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I have some production stills from Richard’s current run as Romeo Montague in the Kenneth Branagh directed theatre production of ROMEO & JULIETTE. Here Richard stars with his CINDERELLA co-star Lilly James. The production also stars Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi. I’m sorry I don’t have higher quality images. I prefer to give you the best resolution I can, but I don’t think you’ll mind this time.



A new article on Richard for his film BASTILLE DAY also starring Idris Elba. Richard also talks about putting Robb Stark to rest and about the secret his former GAME OF THRONES brother Kit Harington (Jon Snow) had to keep from the end of season five to the beginning of season six. I think it’s safe to say now it has to do with a certain resurrection. I know for me it’s nice to know the Starks aren’t being wiped out. Though if R+L=J is true, then that “J” isn’t a true Stark. I’m truly hoping that GAME OF THRONES incorporates Robb’s will into the story thereby legitimizing Jon as a Stark and allowing him to take back Winterfell. Anyway that’s the hope. Speaking of Kit, please check out our affiliate in Kit Harington France under the Affiliates title in the sidebar.

Richard Madden comes to terms with his Game of Thrones death and moves on to Bastille Day

RICHARD Madden’s time on Game of Thrones may be over, but the way his character went out will live on in infamy.

Madden was Robb Stark, born leader and eldest son of Ned Stark who became King in the North after his father’s beheading … only to suffer a similar fate when he was betrayed and stabbed in the heart at the notorious Red Wedding.

Though Madden still can’t help but mutter “terrible” at the memory of enacting Robb’s demise, the actor by no means wishes he’d survived.

“I don’t miss him. I took him to the end of where his story was going to go. That was the right point for him to die,” says the young Scotsman.

“And the good thing is he’s properly dead. There’s no question of whether he’ll come back or not. I mean, I’m really, really, really dead.”

Madden’s definitive on-screen death stands in contrast to that of Robb’s half-brother Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington. Before season six premiered last month, Harington had to endure months of speculation: He’s still got Jon Snow hair! He’s been spotted in Dublin!

“Oh god, no,” moans Madden. “I mean … poor Kit.”

Madden gave a good five years of his life to Game Of Thrones. He entered Westeros aged 22 and “came out the other end as an adult”. He saw many reflections between himself, “having to take a lot of this responsibility in different things as they were thrown at me,” and Robb, “a young man who had to grow up quite quickly”.

While Game Of Thrones got him in the room with the likes of Kenneth Branagh (who cast Madden as the charming Prince in last year’s Cinderella), his biggest challenge since leaving the series has been knowing how to make the most of those opportunities: “It’s trying to work out what’s going to be the most interesting path and what I’m most excited by.”

The one thing he knows for sure is that he always wants the next thing to be “completely different” from the last. Which is how he went from Cinderella to Bastille Day, a Taken-style action film with a youthful edge set in Paris and co-starring Idris Elba and Charlotte Le Bon.

Quips Madden: “It was just nice to be in jeans and not white skin-tight leggings for a change.”

Madden plays Michael, a young American pickpocket in Paris who one day picks the wrong pocket: upon discarding a stolen bag, it explodes, killing four people and painting Michael a terrorist suspect.

Captured by Elba’s CIA Agent Briar, the pair unite to figure out the real terrorists and their intended target, stumbling into a conspiracy with roots far beyond Le Bon’s ragtag activist group.

“Michael’s lack of morals appealed to me, which is a funny thing to say,” Madden laughs. “He doesn’t care about anyone or anything, apart from himself. And that puts him in a place of being able to do what he likes. And he does. I found that combination of not having any direction but still having a drive really interesting.”

When Michael finds himself way out of his depth, it’s the gruff ’n’ tumble Agent Briar who keeps him afloat.

Madden laughs that he and Elba are “chalk and cheese as actors … I don’t think we’d be cast in the same roles”. But the duo quickly built a great rapport based on “taking the piss out of each other”.

Madden is absolutely certain that Elba — star of Prometheus, Pacific Rim and TV series Luther — could foil a terrorist plot or stop a bank heist single-handedly in real life, too.

“His action stuff is brilliant in the film. I trained with him and watched him rehearse these things and he did them all and did them really, really well. I wouldn’t want to fight Idris.”

The odd couple’s training included an ever-changing “assault course” the stunt team would have them run through.

“That’s where I got my worst injury,” says Madden. “I jumped off a platform, was supposed to land on a roof and slide down it, but I cleared the roof and landed on my ankle — snapped that to one side. So that was a little trip to A&E which panicked everyone. But I was all right.”

