Birthday poll results and donation receipt

I was flattered by the number of people who noted that the poll was really difficult. That’s my aim as a teacher and a person and a blogger: to make you think! What a compliment. The choices were hard because they were so diverse, I suspect. I was trying to offer a real variety of perspectives on Armitage’s capacities as an actor, including not just his romantic inclinations or his villainous ones, but stuff in between or entirely different, and also not just his capacity to drive a scene actively, but his ability to move an interaction or a characterization forward by reacting to a fellow actor.

Without further ado, here’s what you said in response to the question: which 40 seconds of Armitage couldn’t you live without for the next year? Our winners:

In third place, by a nose (only two votes ahead of the next two entrants, who were tied), Harry Kennedy comparing himself and Geraldine to Gabriel Oak and Bathsheba:

In second place, Lucas and his fish and chips craving:

And, of course, perhaps unsurprisingly, the grand prize winner, Mr. Thornton, mulling over the death of Mr. Hale. I was hoping that I could make this a fair competition by suppressing the tea, proposal, and kiss scenes, but the charisma of the northern manufacturer would not be denied:

Full results are below. I will confess that I was surprised that John Standring did as well as he did, but also that John Porter did not do anywhere near as well as Standring and Guy of Gisborne. Porter (as well as Guy) may have suffered from the fact that he was featured in a reactive as opposed to an active moment, but still, I hoped he’d do better.

And me? My three finalists would have been Standring, Mulligan, and Porter. In the end, I voted for Standring. Not just because I’m always rooting for the brown-haired boy-next-door. But also because if I’m going to spend a year with 40 seconds of videotape, sweet and shy are great options, and also because I love how Armitage looks up from under his eyebrows in this scene and then looks down again — a classic Armitage move, one that melts my heart every time I see it, and one I could watch again and again. To wit:

John Standring, you’d have no problem getting anything you wanted from me, ever, if you just looked like that when you asked. Swoon.


135 readers participated in the poll, and 71 of them left a comment in order to generate a £1 (GBP) donation to NSPCC’s Childline via Mr. Armitage’s JustGiving page. Here’s the receipt (click to enlarge):

Thanks to everyone who participated in this poll and to those who were motivated to give a gift in Mr. Armitage’s honor either at JustGiving or in some other way, especially: RAFrenzy, Carolyn, Cristina Araujo, Kapreka, fitzg, CDoart, Calexora, UK Expat, Mulubinba, Teuchter, Darkangel66a, Dhana, NovemberBride, Alison (fudge19), helen, lizzie, Faboamanto / Musa, jazzbaby1, Angieklong, fabi, Ana Cris, Lina, esoterica2000, Ania, IngeD3, Gelis, Nietzsche, feefa, bccmee, cindy, Kathleen Evans, Karen, Giselle, Skully, Bibiana, MariaGrazia, darlingdarling, Hainaut, alfie, @Rob, Renata, Tedgirl, LolyA’s husband, ladyj, CC, sapphire, Alessandra, Suse, Socialworkmama, Nimue, Jael, PoliCBA, Misty, Yourcenar, TigerFilly, judiang, tyme4t, Grace, linda60, Summer, Brooke, chabesquen, Phylly3, Onemorelurker, smithylass, and Zibelline.

You all were somebody’s luck that day. I’m grateful you were willing to give.


Happy Birthday month Richard Armitage! In honor of this event, consider donating your time, energy, and thoughts / prayers to an effort that’s meaningful to you. If you need a suggestion, here’s a link to Mr. Armitage’s recommended charities at JustGiving, as well as a link to means of generating a charity contribution on his behalf at, and a link to Act!onAid, a child sponsorship organization for which he recorded a voiceover in December 2010. Donate to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal here.

~ by Servetus on August 26, 2011.

2 Responses to “Birthday poll results and donation receipt”

  1. You’re doing a good job! I always think a lot about your writings. Thanks for the fun and the opportunity to help.


  2. Thank you, Servetus, for this poll and also for your big heart and willingness to help and also for your exceptional ability to make us readers care.


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