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
Residence London, England
Alma mater Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as Robb Stark in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, Prince Kit in the Disney romantic fantasy film Cinderella (2015), and Sergeant David Budd in the BBC thriller Bodyguard (2018-present). He has also played Cosimo de' Medici in the drama series Medici: Masters of Florence (2016) and starred in the Netflix romantic comedy Ibiza (2018).

Early life[edit]

Madden was born on 18 June 1986[1] 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.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

He was in a relationship with actress Jenna Coleman from 2012 to 2015.[4]


At the age of 11, Madden joined Paisley Arts Centre's youth theatre programme to help overcome his shyness.[2] He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks's Complicity, followed by him being cast in a lead role as Sebastian in the television series Barmy Aunt Boomerang,[5][6] for which he filmed six episodes that aired from 1999 until 2000. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) in 2007.[5][6]

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

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 the Globe Theatre.[6] 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,[6][7] being the Globe's first tour.[8] 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,[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 George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. [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 series Sirens, and in the BBC series Birdsong.

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, Richard Madden appeared on stage the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the West End, where he was reunited with his Cinderella costar Lily James as Juliet, and director Kenneth Branagh.[17] Richard was replaced as Romeo in July, after suffering an ankle injury.[18]

In 2016, he has played the leading role in the Italian TV Series, "Medici: Masters of Florence", which has starred him as Cosimo de' Medici, the son of the founder of the Medici Bank during the Italian Renaissance. In the same year he played American pickpocket Michael Mason in the 2016 action movie Bastille Day, starring alongside Idris Elba.[19]


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".[20] 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.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Complicity Young Andy
2010 Chatroom Ripley
2011 Strays Elliot Short Film
2013 A Promise Friedrich
2015 Cinderella Prince Kit
Group B Shane Hunter Short Film
2016 Bastille Day Michael Mason also known as The Take
2018 Ibiza Leo West
2019 Rocketman John Reid Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Barmy Aunt Boomerang Sebastian Simpkins Main role; 20 episodes
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 1–3); 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 Main role; 8 episodes
2017 Oasis Peter Leigh Pilot
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Agent Ross Episode: "The Hood Maker"
2018–present Bodyguard Sergeant David Budd Lead role

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


  1. ^ "What's 'Game of Thrones' Richard Madden been up to since his Red Wedding death?". 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Nathanson, Hannah (1 April 2011). "Game of Thrones is good news for Brit stars". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Richard Madden Biography". 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Wagner, Curt (19 April 2012). "Richard Madden: I'd appear in 'Doctor Who' with girlfriend Jenna-Louise Coleman". RedEye. Chicago. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d 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. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Paul (5 September 2007). "Romeo and Juliet, Dulwich Park, London". The Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Elkin, Susan (16 July 2007). "review: Romeo and Juliet". The Stage. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Felperin, Leslie (14 May 2010). "review: Chatroom". Variety. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Cooke, Rachel (21 May 2010). "Worried About the Boy". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (20 August 2009). "HBO appoints subjects to 'Thrones'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  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. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Richard Madden 'not paid much' in Game of Thrones". BBC News. 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2018-09-03. 
  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. ^ "About Romeo and Juliet". 
  18. ^ "Richard Madden withdraws from Romeo and Juliet following medical advice". 4 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Kroll, Justin (2014-10-02). "'Game of Thrones' Star Richard Madden Joins Idris Elba in 'Bastille Day' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-28. 
  20. ^ Thompson, Warwick (29 January 2009). "Richard Dreyfuss, Sporting Earpiece, Triumphs in New Play". Bloomberg. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  21. ^ "Richard Madden | Features | Screen". 30 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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