The television show, Game of Thrones is monumental in many ways and one of the ways it has left a mark on the entertainment industry is the introduction of a new generation of actors to the world of film and television. One of such actors is the Scottish born Richard Madden whose devilishly handsome looks remained with fans of the show long after he left the show and his death in The Red Wedding episode equally caused some fans to shed tears. But Game of Thrones is not the only work he has done in front of the camera. Keep reading to learn more about the life and work of Richard Madden.
Richard Madden’s Bio & Age
On the 18th of June in 1986, Richard and Pat Madden welcomed to the world their second child and first son, Richard Madden. The young actor was born in Elderslie in Glasgow and this is where he spent his childhood alongside his sisters, Cara and Lauren. His mother worked as an educator while his father was part of the fire brigade.
Richard Madden was bitten by the acting bug as a child and by the time this actor was eleven years old he had joined the local theatre program. Richard was a shy child and joining the theatre helped combat his shyness. For his high school education, Madden attended Castlehead High School and from there, he went on to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He graduated from the academy in 2007; prior to his graduation, he had worked with some acting companies, two of which are The Arches and the Glasgow Repertory Company. Most of his acting, during those years, were theatre productions. Some of his roles in theatre include playing Romeo in a 2007 Shakespeare’s Globe production of Romeo and Juliet, Callum McGregor in Noughts and Crosses, and Florizel Cleomenes in The Winter’s Tale.
His first role on television was Dean McKenzie in the BBC produced 2009 comedy show, Hope Springs. 2011 was the year he had his big break; he was cast as Robb Stark, the first child of Ned Stark in the groundbreaking HBO television show, Game of Thrones.
For his work on Game of Thrones, Richard Madden received worldwide recognition which led to him getting cast in notable films. Bastille Day, Ibiza, Cinderella, Chatroom, Ripley are some of the films he has had performances in. Madden is also known for his role in the biopic of the life of Elton John, Rocketman. He has continued to lead a career in theatre alongside his film and television appearances.
Is He Gay? Who Is His Wife, Girlfriend?
Richard Madden works hard to keep his private life away from the media, which is why there are often questions about the actor’s sexuality, with many wondering if he is gay.
He has been romantically linked to a number of women. His first known girlfriend is the English actress, Jenna Coleman who is known for her work on Emmerdale and Doctor Who. When their relationship began is not known but by 2015 the two were no longer together.
The next woman he dated after Coleman was Laura Whitmore who is a well-known Irish broadcaster as well as model. Whitmore has worked with several media networks including MTV. Their relationship did not last for long and they broke up soon after they got together. His next girlfriend was Ellie Bamber and they dated for less than a year. Bamber is the second actress he has dated, she is known for her roles in The Lady from the Sea, Nocturnal Animals and the BBC One production of Les Miserables.
Despite his relationship with these women over the years, the rumors about his sexuality persist. However, at this moment, Richard Madden has chosen not to address the rumors.
Richard Madden’s Height
Richard Madden’s career is not dependent on only his acting and talent but his looks as well. Madden stands at a height of 5 feet and 10 inches, this statistic coupled with his weight of 77 kilograms. There is no denying that the actor puts in the required effort to maintain his enviable physique.
In an interview, Richard Madden revealed that he was not paid a lot while he was on Game of Thrones. Despite this, the show gave him a lot of recognition which set him up to be one of the most sought out young actors today. This has helped with his career and overall net worth which is estimated at $6 million.