FanstRAvaganza Day 5 – Who was your first?

Note: this blogpost was created as part of FanstRAvaganza 3. Other participating blogposts can be found here: http://fanstravaganza.rgcwp.com/


Fan interview – talking about our first Richard Armitage character

Today I want to interview you! I always like to know what makes people tick and and I especially enjoy learning about those in the Richard Armitage community. Even the name of our blog celebration has the word fan in it!

While my first blogpost of the week was an interview with the father of the child actor in Captain American: The First Avenger, today my interview subject is you!

Because there are so many blogs to visit, our interview will be kept very short, LOL! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here you go:

1. What was it about your first Richard Armitage character that appealed to you?

2. If you met this character, what would you do to hang out?

3. (Optional) Who is your favorite RA character and why?

I’ll go first!

My first RA character is Harry Kennedy which is perfect because I have a heightened sense of humor and so a comedy was probably the best introduction for me. Initially I thought RA was a comic actor but then saw his other roles and found he could brood, show angst and smolder like no other!

If Harry Kennedy and I were to hang out, we could go see a film. A romantic comedy, obviously! πŸ˜‰

As many of you know, John Porter is my favorite RA character because he is so masculine and he brings out my primal urges, LOL!


I also made a graphic to illustrate a merger of my first and my favorite Richard Armitage characters.

Below are the component images used in this graphic:


Here’s a poll too because they’re fast, easy and fun!Β  πŸ˜€


P.S. Thanks for all your great submissions for our last blogpost. If you’ve not read the comments for the Thorin romance novel, I urge you to do so if you are looking to be impressed and/or humored!Β  πŸ˜€

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120 Responses to FanstRAvaganza Day 5 – Who was your first?

  1. Elaine says:

    1. John Thornton. The first time I saw RA – ever – was when I borrowed North and South from my local library. I borrowed it on the recommendation of a blogger who, like me, enjoys British costume dramas. BAM! I was hooked on RA and John Thornton.

    2. Sit by a fire (translation: curl up in front of a fire) with a cup of tea (translation: glass of wine) discussing literature (yeah, right).

    3. I’m partial to the sweetness of Harry Kennedy and the sheer manliness of John Porter.

    I’m looking forward to reading the answers from other participants!

  2. judiang says:

    1. My first ever character was John Thornton. I love period dramas, so this was right up my alley. He captivated me immediately.
    2. I’d get him out that stuffy starched shirt. Hey, this *is* 2012! πŸ˜€
    3. My fave character of course is Sir Guy. His smoldering leather clad badness is too irresistible.

    • bccmee says:

      @judiang: Oh that’s interesting. How did you find N&S?

      LOL re: the stuffy shirt! I’m with you there!

      Ooh Guy is your favorite? He’s pretty.

      • april73 says:

        Bccmee, I will say that Guy is more than “pretty”. He is… woooow, something like a “sex bomb”, as Tom Jones sang years ago, lol lol lol.

  3. judiang says:

    Oh, forgot to mention, I love the DVD cover! Brilliantly done. πŸ™‚

  4. 1. First saw him as John Thorton and liked his Darcy-esque-ness, but it was Guy that I fell for. What can I say, I love a bad boy with a heart.

    2. I’d have Guy teach me to ride a horse and shoot a bow, but we’d have to share the horse and the bow so there would be lots of closeness and contact with the leather breeches.

    3. I love his portrayal of Lucas most of all, but personally, I’d rather cozy up to Harry Kennedy.

    • bccmee says:

      @Mrs. E. B. Darcy: N&S was in my Netflix queue forever, but it sounded too much like Pride & Prejudice. While there were some similarities, N&S and Richard Armitage overtook my foolish passion for P&P.

      So private lessons from Guy, eh? I like the way you think. πŸ˜€

      Harry Kennedy looks so cuddly in his stripey jumpers. β™₯

  5. magwi says:

    1. My first ever character was John Thornton. I sat down to watch yet another period drama with my mother and sister but wasn’t keen on this one as it had “that girl from Eastenders in it”. So I literally did get a shock when RA made his first appearance – my heart stopped, I got shivers down my spine and goosebumps all over. I was hooked.☺

    2. I’d enjoy a lovely summer’s day, lying on a blanket in a field (sound familiar?) while JT read me Wuthering Heights and fed me champagne and strawberries.β™₯ Not that I’ve thought about it much. Lol!

    3. John Porter is my favourite. There’s a vulnerable side to the character that appeals to me…who am I kidding…he just sooooo masculine….I think the blanket, champagne and strawberry scenario could work well with him too. *wink* β™₯

    Love the DVD cover bccmee.

    • bccmee says:

      @magwi: John Thornton definitely had a lot of charisma. He OWNED that business, LOL! I really enjoyed N&S which I watched directly after discovering RA in Vicar of Dibely.

      That voice reading aloud sounds like a great activity to me! πŸ˜‰ Yes, to the champagne and strawberries too please.

      *sigh* JP is indeed masculine. He’s the most gorgeous creature I’ve ever seen.

      Congrats on your new blog! I clicked on your name and saw it. I look forward to seeing what you have to say. πŸ˜€

  6. yelloweeee says:

    Good idea, Bccmee!

    1) As you aldready know, North and South was my first sighting of RA, and he defo got my interest!

    2) A country walk with some of Helstone’s yellow flowers to look at! Then a dinner somewhere…..defo!

    3) Fave character is John Thornton…because of his sincerity, hard work and intense character! But Lucas is a close second……..I just love his masculine strength, his “enigma” persona and his tortured vulnerability is played so well.

