RICHARD Madden is fast becoming a fully-fledged superstar as audiences prepare to enjoy his high profile role in the highly-praised Elton John movie, Rocketman.
The actor, who recently starred in BBC's Bodyguard – and scooped up the award for Best Drama Performance at the 2019 NTAs – definitely has been working hard at becoming a household name. Here's the highlights of his career so far…
Who does Richard Madden play in Rocketman?
Richard Madden stars as in the movie, Elton John's long-term manager and lover.
The actor, 32, said that: "Between filming, I eat pizza, drink, don’t work out, get fat. Then it’s six weeks until you have to be naked again — if you’re lucky. I have ten days until I take my clothes off again this time."
Both the parts of Elton John and John Reid are played by straight actors.
The movie reportedly shows a steamy 40-second scene which shows Madden lying naked in bed with Taron Egerton who plays Elton. Yet he says filming the scenes weren't fun, and he only chose to shoot them because it was so 'relevant' to the film. "‘Sex scenes are never fun to shoot but I only ever do these things if there’s a real justification for them,’ he said. ‘This is the first time Elton ever had sex with anyone so that’s why it’s a relevant scene, in terms of his progression."
Rocketman will be released in UK cinemas on May 22, 2019.
The fantasy musical, directed by Dexter Fletcher, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16.
Will Richard Madden star in Bodyguard series two?
Bodyguard's series one finale became the most-watched television episode since records began – and fans are eagerly anticipating a second. While the BBC has not yet officially renewed Bodyguard for a second series, lead actor Richard Madden certainly seems keen for season two to happen.
“We’ve been talking about it and I spoke to Jed [Mercurio, the writer] about a month after the show had finished airing over in the UK and we sat and decided let’s give it at least a year while we work out how to do something better,” said Madden.
Seeing as the first series of Bodyguard ended in September 2018 and it hasn’t officially been renewed yet – it’s unlikely that a second season will go into production before the end of 2019.
Who is Richard Madden dating?
Richard is dating actress Ellie Bamber.
Richard previously hinted at the romance, saying: “I am sleeping with someone. I am very happy with someone.”
They were first pictured together in Ibiza in August 2017.
Will he play the next James Bond?
Earlier this month, bookies revealed Richard Madden was tipped as the favourite to take on the role of the next 007 star.
Despite being in the running for some time, he now sits ahead of the pack at 2/1 according to Coral.
"Richard Madden is all the rage with our customers to play the next James Bond as they have been rushing in to back the Bodyguard star to become the next 007 where he looks a perfect fit," said Coral's John Hill.
Other tipped actors include Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba, whose odds are both 5/1.
In the past, Madden has made it no secret that he would be thrilled to succeed Craig in the coveted role.
In the interview, he couldn’t help but gush about the opportunity, saying it was a ‘brilliant thing’ to be touted as Craig’s successor.
He previously said: "I love the movies. I’ve read all the books."
But he added: "If you talk about it, you’ll curse it."
What else has Richard Madden starred in?
In May 2013, Richard was cast as the role of the prince in the live-action Disney film Cinderella, which was released in March 2015.
His other roles include the racy drama Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 2015 and TV series Medici: Masters of Florence in 2016.
He previously gushed about his love for the sci-fi series Doctor Who and admitted that he’d love a starring role in the show.
In 2018 he played David Budd, a war veteran tasked with protecting the Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) in the BBC drama Bodyguard.
He stunned fans by going completely naked during the show as the steamy political thriller has been dubbed the BBC’s "best drama in 20 years".
His latest movie Rocketman, telling the story of Elton John's life, will see him play John Reid alongside Taron Egerton and Bryce Dallas Howard.
What is Richard Madden's backstory?
Richard Madden, 32, was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland.
He started doing theatre when he was 11 to overcome his shyness.
After playing a number of local roles on stage, he made his TV debut as the lead role of Dean McKenzie in the 2009 BBC series Hope Springs.
He then found widespread fame as a leading man in the Game Of Thrones.
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