Who is Richard Madden? David Budd in Bodyguard, Game of Thrones star, Ellie Bamber’s boyfriend and favourite to be new James Bond

Here is everything you need to know about the Scottish actor who's tipped to be the next James Bond…

Who is Richard Madden?

Richard Madden, 32,  was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

He started doing theatre when he was 11 to overcome his shyness.

After a number of local roles on stage, he made his TV debut as the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC series Hope Springs.

He then found widespread fame as a leading man in the Game Of Thrones.

Will Richard Madden be the next James Bond?

Richard Madden is now the favourite to play James Bond after receiving praise from the film's producer Barbara Broccoli.

The Mail On Sunday reported that he might even be offered the part outright.

A source said: "It’s seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job.

"Not only is he on top of Barbara’s list, but she is preparing to offer the role."

Other actors still in the running are Tom Hiddleston (5/2), Tom Hardy (9/2) and Idris Elba (6/1)

Who did Richard Madden play in Game of Thrones?

Richard became a household name playing Robb Stark in the fantasy series Game of Thrones.

He starred in the show from 2011 to 2013 and is credited in 21 episodes of the HBO drama.

Richard said at the time of his filming: “Sometimes it can be a real challenge when you’re up to your knees in freezing cold mud, snow or ice, you’re wearing seven layers of armour and leather, you’re on a horse and your feet are wet.

“But it ties back to what Robb would be doing — he’s experiencing the same things."

What else has Richard Madden starred in?

In May 2013, Richard was cast as the role of the prince in the live-action Disney film Cinderella, which was released in March 2015.

His other roles include the racy drama Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 2015 and TV series Medici: Masters of Florence in 2016.

He previously gushed about his love for the sci-fi series Doctor Who and admitted that he’d love a starring role in the show. 

In 2018 he played David Budd, a war veteran tasked with protecting the Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) in the BBC drama Bodyguard.

He stunned fans by going completely naked during the show as the steamy political thriller has been dubbed the BBC’s "best drama in 20 years".

His latest movie Rocketman, telling the story of Elton John's life, will see him play John Reid alongside Taron Egerton and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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