Richard Madden

Richard Madden


Life Story

Richard Madden, born 18 June 1986, is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and Prince Kit in Disney's "Cinderella." Starring as David Budd in the BBC miniseries "Bodyguard" has also brought him more international acclaim and attention including a Golden Globe and other nominations. Despite his seemingly overnight success, Madden has been acting since he was in his teens, with only a brief break where he focused on school.

Madden was born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland, where he was brought up with two sisters. His mother, Pat, is a classroom assistant, and his father, Richard, is in the fire brigade. He previously was in a relationship with Jenna Coleman from 2011-2015. Was with Ellie Bamber from at least July 2017-Nov 2018. He is with Brandon Flynn from November 2018.


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Father was in the fire service and mother was a classroom assistant.
Joined a theatre group to help conquer his shyness.
Has two sisters - Cara (b. 1983) and Lauren (b. 1988).
Admits that he was quite overweight for much of his adolescence and during his time in Drama School. This changed when he got a part in a play which required him to be naked, at which point he realized that he didn't want to be fat and naked on stage.
Favorite animated Disney movie is Aladdin (1992).
Is good friends with his Cinderella co-star Lily James.
Good friends with Game of Thrones (2011) co-stars Kit Harington, Alfie Allen, and Michelle Fairley.
Son of Richard (b. 1953) and Patricia (née Mulholland) Madden (b. 1954).
Broke up with Jenna Coleman in 2015. Was with partner, Ellie Bamber from 2017-2019.
Richard was born in Elderslie in the West of Scotland, which is the same birthplace attributed to the legendary Scottish patriot William Wallace.


Personal Quotes 

I just think of myself as an upstart who is trying to get better at what I do.
You act at being a man, and before you know it, you are one.
I don't find it hard to stay humble.
Google is the enemy. I would tell that to anyone who enjoys any TV show like 'Game of Thrones' to avoid it; it spoils so many storylines.
I like clothes and fashion. It's a hobby for me and I really enjoy being part of it, so it's nice when people say: 'He can dress quite well.'
I believe in love at first sight and hindsight.
One of the most beautiful things about Game of Thrones (2011) is it's told from so many different points of view, and these characters can convince you that what they're doing is right. But they're only showing you a bit of the picture, and when you see it from another character's point of view you may switch allegiances.
I think often I learn the most from other people's mistakes. If I'm in the audience watching an actor and thinking, 'I don't believe you,' I spend the rest of the play working out why I don't believe them.
When I was younger, I did a TV show in the U.K. for a couple years, and I learned a lot from that. It taught me a lot about being known amongst your peers and having to deal with a lot of derision from them.
Typically in Game of Thrones (2011) people who are honest and just and do things for the right reasons tend not to survive.
Good people never survive on Game of Thrones (2011). That's the problem.
I'd love to do something on Broadway. I'd love to spend some time in New York.
I think it's good for an actor to bounce between stuff on camera and stuff in theatre. If I could do half and half every year I would be a very, very happy man.
I try to live honestly in every aspect of my life, which can make things a bit more complicated, right?
I have such pride in my job.
It's nice to have recognition for doing a good job, but at the end of the day, I'm just an actor and I'm doing my job and I'm always trying to get better at doing that job.


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