'To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart - this is the sanity and perfection of living.' Quite a spiritual man, our Mr Armitage on the quiet. 'It's one of those affairs where Lucas knows he shouldn't be there.It's the kind of relationship that explodes and then there's the fallout.' Heaven. If we plug Richard Armitage , reluctant Love God, into the national grid, he can keep us warm all winter.How many women can you take to a Richard Armitage interview? I have a fast mind and fast metabolism, and I'm an intense worker, but in terms of life development I'm way behind.'Not physically, though. 'I've never been that cute kid that was forgiven for being naughty.' Although he looked like an adult, inside he felt like a little boy. I'm ten years behind, but I'm finally growing into myself now,' he says. 'I feel like I'm clinging onto a ride that's getting a little bit fast and I daren't let go for a second.' He admits ruefully that the live-in girlfriend he mentioned in previous interviews has recently moved out.Earlier this year, when I paid homage to the actor in my Daily Mail column, so many readers volunteered to come along and 'hold the microphone' that if I ever met Richard I would have had to rent the Royal Albert Hall to squeeze us all in. In the summer he was 14, Richard shot up to six feet two over the school holidays. A casualty, he implies, of such a fast-paced professional life.Pleeeaase.' 'You must be joking,' he says, that soothing baritone rising a few notes in protest.But you'd be perfect on Strictly Come Dancing, I insist.A website was set up in his honour by entranced females who were nicknamed the Armitage Army by one neglected husband. You know, I wonder if being a late starter isn't the key to Armitage's vast appeal.
'I look at our crew and I sometimes envy all of them - I wish I was a focus puller or a lighting technician. I actually want to be the puppet master.' There isn't a whiff of showbusiness in his background - he comes from a long line of miners and mill-workers. 'My mum will not speak above a low whisper in public because she doesn't want to draw attention to herself,' he says.
Single women: How many times has this happened to you?
You meet someone, you exchange numbers, you text about a date on Saturday night.
His lanky build made a career as the next Gene Kelly unlikely. He attracted the praise of choreographer Gillian Lynne when he understudied a couple of big roles in Cats.
When he was in the chorus of 42nd Street, he was so much taller than the other dancers that he had to stand right at the back and wear a specially shortened top hat.