The Many Roles of Alun Armstrong

A fan's guide to the 228+ roles played by Alun Armstrong, including descriptions, images, availability, ratings & reviews.

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Two new Radio 4 dramas in January

Alun Armstrong lends his voice to a day-long dramatisation of War and Peace on New Year's Day and a two-part radio play called The Ferryhill Philosophers on BBC Radio 4.

On 1 January, War and Peace begins at 9:00am and runs all day until 9:30pm, with breaks for the news and The Archers. The adaptation of Tolstoy's novel is written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and also stars John Hurt, Simon Russell Beale and Lesley Manville.

On 6 & 7 January, The Ferryhill Philosophers is on at 2:15pm. Alun Armstrong stars with Deborah Findlay in this drama by Michael Chaplin about an unlikely duo - an ex-miner and a senior philosophy lecturer - who wrestle with the collision between moral philosophy and the sundry dilemmas of a small village by the Wear.

BBC Radio 4 productions are available to listen to online after the broadcast. Follow the links for War and Peace and the The Ferryhill Philosophers.


Alun Armstrong guest stars in Downton Abbey Christmas special

Alun Armstrong Downton Abbey

Alun Armstrong appeared in the special episode of Downton Abbey airing on Christmas Day 2014 on ITV. The Region 2 (UK/Europe) DVD can be preordered from Amazon UK. The Series 5 Christmas special will also air in the U.S. on PBS on March 1, 2015.

According to The Journal: "He 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!'"

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