Richard Armitage To Join Cast of NBC’s “Hannibal”

Fresh off the worldwide success of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Richard Armitage has joined the cast of NBC‘s Hannibal as the terrifying serial killer, Francis Dolarhyd, a.k.a. The Tooth Fairy!


A brilliant performance in The Hobbit has led to NBC’s Hannibal.


But this ain’t your five-year old’s tooth fairy. He won’t be putting quarters under anyone’s pillow. Based on the main character in the Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris, Dolarhyd is described as a large, strong, muscular man driven by an inner torment that causes him to stalk and psychotically murder seemingly random families during sequential full moons.

And, don’t expect to swoon over the gorgeous Mr. Armitage as Dolarhyd, ladies, because this character will sport an upper lip scarred by a harelip, and uncommonly large sharp teeth which he apparently uses to bite off portions of his victim’s bodies.  We’re talking bloody gruesome!

However, he might have a hot bod to expose as Dolarhyde is a bodybuilder and, as described in the novel, could have competed in regional bodybuilding competitions. That and a huge red dragon tattoo’d across his back might give you just enough beefcake to ignore the blood dripping from his mouth…

Tom Noonan as Francis Dolarhyde in Manhunter.

Tom Noonan as Francis Dolarhyde in Manhunter.


Also, played by Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 film adaptation with Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, the Dolarhyd character becomes obsessed with the William Blake painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, which gives voice to his Schizoid personality disorder…believing that by killing people he is ‘transforming’ them thus helping himself to become the dragon.

Dolarhyd's obsession, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun"

Dolarhyd’s obsession, “The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun”


Giving Buffalo “It puts the lotion in the basket” Bill a real run for his money, Dolarhyd does not simply kill his victims. That would be boring and not fitting of a man who was abandoned by his mother, abused by his grandmother and ended up in orphanages.  No, his “modus operandi  is to start by taking out the family pet as a sort of ‘appetizer’, followed by the paternal figure (to remove any ‘threat’)…then he kills the mother whose corps he likes to rape while the dead children ‘sit up and watch’, broken shards of mirror placed in their eye-sockets – which he obtains by smashing mirrors in the house-to make them seem more lifelike.  Abused or not, this is a truly messed up character.

Armitage fans know the kind of dedication that goes into each role he tackles so if he’s absent from social media for awhile…one can only imagine he’s pumping up and traveling to the depths of Schizophrenia in order to fully envelop Dolarhyd.  Christ! And we thought The Crucible was rough on him! I think it’s best to give him his space on this one….

Armitage in the most heart wrenching performance of his career.

Armitage in the most heart wrenching performance of his career.


The casting search for the role began back in November 2014 during The Hobbit world press tour. I’m sure it didn’t take long for NBC execs to notice the immense talent exuding from the screen as Armitage turned in his final portrayal of the dwarf king, Thorin Oakensheild spiraling majestically into madness. Brilliant work that deserves worldwide notice!

Thorin Oakenshield #OneLastTime

Thorin Oakenshield #OneLastTime


While “The Psychotic Tooth Fairy” might not be the kind of role that will allow for much femme fantasizing…(unless you have some serious issues)…or sexy fan art memes, this is definitely a role that can set Armitage on the path toward the kind of recognition his talent has long deserved! I predict an Emmy.  Just make sure TAC gets the first interview, Richard!

Yeah...say goodbye to this guy for awhile.

Yeah…say goodbye to this guy for awhile.


Armitage will Guest Star in Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal beginning in Episode 8 for  a  6-episode story arc. Shooting begins in Toronto on January 15th.  Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.



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11 Responses to Richard Armitage To Join Cast of NBC’s “Hannibal”

  1. KellyDS says:

    I want to curl up in a ball after reading that! Yikes! it will be interesting to see how Richard plays this character though because he usually tries to bring out the light in a dark character or the dark in a light one.

  2. Am I the only one that would really like to see Richard is something more ‘happy and cheerful?’ He is such a good all round actor but for right now he seems to be concentrating on heavier and heavier roles. I would love a bit of fluff!!!!!

  3. Eugenia says:

    Definitely Mr Armitage is a great actor and I know he will give us another fantastic moment with this new character.

  4. I think that it is an interesting role choice for him. He is extremely talented and I’m sure that he will bring out the humanity in Dolarhyde. We won’t just be seeing a cold blooded serial killer but also a damaged and abused soul. Look forward to watching his portrayal of The Tooth Fairy!

  5. LadyGrayse says:

    Definitely gonna give him his space on this one. Dolarhyde is one seriously twisted SOB. Just hope Richard doesn’t lose too much of himself in the process.

  6. Patrizia Cromi says:

    Thank you for this news Marlise. I think that this role will be very difficult for Mr.Armitage. He is a very good and expressive. Although it’s not my kind of movie, I hope he is happy and successful as actor! And in future he makes a movie lighter, he is so cute when he smiles. Bye.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this show and was so excited yesterday when I read he was cast to play Dolarhyde. I too was wondering how much of himself was he going to immerse in this role. The show is produced by Bryan Fuller, it is very well written and has a fantastic cast.

  8. Katheryne Laine says:

    Really excited to see what Richard is going to bring to the role of Dolarhyde. As he has an amazingly expressive face and can speak volumes with just a look, I look forward to him scaring the hell out of me and, perhaps, giving me an insight into Dolarhyde’s inner torment. Truth be told: if anyone can make me care about a serial killer, it’s Richard Armitage!

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  10. Petra says:

    Richard will undoubtedly add a completely new dimension to this character but still I can’t shake this feeling, that he will have to sacrifice something of his personality or his cheerfulness or whatever. It is very very dark side of human psyche. Crossed fingers to get through it without any harm.

  11. Doris Dunn says:

    I am so glad to see that my favorite star is breaking into American television. I am not a fan of anything scary but I sure will be watching to see what he does with this character and to support Richard.

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