    • bccmee says:

      @yelloweeee: I wonder if I would’ve had the same reaction to Richard Armitage if I’d seen N&S first instead of second. JT is certainly responsible for more RA fans than any other character I’m sure. πŸ˜€ And rightly so. The performance was spectacular.

      Maybe a dinner at the mill. Mary is a very good cook, LOL!

      Lucas is so darn attractive, I can’t see anyone else when he’s in the scene. πŸ˜€

  7. itsjsforme says:

    1) Guy was my third chaRActer (after JT & Harry), and for me, the third one was the charm! πŸ˜€
    2) Ummm…what would I do with Guy? http://tinyurl.com/745eylu
    3) My favorite chaRActer? Hmmmm…..lemme think….oh yeah….John Standring!!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @itsjsforme: I’m glad you kept at it till you got it right, LOL!

      And it’s great that you will act responsibly with Guy. πŸ˜‰

      Your username is perfect for a John Sandring fan! πŸ˜€

  8. natalia says:

    1.- John Thornton. He is a straight, intelligent man who caught my eye.
    2.-we’ll go to a bar to drink and discuss just for the fun of it
    3.- my favorite is Harry Kenndy, i really love that man!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @natalia: Those traits you list describe JT well!

      Would your visit to a bar be in contemporary times or back in the 1850s?

      Harry Kennedy was my favorite for a very long time, until John Porter surpassed him. In real life I would prefer a Harry Kennedy though because he’s so sweet and funny. β™₯

      • natalia says:

        i think we’ll go a contemporary bar, there are more drinks option. and i don’t like wear that type of clothes,…
        John Porter is very poweful man, but i prefer Harry, he is so sweet!!

  9. The Queen says:

    1. JT…head over heels! The way he looked at Margaret when her daddy introduced them…WHOA mama!! Very reminiscent of the one and only Darcy as the Mrs. already stated but I never imagined how much more…commanding, uh, masculine, no….intriguing…whatever…JT was than Darcy. I still love Darcy, but JT is the main man!!!!
    2. I’d cook him some beef and intro him to my Real Main Man. I think they would like each other. Both are hard-workers.
    3. Fav? I’m thinking it might be Thorin but since I haven’t see The Hobbit yet, it would be Harry. He’s just so darn sweet!

    LOVE the dvd jacket!!! You’re still a genius! πŸ˜€

    • bccmee says:

      @The Queen: That look when JT turned around, oh yes! β™₯ JT overtook my affection for Darcy too, because of the portrayal by Richard Armitage.

      Some beef eh? We don’t want him to get anemic, LOL!

      I’m fairly convinced that Thorin is going to take over my affection for John Porter. We’ll have to wait and see together. πŸ˜‰

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  11. Kathleen says:

    1. My first character was John Thornton, like most others. Netflix kept suggesting I watch N&S and I thought, that guy in the picture is pretty good looking, I’ll give it a try. And while he was indeed good looking, it turned out that he could act too. It was love at first sight.

    2. What would be do? Take a train ride, of course. It is a recurring fantasy of mine that I am on a train somewhere and RA comes and sits down beside me. And if he would like to give me a nice Margaret Hale train greeting, that would be all right too.

    3. My favorite character is not really a popular one but I really liked him. It was Philip Turner from Inspector Lynley. I was attracted by his interest in going up a mountain and meditating. Maybe he would like some company…

    Thanks for asking, love the DVD cover.

    • bccmee says:

      @Kathleen: The man sure can act, you’re so right! It was the looks that got me interested and the talent that kept me around. πŸ˜‰

      Wow that’s a lovely fantasy! Trains are very symbolic of romance. *sigh*

      Wow, Philip Turner! I have to admit I’ve not seen that whole program yet although I have all of Richard Armitage’s works. When I watch it, I’ll look for that scene and think of you, thanks!

  12. Joanna says:

    1. Some girl on internet said that Richard Armitage(?) is better then Colin Firth. I was like “Yeah…and I’m Queen of England”! Then I saw John Thornton *sigh* I feel in love almost immediately. πŸ™‚
    2.I would like to take off that cravat and then….anyway He is married. 😦
    3.But Guy(*drool*) is divine and free and John Porter(*yummm*) is a true hero.:)
    One more thing, I just gotta have that DVD..you know that”Stricke Back Project Dawn French” πŸ˜€

    • bccmee says:

      @Joanna: LOL about your introduction to RA as compared to Colin Firth! There is something quite magical about how everything came together in N&S. *sigh*

      Aww, well he’s not married by the end of the move, LOL! You can imagine you’re Margaret too. It’s your fantasy. πŸ˜‰

      Guy is a real hunk. And JP is totally droolworthy. Tough choice! πŸ˜€

  13. tyme4t says:

    My introduction to RA was as Harry Kennedy – I saw him in those glasses and I was a goner! 😎

    I would love to hang out with Harry by first browsing through a second-hand bookshop, gRAbbing a nice lunch at a quaint pub and then spending some time discussing what constitutes a date…. and figuring out how many we have had….

    It is so challenging to pick out a favourite….but I would have to say Lucas North. I am a sucker for a British spy guy (I still try to convince myself that John Bateman was just a figment of imagination created by the Russians and most of season 9 of spooks was just a bad dream πŸ˜‰ )

    PS – Project Dawn (French) – BRILLIANT!

