2018 RA Fan challenge, part U to Z

My fifth and final set of answers to Guylty’s fan challenge! (Answers A-E here | F-J here | K-O here | P-T here)

2018 Fan A to Z

U. Have you added anything stupid/crackyhilarious to your fandom, if so, what?

Um… other than what I publish here on blog? Nope, don’t think so…

V. Your favourite fan artist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for?

A “John” shrine from you, Guylty? You know, John Thornton, John Porter and John Proctor in one lovely little shrine… with candles. (Pity Harry Kennedy wasn’t a John…)

W. A promt of AU for a piece of fan art/fiction

Fan fiction prompt – sheesh, I don’t know. I hardly ever read fan fiction anymore. I would like to find a modern retelling of North & South, though. I remember reading one waaay back when but when I searched a while back, I couldn’t find the one I meant. So, if anyone can recommend a good modern retelling of North & South, please point me in the right direction in the comments!

North & South behind scenes

Fan art – I have no idea! I leave it up to the very creative artists…

X. Is there a fellow fan who got you into either delurking or convinced you to participate in the fandom?

No one fan encouraged me to delurk but reading other blogs did awaken the idea that I could do this blogging thing as well!

Y. Choose a work of art or song that reminds you of RA.

Several songs remind me of Richard, mostly songs used in some fave ‘vintage’ fan videos. I once blogged about those here: general Richard videos, North & South videos, Vicar of Dibley videos and Strike Back videos.

I think the most Richard-y of songs for me are: ‘Sexy Back’…


…and ‘Jungle Drum’

My favourite piece of art reminding me of Richard is a piece of fan art: the painting my mother once made for me of The Crucible, which I now also use as my phone cover & which was signed by Richard!


Z. A chaRActer headcanon you have?

I’m never quite sure what headcanon is, just looked it up…

Headcanon def

I guess my North & South fan fiction had the headcanon that Henry was jealous of John and tried to break him and Margaret up (but it didn’t work). That’s an old one, though. I don’t think I have that many chaRActer headcanons…

The end of the challenge!

That's all folks

It’s been fun again, thanks Guylty!


2018 RA Fan challenge, part P to T

My fourth set of answers to Guylty’s fan challenge! (Answers A-E here | F-J here | K-O here)

2018 Fan A to Z

P. RA on the big screen or RA on TV?

Basically, for me, it’s RA wherever I can actually see him! The lovely thing of seeing him on the big screen is that you see him larger than life and that is always a bonus! The lovely thing of seeing him on the small screen is that, if he’s doing a series, he can be there every week for a while.  But no, I have no real preference. I just want him to make good stories on a visual platform that I can easily access again and again. Last night I found him on Netflix, which made me happy! 🙂

Q. Third season of BS or not?

Not. I haven’t even braved season two yet…  In season one, I found the storytelling too convoluted, too many plotlines, too many characters, no one to root for. Admittedly, Daniel is wonderful to look at…

… and his ‘love’ interest was called Esther (if it even was love), which means I could hear Richard say my name occasionally…

…but to me Daniel Miller has little to no personality. While Richard really makes the best of it, neither the character nor the storytelling nor the plots have ever been able to really grip me. So, for me, no more  Berlin Station necessary, time to move on.

R. OTPs – what is your favourite pairing of RA’s past work?

It’s just got to be John and Margaret in North and South

S. Which actor would you like to see him paired with in the future?

Ooh, answering it now, I’d say Gugu Mbatha Raw, whom I have only recently really discovered. I’d like to see Richard and her in something romantic together. They already look good together side by side..

I also thought he had great chemistry with Orla Brady in Strike Back, so I’d like to see him work with her again.

But really, any good actress with whom he has chemistry will do! As for actors – if he could be in a movie with Colin Firth and Hugh Jackman, that would be so cool!

