A fan's guide to the 228+ roles played by Alun Armstrong, including descriptions, images, availability, ratings & reviews.
Alun Armstrong will appear in the forthcoming film Golden Years, which is shooting 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.
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 ordered 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