    • bccmee says:

      @tyme4t: Woohoo, you and me both. I fell hard and fast for Harry Kennedy. πŸ˜€ You have a great idea for your time with Harry. I might borrow your fantasy! πŸ˜€

      Haha, yeah season 9 didn’t work for me in the sense that the writers ignored everything that went on before. And all the flashbacks to season 7 made no sense and it’s as if they were just thrown in for “dramatic purposes.” Still the acting rocked even if the writing sucked. πŸ˜‰ Lucas or John, he was sooooo beautiful! β™₯

  14. Fabi says:

    1. John Thornton. I read about him in a Jane Austen related blog and was curious. Found N&S in YouTube with Spanish subtitles, which isn’t my language, but was enough to fall for JT/RA, yet in the tea scene.
    2. Kathleen above stole my thoughts, LOL. I would go with him to a train station, then would sit in a bench, then…you know.
    3. Team Leather Forever!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @Fabi: I definitely can see a crossover appeal between Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. I’m impressed that you were able to fall for RA as JT on a YouTube video. πŸ˜€

      Spending time on a train is really the epitome of romance. β™₯

      Team Leather? So you mean Ricky Deeming? πŸ˜‰ LOL! Of course I know you’re referring to Guy, but RA characters all look good in leather I think.

  15. Luciana says:

    1 – John Thornton was my first character. A friend lent me the dvd because she knew I would love it. I have a degree in literature (love reading the classics and watching Bristish period dramas).
    2 – I would invite him for a dinner and cook for him (I love cooking, but just do it for people I really like).
    3 – My favourite character is JT. It wasn’t love at first sight, but at ‘second’ sight. I watched N&S and told myself: this is nice, but I didn’t pay attention to every detail, have to go back and watch it again… The second time, I thought: this is wonderfull and this actor is great, have to look for more information about him!!
    PS – The dvd cover is perfect!!!

    • Luciana says:

      I forgot to mention that, so far, I just watched N&S, Robin Hood and The Vicar of Dibley!

    • bccmee says:

      @Luciana: What a thoughtful friend you have! And i didn’t realize you have a degree in literature. πŸ™‚

      A home-cooked meal would be met with great pleasure, I’m sure! πŸ˜›

      There is so much to discover in N&S. I always see some new nuance each time I watch it. And all the performances are amazing, without exception! However, RA really conquered that role.

  16. Teuchter says:

    John Thornton without a doubt but not when I first saw it on TV – something which still puzzles me – but when I bought the DVD’s and watched it at home. I just couldn’t get over how he could literally act just with his eyes and the more I watched the more hooked I became. The trouble is I find it hard to relegate Lucas, Guy or John Porter to second place! And then there is Monet, John Standring, Harry Kennedy, a couple of more Johns, an Ian . . . . . . . . . . . .etc, etc, Need I elaborate??????????? πŸ˜€ But what will happen when Thorin arrives I’m almost scared to contemplate!! πŸ™‚

    • Teuchter says:

      Oops forgot to answer the other two parts!!

      2. Perhaps he could take me to his mill and show me how everything works. Please!! NO naughty comment here I beg of you! πŸ™‚
      3. I guess I sort of answered this one in my above comments. It is so hard to choose as I adored the second three (L, G and JP) that I mentioned and they were totally different characters.

    • bccmee says:

      @Teuchter: How interesting that it took a few tries before you were enraptured by Richard Armitage. For me it was like a lightning strike. I’ve often heard RA referred to as an “eye actor” and it’s a very apt description.

      Ooh, the mill, eh? LOL! I won’t say anything. πŸ˜‰

      Each of RA’s characters have something very unique to offer and it’s indeed difficult sometimes to choose a fave. My long-term fave was Harry, then John Porter and now Thorin is sneaking into that place in my heart. β™₯

  17. cdoart says:

    Bccmee, you are a genius. A wonderful artwork and then you combine it with a mass-interview ;o)
    No. 1 was a bit hard for me to answer and I had to evade this in your poll, as the first time I saw RA was as John Thornton, but it took RA himself, to bring me into fandom.
    No. 2 I would ask RA so many questions, till he would run away screaming. (Not really an option, so I am not trying to meet him ;o)
    No. 3 Of my favourite 3 the one I just see ;o) They swap position and so it’s hard to tell.

    • bccmee says:

      @cdoart: How interesting that it is RA himself who captured your imagination!

      Haha, well I don’t wish to meet him either so we can stand in the sidelines together. πŸ˜‰

      It sounds like you are an equal-opportunity RA fan! πŸ˜€

  18. Faboamanto says:

    1. My first RA character was John Thornton. The story of Thornton’s hard work to achieve his success and his desire to become a better man, a better person, appeal to me. I also love the fact that he loves Margaret so completely even after he’s convinced she’ll never love him. I very much feel a connection with John Thornton’s personal story and my own personal story (not identical of course) that is there every time I watch the series.

    2. John and I would take long walks in Milton and once in a while we’ll take the train and go south to a sunny place with flowers. Then we’ll stop and have tea and discuss Plato.

    3. My favorite RA character is Lucas North. I just adore a complicated man who is also a polymath and loves chocolate donuts. He also looks great in a pea coat.

    • bccmee says:

      @Faboamanto: Well-said! JT has so many positive qualities and they are unveiled gradually, like a beautiful gift. *sigh* And his love for Margaret was constant and true. How very romantic.

      Oh I’m sure JT would enjoy discussing literature!

      Your description of Lucas is spot-on! He looks totally dreamy in a pea coat. β™₯

  19. I’ll just check on amazon and order Strike Back Part 3. I’ve always wanted to see the Vicar fighting terrorists! LOL very funny!

  20. Beachbaby says:

    1. Guy – and strangely it wasn’t kapow! at first sight. Kind of a slow burn until I realised by series 2 that I just wanted hood boy out of the way so I could watch the tall beaky nosed drop dead gorgeous bloke in the black leather.
    2. Considering I spend lots of time lusting after the man of pleather I’ll let everyone use their imagination for this one ;).
    3. Rule – that delicious lazy voice does me in every time.