Hugh Colin

T. What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?

Have I contributed anything to the Richard Armitage fandom? Well, maybe this blog. Oh, and an N&S fan fiction that I once published on an Armitage forum years ago. Reading it back now, I would change a lot about it, so I’m not owning up to it here… 😉

N&S continued


2018 RA Fan challenge, part K to O

My third set of answers to Guylty’s fan challenge! (Answers A-E here and F-J here)

2018 Fan A to Z

K. Have you met RA? Have you got a photo to share? And what did you say to him?

Yes, I have, twice, and I have blogged about it both times! Once at The Old Vic’s stage door and just this past spring at the Newcastle International Film Festival while I was having a bad hair day. 🙂

L. Dealbreakers – what would make you stop being RA’s fan?

Racism, sexual harassment and cruelty to people (from kids to the elderly) are always dealbreakers for me; when people start seeing other people as labels instead of human beings and start labelling them as inferior vermin, that’s a real dealbreaker. Right now, for me, that would mean that if Richard turned out to support anything Donald Trump does or says, I don’t think I could stomach that! Donald Trump doesn’t only go against every political belief I have (that I could deal with) but he more importantly goes against every single rule of decency and moral feeling I have with his blatant lies, rudeness, cheap shots, racist and misogynist remarks, corruption, self-worship and now ensuring children get torn away from their parents at borders (and blaming it on Democrats!). I only see harshness and making a buck and egotism in Donald Trump, I see nothing that has compassion or humanity at its base. So, if Richard supported such a man, that would be my current dealbreaker because I would wonder what had happened to Richard’s compassionate and humanitarian side that I now so often see shine through and that I love. I have a feeling we are not in any danger of Richard supporting Trump, so for now, we’re all good!

M. RA has spoken Russian, French and German in his roles so far. How good was he and which one was your favourite?

I can’t recall if I liked his Russian or not, it’s been sooooo long since I’ve seen him do Lucas North. Even if I remembered, I wouldn’t be able to judge how good it sounded, other than it maybe sounding sexy. 😉

Richard’s German was fun to hear, as I speak German as well, but the first time I heard him speak German I couldn’t quite understand everything he said. He seemed to swallow his words a little and rush them and not get all the pronunciation quite right. I figure he needs a little more practice there, maybe I could help! 😉 Maybe it’s easier to judge an accent when you don’t actually understand the language…

Richard’s French, however, sounded pretty good to me!

N. Which accent/language would you like RA to speak in a future role?

Languages – I’d like to hear him develop the German one more so he gets better at it. And, as a Dutch person, I’d like to hear him try out some Dutch, of course. Again, I could help! 😉

With accents – I don’t think doing accents is his greatest talent. The first time I heard him do an American accent in Into the Storm, I cringed. It didn’t feel natural to me. He did much better with the American accent in Berlin Station, so if he keeps working at it, I can live with the US accent. But mostly I love any UK accent he does, it was fun hearing him do Yorkshire in Urban and the Shed Crew.

It’d be interesting to hear him try Irish or Scottish!

O. Casual RA or dressed-to-the-nines RA?

I like both but think I have a small preference for casual RA. He is so approachable when casually dressed, like I could just go up and give him a hug if he let me. These are a few of my faves…

And I really liked his NIFF look too…

2018 RA Fan challenge, part F to J

My second set of answers to Guylty’s fan challenge! (Answers A-E are here).

2018 Fan A to Z

F. Name a play that you wish RA would do?

No preference for a play, just any good one will do! I was blown away by him in The Crucible and I still hate that I wasn’t able to see Love Love Love, showing so far away in New York. I don’t have a preference for a play but I do have a preference for a location: London, please! That’s relatively easy for me to travel to… 🙂

G. How long have you been in the fandom, and how has your attitude to the fandom changed during that time?

I have always been a solitary fan, whether I loved Gregory Peck in my early teens, David Bowie in my later teens/early twenties or Colin Firth from my mid-twenties on. I never was in any of it for the community, I just loved these guys…

