Richard Madden

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Richard Madden
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Madden in 2013
Born (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 32)
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
ResidenceLondon, England
Alma materRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Years active1999–present

Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986) is a Scottish television, film, stage and voice actor. Born and raised near Glasgow, in Renfrewshire, Madden made his screen debut as a child actor and stage debut whilst a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2007, he toured with Shakespeare's Globe company as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, a role he would reprise in the West End in 2016.

Madden continued his career in television, film and theatre productions before his breakout role, starring as Robb Stark in HBO's fantasy series Game of Thrones, brought him international recognition and earned him a Screen International Award in 2011. He served as the lead of the show's third season, prior to his character being written off in 2013. Madden's subsequent roles include leading the first season of the historical fiction series Medici: Masters of Florence (2016) as Cosimo de' Medici, and starring in the films of Disney's Cinderella (2015) and Netflix's romantic comedy Ibiza (2018).

In 2018, Madden garnered critical acclaim and international prominence for his leading role as David Budd in the record-breaking BBC thriller Bodyguard, with the overnight broadcast of the series 1 finale on BBC One peaking at 11 million viewers.[1] He is set to play John Reid in the upcoming Elton John biographical musical Rocketman (2019).

Early life[edit]

Madden was born on 18 June 1986[2] in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, just outside the town of Paisley and the city of Glasgow, where he was brought up, with older and younger sisters. His mother, Pat, is a classroom assistant, and his father, Richard, is in the fire brigade.[3][4]


At the age of eleven, Madden joined the youth theatre programme at Paisley Arts Centre to help overcome his shyness.[3] He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks's Complicity; he was then cast in the lead role of Sebastian in the children's television series Barmy Aunt Boomerang,[5][6] for which he filmed six episodes that aired from 1999 until 2000.

Madden (second from right) with his Game of Thrones co-stars: Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, and Kit Harington in November 2009

He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in Glasgow, from where he graduated in 2007.[5][6] While at RSAMD, he worked with The Arches and Glasgow Repertory Company, followed by Franz Xaver 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 Shakespeare's Globe.[6] In his final year with RSAMD, he was cast as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the modern Globe Theatre which, after an initial run in London, made a tour of open-air stages during the summer of 2007,[6][7] this being the Globe's first tour.[8]

He played Callum McGregor in the stage production of Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses in 2008. He later gained the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC comedy-drama series Hope Springs,[5] followed by his roles as Ripley in the 2010 film Chatroom,[9] and as Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in the 2010 film Worried About The Boy.[10] From 2011 to 2013, he starred as Robb Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based upon the series of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin.[11][12][13] Speaking in September 2018, Madden claimed that he was not paid much for his role in Game of Thrones.[14] During this period, Madden also starred in the Channel 4 comedy-drama series Sirens, and in the BBC drama series Birdsong.

Madden speaking at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego, California

In May 2013, Madden was chosen to portray the prince in the live action Disney film Cinderella.[15] The film was released in March 2015.

Madden first obtained his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card for the 2014 miniseries Klondike, in which he plays Bill Haskell.[16]

Between 12 May and 13 August 2016, Madden appeared on stage in London's West End playing the part of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, where he was reunited with his Cinderella costar Lily James, who played Juliet, and director Kenneth Branagh.[17] Richard was replaced as Romeo in July 2016, after suffering an ankle injury.[18]

In 2016, he played the leading role of Cosimo de' Medici, the son of the founder of the Medici Bank during the Italian Renaissance, in the Italian-British television drama series, Medici: Masters of Florence. In the same year he played American pickpocket Michael Mason in the 2016 action movie Bastille Day, starring alongside Idris Elba.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Madden had a previous relationship with English actress Jenna Coleman, which ended in 2015. He has since dated TV presenter Laura Whitmore and model Suki Waterhouse. His current partner is actress and model Ellie Bamber, whom he has been dating since the summer of 2017.[20]


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".[21] 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.[5]

In reviewing the Globe Theatre's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet as its first-ever tour, Susan Elkin of The Stage noted Madden's "gravelly Glaswegian, almost childlike Romeo".[8]

In 2010, The Scotsman touted Madden as "one of the hottest young acting talents in the business". They also noted that Madden is "tipped for mainstream glory this year" due to his upcoming roles in the film Chatroom and TV series Game of Thrones. He won Most Stylish Male at the Scottish Style Awards in October 2009 and was also named in Esquire's Hottest Stars for 2010.[13]

He was named one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2011.[22]



