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Who is That Dwarf?
Mania provides a brief glimpse to the men behind the beards
By Rob Vaux
December 10, 2012
The new adaptation of The Hobbit is finally upon us, and while many of the cast members are either returning favorites (Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis), or moderately well-known newcomers (Martin “Dr. Watson” Freeman), quite a few are complete unknowns. Specifically, we’ve seen comparatively little of the thirteen dwarves whom Bilbo accompanies on their quest to the Lonely Mountain. Who are those guys underneath the padding and the fake beards? Mania has the breakdown, dwarf by dwarf.
Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)
The English-born Armitage has mostly worked on the BBC: starring as Guy of Gisborne in the recent Robin Hood series, as well as Strike Back, MI-5 and The Golden Hour. If you live on this side of the pond, you probably caught him in Captain America, playing the HYDRA saboteur who battles Steve Rogers on the streets of New York after killing Stanley Tucci.
Fili (Dean O’Gorman)
Fili and his brother Kili are the young ‘uns on this quest; they also bond with Bilbo a little more than their cousins. Fili is played by Dean O’Gorman, a New Zealander with a long history of work in television. He appeared in multiple roles on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as a multi-part Farscape episode entitled “We’re So Screwed.”
Kili (Aiden Turner)
Turner plays a curiously beardless Kili, yet still feisty and ready for a fight. The Irish-born actor currently stars as Mitchell the vampire in the British version of Being Human. His other TV roles include The Clinic and Desperate Romantics.
Balin (Ken Stott)
After Thorin, Balin is perhaps the most prominent member of the dwarven company. We know from The Lord of the Rings that he survived the events of The Hobbit, only to meet an ugly end attempting to retake the mines of Moria. He worked alongside Daniel Day-Lewis in The Boxer and played a dogged police inspector in Danny Boyle’s thriller Shallow Grave. Notable genre works include voicing Trufflehunter the Badger in the recent version of Prince Caspian and a Roman in 2004’s King Arthur.
Tune in tomorrow as Mania brings you even more of The Hobbit's Dwarves.