And so it has also been for my Richard Armitage fan-experience as well. The difference with Richard, however, is that the internet was more established and around when I fell in love with him so that, unlike with the other guys, I have been more aware of a fandom surrounding him. I became a fan of Richard’s 12 years ago after seeing North & South. I went on a mad hunt for information, found a few good websites and most of all the C19 message board. I used an alias to become a member there and for a long time I lurked and soaked up all I could. After a while, not being able to resist the enthusiasm, I did participate there for a bit, but I never completely immersed myself (just didn’t have the time as a mum of young kids) and didn’t stay that long. As long as I can remember, there have been factions and disagreements in the fandom, and I just don’t want to waste my time on all that drama. I also don’t want to adhere to other people’s fandom rules and I don’t want to walk on egg-shells, I just want to enjoy Richard in my own way! Also, I don’t do well with absolute Richard hero-worship and taking every word he says as gospel. So, I have been withdrawn from interacting in the fandom world until… I started blogging almost four years ago!  With my blog I have created my own little corner for my own way of fangirling and addressing fan issues if I choose to. This is the place where I can control my fan experience and keep it good for me. Interaction with other fans through my blog has been fun and through this blog I have also for the first time met a few fellow-fans in real life, which has also been great fun!

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I don’t immerse myself fully into the fandom and I don’t feel the need to have an opinion on or a reaction to everything. I engage where I like and cherry-pick what I like and meet who I want to and so far that’s been working for me. 🙂

H. How has your attitude to RA changed over your time as a fan?

When I first saw N&S, I became Richard-obsessed, hungry for every morsel of information on him. I wrote fan fiction, was introduced to the world of YouTube fan videos and eager to know every project he was doing and everything about him. I tried to get my hands on his backlog of work and I saw most of that. The Vicar of Dibley happened around that time, which made me very happy, I also liked The Impressionists. But then came Guy of Gisborne and after that Lucas North and I have to say my attention wavered, as both those characters could not hold my attention. I really disliked the Robin Hood series, couldn’t even watch it for Richard, and Lucas North really did absolutely nothing for me. I wavered in my Richard-love at the time and wondered whether it was only John Thornton or Harry Kennedy that I had fallen in love with. My interest remained, I read any Richard news that came my way, but I didn’t actively peruse the sites and discussion boards anymore. That lull lasted, oh, 2-3 years and then Strike Back happened and I was back! That was followed by Thorin Oakenshield and really, I haven’t looked back since.

Strike Back 01

I do admit that the first rush of new love is over, and I don’t constantly re-watch his work anymore, he has become a permanent fixture now. I do still get a little giddy over new  work (unless it’s audiobooks! Kudos to him for those, but I don’t do audiobooks) but even his newer work I have not been able to re-watch that much. I mean, he did a great job as Francis Dolarhyde or Raymond de Merville, but they just aren’t enjoyable characters to watch again and again. Richard will always have a very warm place in my heart and for now (as in the past 12 years) he remains my favourite actor. I continue to hope for different, good and challenging roles for him that I can enjoy!

I. What made you come out as a fan and participate in the fandom online?

I always wanted to blog and started this blog not for Richard-reasons but because I wanted to write about things I loved (and Richard is one of them). Reading other blogs I liked, like Servetus’s, Guylty’s or Herba’s blog, in addition to not being able to contain myself after seeing Richard live on stage in The Crucible, motivated me to take the plunge and start this blog for real.

Once I started writing about Richard, and Servetus picked up on that and linked here, I started attracting Richard fans to my blog and thus slowly got sucked into the fandom. As I can be a fan on my own terms here and reactions have been positive, it’s been a lot of fun so far!

J. Are you outed as a fan among your family and friends?

My husband and kids certainly know and especially my husband is very supportive. He took these pictures, for instance…

My mother and brothers and sisters know I love this actor and that he’s on my phone case, but they never seem to be able to remember his name. A few friends know and if people ask me, like my new co-workers, I’ll tell them who my fave actor is and that I’m a fan, but they don’t know about this blog. Especially at work I don’t need them to know, I prefer to keep my professional life separate from the fan world. The only ‘real people’ who know about this blog are Mr Esther, my kids and two friends of mine with whom I have fangirled over other stuff besides Richard as well.

