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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.


Here they are, sooner than I anticipated. What else is there to say about Richard in this other than he was luminous and brooding. His scenes with Holliday Grainger were so real and honest, I was struck by how great he truly is. Thank the gods at the BBC for believing he could do this. What I liked about the production other than the high values was how beautifully it was shot. LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER was not only good, but one more reason British television is far and above anything in North America.



I’m working on getting Richard’s screencaps up for LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER for you. It was a wonderful production and the quality was just incredible. To me this is the definitive version. Yeah, I loved Nicholas Clay as Mellors, but I’d have to say the 1981 version could be considered a bit of a soft-core porn version considering the role of Lady Chatterley was played by Sylvia Krystle. I admit I haven’t seen the 90s version starring Richard’s GAME OF THRONES papa Sean Bean, but I’ll endeavour to seeking that one out to compare. Richard did go on record as saying he deliberately didn’t see it so he could play his version of Mellors with an unjaundiced eye, which is good. I have to say though I am very impressed with Richard more and more each time I see him. He’s proving yet again why I created this site to him. Thank you Richard. I must say that Holliday Grainger is a revelation. I am looking to see some of her other work.

Onto some other news. I’ve been contacted by many people asking when I’m going to get the rest of Richard’s work from GAME OF THRONES where he played our King of the North, Robb Stark up in the gallery. I’m saying, please be patient. I’ve got them completed in terms of capped up, but not edited. That does take some time. It’s just the “getting-to-it” that’s the key. I have several other sites I’m tending to, hence the Ex Libris (My Library) in the sidebar, plus the recent death of my mother so I’ve got a lot to do in my private life. I’m also trying to get a site I have dedicated to Richard’s GAME OF THRONES co-star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau updated. But to let you know I have many event images plus photoshoots of Richard to post to the gallery, and many other things of Richard’s work plus some magazine scans. Anyway, there is the state of the art as far as this site is concerned. I want to thank everyone who is coming to visit and to those who have passed on their comments to me via email. All have been taken into consideration and I’m hoping to address the many issues you had in the very near future.

Richard talks about his role of Oliver Mellors in the BBC telefilm LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER to air tonight. I’ll have the screencaps up in the gallery as soon as I can get them done after the airing. For now, read what Richard had to say about the deeper meaning in the story.

Richard Madden talks a grittier Lady Chatterley’s Lover, gratuitous sex scenes and Game of Thrones

“It’s not just great sex or lust, it’s a real connection,” says the 29-year-old actor of DH Lawrence’s iconic and scandalous story

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
Sunday 6 September 2015 at 8:30AM

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the story that shocked a generation, sparking decades of controversy after its initial publication in 1928.

DH Lawrence’s tale of an illicit affair crossing social boundaries is making a return to our screens this weekend, with Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as groundskeeper Mellors.

It won’t, however, be dropping any jaws this time around, says Madden.

“I don’t think it can shock. From 12-years-old you can go on the internet and find anything you want so I don’t think there’s much to shock anyone anymore,” the 29-year-old says. “Hopefully this story is just going to bring a grit to these characters that is real and actually very moving, to see people struggling through life and despite all the odds trying to find beauty and hope.”

But it does go without saying that there will be scenes of a sexual nature that some people will find shocking…

“It’s not one for my mother I don’t think!” he laughs. “There’s not much nudity per say but she said, ‘Will there be noises?’ and I said, ‘There might be’, so she said, ‘Well, I’ll not watch it then.’”

For Madden, there is more to those intimate scenes than deep breaths and bared flesh. “It’s a connecting of two souls that are in lots of ways misplaced in this world. She’s misplaced in lots of ways, being part of that society and it not being right for her, and he’s misplaced in this world where he doesn’t feel like things should be the way they are.”

And much more to the relationship between Mellors and Lady Chatterley than just lust.

“You know when you’re really in love with someone and you have that great intimate relationship? It’s not just great sex or lust, it’s a real connection,” says Madden.

It’s important to the Cinderella star that the sex scenes have an important part to play in the story: “There are certain sides of you that come out when you’re post coital, or during sex, that you don’t get in other scenes or in other company. There’s a huge vulnerability. There’s a huge joy, as well – I think that’s when [Mellors is] at his best,” he says. “There’s line in the film where we are talking about his penis and he says, ‘He’s got his root in my soul, that gentleman.’”

“Everything I’ve done sexually on screen is because it’s essential to the story. And even though I was in Game of Thrones which, you know, there’s quite a lot of gratuitous sex in that. Anything I did was purely character based and character driven.”

Talking of Thrones, Madden decided not to ask his on-screen father Sean Bean, who played Mellors in the iconic 1993 BBC miniseries, for advice when he bagged the role.

“I didn’t want to! I have watched his version, [but] I’ve blocked it out of my mind because it was a while ago and I didn’t want to revisit it again just to prevent myself being influenced by it in anyway.”

“I really had to try and find ownership over this because there are so many people who have owned this character before me,” says Madden.

His Mellors, written by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio, is “fresh and real and human.”

“It’s not very clear cut. You’re not on her side or on his side. Everyone’s just trying to do the best with the lives they’ve been given.”

And for Mellors that involves a choice to live his. “He’s a very damaged man in lots of ways. He’s much older than he is physically because of what he’s been through. He’s been really hard done by, by life, by the First World War – as many men were – by society and class. When we meet him at the start of the film he’s given up on trying to be part of this world. He’s a man who just wants to live out the rest of his days in quiet.”

Until Lady Chatterley walks into his world, that is. “It drives him and takes him out of this place of death and resignation.”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is on Sunday 6th September at 9:00pm on BBC1


Another update for LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER with the gift of six more stills from the upcoming telefilm. Richard looks positively beautiful in this. I am so looking forward to watching this on the 6th. If you do happen to catch it, drop by and let us know what you thought. Until then, drool over these.



I have some more stills of Richard from LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER where he’s playing the gameskeeper Oliver Mellors. Now I know the album with the images disappeared for about a week but that was unavoidable. The photos were under a North American publication ban until this weekend and had I not removed them, this site could have been in trouble. And I didn’t want that. But now they’re back as well as more.



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