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"I certainly turned up and filmed a day, but I can't find myself in the movie! I think I ended up as a droid. I thought I was a fighter pilot. I can't find where I am."
―Richard Armitage, on his role in The Phantom Menace[src]

Richard Armitage (born August 22, 1971) is an English actor, writer, and composer who portrayed a Naboo starfighter pilot in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. It was one of Armitage's first forays into cinema and like co-stars Dominic West and Christian Simpson, Armitage found himself being inquired about his early role in the film.

Armitage is well known for his recurring roles on television shows such as "Ultimate Force", "Spooks" (A.K.A. "MI-5"), "Strike Back", the 2006 "Robin Hood" series and "North & South".

Armitage's film roles include Heinz Kruger, a Hydra agent in Captain America: The First Avenger and the lead role of the disaster film Into the Storm. He is probably best known as the Dwarf King Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit film trilogy, co-starring Sir Christopher Lee.

After the release of the 2019 novel Queen's Shadow, author E. K. Johnston stated that the character of Tonra from the novel was intended to be Armitage's character in The Phantom Menace.[1] No canon source has currently made this connection.

While filming for The Phantom Menace, Armitage was only present for one day. When the film was released in theaters, Armitage was unable to find himself in the movie, and was unsure whether his character ended up as a droid or a fighter pilot, though he recalled having one line to Ewan McGregor,[2] who played Obi-Wan Kenobi,[3] in an interview with the entertainment news website Hollywood.com.[2]

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