    • bccmee says:

      @Beachbaby: Interesting that it was a “slow burn” for you. I came aboard the RA tRAin in season 3 of Robin Hood and wasn’t too impressed I have to admit. But when I saw the first episode of the show and Guy appeared on horseback all sniffy, I was a goner, LOL!

      Hmmm, my imagination just went into overdrive, thank-you-very-much! πŸ˜€

      Wow, RA’s voice is totally drop-dead gorgeous and incredible!

  21. Beachbaby says:

    Forgot to mention the DVD – where do we get it! LOL

  22. april73 says:

    1. John Thornton. The first time I saw Richard in January 2009. I first saw the serie and I read Elizabeth Gaskell’s book after.

    2. Sit confortably on a sofa, drink a cup of tea and talk about litterature… the same as you Bccmee. πŸ˜‰

    3. I’m partial to the classical charm of John Thornton and the incredibly sexiness charm of Sir Guy “Sexy Mr Black Leather” Gisborne… swoon… πŸ™‚

    • bccmee says:

      @April: I really enjoyed the book too! It really delved into John’s absolute love for Margaret. *sigh*

      LOL, oh yeah, I’m sure we’d discuss literature, ROTFL!

      It’s interesting that two such diverse characters, polar opposites, can hold our attention equally!

      • april73 says:

        Both characters hold my attention because Mr Thornton was the first one… and we never forget our “first time”, didn’t we ? lol

        And Guy… it’s Guy… what else ??? Do I really need to go into detail concerning this gorgeaous character ? lol

        • april73 says:

          I forgot : concerning the point Nr 2, I finally come to the conclusion that I will perhaps not only have a cup of tea and a conversation about books with Mr Thornton, lol.

          And for the point Nr 3… hmmm, if I’m really required to choose only one, I’ll choose Gisborne because he’s really hot in black leather and also because he’s… single ! lol lol lol.

  23. Mulubinba says:

    1. Harry Kennedy. I was a fan of Vicar of Dibley and anyone who has watched poor Geraldine struggle for years to be happy in love, would understand why we were so happy that she finally found a man who loved her. I fell for his charm too πŸ™‚
    2. A walk in the romantic English countryside (without the rain)
    3. Can I be greedy? John Thornton, Lucas North (S7/8); John Porter, Harry Kennedy … I can’t choose between them.

    • bccmee says:

      @Mulubinba: Yay, we both discovered RA the same way! *high 5* I have to admit, I thought I’d seen Vicar of Dibley before watching the Christmas special but I was mistaken. However, I enjoyed the finale thoroughly, especially because of RA’s delicious portrayal of Harry Kennedy.

      Good luck dodging the raindrops! Of course you could get very close under an umbrella if the weather doesn’t cooperate. πŸ˜‰

      It seems you’re not the only one who can’t choose just one RA character as a fave! πŸ˜€

  24. phoebe says:

    1. John Thornton
    2. A trolley ride to the country and a long slow walk
    3. John Thornton – my ideal man. I’m not fickle

    Project Dawn: what a funny image – Geraldine & John Porter?.

    • bccmee says:

      @phoebe: John Thornton is clearly in the majority. I wonder if that will change a few years down the road?

      A country walk sounds very pleasant and dare I say, romantic. πŸ˜‰

      You are tried and true! I’m much more fickle, LOL!

  25. 1- Lucas North. I’m a fan of Spooks since the beginning. I can fix exactly my addiction: saison 7 episode 2 (october 2008)

    2- Hang out with Lucas….. I’m, as he is, very good at drinking coffee. I drink loads of it every day. πŸ˜€ And meanwhile, chating. He’s so clever, I’m sure it would be an interesting conversation.

    3- How hard it is! It depends on my mood and I haven’t seen all his work yet. Lucas’s my favourite character but I also like John very much. John Thornton! πŸ˜‰

    • april73 says:

      Just chat and drink coffee with Lucas ??? I don’t believe you Fred, lol lol lol. πŸ˜‰

    • bccmee says:

      @Fred: Wow so you didn’t know about RA before Spooks? Cool! That must’ve been a big surprise then. So you weren’t upset about him taking over for Rupert Penry Jones?

      Hee hee, please be sure to notice if he used the handle of his coffee cup. Lucas never does in the shows I’ve seen with him drinking the beverage. Will you also have doughnuts? πŸ˜‰

      I haven’t seen all of RA’s works either, but I suspect when The Hobbit comes out, that Thorin may overtake the others as my favorite. πŸ˜€

      • About Spooks: no, I wasn’t upset at all. I’ve always found Adam Carter (Rupert Penry Jones) a little bit boring. Lucas’elusiveness bewitched me, I think! πŸ˜€

        About the handle: really? I didn’t notice. Perhaps because I don’t use it either. And no doughnuts, thanks, exept perhaps the chocolate one πŸ˜€

        And about The Hobbit: I can’t wait. Time will be long till 12/12/12…. But above RA’s performance, I hope the film will be as good as the LOTR trilogy! (I’m not sure of my English for this sentence… :-/ sorry, it’s the end of the day here…)

        Have a nice week-end!

  26. fitzg says:

    bcc mee, that cover is the greatest! Geraldine is drooling and so happy to be standing behind him .
    Gisborne was my first, as I missed N&S on TV, and RH was playing. And it was “Goodbye Sean Connery, there’s a new Guy in town”!
    Can’t think what to do with him, though. Judiang has the right idea – take him to therapy.
    Love all his characters – maybe Paul a bit less. Ricky D – yes! Those bad boys! Harry, how not to be wild about Harry? Kathleen, Philip was intriguing! And of course, JT! The best costume drama ever. And Lucas! (NOT John Bateman!)

