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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 , 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 and starred in the Netflix romantic comedy Ibiza.
Madden was born on 18 June 1986 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.
At the age of 11, Madden joined Paisley Arts Centre’s youth theatre programme to help overcome his shyness. 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, 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.
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. 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, being the Globe’s first tour. 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, followed by his roles as Ripley in the 2010 film Chatroom, and as Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in the 2010 film Worried About The Boy. 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. Speaking in September 2018, Madden claimed that he was not paid much for his role in Game of Thrones. 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. 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.
Between 12 May and 13 August 2016, Richard Madden appeared on stage the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in the West End, where he was reunited with his Cinderella costar Lily James as Juliet, and director Kenneth Branagh. Richard was replaced as Romeo in July, after suffering an ankle injury.
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.