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'One thing I can promise you is that you'll never see Richard Armitage on Strictly Come Dancing.' Why?
'Because Richard Armitage will never appear as Richard Armitage on TV.' And there we have the conundrum.
I am acting on behalf of the entire Armitage Army when I squeak, 'Go on, do some dancing for me.
On a warm, late-summer's day I was sent to south-east London, to the set of the new series of Spooks, to find out. I reckon he is grateful for their support, and is fully aware that it's his passionate female following which has given him his booming career.
Sorry, ladies, it's a tough job, but someone had to go it alone. It's just that, like the nicely brought up lad he is, he finds all the attention a bit embarrassing.
Although many of us found it hard to stomach his murder of poor Maid Marion when he played the sensually sadistic Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood. Richard Armitage reminds you of those calm, classic leading men of the 1940s and 1950s - the men with the depths below the still waters.
Speaking personally, it was a blow that Armitage's MI5 agent , Lucas North, went through an entire series of BBC1's Spooks without a single smouldering look, let alone a decent love interest. In truth, would this superb actor rather play Richard The Third at Stratford than have besotted women sending him chocolate underpants through the post? Lately, Richard has issued an apology to the Armitage Army for appearing to ridicule his more obsessive fans.