Richard Madden

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Richard Madden

Richard Madden in 2009
BornJune 1986 (age 26)
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
OccupationStage actor
Film actor
Television actor
Years active1999–present
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Richard Madden

Richard Madden in 2009
BornJune 1986 (age 26)
Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland
OccupationStage actor
Film actor
Television actor
Years active1999–present

Richard Madden (born June 18, 1986) is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor, known for his work in theatre and for his roles in both film and television. Currently he is best known for his portrayal of Robb Stark in the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones.[1][2]



Madden grew up in Elderslie, Scotland. His father is in the fire service and his mother is a classroom assistant.[3] At the age of 11, he joined Paisley Arts Centre's youth theatre programme to help overcome his shyness.[3] He was soon cast as young Andy in the film adaptation of Iain Banks's Complicity, followed by his being cast in a lead role as Sebastian in the television series Barmy Aunt Boomerang,[1][2] for which he filmed 6 episodes that aired from 1999 through 2000. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.[1][2]

While at RSAMD he worked with the Arches and Glasgow Repertory Company, followed by Franz Xavier Kroetz's play Tom Fool at the Citizens' Theatre, which was so well received that it transferred to London, where Madden was spotted by a team from the Globe Theatre.[2] In his final year with RSAMD, he was cast as Romeo in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre which, after a run in London, toured in open-air stages during the Summer of 2007,[2][4] being the Globe's first-ever tour.[5] He also played Callum McGregor in the stage production of Malorie Blackman's 'Noughts and Crosses' in 2008.

He later gained the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC series Hope Springs,[1] followed by his roles as Ripley in the 2010 film Chatroom,[6] and as Theatre of Hate singer Kirk Brandon in the 2010 film Worried About The Boy.[7] Since 2011, he has starred as Robb Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based upon George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels,[8][9][10] the Channel 4 series Sirens and in the BBC series Birdsong.


Of Madden's performance as Mark McNulty in the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Be Near Me, Warwick Thompson of Bloomberg noted his performance to be "especially good".[11] Susan Mansfield of The Scotsman reported that Madden has caught the eye of critics for his work and reported additional positive reviews of his work by The Daily Telegraph, and The Observer.[1]

In reviewing the Globe Theatre's 2007 production of Romeo and Juliet as its first-ever tour, Susan Elkin of The Stage noted that "Ellie Piercy’s Juliet has just the right blend of wide-eyed, high-voice, pubescent passion degenerating into fear, fury and, finally, dignified determination. Piercy’s facial expressions are exceptionally wide ranging and powerful. And she’s well counterpointed against Richard Madden’s gravelly Glaswegian, almost childlike Romeo."[5]

The Scotsman reports that Madden "is one of the hottest young acting talents in the business but making it on to the Eligibles list is not the only accolade Richard has got recently.[when?] He won Most Stylish Male at the Scottish Style Awards in October and has also been named in Esquire's Hottest Stars for 2010 list." They also note that Madden is "tipped for mainstream glory this year, and will be starring in the new film Chatroom and TV series Game of Thrones".[10]

He was named one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2011.[12]

Partial filmography

1999–2000Barmy Aunt BoomerangSebastian Simpkins(6 episodes, 1999–2000)
2000ComplicityYoung Adam
2009Hope SpringsDean McKenzie(8 episodes, 2009)
2010Worried About The BoyKirk BrandonBBC TV Drama centred around the life of Boy George in the early 1980s
2011Strays (Short Film)ElliotMain role[13]
2011–presentGame of ThronesRobb StarkMain role
Nominated—Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011SirensAshleyChannel 4 series 1
2012BirdsongCaptain WeirBBC TV Adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's 1993 book, "Birdsong"
2012Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of FateTrevor Belmont / Alucard (voice)Main role, video game
2013Long Nights, Short MorningsLead RoleA 23-year-old is addicted to love. His erotic odyssey through the streets of New York City finds him bedding seven women in seven nights, while trying to maintain intimacy and honesty with all of them.


  1. ^ a b c d e Mansfield, Susan (March 21, 2009). "Up and Coming: Richard Madden - Young man on a role". The Scotsman ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Neil (June 12, 2007). "Less room for doom in the great outdoors". Herald Scotland ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Nathanson, Hannah (1 April 2011). "Game of Thrones is good news for Brit stars". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Paul (September 5, 2007). "Romeo and Juliet, Dulwich Park, London". The Independent ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Elkin, Susan (July 16, 2007). "review: Romeo and Juliet". The Stage ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Felperin, Leslie (May 14, 2010). "review: Chatroom". Variety ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Cooke, Rachel (May 21, 2010). "Worried About the Boy". New Statesman ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (August 20, 2009). "HBO appoints subjects to 'Thrones'". Hollywood Reporter ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "HBO Greenlights Northern Ireland Epic ‘Game of Thrones’". IFTN ( March 4, 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Scotland's most eligible men - #15: Richard Madden, 23, actor". The Scotsman ( February 16, 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Thompson, Warwick (January 29, 2009). "Richard Dreyfuss, Sporting Earpiece, Triumphs in New Play". Bloomberg ( Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
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