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Yep, can totally see it. I think that’s what made me fall in love with Richard during the early episodes of GAME OF THRONES‘ first season. That one lock of grey that runs through Richard’s fine curls. His talent, though exceptional, followed after that. Not to forget those beautiful baby blue eyes. Yesh, I’m crushing and so is someone else. This is a review of Richard’s hair from LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER from someone pointing out the obvious.

Crush of the week: Richard Madden’s hair

Remember the little girl, who had a little curl? That old nursery rhyme came back to me last week while watching the BBC’s new adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It was a bit underwhelming, but there can be only praise for one core member of the cast: Richard Madden. Or, more specifically, his hair: where everything else was muted and restrained, this was The Curl That Stood Out. I was transfixed.

There’s no two ways about it: this crush is founded in narcissism. As the proud owner of a headful of curls and coils, I get a thrill every time I see a curl on screen. For too long, we’ve been told to “tame” our curls, as if they were unruly and in need of discipline. Madden, 29, does no such thing.

I first saw him in Channel 4’s 2011 comedy drama Sirens, and they were in full effect even then, adding a boyish charm. And those curls were just what was needed to play gamekeeper Mellors. Indeed, that hair did about 40% of the heavy lifting, serving as a metaphor for his earthiness, his pure humanity, the simple but complex code by which he lives. If you think that’s too much to read into a fringe, you’ve clearly not seen Madden’s barnet. Pay attention.

Of course, the hair doesn’t work in isolation. It’s a foil for his eyes – limpid, blue pools in which you are likely to drown – and a charming Scottish accent (Madden was raised in Renfrewshire). He used this deadly combination to great effect in Game Of Thrones, playing the would-be King in the North with vulnerability and steely resolve.

But make no mistake: the hair is the star attraction. To paraphrase the poem, when it is good, it is very good indeed.


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