    • bccmee says:

      @fitzg: Yeah I definitely see the appeal of Sir Guy! Perhaps therapy is in order … he does have some anger management issues, LOL!

      I like most of RA’s characters too. Now I’m interested in seeing Philip to find out more about him. πŸ˜€

  27. Hi Bccmee,
    Loved the SB cover! LOL!

    Here are your questions and my answers:
    1. What was it about your first Richard Armitage character that appealed to you?
    John Thornton was my first RA character. The fact that he always strove to do the right thing and had to struggle to bring his family back from financial and emotional ruin after his father’s suicide hooked me. And his selfless and heartfelt love of Margaret–saving her from harm by preventing the inquest and helping her family time and again with no expectation that she would return his love. Now that is love.

    2. If you met this character, what would you do to hang out?
    Since John Thornton sought self improvement through his lessons with Mr. Hale, John has a taste for the finer things in life. So we might stroll through an art museum and then its surrounding gardens, followed by a candlelit dinner for two on the terraced gardens of our home, followed by our returning to our marriage bed for a night of loving passions that would be our joy and our mutual bliss.

    3. (Optional) Who is your favorite RA character and why?
    I have often said that John Standring and Harry Kennedy are my favorites–they are simple, uncomplicated men who love fiercely and truly. But the brave Lucas North, the striving Sir Guy of Gisborne, and the hero John Porter also hold their sway with me. Yet, I return to my first love, John Thornton for my all time favorite.

    Cheers! Grati ;->

    • And why I picked John Thornton is for the above said reasons in 1 and 2.

    • bccmee says:

      @Gratiana: Wow, you have given this some thought, brava! John Thornton was truly dedicated to Margaret. It was as if he could not help himself no matter how she spurned him.

      An art museum sounds like a splendid idea!

      Most of RA’s characters have such depth thanks to the actor’s talent, it is difficult to choose from among them! I can totally see why JT stands above the others. N&S was such a brilliant work from all angles, especially RA’s performance.

  28. Maria Grazia says:

    1. The first time ever I saw Richard Armitage was as John Thornton in August 2008. As I have often said, I didn’t expect a period drama, one I had bought on DVD for my job, would change my life dramatically. Since then, Richard’s become part of my life as an old friend to support and cherish, admire and side for.
    2. Hang out with JT? Better to stay at home and have dinner near the fire. We could read a book together or just sit and talk.
    3. My favourite RA characters are Harry J. Kennedy and Lucas North. So different but so special!

    • bccmee says:

      @Maria: That’s very interesting that you discovered RA in the line of duty! πŸ˜‰

      Perhaps you will ask Mr Thornton to read aloud?

      Yes, the diversity of RA’s characters always amazes me! There are always layers to analyze endlessly.

  29. Bettina Cheim says:

    1. doesn’t matter which character…they all have me swooning!
    2. jump him, rip his clothes off and have my wicked way!
    3. again, doesn’t matter…they all are TD&H!!!

  30. Lady Prisca says:

    1) My first time with a RA character was Guy in the middle of the season 2 in 2010. I have had a big crush because he was gorgeous , dangerous and a teddy bear with Marian (at this moment of the story) , I loved the way he trusted her , he listen her councils… In one second I’ve been under is charm , in few weeks I became a fan and now , as Maria Grazia have very well said , he’ a part of my life. There is no day whithout thinking or posting about him , whatching or drawing him…

    2) Well , (I can’t say my real saturday night projects with Guy here L.O.L. so ) I think it would be nice to go to the market with him , to choose food (fruits…) for a sweet romantic dinner. We could eat too marshmallows in the campfire…

    3) Guy of Gisborne , John Standring , John Porter for the top 3 but I love many others too (Harry , John Mulligan , John Thornton … )
    Only one favourite character , sorry , it’s impossible.

    • bccmee says:

      @Lady Prisca: There is definite sex appeal to Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne! He didn’t even have to try it seems. It just comes naturally which adds more to his allure. I am a big fan of the Marian/Guy relationship too!

      I can see a lot of potential in a dinner with fruit, LOL!

      It’s very difficult to narrow all of RA’s characters down to one favorite! πŸ˜€

  31. Brooke says:

    Strike Back: Project Dawn French–Hilarious. I am imagining Dawn running with RA as fast as they can through the high danger.

  32. ayyp says:

    1. John Thornton is my first Richard Armitage character. At first, I find him mean and overbearing. However, when I continue to watch N&S, I realize that he is a caring person.
    2. I would like to have tea with him.
    3. John Thornton is my favorite RA character because he has a profound effect on me, in all respect.

    • bccmee says:

      @ayyp: The beautiful thing about Richard Armitage’s portrayal of John Thornton is that he is indeed unlikable at first. The unfolding of the character makes for great drama!

      Tea sounds lovely. Like Lucas North, I don’t think John Thornton ever holds his cup by the handle either. πŸ˜‰ Maybe he’s afraid of breaking something, LOL!

      John Thornton is the most well-written character played by RA so far, in my humble opinion.

  33. Meryl says:

    I first saw the phenomenon that is Richard Armitage when I saw him in CATS on the London stage, and as some one said somewhere “once seen never forgotten!” For me, it was love at first sight, whiskers and all!!!!
    I’ve followed his career ever since, not knowing much about his legions of fellow admirers till I got my lap top~ then wow! what a revelation!!!!!!!
    Each time he takes on a new character, he just morphs into them,and I find them all irresistible in their own ways…………………………….!
    { I will admit to a bit of a passion for Mr Porter though B!}

    • bccmee says:

      @Meryl: I’m not sure if you’re teasing us or not, but if you noticed RA in Cats then you should win a grand prize! πŸ˜€

      No doubt, RA has come a long way since his days on the West End. And lucky for us!

