Deja Vu: References to Richard Armitage as Actor

In Robin Hood and Spooks, there are several references to Richard Armitage’s characters in other productions.

In Robin Hood, there are several characters named Thornton, the last name of Armitage‘s character in North and South.

In Season 1, Thornton is the name of one of Robin Hood‘s servants.

In Season 3, Squire Thornton is the husband of Guy of Gisborne‘s sister Isabella.

When Guy “saves” Marian from being tied in a tree, he quotes the last line from North and South: “You’re coming home with me.”

In Spooks, Lucas North is his character’s name.

Lucas does the “glove move” à la Guy.

In episode 9.6, an American hacker alludes to Armitage’s big-screen role in “The Hobbit” (“making a pit stop in Hobbit country”).


In his last episode, Lucas arranges a rendezvous point with MI-5 on Thorndon Road in greater London.

A “Northern Lad”: Tori Amos and Richard Armitage

While watching North and South, I kept hearing the song “Northern Lad” by Tori Amos when John Thornton showed up (Had a Northern lad. . .well not exactly had). Then I started watching Spooks and the same thing happened when Lucas of North showed up.

Like Armitage, Amos was born on August 22 (We’re a birthday trifecta!). When she lives in England, she’s a southwestern girl and resides in Cornwall.

As a child, Amos was a piano prodigy and won a full scholarship to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her breakthrough song was “Silent All These Years” and she has been Grammy-nominated five times for “Best Alternative Music Album.” She has a dedicated following of fans and I never pass up an opportunity to see her in concert; her ability to transform her songs into electrically emotional and sensual performance is mesmerizing. The setlist changes every night and her song selection spans the entirety of her career, including rarities and covers.

From Amos’s fourth album From the Choirgirl Hotel, “Northern Lad” is rumored to be about Amos’s English husband Mark and its baking imagery suggests that it is part of a sequence of songs including “Baker Baker” from Under the Pink and “Cooling” from the Boys for Pele era.

“Cooling” is one of my favorite Amos songs.

Favorite lyrics:

and I heard every word
that you have said
and I know I have been
driven like the snow

but this is cooling
faster than I can
faster than I can
this is cooling
this is cooling

Entire lyrics:

baker baker baking a cake
make me a day
make me whole again
and I wonder what’s in a day
what’s in your cake this time

I guess you heard he’s gone to L.A.
he says that behind my eyes I’m hiding
and he tells me I pushed him away
that my heart’s been hard to find

there must be something here
there must be something here

baker baker can you explain
if truly his heart was made of icing
and I wonder how mine could taste
maybe we could change his mind

 I know you’re late for your next parade
you came to make sure that I’m not running
well I ran from him in all kinds of ways
guess it was his turn this time

thought I’d make friends with time
thought we’d be flying
maybe not this time

baker baker baking a cake
make me a day
make me whole again
and I wonder if he’s ok
if you see him say hi

Favorite lyrics:

had a northern lad
well not exactly had
he moved like the sunset
god who painted that
first he loved my accent
how his knees could bend
I thought we’d be ok
me and my molasses
but I feel something is wrong
but I feel this cake just isn’t done
don’t say that you don’t
and if you could see me now
said if you could see me now
girls you’ve got to know
when it’s time to turn the page

Thoughts on Productivity: Going Ros Myers

Tick tock. . .as I stare down at my to-do lists, the multi-tasking pressure starts to build.

From what I have seen so far of Richard Armitage‘s work, I am finding that, after Daniela Denby-Ashe, Hermione Norris is my favorite female co-star for Richard.

Norris plays the ultra-confident Ros Myers in Spooks/MI-5. Ros epitomizes cool under pressure and ruthless efficiency; as the operative leader, she executes the given mission by any means necessary, possessing the physical prowess and mental agility to disarm and eliminate her opponents.

In sum, Ros is badass and I want to be Ros.

Despite her decision to not have a personal life, she is no automaton; she forms emotional bonds with her colleagues and dies refusing to abandon a man who is immobile. (YT link)

She also has a sly sense of humor, and I love her banter with (or at) Lucas.

  • Episode 7.2 : Ros burns Lucas, then Tasers him
  • Episode 7.4: Ros and Lucas work to disarm a bomb and kick up the sexual innuendo about  real vs. faking it (no YT link found unfortunately)
  • Episode 8.8:  (YT link) – Scene 1: Lucas and Ros discuss the remarkable usefulness of civets to produce perfume and flavor coffee beans. This is one of my favorite scenes. A polymath is a person who knows a lot about different subjects. Scene 2: Ros and Lucas discuss Sarah Caulfield’s getaway options of Barbados versus Bolivia.

(Props to Ros on servetus’ blog here. I also found a similar blog post on cheeky Ros/Lucas banter on the spooks fan blog here.)

When Sight and Sound Collide: Armitage Meets Rihanna and Florence & the Machine

This Richard Armitage + Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” video is delicious. Love the cut to Ros, the glove moment, the intrigued look at 3:16, the kiss on the hand, and the John Thornton look at Sarah Caulfield at 3:28.

Several YouTube users have created North and South videos using Florence + The Machine songs. They tend to use very quick cuts due to the fast pace of the music and cut off the song early.

The “Cosmic Love” one is my favorite (and has the slowest pace). I love how Florence is singing from Thornton’s point of view. The timing of “you left me in the dark” (at 1:36) and “in the shadow of your heart” (at 1:49) is perfect.


“Drumming Song”



More Armitage Tumblr Gold

From deeply diving into the FYRA tumblr archives:


Hermione Norris and Richard Armitage dress the part in Russia off-camera. CUTE. (courtesy of:


Hilarious Guy of Gisborne take on the Old Spice commercials.

Lucy Griffiths totally has a crush on Richard—check out cheeky commentary transcript here.


Ooh la la in North and South. (courtesy of:

Stunning photos of RA.

Interview with these key quotes:

Interviewer: . . .Your aquiline profile helps.

That’s a euphemism for “big nose”!

Interviewer: You’re the one with the internet fan ring called the Armitage Army. Does that please you?

It fills me with confidence to know that if I ever have to go to war, I have an army of women behind me.

Interviewer: Put a handsome bloke in a period costume and his popularity rating goes off the scale. What’s that about?

Suppression. Not being able to touch someone, or say what you feel, because it’s inappropriate. It tightens the sexual tension. You want to metaphorically rip off their corset!

Metaphorically—yeah right, John Thornton.