The Many Roles of Alun Armstrong

A fan's guide to the 226+ roles played by Alun Armstrong, including descriptions, images, availability, ratings & reviews.

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Alun Armstrong in Exit the King at Bath's Theatre Royal

Alun Armstrong will star in Exit The King by Eugene Ionesco at the Ustinov Studio of the Theatre Royal Bath from Thursday 20th November to Saturday 20th December. The play follows the last day in the life of the great King Berenger, now 400 years old, once the ruler of millions of subjects, but now on his last legs. Exit The King is directed by Laurence Boswell, and is the third in a series of three black comedies which make up this Autumn's Ustinov Studio season.

Tickets are now on sale. See the Theatre Royal Bath website for details.


Alun Armstrong guest stars in Downton Abbey Christmas special

Alun Armstrong will appear in the special episode of Downton Abbey airing on Christmas Day 2014 on ITV. 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!'"

Scenes for the holiday special were filmed in August at Alnwick Castle, the seat of the Duke of Northumberland (whose ancestor, incidentally, Alun portrayed in Henry IV, alongside Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery). The Series 5 Christmas special will also air in the U.S. on PBS sometime in 2015.


Theatre named after Alun Armstrong

The 330-seat theatre at the Civic Hall in Stanley, County Durham, is being named after Alun Armstrong, who was born in nearby Annfield Plain and performed at the theatre in his youth. Armstrong will attend a special event at the theatre on the evening of Friday, 5 September, featuring performances by comedian Bobby Pattinson as well as local acts Leah Bell, Johnny de Little, Chris Hayward, Lee Brannigan, and The Chantal McCartney Showgirls. See the Civic Hall Stanley Facebook page and website for information and updates about the event and the venue. Armstrong discussed the honour in an interview with The Journal.


Penny Dreadful on DVD in October

The 8-part horror series Penny Dreadful will be released on Region 1 DVD on 7 October and on Region 2 DVD on 13 October. The episodes are also available to subscribers on Showtime Anytime and on Sky On Demand.

Alun Armstrong plays Vincent Brand, an actor who takes in Frankenstein's Creature (Rory Kinnear) after he is abandoned by his creator. Armstrong appears in Episode 3: "Resurrection," in Episode 4: "Demimonde," and in Episode 8: "Grand Guignol." (There was also a brief flashback from "Demimonde" in Episode 7.)

Promotional images for Episode 4:

With Rory Kinnear as Caliban

Rory Kinnear Alun Armstrong Penny Dreadful

With Hannah Tointon as Maud Gunnison

Alun Armstrong Penny Dreadful


Promotional images for Episode 3:

With Rory Kinnear as the Creature

Alun Armstrong Rory Kinnear Penny Dreadful


Alun Armstrong Penny Dreadful


Alun Armstrong Penny Dreadful 


With Rory Kinnear as the Creature 

Alun Armstrong Rory Kinnear Penny Dreadful 


Penny Dreadful is created and written by John Logan (Hugo; Skyfall) and is co-executive produced by Sam Mendes (The Hollow Crown).  The series also stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Rory Kinnear, Timothy Dalton, Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale. Episode directors include Juan Antonio Bayona and Dearbhla Walsh. Filming took place from October 2013 to March 2014 in Ireland, at Ardmore Studios in Bray and other locations around Dublin.

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama. - Showtime