Year Title Role Director Notes[23]
2000 Complicity Young Andy Gavin Millar
2010 Chatroom Ripley Hideo Nakata
2011 Strays Elliot Robert McKillop Short film
2013 A Promise Friedrich Patrice Leconte
2015 Cinderella Prince Kit Kenneth Branagh
Group B Shane Hunter Nick Rowland Short film
2016 Bastille Day Michael Mason James Watkins also known as The Take
2018 Ibiza Leo West Alex Richanbach
2019 Rocketman John Reid Dexter Fletcher Filming


Year Title Role Notes[23]
1999–2000 Barmy Aunt Boomerang Sebastian Simpkins Main role; 20 episodes
2002 Taggart Christie Episode: "Watertight"
2009 Hope Springs Dean McKenzie Main role; 8 episodes
2010 Worried About The Boy Kirk Brandon Television film
2011 Sirens Ashley Greenwick Main role; 6 episodes
2011–2013 Game of Thrones Robb Stark Main role (Seasons 1–2)
Lead role (Season 3)
21 episodes
Screen International Award for Star of Tomorrow (2011)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013)
Nominated – NewNowNext Award for Cause You're Hot (2013)
2012 Birdsong Captain Michael Weir Television special
2014 Klondike Bill Haskell Television special
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Oliver Mellors Television film
2016 Medici: Masters of Florence Cosimo de' Medici Lead role; 8 episodes
2017 Oasis Peter Leigh Pilot/Television film
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Agent Ross Episode: "The Hood Maker"
2018 Bodyguard Sergeant David Budd Lead role; 6 episodes


Year Title Role Director Notes[23]
2005–2006 I Confess Mahmood Andy Arnold The Arches Theatre Company[5]
The Winter's Tale Florizel
Gordon Barr Glasgow Repertory Company[5]
2006 Tom Fool Ludwig Meier Clair Lizzimore Citizen's Theatre[24]
2007 Bush Theatre[25]
Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Ed Dick Shakespeare’s Globe
2008 Noughts and Crosses Callum McGregor Dominic Cooke Royal Shakespeare Company
2009 Be Near Me Mark McNulty John Tiffany Donmar Warehouse[5]
National Theatre of Scotland[5]
2016 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Kenneth Branagh Garrick Theatre

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2013 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Trevor Belmont / Alucard
2014 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Alucard


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  4. ^ "Richard Madden Biography". TV Guide Digital. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Mansfield, Susan (21 March 2009). "Up and Coming: Richard Madden – Young man on a role". The Scotsman. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d Cooper, Neil (12 June 2007). "Less room for doom in the great outdoors". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
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  8. ^ a b Elkin, Susan (16 July 2007). "Reviews: Romeo and Juliet". The Stage. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  9. ^ Felperin, Leslie (14 May 2010). "Reviews: Chatroom". Variety. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  10. ^ Cooke, Rachel (21 May 2010). "Worried About the Boy". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
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  12. ^ "HBO Greenlights Northern Ireland Epic 'Game of Thrones'". IFTN. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Scotland's most eligible men – #15: Richard Madden, 23, actor". The Scotsman. 16 February 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  14. ^ "Richard Madden 'not paid much' in Game of Thrones". BBC News. 3 September 2018.
  15. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (8 May 2013). "Disney Casts 'Game of Thrones' Actor as 'Cinderella's' Prince". The Hollywood Reporter
  16. ^ "How Did You Get Your SAG-AFTRA Card?" TV Guide. 13 January 2014. p. 10.
  17. ^ Tennison, Harry (13 August 2015). "Stars On Stage: This Year's Big Stars In The West End". London Theatre Direct. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  18. ^ Hemley, Matthew (4 August 2016). "Richard Madden withdraws from Romeo and Juliet following medical advice". The Stage. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (2 October 2014). "'Game of Thrones' Star Richard Madden Joins Idris Elba in 'Bastille Day' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  20. ^ Duncan, Amy (28 August 2018). "Who is Richard Madden's girlfriend, when did he date Jenna Coleman and who are his exes?". Metro. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  21. ^ Thompson, Warwick (29 January 2009). "Richard Dreyfuss, Sporting Earpiece, Triumphs in New Play". Bloomberg News. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
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  24. ^ Fisher, Mark (7 November 2006). "Tom Fool, Citizens, Glasgow". The Guardian.
  25. ^ Gardner, Lyn (4 April 2007). "Theatre review:Tom Fool / Bush, London". The Guardian.

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