King Richard Armitage Week: Richard III Actors + Armitage – Six Degrees of Separation Game

To celebrate Richard Armitage’s 40th birthday and to commemorate the anniversary of Richard III’s death, this blog is participating in a weeklong series of RA blog events for the Richard III for Richard Armitage!/King Richard Armitage project (sign the petitionjoin the Facebook group). Enjoy the fun!

Pop culture flashback: in the ’90s, the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon trivia game surfaced after Bacon stated that he had worked with everyone in Hollywood. The goal of the game is to link one actor to Kevin Bacon through film/television roles in six degrees or fewer, as quickly as possible.

As a challenge, let’s play Six Degrees of RIII Actors + Armitage, linking actors who have portrayed RIII with Armitage.

I threw in one RIII play performance since it is the most recent RIII performance and features an American film actor (Kevin Spacey).


– An actor-role combination can only be used once (most difficult to resist: Hugo Weaving, Gemma Jones).

– Try not to use Armitage roles more than once.

– Upcoming (not yet released) movies are OK.

– Using is permissible and encouraged.


  • 1. Ron Cook (The Tragedy of Richard III, 1983 TV movie) – Little Dorrit – 2. Tom Courtenay – Gambit – 3. Alan Rickman – Harry Potter – 4. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey – 5. Brendan Coyle – North and South – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Paul Daneman (An Age of Kings, 1960 TV series) – Robin Hood TV series (Daneman was Sir Guy!) – 2. Julian Glover (older Monet) – The Impressionists – 3. Richard Armitage! (younger Monet)
  • 1. Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, 1977 film) – The American President – 2. Annette Bening – Valmont – 3. Colin Firth – A Single Man – 4. Matthew Goode – Brideshead Revisited – 5. Hayley Atwell – Captain America – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Ian McKellan (Richard III, 1995 film) – The Hobbit – 2. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Laurence Olivier (Richard III, 1955 film) – Brideshead Revisited – 2. Anthony Andrews – The Scarlet Pimpernel – 3. Jane Seymour – Marple: Ordeal by Innocence – 4. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Al Pacino (Looking for Richard, 1996 documentary) – Heat – 2. Natalie Portman – Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace – 3. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Vincent Price (Tower of London, 1962 film) – Edward Scissorhands – 2. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd – 3. Alan Rickman – Sense and Sensibility – 4. Gemma Jones – Spooks – 5. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Basil Rathbone (Tower of London, 1939 film) (also played Sir Guy of Gisborne in 1938 film) – Queen of Blood – 2. Dennis Hopper – Speed – 3. Sandra Bullock – The Net – 4. Jeremy Northam – Possession – 5. Toby Stephens (also in Strike Back) – Robin Hood – 6. Richard Armitage!
  • 1. Kevin Spacey (Richard III, 2011 play) – The Men Who Stare At Goats – 2. Ewan McGregor – Trainspotting – 3. Ewen Bremner (also in Spooks) – Strike Back – 4. Richard Armitage!
Have a go at it—can you best me? 🙂
You can disregard my rules and see if you can come up with different RA connections using other roles.

Armitage: ready for battle? (courtesy of:


18 thoughts on “King Richard Armitage Week: Richard III Actors + Armitage – Six Degrees of Separation Game

    • Terrific! A new RIII find for me.

      And I did not realize that RPJ was Rivers in that Jane Eyre. I will have to rewatch. 🙂

      • Ciarán Hinds was also in Ivanhoe (1997) with Christopher Lee-The Hobbit. Double connection to RA!

  1. “Loyaulte me lie”
    1. Kenneth Branagh (Richard III, 2001 Naxos Audiobooks & Richard III, 2002 Crucible Theatre) – Wallander – 2. Sarah Smart – Sparkhouse 3. Richard Armitage!

    • Fantastic – another new RIII find. I should have known Kenneth B. had RIII covered somehow. 🙂

  2. So this one took a little longer to put together…
    1. John Barrymore (Richard III, 1920 Stage Revival) – Grand Hotel (1932) – 2. Joan Crawford – The Man from U.N.C.L.E (1967) or The Virginian (1970) – 3. Robert Vaughn – Julius Ceasar (1970) – 4. Christopher Lee – The Hobbit – 5. Richard Armitage!

  3. 1. Frederick Warde (The Life and Death of King Richard III, 1912 film) – A Lover’s Oath (1925) – 2. Ramon Novarro – Bonanza (1965) 3. Lorne Greene – Battlestar Galactica (1978) 4. Jane Seymour – Marple: Ordeal by Innocence (2007) 5. Richard Armitage!

  4. Last one: A bit of trivia:
    1. Sir Alec Guinness spoke the first lines of the first play produced by the Stratford Festival of Canada on July 13, 1953, Shakespeare’s Richard III: “Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this sun of York.” – He of course played Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episodes IV-VI (1977-1983). 2. place any crossing Star Wars character here (Ian McDiarmid-the Emperor Palpatine, Anthony Daniels-C3PO, Kenny Baker-R2D2, Frank Oz-Yoda) – Star Wars Episode I – 3. Richard Armitage! (The hottest Naboo Starfighter pilot in the galaxy!)

    • High five! Love it.

      Someone needs to create a graphic of RA with that tagline: the hottest Naboo Starfighter pilot in the galaxy. You’ve inspired me to add something to my letter post. 🙂

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  7. Not part of the game but…

    I just love that particular photo of RA as JP!

    And, if that’s other people’s idea of a “chubby” Richard Armitage, then give me “chubby” any day!!!!. He’s so hot anyway he comes, skinny or “chubby” but, at least, the “chubby” one looks as though he’s been eating well and his rib bones aren’t visible.

    • I love the playful body language and the look on his face in that photo.

      I agree that the healthy look is best. I don’t think he looks chubby at all, just rugged and like he could slay a dragon.

      His look is always changing—it’s like we fall in love with different men. 🙂

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