premiere date: November 14, 2004.)

You may also follow Richard Armitage US
on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

“Rom-com, rom-dram!?! RA: We don’t care, just give us some lovin’!”

Srsly, how can this talented man consider himself not the right kind of actor for a rom-com?

Srsly, how can this talented man consider himself not the right kind of actor for a rom-com?

On our Facebook page, we’ve just started a new album called “Rom-com, Rom-dram! RA: We don’t care, just give us some lovin’!” in reaction to a quote I read today (from The Independent), that I somehow missed in all the RA/GoT drama:

‘Fans are unlikely to catch him in a rom-com anytime soon, as the 42-year old believes he is not that “kind of actor.”

RA is very interested in comedy (excellent!): “I’d like a bit of a crack at some kind of anarchic comedy, but whether or not I’m skillful enough at it all, we’ll see,” he said. “I’ve definitely been trying; I’m chasing comedy like never before… My New Year’s resolution was to go and find something that’s funny, have more fun. We’ll see if it’s proving fruitful…maybe.”’

If this isn't the face of - and the actor who can play - a rom-COM lead, then millions of women all over the globe are DELUSIONAL!

If this isn’t the face of – and the actor who can play – a rom-COM lead, then millions of women all over the globe are DELUSIONAL!

Believe us, RA, when we tell you that you *can* have fun as a *romantic* lead… You’ve often spoken about how much fun you had working on with “Vicar of Dibley” (rom-com)  *and* “North & South” (rom-dram)???

If this isn't the face of - and the actor who can play - a rom-dram lead, then millions of women all over the world don't know what we're talking about!

If this isn’t the face of – and the actor who can play – a rom-dram lead, then millions of women all over the world don’t know what we’re talking about!

Playing comedy doesn’t have to be exclusive: you can also play a compelling romantic leading man… believe us, you can! Lucas, Guy, Alec Track, Monet, Porter (and others)… all have had their romantic side and you played them perfectly.

Just think about it... you and Emma Thompson in a  Richard Curtis grown-up rom-com???

Just think about it… you and Emma Thompson in a Richard Curtis grown-up rom-com???

We beg you, darlin’, just give it a shot! PLEASE!!!

There ya go... just think about it. And remember how much you laughed with Daniela on N&S and with *everyone* from start to finish on "Vicar." You can do it! We have total faith in you!

There ya go… just think about it. And remember how much you laughed with Daniela on N&S and with *everyone* from start to finish on “Vicar.” You can do it! We have total faith in you!

 You may follow Richard Armitage US on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr.

 

 

 

That Height Thing…

Golden Hour Height Thing...

Golden Hour Height Thing…

It was most obvious in the Vicar of Dibley… the way Harry/RA had to practically bend himself in half to kiss Geraldine/Dawn… and it was endearing.

But his height – compared to his co-stars – has also been apparent in many other roles. He has several tried and true ways of minimalizing it: he slumps his shoulders a bit, or leans against a wall or piece of furniture and slouches, or even just sits down while others stand… a lot! So this new photo album begins to demonstrate RA’s height, and how he accommodates himself for his fellow cast members.

For more, visit our Facebook page, Richard Armitage US. And stay tuned for additions…

~ Very special thanks to Richard Armitage Net and Richard Armitage Quotes on Tumblr!

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