Richard Madden is best known for his roles as Robb Stark in the television series Game of Thrones and also, Sergeant David Budd in the latest thriller Bodyguard which has been a smash hit for the BBC. Handsome, genuine and amusingly cheeky, Madden has shuttled between two types of roles throughout his career: the romantic hero and the action ingénue. With the chance to expand his range he went for the role on the six-part series Bodyguard.
Richard Madden grew up in a village on the outskirts of Glasgow and describes his parents, who were a classroom assistant and a fireman, as not ‘working class’ but as “old hippies” who found his career choice “completely bizarre”, if only because “there’s no background of creativity in my family; there are no actors or musicians”. Global fame may be relatively new, but Madden had his first big-screen role at the age of 11, in an adaptation of Iain Banks’s novel Complicity, which also co-starred Ms Hawes, coincidentally. After this, he went on to play a role on children’s TV which was his last appearance on and off screen for a while as Madden chose to return to school instead of becoming a child star. He picked up drama again at the age of 18 when he enrolled in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. “For the first time in my life,” he said, “I was surrounded by people my age, who loved this acting thing, and it was acceptable. At school, to want to be an actor … you may as well be Billy Elliot. It’s like: ‘What’s that about?’”.
Madden’s next great outing will be on the big screen rather than the small where the role calls for much more versatility than his other protagonists. He’ll appear in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman - playing the character of John Reid, the Scottish-born former music manager who oversaw Elton’s career from 1970-1998. We can’t wait to see what Richard Madden has in store for us next through his rendition of Elton John’s long-term boyfriend.