      He’s come a long way, baby! πŸ˜‰

  34. Richard Armitage’s portrayal of John Thornton of North and South. The DVD was compared to Pride and P and i brought it and watched it.

    I feel in love with Richard.

    I also love Guy in Robin Hood. A good man who did bad things.

    Also Harry K. I brought the series and watch it. It was sweet. I read that this charcter was close to who Richard was in real life.

    • bccmee says:

      @Catherine Antuono: On Netflix, I got a message saying, “If you like Pride & Prejudice you might enjoy North & South.” πŸ˜€ It took me awhile to actually watch it but it really captured my imagination and I was stunned by Richard Armitage’s performance.

      Guy is the bad guy we all like, LOL!

      I remember Richard Armitage saying that Harry Kennedy was the closest character to his real personality. Do you think he would still say that?

  35. Ania says:

    Oh, Bccmee DVD cover is really funny πŸ™‚ ha ha ha πŸ™‚ I love it!
    1. Sir Guy he charmed me, and through him I met Mr. Thornton, and he brought me to the fandom.
    2. I’d like to talk to him, oh I could listen to him for hours πŸ™‚ I love his voice, and it doesn’t matter the place, it may be a sofa or a park bench.
    3. I think you already know that my beloved character is John Thornton. Why? Hmm, for his constancy in affection (despite rejection by Margaret), for his wisdom, his open mind, principles, protectiveness (not only in relation to Margaret), honesty, the way he looks at a woman he loves, and obviously the way he takes off his cravat.*sigh * And did I mention that JT is the perfect therapy for sad days? πŸ™‚

    • bccmee says:

      @Ania: That’s a great timeline…from Guy to John Thornton. Isn’t it amazing how diverse his roles are?

      Oddly, I didn’t notice RA’s voice until I bought The Lords of the North audiobook. But since then I’ve been tuned into it! πŸ˜€

      John Thornton would be a good man in any era.

  36. Ana Cris says:

    1. North and South. At first RA appeared I said, wow, who is this guy!
    2. But today I would go with Thorin, a tour of the mountains
    3. Lucas North. Followed by Guy. I like you: Te PΓΆ (darkness)

    • bccmee says:

      @Ana Cris: Hee hee, RA did have that effect on thousands of women who watched N&S! πŸ˜€

      Oh please take lots more pictures of your holiday with Thorin. πŸ˜‰

      So you like the mysterious men it seems!

  37. jacqui_coinyard says:

    Hi B! Great cover of SB project dawn/french! Must have been better than the original/actual version, which was really crap (series2) As for characters I don’t really remember that perfectly but it was Guy in RH. I think I got interested through the acting of both Lucy as Marian and RA as Guy. Later I must have fallen for his looks and character. And maybe my interest in good actors and leather clad baddies stems from..?

    (this is my first attempt in a fanvid)

    • bccmee says:

      @jacqui_coinyard: I am totally a Guy/Marian shipper! Loved those two together! They really lit up the small screen. πŸ™‚

      Great fanvideo. I’ve not seen that show, but your vid piques my interest. Thanks for sharing you work. I look forward to more! A leatherclad man is always going to interest me, LOL!

  38. cristine says:

    1. John Thornton is my first RA character. I happened to see N&S quite by accident in Dec. 2010. I had never heard of RA before. I watched it in one sitting and couldn’t really say then what in the series had the strongest effect on me. I still remember how, after those wonderful four hours, I was shaking all over and having problems breathing. Hyperventilation! In the end, the cause for those feelings must have been John Thornton. I became addicted to RA almost immediately. I wanted to see everything he had done and read about him. The more I know about him, the more i admire him.
    2. i would go to have dinner/supper with him in a quiet and cozy restaurant where we would enjoy good food and wine and have a REALLY LONG talk about anything and everything. Then, later on, one thing might lead to another πŸ˜‰
    3. it is really hard to choose a favourite character. Let’s say that I really love all his Johns (NOT Bateman!), and of, course, Guy and Harry!

    The DVD cover is brilliant πŸ™‚

    (This is my first time in FanstRA. I love it!)

    cristine (from Finland) I believe there aren’t any other Finns around here?

    • bccmee says:

      @cristine: You touched on a real phenomenon I never noticed before until you mentioned it: the more we learn about RA, the more we like him! I used to believe that “familiarity breeds contempt” but this is not the case with RA.

      A good meal can often lead to even better things, LOL!

      Yes, the Johns are quite lovely as you say. β™₯ While I still favor John Porter, I’m a big fan of John Thornton and John Standring also. John Mulligan is very sexy at least even if he’s not a nice guy! πŸ˜€

      It’s lovely to hear from you! Not sure if there are many fans from Finland yet? Anyone out there? Helloooooooooooo……….?

  39. Holliday says:

    1. The first time I saw him was as Guy, but it was just a brief glimpse as I was checking out BBC America and caught Robin Hood. It was close to end of the episode (and I don’t even remember which episode it was), but boy that dude in the black leather sure caught my attention. There was just something so compelling about him that I needed to know who he was.

    2. If I could hang out with him I would do my darndest to make him forget that little wimpette Marion. She was all wrong for him.

    3. Harry Kennedy is my favorite(although John Porter runs a very close second). We all want a handsome, sexy man like Harry to walk into our lives and sweep us off our feet like he did to Geraldine. There was just something so adorable about his smile.

