Jonas Armstrong is an Irish actor best known for his role of Robin of Locksley, based on the famous legendary folk-hero Robin Hood, in the British TV series ‘Robin Hood’. Born in Dublin, he developed an early interest in acting and moved to England to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Shortly after his graduation, he was seen in the play ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’. Over the next few years, he started appearing in TV shows. His TV works include the crime drama series ‘The Ghost Squad’, where he played one of the main roles. He also played the lead role in the British thriller TV show ‘Losing Gemma’. Armstrong became known for his lead role in the British TV series ‘Robin Hood’. This role can be considered the most significant work of his career so far. More recently, he was seen in the American action drama film ‘Walking with the Enemy’, as well as in the TV miniseries ‘Line of Duty’, where he played a supporting role.
Childhood & Early Life
William Jonas Armstrong was born in Dublin, Ireland on 1st January 1981. His parents are Harold and Eva Armstrong.
Since he wanted to pursue a career in acting, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He graduated with a BA in 2003.
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Following his graduation, Jonas Armstrong was seen in the play ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’ at the Royal Theatre in Northampton, where he portrayed Derek Meadle. The next year, he was seen in another play named ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ at the Young Vic Theatre.
He made his TV debut in 2004 playing a role in the British TV series ‘Teachers’ where he was seen in seven episodes. The next year, he played a main role in the crime drama series ‘The Ghost Squad’, where he portrayed Pete Maitland. The series aired for eight episodes from November to December. It was appreciated by critics as well as viewers.
In 2006, he played an important role in the TV movie ‘Losing Gemma’. Split into two parts, the movie aired on 18th and 19th December. Directed by Maurice Philips, the story revolved around the disappearance of a girl named Gemma after a trip. When her friend returns from the trip alone, she is haunted by the belief that she is responsible for her friend’s disappearance.
Jonas Armstrong earned huge popularity in 2006 after he started portraying Sir Robin of Locksley in the BBC TV series ‘Robin Hood’. It was based on the famous vigilante folk-hero Robin Hood, who was said to have helped the poor and the needy after robbing the rich and the greedy. The show aired from October 2006 to June 2009. It stopped airing after many of its important actors, including Armstrong, left the show.
In 2009, Jonas Armstrong played the lead role in the horror film ‘Book of Blood’. It was based on a novel named ‘Books of Blood’ written by Clive Barker, who was also one of the producers of the film. The same year, Armstrong also appeared in a few episodes of the award winning British TV series ‘The Street’.
In the 2010s he was seen in shows such as the crime drama series ‘The Field of Blood’. It aired from 2011 to 2013. He was also seen in the crime drama series ‘Prisoners’ Wives’ which aired from 2012 to 2013. In 2013, he played an important role in the British TV film ‘The Whale’, which was directed by Alrick Riley.
In 2014, he played the lead role in the American action drama film ‘Walking with the Enemy’. It was directed by Mark Schmidt. He was also seen in the sci-fi film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, where played a supporting role. Directed by Doug Liman, the film was a commercial success and won many awards as well. More recently, he was seen in shows such as ‘Ripper Street’, a British TV series, and ‘Dark Angel’ a British miniseries.
Jonas Armstrong’s portrayal of Sir Robin of Locksley in the British TV series ‘Robin Hood’ is undoubtedly the most significant work of his career. It was based on the adventures of the legendary folk hero Robin Hood. Other actors in the show included Lucy Griffiths, Richard Armitage, David Harewood, Keith Allen, and Gordon Kennedy. The series was a success and was also broadcast in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, France, and Finland. It aired from 2006 to 2009.
‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a 2014 American sci-fi film where Armstrong played one of the supporting roles. The film was based on a Japanese novel named ‘All You Need is Kill’. Directed by Doug Liman, the story takes place in the future where aliens invade planet Earth. It starred actors such as Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Noah Taylor. The film was a commercial success, earning more than twice its budget. The film was met with positive reviews from critics and also won several awards.
Awards & Achievements
Jonas Armstrong won an award at the ‘Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival’ for his work in the American film ‘Walking with the Enemy’.
Jonas Armstrong is currently single. He was previously in a relationship with his ‘Robin Hood’ co-star Lucy Griffiths. He also dated British actress Sammy Winward.