Alun Armstrong is a British actor from the North East of England. Since his career began in the early 1970s, he has played some very colourful characters, often a bit crazy, despotic, and psychotic. His engagingly jolie-laide face exudes both compassion and integrity and is consequently spotted in every Dickens serial ever made. Armstrong spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare company. Here, his role is that of Jeremiah Flintwich fron the Dickens novel Little Dorrit.
In the ongoing BBC series New Tricks, he plays the neurotic Brian Lane alongside fellow Geordie James Bolam having worked together previously in episodes of Whatever happened to the Likely Lads?
In Patriot Games (1992), Armstrong played an SO-13 officer. In Braveheart (1995), he played the Scottish noble Mornay who betrayed William Wallace.[ He was the villainous Egyptian cult leader Baltus Hafez in The Mummy Returns (2001), and he portrayed Saint Peter with a Geordie accent in Millions (2004). He also had small roles as the High Constable in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Cardinal Jinette in Van Helsing (2004), Magistrate Fang in Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist (2005) and Uncle Garrow in Eragon (2006).
This portrait was done with prismacolor pencils on bristol Board extra smooth surface, 250 gsm, 210mms x 297 mms.