Not only is Richard Armitage exceptionally beautiful but he is a great actor and a funny, decent, intelligent man. In fairness, with these attributes, he should really have a high-pitched squeaky voice, helium-gas high, to add balance. But he doesn’t. The heavenly one has a rich, labia-twanging timbre, a fantastic range from roar to whisper – and if that isn’t enough, he is a master of accents.
I have little snippets of him speaking on my iPod alongside my music. Every time I hear one I get a little frisson of delight – and here they are, so hopefully you will too.
Gasp at Daniel’s butterfly whisper of “We nearly had something, didn’t we?” from Berlin Station, series one.
Shiver at the understated menace of Raymond de Merville in Pilgrimage.
Thrill at bad-tempered Lucas’s Russian in Spooks series seven.
And sigh when Lucas has a cravin’.
Thrill as Richard gets his tongue round Old English [me, in my dreams] in the Lords of the North.
Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.
Gasp at creepy Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal, series three. Ooh! Goosepimples.
This is from one of my most cherished RA interviews. Richard is relaxed, funny, a sibilant seductive Flirty- Gertie, I love the southerny way he says,”No” and there are traces of north-Midlands too.
Here is the interview in full:
Richard Armitage says nothing
And my very favourite: I love the way he says nothing – or nothin’.
Update: And with much thanks to Anja who pointed me in the direction of a better nothing, here is a lovely northern example by our Lord of the North:
from the Lords of the North.
Tongue, Swordomy Swordery and the Lash? I don’t think I was supposed to be thinking what I thought when I heard this…
From Voices from History.
I’d love to hear your favourites.