A Grove of trees in the Scottish Highlands
Richard Madden, Actor
Richard Madden, a Scottish actor, was born in 1986 and raised in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, not far from Glasgow. He began his professional acting career in the late 1990s, before going on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having completed high school.
On TV, Richard is renowned for his portrayal of the ill-fated Robb Stark in Game of Thrones (2011 to 2013), and war veteran David Budd in the BBC’s Bodyguard drama series (2018), being awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, for the latter role. Also winning the National Television Award for Best Drama Performance and receiving a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Amongst Richard’s other television credits are the 2014 miniseries Klondike, playing Oliver Mellors in Jed Mercurio's 2015 TV film adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Medici: Masters of Florence (2016), alongside Dustin Hoffman.
Notable film roles include playing the Prince in the Kenneth Branagh-directed live action production of Cinderella (2015) opposite Lily James, and portraying John Reid in the Elton John biopic Rocketman (2019) directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Richard’s stage credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre (2007) and reprising this role in Sir Kenneth Branagh's production in the West End in 2016, also opposite Lily James.
Richard enjoys walking and being able to escape into the countryside, especially the Scottish Highlands, so perhaps during a quieter spell, he may find time to visit his Grove to enjoy it and the habitat it provides for native wildlife.
Finally, to show our love, respect, and appreciation of Richard and his work, this is a heartfelt dedication to a very talented actor, who is also a beautiful person both inside and out. In the lyrics of Bernie Taupin from Elton John's 'Your Song':
"How wonderful life is while you're in the world".