2018 RA Fan challenge, part A to E

Guylty’s back at it again, she’s set up a fun new Richard Armitage fan challenge! And yep, I’m in! Should anyone else wish to participate in (part of) this challenge but not have a place to publish their responses, feel free to contact me and I can set you up as a contributor on my blog.

So, I’ll just start now, shall I? 🙂 Here is part A – E

2018 Fan A to Z

A. If you added up all the money you have spent on DVD’s, cinema tickets, accommodation, theatre tickets, fan art, audiobooks etc., how expensive has RA been so far?

Oh, gosh, hard to say! I’ve loved the man for a long time!

  • I have bought (some) DVDs, The Crucible on Digital Theatre, and cinema tickets. What does that add up to over the years? €200,-? €250,-? Not that many cinema tickets, though. First time I ever saw him in the cinema was in The Hobbit at the end of 2012 and he doesn’t make that many movies that end up in the cinema…
  • Audiobooks – not my thing so have barely spent anything on them, apart from The Martian Invasion of Earth, which was, what, about €12,-?
  • Haven’t bought fan art although I did win a Richard III package in one of Guylty’s auctions, which I think cost me something around €50? Oh, and I bought a Hobbit poster that is still up on my bedroom wall for about €15,-. I also had a phone cover made for my phone (twice, as the phone I have now is a follow up to the phone I first had a cover made for). So, that’s €40,- in phone covers. Richard recently signed that phone cover for me. 🙂


Oh, and I have a Thorin action figurine to accompany my Aragorn figurine, which was also around €20,-.


  • I have flown to London, together with Mr Esther, to see Richard in The Crucible. Accomodation was free of charge at my brother’s but two flights and two tickets to The Crucible would add up to about €300,-.
  • Recently I had the Newcastle trip to see Richard at the Newcastle Film Festival. Flights, tickets and accomodation for one night added up to about €350,-.

I’m thinking I’ve probably spent more in 12 years of loving RA but can’t think of on what else. All of the above adds up to around €1000,- which is on average €83,50 a year (although most of it has been spent in the last few years). Maybe the more interesting question would be how expensive Richarding is calculated in hours spent on him… Not sure I’d be ready to answer that, though. 😉

B. Which of his chaRActers do you think RA is most like? Which is he most unlike?

He once said he was most like Harry Kennedy from The Vicar of Dibley and I can see that!

I think he’s probably quite unlike almost any other character he plays. The most unlike one that sprung to mind first was Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal.

C. Name a book that you think RA should star in a film in.

I don’t have a preference for a book but I wouldn’t mind a sympathetic romantic lead for a change, or any sympathetic lead really, whether based on a book or not! For me the most perfect book adaptation (so far) was Richard as John Thornton in North & South.

D. Which of his selfies is your favourite?

I’m often not a huge fan of Richard’s selfies. He does something around the mouth, a smile, that always feels off to me, a little too posed when I look at it, like in these…

Having said that, I do quite like these…

E. Which of RA’s audio chaRActers do you think he should play in a film adaptation?

I’m really not an audiobook kinda girl. I’ve heard bits and pieces of RA’s audiowork but I Richard Armitage Lucy Briggs-Owenjust can’t listen to an audiobook all the way through. It’s not about him, his voice is gorgeous, it’s just that the voice of an audiobook seldom corresponds with the voice in my head, and so it gets annoying to me. Plus, I tend to zone out. Even as a kid, I much preferred reading myself to being read to. The only exception so far has been The Martian Invasion of Earth, which I did enjoy! That was more like an audio-play but I did like it. I think it had everything to do with him portraying only one character and interacting so well with Lucy Briggs-Owen. So, going by that, it would be Martian Invasion for me.