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Alun Armstrong Biography

Birth Place:
Annfield Plain, County Durham, England

Fast Facts

  • His father was a coal miner and both his parents were Methodist lay preachers
  • First got into acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school
  • Made his screen debut in the 1971 film Get Carter after writing a letter to MGM, upon learning they were filming nearby, and subsequently met with director Mike Hodges who was keen to cast local actors
  • Spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, from 1979 to 1988
  • In September 2014 the town of Stanley, nearby his home town of Annfield Plain, renamed its Civic Hall Theatre, where as a 16 year old he played guitar on the stage, the Alun Armstrong Theatre


  • Elaine Stott -- Sister
  • Dan Armstrong -- Son
  • Tom Armstrong -- Son
  • Sue Armstrong -- Wife