Richard Madden is a Scottish actor. Born and raised near Glasgow, in Renfrewshire, he made his screen debut as a child actor and stage debut whilst a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2007, he toured with Shakespeare's Globe company as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, a role he would reprise in the West End in 2016.
Madden's breakthrough role came in 2011, as Robb Stark in HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, for which he received the Screen International Award for Star of Tomorrow and two SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series nominations, amongst other accolades. His subsequent roles include leading the first season of the historical fiction series Medici: Masters of Florence (2016) as Cosimo de' Medici, and starring in the films of Disney's Cinderella (2015) and Netflix's romantic comedy Ibiza (2018).
In 2018, Madden gained critical acclaim and wider recognition for his leading role as David Budd in the BBC thriller series Bodyguard, the UK's most-watched television drama since current records began, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and the National Television Award for Drama Performance, and was also nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.
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