After mesmerizing us for three seasons as the King in the North, Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, Richard Madden’s next big role came with the series, Bodyguard. In the show, which also stars Keeley Hawes, Richard portrayed the role of war veteran David Budd, who is in charge of protecting the home secretary, Julia Montague, and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During a session of The Hollywood Reporter’s Drama Actor Roundtable, Madden revealed that he was physically and mentally exhausted after shooting for Bodyguard.
Richard spoke about how playing David Budd weighed heavy on him as you tend to lose yourself while stepping into someone else’s shoes for so long. “I’m not a method actor in any way, but you get a huge hangover from this. At the end of this, I felt very isolated and broken, much like the character was,” the actor added. To prepare for the tough role, Madden spoke to a few soldiers which was difficult because they usually don’t want to talk about it.
The hard work paid off for Richard as he took home the Golden Globe in the category of Actor in a Drama Series for Bodyguard.
Meanwhile, Richard also stars in Elton John’s biopic Rocketman, as John Reid, while Taron Egerton plays the legendary musician.