Bodyguard star Richard Madden simply as a lot of a heartbreaker in actual life

He’s the brooding hunk on the centre of the largest hit drama of the 12 months, a blue-eyed Scot who’s being hailed as its sweetest export since Irn-Bru.

Enjoying heroic David Budd, a former particular ops soldier turned police safety officer within the BBC’s new thriller Bodyguard, Richard Madden’s molten chemistry with the lady he’s assigned to guard — Dwelling Secretary Julia Montague performed by Keeley Hawes — has seen him appeal to a fervent new following.

Sure, he was already a pin-up for the youthful technology after his function as Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones, and has 1.three million followers on Instagram who swoon over posts together with certainly one of him ‘wild swimming’ in Devon. The shirtless picture attracted greater than 300,000 likes seven weeks in the past.

However a couple of minutes after 9pm on Sunday when Bodyguard started its first episode, he received a number of million extra devotees.

By the point Keeley Hawes sighed: ‘I’m not the Queen, you’re allowed to the touch me,’ thus signalling the primary, inevitable, love scene, Maddenmania was sweeping the nation.

So who’s Richard Madden, a bristling beefcake who admits that he worries ‘all of the ****ing time’ about his look’?

Richard Madden and Jenna Coleman, pictured in 2015, once dated. Madden is capturing the nation's attention as a TV heartthrob in Bodyguard 

Richard Madden and Jenna Coleman, pictured in 2015, once dated. Madden is capturing the nation's attention as a TV heartthrob in Bodyguard 

Richard Madden and Jenna Coleman, pictured in 2015, as soon as dated. Madden is capturing the nation’s consideration as a TV heartthrob in Bodyguard 

He grew up in extraordinary, to not say humble circumstances removed from the intense lights, in Renfrewshire.

His story begins in Elderslie, a village 12 miles from Glasgow. His mom Pat is a classroom assistant within the native faculty and his father, additionally Richard, has been a fireman for greater than 30 years.

He describes them as ‘previous hippies’ who discovered his profession alternative ‘utterly weird’, including: ‘There’s no background of creativity in my household; there aren’t any actors or musicians.’

Madden, 32, is now a number one determine in a party-hard, moderately flashy crowd of younger London-based actors and fashions. His movie star girlfriends have included actress Jenna Coleman, mannequin Suki Waterhouse and TV presenters Caroline Flack and Laura Whitmore.

He was lately seen with present posh girlfriend Ellie Bamber, who went to Wellington Faculty, at a DJ good friend’s birthday celebration in Ibiza together with numerous cleaning soap stars and fashions. The order of the day appears to have been cigarettes and selfies on the seashore adopted by partying exhausting with the attractive individuals of the Balearics.

He appears to have fallen into performing virtually accidentally. He recalled in an interview: ‘I used to be a nervous child, not nice socially, and I used to be terrified on the prospect of going from major faculty to a highschool that I knew was tough.

‘I believed, how do I get assured? My greatest good friend was actually cool, and she or he went to a youth theatre in Paisley, so I believed, possibly that’s the way in which to do it. I went alongside, and I instantly discovered one thing I used to be obsessed with and actually loved.’

He made his movie debut, aged 11, in an adaptation of Iain Banks’s novel Complicity. ‘My first scene noticed me getting raped by an enormous 50-year-old ginger Scotsman,’ he stated.

Then he was solid with pop star turned actress Toyah Willcox in CBBC collection Barmy Aunt Boomerang. He spent two years on set, surrounded by adults, and skipping faculty.

He did, nevertheless, must return to actuality. He stated: ‘Then the present ends and also you return to class, and also you’re all at sea, and there’s hatefulness out of your friends since you’re now the man from the telly.

Richard Madden plays David Budd in Bopdyguard alongside Keeley Hawes who is playing the role of a troubled Home Secretary 

Richard Madden plays David Budd in Bopdyguard alongside Keeley Hawes who is playing the role of a troubled Home Secretary 

Richard Madden performs David Budd in Bopdyguard alongside Keeley Hawes who’s enjoying the function of a troubled Dwelling Secretary 

‘I can see how little one stars may be thrown off-kilter. It taught me lots about being within the enterprise and how one can deal with your self when you might have any type of success.’

There was no drama division in school however he was certainly one of 4 youngsters taken twice per week to a different faculty for drama classes — the restrict was set at 4 as a result of the college might solely afford one taxi.

He requested: ‘If I used to be at certainly one of these non-public faculties, what number of extra individuals would have been on a drama course? Undoubtedly there’s a distinction between individuals with cash gaining access to the humanities that folks from working-class backgrounds don’t have, but it surely’s not their fault. I’m not taking something away from these sensible actors who’re doing nice stuff in Hollywood. Lots of them are my associates.’

Subsequent got here the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the place Madden enrolled at 18.

