Richard Madden has racked up a commendable list of titles on stage, movies and TV shows over his long career of nearly 20 years. The actor is best known for playing the character of Robb Stark in the first three seasons of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ The Scottish actor started his career with the role of a teenager named Sebastian Simpkins in the BBC children’s television show ‘Barmy Aunt Boomerang.’ But after his debut, Madden shifted his focus to theater. His major stage roles include Romeo Montague in the Globe Theater’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2007.
Madden’s big breakthrough came when he was cast in the role of Robb Stark in HBO’s fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones‘ in 2011. Robb Stark is the oldest son of Eddard Stark and Catelyn Stark and the elder brother of Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon, and Jon Snow, who is Eddard’s illegitimate son. Robb’s companion is his direwolf, Grey Wind. The character earned him the Screen International Award for Star of Tomorrow and two SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series nominations, among other prizes. Madden also played the role of Cosimo de’ Medici in the first season of the historical fiction series ‘Medici: Masters of Florence’ in 2016. His other movie credits in this period include Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ (2015) and the Netflix romcom ‘Ibiza’ (2018).
Madden’s second big breakthrough came when he landed the lead role in the 2018 BBC series ‘Bodyguard.’ In the series, he plays a war veteran, Sergeant David Budd, who suffers the post-traumatic stress disorder. When Budd is hired as the bodyguard of a top-notch politician (played by Keeley Hawes), his life turns into more chaos. The character of Budd earned Madden a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. He had also been rumored as one of the major contestants to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig, but nothing took off. At this point, you might be wondering what is the next Richard Madden movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Richard Madden films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Richard Madden movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
3. Rocketman (2019)
Richard Madden plays the controversial role of John Reid, the rock legend’s manager and boyfriend in the ’70s in the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman.’ Though the real-life Reid opted to stay out of the biopic, Madden spoke to people who knew and worked with him before getting into the skin of the character, reports EW. The plot follows the life of Elton John (played by Taron Egerton) starting from his Royal Academy of Music days, through his path-breaking partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin (played by Jamie Bell) and his never-ending battles with demons of depression and addiction. His complex relationship with Reid leads him to a dilemma of sexual identity.
‘Rocketman’ also features several defining moments and crucial people in Elton’s turbulent life. Reid is one of the most challenging roles in Madden’s career as there are numerous stories about the conflicting characteristics of the manager. The other cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays John’s mother Sheila Eileen and Stephen Graham, who portrays the music publisher Dick James. ‘Rocketman’ was received with a standing ovation when it was screened in the Out of Competition section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The musical biopic is directed by Dexter Fletcher from a screenplay by Lee Hall. ‘Rocketman’ hits theaters on May 31, 2019.