Though he may not even see it here is my birthday message for Richard!!!
Dear Mr. Armitage,
I know that for the next few days you will be inundated with well wishes from the thousands (maybe millions)of fans that make up your Armitage Army, and I must confess I am one of them. Your talent inspires me but also you ability to remain humble and sincere toward all your fans.
I want to thank you for sharing your talent with the world but also for showing the world that all "Stars" do not shine only for themselves (and their pockets) and approach their followers as human beings who deserve respect. You treat your fans as you wish to be treated and that Mr. Armitage is what make them all love you to the ends of the earth.
I am a actress(mostly Shakespeare) as well as a writer and though I have not reached your high level of notoriety I do have a few fans down here in the sub-basement of microcelebrity. Yes, I blush when someone says well done and smile kindly when signing a book or what have you but every once in a while you come across someone in the audience/ autograph line/ etc, that you would just love to slap. When that happens I think of you, how would Richard handle this. There are several "Stars" I know of who would not be friendly at all. Your example is much appreciated by all and a great lesson for those who share the gift of followers. If they gave out Oscars for Kindness you'd bring it home.
Thank you for your talent and your humble heart and Happy Birthday!