‘For the primary time in my life I used to be surrounded by individuals my age, who cherished this performing factor, and it was acceptable,’ he stated.

He graduated in 2007 and was solid as Romeo in a Globe Theatre manufacturing of Romeo And Juliet that toured the nation. (The Stage newspaper famous his ‘gravelly Glaswegian’ tackle the star-cross’d lover. He says his accent is so sturdy the Siri app on his telephone can’t recognise what says to it. ‘I’m like, “What time’s the subsequent practice?” And Siri’s like: “Calling ex-girlfriend.” ’ he has grumbled.)

subsequent he performed singer Kirk Brandon in BBC’s 2010 Boy George biopic Frightened About The Boy — after which, in 2011, got here Recreation Of Thrones.

He was Robb Stark for 3 seasons, bringing him international recognition. His bloody finish — within the infamous Crimson Marriage ceremony episode that additionally claimed the lifetime of his mom and spouse — was maybe his spotlight.

American TV host Conan O’Brien described the carnage as ‘essentially the most beautiful factor any of us have seen in tv, possibly ever’.

In non-public Madden says he shed a variety of tears. He informed an interviewer: ‘I’d spent extra time with my on-screen mom, Michelle Fairley, over these years, than my actual mom, so we had been having to say goodbye as associates in addition to colleagues, in essentially the most violent and horrible means.’

By the point he was solid in Recreation Of Thrones he was starting his first high-profile, long-term relationship with petite actress Jenna Coleman. Coleman landed an enormous function in Physician Who a 12 months later, making them the premier couple of contemporary cult TV.

Slightly sweetly he stated he was extra enthusiastic about her Physician Who function than she was. ‘She was like, “I’ve by no means actually watched it.” I’ve cherished it since I used to be a child!’

Later he stated: ‘I can geek out about it, like after I go to set and see the Tardis. I used to be selfie-ing the s**t out of it, and sending it to my dad! “Look, it’s me within the Tardis!” I believed it was the best factor ever.’

Within the spring of 2015, shortly after Madden had accomplished a spherical of publicity for Cinderella (he performed Prince Charming, with Lily James within the title function), it was regretfully revealed that his three-year romance with Coleman had fizzled out beneath the stress of them each turning into large stars. There was discuss of his chemistry with co-star Lily James they usually had been each then solid by Kenneth Branagh in a West Finish manufacturing of Romeo And Juliet. Each stated they had been nothing greater than associates.

Jenna was then linked to Prince Harry — the 2 of them had been pictured in apparently intimate dialog on the polo in June, and the Prince apparently texted her asking for a date.

Quickly afterwards, she and Richard had been noticed on a date in London, having apparently rekindled their affair. However it clearly wasn’t to be, as at that time Coleman began engaged on the ITV drama Victoria with Tom Hughes, a good friend she had identified for years. They started a passionate romance.

Richard Madden pictured with ex Laura Whitemore a TV presenter who was allegedly scorned by her friend and Mr Madden

Richard Madden pictured with ex Laura Whitemore a TV presenter who was allegedly scorned by her friend and Mr Madden

Richard Madden pictured with ex Laura Whitemore a TV presenter who was allegedly scorned by her good friend and Mr Madden

Probably smarting, in March 2016, Madden moved on to TV presenter Laura Whitmore. A supply stated: ‘Richard instantly felt a connection. There’s actual chemistry between them. He has achieved a lot of the wooing however they’re each very eager.’ 

Nevertheless, by late summer season that liaison had additionally fizzled out and Madden was linked to perennial singleton, TV presenter Caroline Flack.

The story was made moderately sophisticated, although, on account of the truth that Flack and Whitmore had been good associates.

A supply stated: ‘Caz [Caroline Flack] and Laura had an enormous bust-up. Principally, Laura thinks Caroline broke the woman code, and Caz didn’t even inform her about Richard — Laura discovered by way of mutual associates.’ By December, all of that was over too, and Madden started a fleeting romance with the mannequin Suki Waterhouse.

In the summertime of 2017 he began relationship present girlfriend Ellie Bamber, 21. The pleased pair attended the tremendous fashionable Serpentine Gallery celebration this summer season and they look like going sturdy.

Feminine viewers would do effectively to take pleasure in Madden’s present incarnation. His subsequent challenge is starring as Elton John’s supervisor and lover, John Reid in a biopic. ‘I prefer to attempt to change issues up a bit,’ he stated. ‘I’ve achieved a number of old-style romantic leads now. I’d actually prefer to shave my hair off and get a bit extra hard-edged.’

And, it appears, veer away from characters required to take off their shirts inside 15 minutes of showing on display screen.

‘I attempt to take jobs the place the nudity is related,’ he has stated.

‘But when it’s only a gratuitous: “And now we’ll have a scene of him within the bathe”, then that’s pointless.’



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