Richard Armitage – How acting helps you learn from the best storytellers around

Richard Armitage is a very successful actor, appearing in ‘The Hobbit’ movies, the Harlan Coben Netflix thrillers, and many more besides. He’s also one of the most popular narrators for Audible audiobooks. So successful, they invited him to work on his own project for the platform.

The finished story is ‘Geneva’, a psychological thriller which follows scientist Sarah Collier and her husband Daniel at a global conference, when they realise they’re in a high stakes game with hidden players and worldwide consequences.

We talk about his routine whilst staying in hotels all around the world, also how he managed creative exhuastion, and how acting actually gives you a lot of time to think through plot and to plan. You can hear how Richard’s routine was mostly thinking things over before hand and working late into the night, often getting dragged off course by his characters.

We learn when he decided to seek out Harlan Coben’s advice on psychological thrillers, and how the whole Audible project came about.

The connection Richard and I had was terrible, so you can blame the short run time, and slight editing leaps on that.

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