Suf­fer­ing in a right royal role

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RICHARD Mad­den has joked he couldn’t walk for three months af­ter he started train­ing for Game of Thrones. The ac­tor por­trays Robb Stark, King of the North and Lord of Win­ter­fell, in the sprawl­ing fan­tasy TV drama, which fol­lows seven fam­i­lies as they bat­tle for con­trol.

Mad­den spends a great deal of time atop his trusty steed on the show, so had to learn not to be afraid of the an­i­mal be­fore the cam­eras started rolling.

‘‘When I got the part I went into full-blown horse train­ing – Robb has grown up with horses, so I started go­ing rid­ing four times a week. I couldn’t walk prop­erly for three months. But now I’m really con­fi­dent on the horse,’’ Mad­den tells Ra­dio Times mag­a­zine.

Gwen­do­line Christie por­trays Bri­enne of Tarth in the myth­i­cal show, which is based on the nov­els by Ge­orge RR Martin. The char­ac­ter is one of the best swords­men in the coun­try, which is what at­tracted the ac­tress to the role.

‘‘To be in­volved in some­thing that is gen­uinely chal­leng­ing gen­der stereo­typ­ing is what I’ve al­ways wanted. I don’t have to worry about whether I look at­trac­tive. Bri­enne looks like a bag of dung – that’s the char­ac­ter and that’s fine – so I can fo­cus on other things,’’ she says.

Game of Thrones: Mon­days, 8.30pm, Show­case.

Richard Mad­den

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