Jonas Armstrong – Profile page

Biography

  • Full name: William Jonas Armstrong
  • Has brown hair and blue eyes
  • 6′ foot (1m 83)
  • Born in Dublin, Ireland on the 1st of January 1981 (the first baby born in Ireland that year at 00.01 am)
  • Parents Eva (from Dublin) & Harold Armstrong (from Castlederg, County Tyrone Northern Ireland)
  • Has two younger siblings: his brother Grant (7 years younger) and a sister Sorcha (9 years younger)
  • Moved to Lytham St-Annes Lancashire, England at the age of 6
  • Educated at Arnold School, Blackpool
  • Graduated from the prestigious RADA ( Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London) with a BA in acting in 2003
  • not married , but in a relationship
  • no children

Interests, skills & hobbies

  • Ability of doing all sorts of accents
  • Certificate in combat fighting
  • Plays the guitar
  • Plays tennis & football
  • Likes to write & sketch
  • Supports Manchester United Football Club

Trivia

  • Self-declared chocoholic (esp. chocolate mousse)
  • Doesn’t do social media (= every person who impersonates Jonas on twitter, facebook etc is a FAKE! )
  • Has a natural thin physique and has to work double hard in order to bulk up for roles
  • Proud of his Irish roots. Sport wise supports mainly England (as he grew up there) unless they play Ireland
  • Believed he was too thin to win the role of Robin Hood
  • Has a tattoo on his right upper-arm since 2010 (depicts the lyric ‘Now here we Are’ from the song ‘Columbia’ by one of his favorite music bands Oasis / design of a large cross)
  • Graduated from RADA with fellow actor Owain Yeoman (Wayne Rigsby in ‘The Mentalist’) as a classmate. Who only has nice things to say about Jonas, remembers him for being a fun guy & great bloke to hang out with.
  • Found out he won the role of Robin Hood while filming Losing Gemma in India
  • Broke a meta-tarsal back in 2007 after a stunt on set of Robin Hood went wrong
  • Played the character of student ‘Anthony’ in Teachers (2004), who has an affair with teacher Penny, played by Tamzin Mattheson. The real-life girlfriend of Keith Allen who played the Sheriff of Nottingham to Jonas’s Robin Hood in the BBC Series (2006 – 2009)
  • Keith Allen and Jonas were reunited recently in 2011, both starring in an episode together of ‘The Body Farm’ (BBC series)
  • Has played characters who were linked to a ‘Gemma’ as a love-interest on 3 separate occasions. With the role of ‘Steve’ coupled to ‘Gemma’ on two occasions. *Steve & Gemma (Losing Gemma , 2006) & Steve & Gemma (Prisoners’ Wives , 2012) * Nick & Gemma (The Street, 2009)
  • We can see some pictures from the Armstrong family album in the first episode of Prisoners’ Wives depicting Jonas as a teenager with his parents and siblings. (when Gemma visits her husband Steve’s mum caravan)
  • Though they don’t share any scenes together; Jonas was reunited on screen with ‘The Ghost Squad’ (2005) cast members Emma Fielding and Nichola Burley  in UK film Twenty8k (2012)

Film & TV Career overview

  • All You Need is Kill – Skinner (Film, 2014)
  • Walking with the Enemy – Elek Cohen (Film, 2014)
  • The Whale – Owen Chase (TV Movie, BBC, 2013)
  • Twenty8k – Clint O’Connor (Film, 2012)
  • Hit and Miss – Ben (Sky Atlantic, 2012)
  • Prisoners’ Wives – Steve Roscoe (BBC One, 2012)
  • The Body Farm – Nick Warner (BBC One, 2011)
  • The Field of Blood – Terry Hewitt (BBC One, 2011)
  • Rage of the Yeti – Bill (TV Movie Syfy, 2011)
  • Miss Marple Secret of Chimneys – Anthony Cade (ITV, 2010)
  • The Street – Nick (BBC One, 2009)
  • Book of Blood – Simon McNeal (Film, 2009)
  • Robin Hood – Robin Hood (BBC One, 2006 – 2009)
  • Losing Gemma – Steve (TV Movie ITV, 2006)
  • The Ghost Squad – Pete Maitland (Channel 4, 2005)
  • Teachers – Anthony Millington (Channel 4, 2004)

Theatre

  •  Played Derek in “Quartermaine’s Terms” by Simon Gray - Derngate Theatre, Northampton/ Salisbury Playhouse. (2003)
  • Played Henry in “The Skin of Our Teeth” by Thornton Wilder - Young Vic Theatre, London. (2004)
  • Played Richard in “Rutherford and Son” by Githa Sowerby – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. (2005)

Other Work

  • CBeebies Bedtime Stories – 2009  Showcased his talent for accents & voices while telling four children’s stories on the CBBC network
  • Voice-overs for adverts (UK government – campaign against Drug-Driving ; XBOX games- Beatles Rockband ; Iceland ads; British Gas, Lynx,…)
  • Presenting jobs at the NTA’s, Children’s Baftas, Empire Awards, Variety Showbiz Awards,…
  • Appearances on BBC Breakfast, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, T4, This Morning, GMTV, Soccer am