Swisher Armitage, a man for all ages

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!! Swisher Twinkle Stars…


Not long after discovering Richard Armitage, I stumbled across his lovely Bedtime Hour children’s storytelling episodes on YouTube, and soon after I had my daughter hooked, too. She’s three years old, and a proud member of the Armitage Army, CBeebies Division.

In keeping with the CBeebies script, Richard always starts off with “Hello, I’m Richard.” I’m not sure whether it’s his British accent that throws her, or just a kid thing, but she’s believed his name is “Swisher” from the get-go, and insists that we both call him by the especially sexy moniker of “Swisher Twinkle Stars”.

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Several months ago, Hubby emerged from our daughter’s bedroom after reading her bedside story, completely baffled.

Hubby: “Have any idea what she means by ‘Swishers Stories’?”

I feigned confusion. “‘Swishers’?”

Hubby: “She made several requests for ‘Swishers Stories’… but I looked at every title on both kids’ shelves and I have no idea what that…

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He Likes Dragons?!

Alphabet Movie challenge: day 11

original question: Kiddie movie I still shamelessly enjoy

modified to: CBeebies episode I enjoy most

Answer: I’m Not Going Out There!

Reading books to children should be fun, for both the child you’re reading to, and you as well; Richard illustrates this wonderfully when reading for CBeebies! The first time I showed my daughter Richard reading these stories, she said that’s how I read to her as well; I didn’t know whether to feel flattered or embarrassed, that I read out loud that animatedly…

my jeans are just as ratty as his too...soul-mates!
my jeans are just as ratty as his too…soul-mates!

I’m nowhere near as talented as we know Richard to be, so I don’t come up with distinct voices for each character

(mostly because I can’t keep them all straight!)

I just adjust my timbre to designate different speakers instead.

no, that was not an invitation to start singing Ke$ha!
no, that was not an invitation to start singing Ke$ha!

In this episode, I like how Richard starts out by saying

that he likes dragons

calm down, Thorin! he's just setting the tone
calm down, Thorin! he’s just setting the tone

and that monsters make him laugh;

it’s a playful reminder that this isn’t anything to be afraid of.

okay, Thorin?
okay, Thorin?

Aside from the voices and dramatics though, I just genuinely like the story! The way it seems to be building up into something scary but never really gets there because of the silly ghost and other characters

(also, I just love to hear Richard say “dirty underwear” 😛 )

and then the  way the story has that twist at the end.

*a twist, you say? that sounds intriguing*
*a twist, you say? that sounds intriguing*

I find it all

really cute 😀

yes, exactly like that!
yes, exactly like that!

(non-Armitage answer: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; Gene Wilder version 😉 )

The Adventure Begins

Once I had made the decision to find out more about this Richard Armitage fellow and looked up his mini-bio and list of film works on IMDb, I turned to Google. First, to figure out how the heck to pronounce Leicester, then to find a decent fan-site that would hopefully tell me the kinds of things I wanted to know.

is he a kid at heart?


does he play well with others?


I clicked on RichardArmitageNet and was hit full force with loads of helpful information!

are you paying attention?

Photo galleries, Print and Video archives, Audio extracts and downloads, Previews of his film work; OH MY! I’m a visual person (shocking, I know! ) so my first stop was the Photo Gallery. I skipped over the individual film projects, since I had no idea what any of them were yet, and focused on the Photoshoots.

do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?

As I browsed, I found some that have become lasting favorites

While others, I would just have to come around to.

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood…
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

Next I moved on to the Print archives. This is my favorite way to become familiar with an actor. You can watch them grow and progress as a person, and track their career as it unfolds before them. I found an interview from the North & South era, that fit what I was looking for. It told me he was Modest. It told me he was Polite.

and Bashful

It told me he was Self-Depreciating, Considerate, Solitary, Introspective, Valued his Roots, and Always wanted to Put his Best Foot Forward.

it’s true!

To say I was intrigued by this point was an understatement. I then hunted down a few Video interviews. Instantly I latched on to this one:

I admired his poise and focus, and the way he seemed to sift through his mind to find the answer he was searching for and showing us clearly the moment he had found it. When he gave the little quip about practicing his horse riding skills with the action figure, I knew I was hooked! An unassuming dry sense of humor will win a place in my heart every time.


This North & South video interview was next:

When Richard talked about his research, and the importance of costumes and their biographies, it became clear to me that he shared my passion for giving good stories the respect they deserve.

Every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man

Then came CBeebies. He reads bedtime stories to kids?!

This endeared him to me straight away. I then moved on to the Audio section.

brace yourself…

I picked A War Less Ordinary. When I heard Code Poem for the French Resistance, I wept real tears. So Beautiful. The poem, his enunciation, the VOICE! It wasn’t a superficial physical reaction I was having towards Richard Armitage; I was learning him from the inside out.

The chase had officially begun.

I have long legs too Richard, you better run faster!