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Robin Hood started 10 years ago: Who's had the most successful career since then?
Includes a Tolkien warrior, a Downton maid and Sherlock's squeeze.
BY TOM EAMES
9 AUGUST 2016
A full five years before everyone got hooked on Game of Thrones, a show about unwashed folk fighting each other in old-timey surroundings with swords and arrows, we had the BBC's Robin Hood - a show about unwashed folk fighting each other in old-timey surroundings with swords and arrows.
This year amazingly marks a decade since this retelling of the Robin Hood legend launched, so how have its young cast fared since then? Let's head back to Sherwood Forest and find out...
11. Anjali Jay (Djaq)
Anjali Jay as Djaq in BBC's Robin Hood
Anjali has had a varied career since playing dependable Saracen band member Djaq in the show. Since then, she has popped up in episodes of various US shows including Supernatural, Continuum and Blink and she had a small role in the movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. She will next appear in a supporting role in the upcoming Power Rangers movie reboot.
10. Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood)
Jonas Armstrong BBC's Robin Hood and now
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We feel bad for putting the main man himself so low, but that's just how talented and successful these lot have been. Jonas hasn't had a quiet time though, as he's had recurring roles in dramas such as Prisoners' Wives, Ripper Street and Line of Duty, and he had appeared opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow.
9. Sam Troughton (Much)
Sam Troughton in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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Sam may have been quiet on the TV front since playing Robin's former manservant Much, but he's become quite the force in the world of theatre. Among his projects included the acclaimed King Lear at the National Theatre in 2014 (though he had every actor's worst nightmare when he lost his voice during one performance). More recently, he appeared as the Duke of Clarence in The Hollow Crown opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.
8. Joe Armstrong (Allan A Dale)
Joe Armstrong in BBC's Robin Hood and Happy Valley
No relation to Jonas, the other Armstrong (Alun's son) has had several notable TV roles, including Hotspur in The Hollow Crown, Ashley Cowgill in Happy Valley and Bairstow in The Village. He's also had success on stage, including the lead role in DC Moore's The Empire, co-starring with Maxine Peake in Miss Julie at the Royal Exchange and with Sherlock's Louise Brealey in a tour of Constellations.
7. Lucy Griffiths (Marian)
Lucy Griffiths in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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Lucy has found Stateside success in recent years following her portrayal of Maid Marian. She played the recurring role of Nora Gainesborough in the fifth and sixth seasons of True Blood, and was originally cast as Liv Aberdeen in the Constantine TV series before the part was scrapped. She currently has the main role of Emily Woodrow in the acclaimed fantasy series Preacher.
6. Clive Standen (Archer)
Clive Standen in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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He may have only appeared in three episodes of Robin Hood, but Clive has since done pretty well for himself. Continuing the medieval theme, he was a series regular in Camelot as Gawain, and he has featured in Vikings as Rollo since the beginning. Proving his tough man abilities, he took on Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills in the TV remake of Taken, which is scheduled to launch in early 2017 on NBC.
5. Harry Lloyd (Will Scarlett)
Harry Lloyd in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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The same year that Charles Dickens's great-great-great-grandson (you heard that right) departed Robin Hood (2007), he appeared in a couple of Doctor Who episodes as Jeremy Baines. He later scored a big, yet shortlived, success as baddie Viserys Targaryen in the first season of Game of Thrones (before getting his head covered in molten gold). He has since appeared on TV in Great Expectations, Wolf Hall and Marcella, as well as the movies The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre, The Riot Club and The Theory of Everything.
4. Lara Pulver (Isabella)
Lara Pulver in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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Robin Hood was one of Lara's first projects, and she has since continued to land impressive roles. She had a recurring role of faery Claudine in True Blood in 2010, and a year later joined Spooks as Erin Watts, a role she reprised for 2015's movie The Greater Good. Her most famous role was as Irene Adler in Sherlock in 2012, and she has since appeared in Da Vinci's Demons, and won an Olivier Award for starring in the stage revival of Gypsy last year. She will next feature as the main female antagonist in the upcoming fifth Underworld movie.
3. Joanne Froggatt (Kate)
Joanne Froggatt in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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Joanne had already been a regular on British telly, but her arrival in Robin Hood in 2009 was arguably one of her first high-profile roles. A year later, she joined the cast of some little ITV drama called Downton Abbey as maid Anna. Suffice to say, it was a bit of a success, and it landed her three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award. She also voices Wendy in the rebooted Bob the Builder in the UK and US, and will next appear is serial killer Mary Ann Cotton in ITV drama Dark Angel.
2. David Harewood (Tuck)
David Harwood in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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Another TV veteran by the time he joined as Tuck in 2009, David has seen his career rise ever since. The same year he appeared as Joshua Naismith in Doctor Who, and in 2011 landed the part of main cast member David Estes in the critically-acclaimed US political drama Homeland. He has also had roles in The Night Manager, Karen Gillan's Selfie, Grimsby and currently stars as Hank Henshaw/Martian Manhunter in Supergirl.
1. Richard Armitage (Guy of Gisborne)
Richard Armitage in BBC's Robin Hood and now
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The Armitage was already known in the UK for roles in shows such as Cold Feet, North & South and Ross Kemp's Ultimate Force. But playing baddie Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood helped push him in a new direction. The same year, he played Geraldine's eventual husband in The Vicar of Dibley, and has since had roles in Spooks as Lucas North, Strike Back as John Porter, and big baddie Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal. He also played John Proctor in the successful and acclaimed Old Vic production of The Crucible in 2014. Best of all, he played dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.