Richard Madden in 2013
18 June 1986 |
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Partner(s)||Jenna-Louise Coleman (2011–present)|
Madden grew up in Elderslie, Scotland. His mother, Pat, is a classroom assistant, and his father, Richard, is in the fire service. He has two sisters – Cara and Lauren. At the age of 11, he joined Paisley Arts Centre's youth theatre programme to help overcome his shyness. He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks's Complicity, followed by his being cast in a lead role as Sebastian in the television series Barmy Aunt Boomerang, for which he filmed 6 episodes that aired from 1999 until 2000. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.
While at RSAMD he worked with the Arches and Glasgow Repertory Company, followed by Franz Xavier Kroetz's play Tom Fool at the Citizens' Theatre, which was so well received that it transferred to London, where Madden was spotted by a team from the Globe Theatre. In his final year with RSAMD, he was cast as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre which, after a run in London, toured in open-air stages during the Summer of 2007, being the Globe's first-ever tour. He also played Callum McGregor in the stage production of Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts and Crosses' in 2008.
He later gained the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC series Hope Springs, followed by his roles as Ripley in the 2010 film Chatroom, and as Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in the 2010 film Worried About The Boy. Between 2011 and 2013, he starred as Robb Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based upon George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, the Channel 4 series Sirens and in the BBC series Birdsong.
Of Madden's performance as Mark McNulty in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Be Near Me, Warwick Thompson of Bloomberg noted his performance to be "especially good". Susan Mansfield of The Scotsman reported that Madden has caught the eye of critics for his work and reported additional positive reviews of his work by The Daily Telegraph, and The Observer.
In reviewing the Globe Theatre's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet as its first-ever tour, Susan Elkin of The Stage noted that "Ellie Piercy's Juliet has just the right blend of wide-eyed, high-voice, pubescent passion degenerating into fear, fury and, finally, dignified determination. Piercy's facial expressions are exceptionally wide ranging and powerful. And she's well counterpointed against Richard Madden's gravelly Glaswegian, almost childlike Romeo."
The Scotsman reports that Madden "is one of the hottest young acting talents in the business but making it on to the Eligibles list is not the only accolade Richard has got recently. He won Most Stylish Male at the Scottish Style Awards in October and has also been named in Esquire's Hottest Stars for 2010 list." They also note that Madden is "tipped for mainstream glory this year, and will be starring in the new film Chatroom and TV series Game of Thrones".
|2014||Long Nights, Short Mornings||Pre-production|
|1999–2000||Barmy Aunt Boomerang||Sebastian Simpkins||20 episodes|
|2009||Hope Springs||Dean McKenzie||8 episodes|
|2010||Worried About The Boy||Kirk Brandon||TV Movie|
|2011–2013||Game of Thrones||Robb Stark||Main cast; 21 episodes
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2011||Sirens||Ashley Greenwick||6 episodes|
|2012||Birdsong||Captain Michael Weir||2 episodes|
|2014||Klondike||Bill Haskell||TV mini-series; Post-production|
|2013||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate||Trevor Belmont / Alucard||Voice|
|2014||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2||Alucard||Voice|
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- Disney Casts 'Game of Thrones' Actor as 'Cinderella's' Prince
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