English actor Richard Armitage got surrounded by gay rumors after his most famous portrayal of Thorin in Peter Jackson's film trilogy, The Hobbit, which acts as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

The Castlevania actor had received worldwide recognition for the role. But little did he know, the movie would also bring attention to his personal life and spur gay rumors. He got romantically linked with The Hobbit co-star Lee Pace (Thranduil). 

If you didn't know, Armitage was previously engaged to an actress in 2016. 

So this article aims to give you an in-depth report on Armitage's sexuality, dating history, marital status, and more. 

Is Richard Armitage gay? What is his sexuality?

While Richard Armitage, who stands at the height of  6ft 2.5 inches, has never commented on the matter of his sexuality, he has publicly led his support to the LGBTIQ+ community. He once Instagrammed a snap of a rainbow flag and wrote in the caption, "Be grateful for love. Be grateful that you can feel it for whomever it is. It's a brief existence. Live it with love." 

The post also saw loads of speculative comments in the comment section about the actors' sexuality. One fan wrote, " All beautiful woman are married, and all most attractive men are gay, Why?"

But it would be wrong to use any term to define his sexuality as of now. The initial rise of gay rumors related to Armitage can be traced back to 2014 when his relationship status was completely unknown. 

During that time, his Hobbit gay co-star Ian McKellan implied in an interview with Brash.de that the two gay actors were portrayed in The Hobbit, according to Queerty. He made the statement when asked about his sexuality and his thoughts on being a gay actor as compared to previous times. 

As for Armitage, he has not commented regarding McKellan's statement on his sexuality or any other gay rumors related to him.  

Similarly, Armitage, who led the British LGBTIQ+ feature movie Then & Now, also became a subject of gay rumors surrounding his bond with co-actor Lee Pace, as his real-life relationship with Pace became the talk of the town.

The duo was rumored to be an item. Together, they were seen hanging out and attending red carpet events.

Although it is common for co-actors to hang out and attend events together, rumors of Armitage and Pace being a gay couple also got widely circulated. It was the case because Pace was an openly gay actor who publicly said in an interview that he loved his co-actor. 

In addition, a particular picture of them fueled the gay rumors. In the picture, Armitage and Pace were seen suspiciously close to one other.

Richard Armitage and his openly gay co-actor, Lee Pace, posing at an event.

Richard Armitage and his co-actor, Lee Pace, posing at an event. (Photo: newnownext)

In addition, the two were spotted in casual meetings. For instance, they were pictured together in Washington Square Park in April 2014. Also, they had dinner together with their families.

Although their union ignited rumors about their orientation, neither Pace nor Armitage commented anything on their relationship.

Is Richard Armitage Married? 

Armitage maintains privacy regarding his relationship status.

As of this time of writing, it is not clear if the The Man from Rome star is dating, engaged, or married to a partner. His social media handles are also void of the presence of a potential girlfriend or wife. 

But, Armitage was previously engaged to Samantha Colley

Uncle Vanya star Richard Armitage has kept his dating information close to his heart since his engagement with English actress Samantha Colley reached a dead end. After netizens found out about his possible heterosexual relationships with the Genius actress, they also then speculated that Armitage might be a bi-sexual. However, Armitage has also never discussed the bisexual rumors. 

Armitage and Colley had got engaged on June 16, 2016, after dating for two years. However, they didn't end up getting married.  

After their separation, his ex-fiancée, Colley, moved on and married. However, she has kept the details of her spouse under wraps. 

Richard Armitage also dated Annabel Capper

In 2013, Armitage had a dating relationship with fellow British actress Annabel Capper, who has had a handful of on-screen roles, such as Tammy in the Canadian series Sensitive Skin and Olivia in the short drama film Niko & Eleanor (2022).

During their courtship, he had disclosed his desire to make her his wife and start a family with her. But because of reasons lost to time, they broke up and parted ways.

How old is Richard Armitage?

As of writing, Armitage's age is 51. He was born on August 22, 1971, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. His mother is Margaret Armitage, a secretary, and his father is John Armitage, an engineer. He has an older brother named Chris Armitage

Richard got his name after the famous King Richard the 3rd, as his birthday coincided with the anniversary of the famous King's demise on the battlefield. 

The Into The Storm actor went to Huncote Community Primary School. Then, finding his passion for arts, he studied music at Brockington High School. 

During his childhood, Armitage was into reading and liked the books such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. His reading interest would make him imaginative—the quality that massively helped him as an actor later in his life.

At the age of 14, he persuaded his parents to send him to a vocational school, Pattison Theatre Arts, in Coventry. He studied acting and completed O and A-levels at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

After his educational endeavors, Armitage started his career — to be exact, in 1992. He started working in cinema with some small parts in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Cleopatra, and This Year's Love in 1999.

He earned quite a name by portraying John Thornton's role in the TV mini-series North and South in 2004.

But his breakthrough came with his role as Thorin in The Hobbit trilogy in 2012. So much so, The Stranger actor won the Saturn Awards for the 'Best Supporting Actor' category for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies in June 2015.

Richard Armitage's new TV shows and movies

Armitage, who has a height of 6 feet and two and a half inches, has over 52 acting credits on his name.

He has been a part of successful movies and TV series such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Hannibal, Into The Storm, North and South, and Ocean's Eight. 

He also starred in the hit TV series, The Stranger, and the animation series, Castlevania. In 2020, he got cast in Harlan Coben's film adaptation of the novels 'Stay Close' and 'The Stranger' as Ray Levine and Adam Price, respectively. 

In June 2022, Richard Armitage announced that he is working on a debut book, Geneva (a fictional psychological thriller novel), which he said will be released as an Audible Orignal. 

According to Celebritynetworth, Armitage estimated net worth is $2 million, according to Celebritynetworth.