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Creator / Richard Madden

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Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986 in Elderslie, Scotland) is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor. Starting his career as a child actor in sitcoms, he broke into the public consciousness for his portrayal of Robb Stark in HBO's wildly popular Game of Thrones. He would later win the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for his role as Police Sergeant David Budd in Bodyguard (2018).

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Tropes associated with his work:

  • Actor-Inspired Element:invoked It was his idea to have Talisa killed off in the Red Wedding (her book counterpart isn't present at the event and simply disappears from the narrative).
  • Casting Gag:invoked In both Game of Thrones and Cinderella he plays the next in line to the throne who turns down the good political match to Marry for Love with an Impoverished Patrician (the only difference being that Talisa was willingly impoverished). There's also the likelihood that Medici capitalized on this only to subvert it.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Sebastian Stan, to the point that a lot of fans mistook Ikaris for Bucky and people started making memes.
  • Creator Breakdown:invoked Admits he sobbed on the plane home after filming the Red Wedding.
  • Fake American:invoked In Bastille Day. He's joked that it was easier for his co-stars to understand him in that accent than his own.
  • Fake Brit:invoked He's Scottish and for some of his most famous roles, he has affected an English accent. Ranging from Oop North (Game of Thrones) to Received Pronounciation (Cinderella (2015)).
  • Meme Acknowledgement: It's not specific to just him, but he's aware of the "Marvel snipers" memenote . He's even used the meme verbatim, joking that he's afraid to say anything about Eternals because "the Marvel snipers might take me out."
  • Mr. Fanservice: Many of his roles are quick to draw attention to his good looks.
  • Playing Against Type:invoked
    • Bodyguard (UK 2018) by his word was something he was attracted to because it was a difference from playing straightforward heroes in fantasy pieces. It also marked the first major role he got to use his natural accent.
    • And then there's his turn as a sleazy manipulator in Rocketman (2019).
  • Weight Woe: In 2019 he came out and admitted he struggled with body image issues and anxiety about whenever a role required a Shirtless Scene. He was also Formerly Fat in his teen years until he got a role in a play that required nudity.