Date of Birth: June 18, 1986
Richard Madden is a Scottish actor best known for his portraying Robb Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones.
Growing up in Elderslie, Scotland, he was raised by his mother, Pat, a classroom assistant and his father, Richard, who worked for the fire service. He also has two sisters, Cara and Lauren.
Despite growing up to be an actor, Richard was very shy during his childhood. To overcome this, at age 11, he joined Paisley Arts Centre’s youth theatre program. In 1999 he was given the lead role as Sebastian Simpkins in BBC1’s children’s TV comedy series Barmy Aunt Boomerang. By 2000, he’d made his feature film debut in Complicity.
After high school he was accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and in 2007, he graduated.
Less than two years later, Richard had a recurring role as Dean McKenzie on the 2009 BBC series Hope Springs. Soon after, he landed the role of Ripley in the 2010 movie Chatroom, a film about a group of teenagers who encourage each other’s bad behaviours after meeting online. In the same year, Richard played punk band Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in Worried About the Boy, a TV film about the life of British singer-songwriter Boy George.
In 2011 Richard landed his breakthrough role as Robb Stark in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones. Also in 2011, he played gay paramedic Ashley Greenwick on the short-lived British comedy-drama Sirens. During hiatus from filming Game of Thrones in 2013, Richard was cast to star as Prince Charming in the 2015 Disney film Cinderella.
Richard won his first Screen Actors Guild award in 2014 for the Discovery Channel mini-series, Klondike. He played Bill Haskell, one of two adventurers who travel to Yukon, Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.
He's been busy on television, starring as Cosimo on the 2016 Netflix series Medici and in 2018, starring as bodyguard David Budd on the Netflix mini-series Bodyguard.
Returning to the big screen in 2019, he played John Reid in the Elton John musical biopic, Rocketman (2019). Next up, he'll play the role of Ikaris opposite Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek in Marvel's Eternals (2020).
Richard has been in a relationship with English actress Jenna Coleman since 2011.
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A Promise (2013)