    • bccmee says:

      @Holliday: With RA, sometimes a quick glance is all it takes! πŸ˜€ How cool that he had such a sudden effect on you.

      Haha, yes Marian was playing with Guy’s feelings. I did like the two together onscreen because they had great chemistry but I’m sure you’d be better for Guy than she was! πŸ˜‰

      Harry Kennedy will always have a special place in my heart as my first RA character. *sigh* β™₯

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  41. Snicker's Mom says:

    1. What was it about your first Richard Armitage character that appealed to you? The sheer brooding hotness that is Guy of Gisborne. Actually the first episode I saw was the one with Meg, I knew nothing else about the character but thought he was rough on the outside and soft on the inside. After watching the other episodes and despite the crumby things he did, overall I think that initial assessment was fairly accurate.

    2. If you met this character, what would you do to hang out? Heck yeah. Guy and me would be inseparable, no matter how hard he tried to get away.

    3. (Optional) Who is your favorite RA character and why? I don’t know if it’s a character or not, but I love RA reading the CBeebies and his playing around. It’s just boyish and cute.

    • bccmee says:

      @Snicker’s Mom: The episode with Meg was probably my favorite from season 3 of Robin Hood. She saw a goodness in him which later turned out to be accurate, just like your assessment of him. πŸ˜€

      You could ride on the back of Guy’s horse! That scene with Guy and Marian on the same horse is really appealing to me. β™₯

      Oh I haven’t thought of the CBeebies in days now! πŸ˜‰ I love RA’s readings. I tried to watch some other actors but they didn’t hold my attention as much as RA did. Hopefully he’ll do some more in the future.

  42. The Queen says:

    Woohooo, B!!!!! I’ve been gone all day and you reached 100 comments??!!! Wow girl! You must’ve hit a hot topic huh. Looks to me like JT is winning. Yay Team Thornton! But just like all you others, I really do like them all. Well the one’s I’ve seen…must order some new DVD’s from Amazon and the RA links. Wonder…can I order a Kindle Fire thru that link? Didn’t know if it’s just his stuff or what….

    Y’all go on with the party. It’s been fun reading it all and I’m #101! πŸ˜€

    Do I get a prize?

    • bccmee says:

      @The Queen: John Thornton is really what jump-started RA’s TV career. I hope The Hobbit does the same for his movie career. πŸ˜€

      LOL re: the prize! I’ll have to remember to deliver it in person. πŸ˜‰

      To answer your question, anything you order through the Amazon Associates links at RAnet will generate a commission for charity. πŸ˜€ I bought my leather coat that way!

  43. lucylou says:

    Firstly fantastic DVD cover bccmee.

    My first light bulb moment was with the character of Harry Kennedy when he opened that door and said “Hello” which caused such an instant physical reaction.

    Hanging out with Harry on a coach, cuddling and sipping red wine with lots of kissing with tongues would be the purrrfect way to hang out.

    But then apart from the above Guy of Gisborne would be my next favourite character, there is just something about a gorgeous man in black leather with a tortured soul and bad boy attitude that just cries out for redemption with the love of the right woman. That episode with Meg just struck a deep chord.

    • bccmee says:

      @lucylou: It sounds like you and I had almost identical reactions to seeing RA as Harry Kennedy opening the door to Sleepy Cottage. β™₯ I was instantly smitten.

      I bet Harry is a great kisser!

      Guy was so sweet and gentle with Meg. He can brush the maggots off my crust of bread anytime. πŸ˜‰

  44. kate aka khandy says:

    I sent this yesterday but I don’t think it reached you.

    I’m going to be very different.

    The first character that made me go wow this Guy is special was Macduff. It was such a small role but I thought he realised the character perfectly. Peter Macduff broke my heart and I just wanted to ease his pain.

    I suppose we’d have to meet in Wormwood scrubs as he has killed Macbeth.

    My favourire character is John Porter. A different kind of hero.

    • bccmee says:

      @kate aka khandy: Thanks for resubmitting your responses! I checked my spam filter and you weren’t there so I’m not sure what happened πŸ˜€

      How interesting that it was Macduff who grabbed your attention! Wow, you must be in a small minority. πŸ˜‰ RA did play that role very well and he did an amazing job showing Macduff’s emotional breakdown after what happened to his family.

      Hehe, what would you do in Wormwood scrubs? πŸ˜‰

      Yeah John Porter! My favorite too! β™₯ Phwoar!

  45. Leigh Vondereau says:

    1. My first exposure was John Thornton in North and South, watching the video with a good girlfriend, refusing to admit to my complete enchantment and trying not to drool.

    2. It would be very difficult to choose between Harry Kennedy and Dr. Alec Track, sharing an excellent bottle of wine and a meal I’d cooked, pulling out all the stops, with a very special dessert…

    3. I have to choose? Guh. They all draw me in different ways, but “to have and to hold”, perhaps Harry because I’m a sucker for a man who loves books.

    • bccmee says:

      @Leigh: Haha, I can totally visualize you trying to act ‘cool.’ LOL!

      Ooh, I don’t think anyone else has mentioned hanging out with Dr. Alec Track. πŸ˜€ Nice choice!

      Harry loves the books! If he was real, I’d buy him a Kindle. πŸ˜‰

  46. Jennie says:

    Hi B…..late to the party as usual but hope you’ll accept my late homework!

    1. Light bulb moment Harry………..I realise now that I’d seen RA in various things for a few years, (I even remember watching UF!) but it wasn’t until Harry that the light finally came on!