Less hazardous but more illegal was Madden’s training in pickpocketing and sleight of hand with a guy called Keith the Thief.

“He does it professionally — as in, you know, a show. Though I think he did it maybe not-so-legally before,” Madden chuckles. “It gets quite addictive. I got quite good at stealing things from people’s pockets in the studio.”

Madden, who turns 30 next month, grew up in a small village west of Glasgow. He was barely a teenager when he made his screen debut in the BBC kids’ comedy series Barmy Aunt Boomerang, playing a kid with a kooky Australian aunt, who just so happens to be a ghost.

If Australia wants to take credit for that, Madden’s more than happy to give it to us.

“I can’t believe you’re mentioning that one. End of days!” he groans. “Yes, yes you can take all the credit for that — or the blame, as some people might say. Not my finest moment, but definitely my first moment.”

It’s not how a career begins, of course, it’s just that it does. And Madden — currently starring in Branagh’s West End stage production of Romeo and Juliet — is learning how to make the most of it.



Richard was apparently taught how to pick pockets for his role as Michael Mason in the film BASTILLE DAY. Richard explains in the article below.

Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden to play a less noble role in Bastille Day

AS ROBB STARK in Game of Thrones and Prince Charming in the most-recent Disney version of Cinderella, we’re used to seeing Richard Madden playing trustworthy characters.

Darryl Smith

But for new movie Bastille Day, he had to learn how to deceive us.

Richard plays pickpocket Michael Mason in the film, an American “working” the streets of Paris who gets caught up in a terrorist bomb plot.

French authorities believe him to be the man responsible after he discards a bag he’s stolen that contains a bomb.

But CIA agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba) realises Michael is just in the wrong place at the wrong time, which also makes him the best-placed person to identify the real culprits.

To turn himself into the consummate crook, the Scottish actor was taught sleight of hand and distraction techniques by the appropriately named Keith the Thief.

“James Watkins (the director) was very keen to make sure that the stealing didn’t appear to be like magic,” comments Richard.

“So if anyone watching the film on DVD pauses and watches it in slow-motion to check it’s really me doing it, I did actually do it.”

A film showing a bomb attack in Paris will likely make filmgoers feel a little uneasy following the terrorist atrocities that hit the French capital last year.

The film was actually written in 2012 and shot in Paris in the autumn of 2014.

“The film harks back to movies like The French Connection and Pickpocket,” says Richard of the true inspiration for the movie.

“And that was appealing to me.

“Michael is a street rat, with not much of a moral compass or sense of responsibility for his actions.

“He’s slightly lost in the world and has a certain sense of self-loathing, but he’s really ready to embark on a journey and try to find a different side of himself.”

With shades of Popeye Doyle and Dirty Harry about him, CIA agent Briar has no qualms about going against his bosses.

He ends up forming an unlikely partnership with Michael as the pair engage in a high-speed chase across Paris to thwart another attack.

Richard says playing alongside Luther star Idris could hardly be described as work.

“On one of our first days on set together, we were filming a scene inside a car in a car park for a whole day and we started playing around with a couple of the scenes, firing things back and forth to each other, just having some fun,” recalls Richard.

“We thought, this works for the characters, having digs at each other and bantering, so we fed it into the scenes and there ended up being a lot of improvisation.”

Bastille Day is at cinemas from Friday, April 22.


A review from Total Film on Richard’s film BASTILLE DAY. While the overall review is good, it sort of falls off at the end. Have a read.

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Richard has been featured on the new posters for GAME OF THRONES‘ season six debut in late April. His face, or rather that of Robb Stark, The King in the North, appears as one of the faces in the House of Black And White in Braavos where Aria (Maisie Williams) is currently being trained as a faceless one with Jaquen Hagar (Tom Wlaschiha). I recently posted a trailer for season six where you can clearly hear Robb’s voice in the promo. You can find that post here. Enjoy.



With GAME OF THRONES due to start season six in less than a month, I was doing some troweling on Youtube and found this excellent video showcasing the Stark family. Included are many scenes of Richard as the one and only King in the North, Robb Stark. The video shows many of Richard’s best scenes from his three seasons on the show. The ending is particularly gut wrenching. I hope you enjoy and remember our one and true King in the North, his lovely Queen Talisa played by the beautiful Oona Chaplin, and that hope that might have been Prince Eddard Stark.

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