I do love a bit of alliteration.
I mentioned that “splendiferous” is one of my favorite words in the English language. To that I would have to add “sublime,” a word Hermione Norris, Richard’s co-star in Spooks and Cold Feet, used to describe him. Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur and beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. Boy, did she hit the nail on the head or what? (I do love a smart, insightful woman who can also kick some major arse and look stylish doing it.)
The sublime Richard Armitage as the sublime Lucas North.
I am also very fond of the word “serendipity.” Serendipity: the act of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it. The occurrence or development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
I wasn’t looking for a brilliant, masterful, charismatic actor whose performances would touch my heart and soul. I wasn’t actively seeking out a man whose physical beauty would take my very breath away, an individual whose qualities as a human being–his kindness, thoughtfulness, modesty, groundedness, sense of humour and more–would stir such admiration and respect and affection inside me. Yet I found all of this by happy accident–by serendipity–one night in 2007 when I turned on my television and a tall, dark, leather-clad henchman came riding into my life. Oh, I didn’t know all that yet, not then.
But as the months passed, I came to realize what a treasure this (then) somewhat obscure British actor named Richard Crispin Armitage, a fellow who had so completely captured my fancy, truly was.
I have speculated that Richard Armitage comes onto our radar when we need him most, even if we have no idea of it at the time. I was going through a difficult period with the health issues of our parents, Benny’s and mine, and coming to terms with their inevitable decline and loss. Since serendipity led me to discover the sublime RA, we have lost my mother, his father and a young nephew in heartbreaking ways. I have dealt with extended unemployment and a car accident that left me in horrific pain for longer than I care to remember, along with the everyday complications of chronic health conditions.
It’s all been made easier, a little more bearable, through the face, the voice, the words, the performances of Richard Armitage. I’ve gotten cathartic benefits and the satisfaction of crafting something entertaining, moving, thought-provoking through the creative avenues I have been inspired to pursue–fiction, vidding, fanart, blogging–revolving around this very special man. And I have benefitted from the similar effect he has on so many others.
An exuberant RA with one of the scale doubles for The Hobbit during a fund-raising event in Wellington. I give YOU two big thumbs up, Mr. Armitage.
And the friends, oh! the wonderful, bright, witty, intelligent, talented, creative, compassionate friends I have made across the world, thanks to that serendipity that brought RA onto my radar.
It’s simply–sublime. Many thanks to Richard Armitage and to you all for making my life a happier, more beautiful and creative one.