    2. Hang out? Cosy evening for two with Lucas ……..a glass or two of wine…….Lovely as Harry is, it’s Lucas who resonates most with me . Although, given half a chance, I’d spend time alone with any of RA’s characters…….and follow Bettina’s example…..

    3. As you know, Lucas-obsessedβ™₯…..I thought RA played him brilliantly, and the role gave him lots to work with….just a shame that series 9 was such a shambles….and RA acted his socks off! Lucas is sexy, vulnerable and clever….what a combination!

    Wonderful artwork as always!

    • bccmee says:

      @Jennie: ROTFL re: late homework!

      When I saw RA as Harry Kennedy, I sat up and took notice, but I also thought I’d seen him before. After Googling him, I realized I had not watched any of his shows, but N&S was in my Netflix queue for ages & ages. However, RA looked completely different in those two roles. πŸ˜€

      Lucas is very intriguing and his looks appeal to me very much. πŸ˜€

      RA did a great job in his role as Lucas. I was mesmerized when I saw season 9. I wasn’t a fan of the writing either, but RA did amazing work! He kept me tuned in for sure!

  47. mersguy says:

    1. What was it about your first Richard Armitage character that appealed to you?
    A: John Porter’s abs…..OMG how hot was he in SB1…swoon.

    2. If you met this character, what would you do to hang out?
    A: Swap stories in a bar and then check out his scars, in private of course!!

    3. (Optional) Who is your favorite RA character and why?
    A: Toughie, I really cant split Guy and John Porter. They both need a good woman!!! LOL

    • bccmee says:

      @mersguy: You are in the teeniest tiniest minority and I love you for it! How cool that you discovered the beautiful Richard Armitage as a result of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back?!

      Hahaha, in addition to his scars you can check out his tattoos as a bonus. πŸ˜‰

      Guy definitely has that bad boy appeal although John Porter still beats anyone else in the contest for my heart, LOL! β™₯ Let us know when you make up your mind. *giggle*

  48. mariana says:

    1. I saw N&S in 2007 on the Romanian TV (I am Romanian). It’s the portrayal of John Thornton I love most of all. The mixture of roughness, arrogance and tenderness is what estonished me. I’ve never saw such a performance, such an actor. His charisma captivated me (forever).
    2.Have a cup of tea and chat… (I’ll have to improve my English..)
    3. John Thornton is my favorite character, but I also like very much Guy of Gisborne, Harry Kennedy, John Standring and, of course, Thorin.

    • bccmee says:

      @mariana: Yes, I can completely understand the appeal of John Thornton. He is a very upright character and without a doubt, Richard Armitage portrayed him to perfection!

      I’m sure John Thornton is very patient and would gladly help improve one’s English. πŸ˜‰

      Those characters are at the top of my list with the addition of John Porter leading the way. Have you seen Chris Ryan’s Strike Back? β™₯

  49. Judit says:

    Hi Bccmee! This is my first comment on your blog. I’m fairly new to the fandom, but I’ve been spending a lot of time reading Angie (fedoralady)’s blog.
    1. My first was Harry too! On one very bleak January weekend this year, I decided to watch the last two episodes of “The Vicar of Dibley” which I hadn’t seen before. I was a goner the moment Harry opened the door to Gerri and Alice, smiled and said “hello”. I felt (to borrow Angie’s expression) as if I was hit in the solar plexus! I thought I had never seen a more attractive person in my life. Ever. As soon as I finished watching the episode I was on google to find out more about this gorgeous creature and my life has not been the same since. πŸ™‚
    2. I’m afraid I won’t be very original… I’d like to walk hand in hand with Harry (rain or no rain) on the hills around the village and then cuddle up in front of the fireplace, have a cup of hot chocolate and talk and then.. ah you know. πŸ™‚
    3. Have to say as far as acting performance goes, although the character itself was not a positive one, I think he did an absolutely fantastic job portraying Paul Andrews in BTS.
    Oh and one more thing, the more I find out about RA the more I like him too! πŸ™‚
    Sorry for the lengthy comment! πŸ™‚

    • bccmee says:

      @Judit: It’s a pleasure to meet you! FanstRAvaganza is a great way to discover new friends I think! πŸ˜€

      Wow your introduction to Richard Armitage as Harry Kennedy is almost identical to mine. It was like a lightning strike.

      During your walk with Harry Kennedy, I suggest you watch out for puddles. πŸ˜‰ That sounds very romantic. β™₯

      For a younger more inexperienced actor, I agree that Richard Armitage was very impressive as Paul in Between the Sheets. He plays ambiguity very well. We don’t know till the end whether or not he was a bad guy.

      It’s so unusual to find someone like RA who gets better and better as time goes on. It’s like magic! πŸ˜€

  50. mariana says:

    @bccme: Yes, I have seen Chris Ryan Strike Back, Spooks- 7,8,9, Between the Sheets, The Impressionists, Macbeth, Marie Lloyd, Ordeal by Innocence, George Gently. I like John Porter and Lucas too. Portraing by Richard, every character becomes amazing, mesmerizing.
    In real life I wouldn’t like a man like Percy Courtenay but on the screen he was charming.
    When I find out that Richard will play Thorin- a dwarf, I was a little disappointed. But immediately I was thinking: I am sure that Richard will make a wonderful character.

    • bccmee says:

      @mariana: Wow, you’ve seen more shows than I have! πŸ˜€

      I wasn’t disappointed to hear that RA would play a dwarf because I knew it was a great acting challenge. However, I was surprised to find Thorin sexy! πŸ˜‰

  51. mariana says:

    @bccme Me too I found Thorin sexy. Like usual, RA was overfulfilled my expectations.

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