On a warm, late-summer's day I was sent to south-east London, to the set of the new series of Spooks, to find out. I reckon he is grateful for their support, and is fully aware that it's his passionate female following which has given him his booming career.Sorry, ladies, it's a tough job, but someone had to go it alone. It's just that, like the nicely brought up lad he is, he finds all the attention a bit embarrassing.'To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart - this is the sanity and perfection of living.' Quite a spiritual man, our Mr Armitage on the quiet. 'It's one of those affairs where Lucas knows he shouldn't be there.It's the kind of relationship that explodes and then there's the fallout.' Heaven. If we plug Richard Armitage , reluctant Love God, into the national grid, he can keep us warm all winter.It can't be easy for this faintly old-fashioned Northern bloke to find he is male totty.
Within hours, the BBC's message board collapsed under the crush of breathless admirers. The stone he shed to play the part of Lucas North, recently returned from eight years in a Russian prison, made that imposing face appear more aquiline than ever. Half the women in the country probably wanted to reach inside the telly and pull him out to give him a hotpot.
I spent a long time buying bright orange trousers, then regretting it and never wearing them.' An intensely musical child, Richard took tap dancing classes from the age of four to correct pigeon toes.