The Many Roles of Alun Armstrong

A fan's guide to the 230+ roles played by Alun Armstrong, including descriptions, images, availability, ratings & reviews.

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Another feature film: Country Woman

Alun Armstrong co-stars with Fiona Shaw, Fionnuala Flaherty, Ruth McCabe, Nick Dunning and Gary Whelan in a new Irish film. Based on real events in 20th century Ireland, Country Woman is an "incredible story of injustice, prejudice, state bias, religious dogma, tragedy and the power of family and law." The film is directed by Danny Hiller and was shot in Connemara and Galway city in March and April. Read more at IFTN.


New feature film: Golden Years

Alun Armstrong will appear in the forthcoming film Golden Years, which was shot in Bristol and the Cotswolds in March and April. The comedy caper stars Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna as a retired couple forced into a life of crime after they fall victim to the pensions crisis. Armstrong is among the supporting cast along with Sue Johnston, Simon Callow, Una Stubbs, Phil Davies and Brad Moore. Read more at Screen Daily.


New Tricks bicycle to be auctioned for charity

Alun Armstrong is auctioning off Brian Lane's bicycle from New Tricks to raise money for the MS Society. The charity has particular significance for Armstrong, whose sister is one of the 100,000 people in the UK with multiple sclerosis. In an interview with The Mirror, Armstrong said: "It's a bit of a Cinderella charity. But it often affects young adults, so comes at a prime working and family-raising time. There's no known cause or cure, and so funds are desperately needed for sufferers and their families."

The same bicycle was used throughout the series and was presented to Armstrong when he left the show. It will be auctioned by Ewbank's Auctions in Woking, Surrey, on 26 June.

Brian's bicycle


Downton Abbey Christmas special on DVD

Alun Armstrong Downton AbbeyThe 2014 Downton Abbey Christmas special "A Moorland Holiday" is available to buy on Region 2 (UK/Europe) DVD from Amazon UK. In the U.S. and Canada, the special is part of the Series 5 box set available from Amazon

Alun Armstrong "... plays the butler of the family who host the Crawleys on a grouse shoot and manages to irritate their servants. He says of his character: 'He's very pernickity and particular and he gives them a hard time so they want to get their own back and gang up on me!'" - from an interview in The Journal

A new interview in the Daily Mail gives more details:

... he plays a snooty butler (even snootier than Carson, apparently) at the home of some cousins of the Crawleys where the family has decamped for a shooting party. 'I've never really watched the show,' admits Alun in a whisper.

'So I would take people aside and ask, "Can you remind me who she’s married to?" It was a funny couple of weeks; my character is fruity and ridiculous. We were filming at Alnwick Castle which was remarkable; it was the first time anyone had been allowed to film inside.

'Even for Harry Potter [the castle’s exteriors were used for Hogwarts] it was only ever filmed from the outside. The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, whose home it is, said, "Make yourselves right at home."

'It was nice to be back working with Michelle Dockery [Lady Mary] as she played my daughter-in-law in The Hollow Crown. I was the Duke of Northumberland – an ancestor of the one whose home we were in – and my son Joe played my son and her husband. It felt like we’d gone full circle.' - Read the full interview at the Daily Mail