Body­guard’s Richard dumped by girl­friend

Daily Express - - News - By Frances Mil­lar

MIL­LIONS of hearts have been set a flut­ter with the news that ac­tor Richard Mad­den is sin­gle again.

The Body­guard star, 32, and his ac­tress girl­friend El­lie Bam­ber have bro­ken up, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

News of the split comes just days after Mad­den won a Golden Globe for his role in the hit BBC One se­ries.

And much to the sur­prise of the Scot’s army of fe­male fans, it is un­der­stood that it was Ms Bam­ber who ended the 18-month re­la­tion­ship.

Ms Bam­ber, 21, was no­tably ab­sent from the glam­orous cer­e­mony in Los An­ge­les last Sun­day.

Play­ing Cosette in the BBC One adap­ta­tion of Les Mis­er­ables, she is re­port­edly at odds with his de­sire to move to the US and their in­creas­ingly dif­fer­ent lives.

Mad­den was with ac­tress Jenna Cole­man, star of ITV’s Vic­to­ria, for three years. He has also dated model Suki Water­house and Love Is­land host Caro­line Flack.

Mad­den starred as Robb Stark in the hugely pop­u­lar HBO fan­tasy se­ries Game Of Thrones.

But it was not un­til he took on the role of ex-soldier David Budd in Body­guard that he be­came a house­hold name.

The na­tion was gripped by the thriller in which Mad­den’s trou­bled po­lice of­fi­cer was ap­pointed to pro­tect Home Sec­re­tary Ju­lia Mon­tague, Body­guard star Richard Mad­den and for­mer girl­friend ac­tress El­lie Bam­ber

played by Kee­ley Hawes. The fi­nale drew a record-break­ing 15.9 mil­lion view­ers, mak­ing it the most-watched episode of any drama since records be­gan 16 years ago.

Cre­ator Jed Mer­cu­rio has hinted at a sec­ond se­ries, say­ing: “We feel very priv­i­leged and for­tu­nate that there’s been such a re­sponse.”

Since the over­whelm­ing in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of the show, Mad­den has also

been tipped to re­place Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Ad­dress­ing the ru­mours, he has said: “This is what hap­pens with all these shows, like Tom Hid­dle­ston in The Night Man­ager.

“Then there’s the next one. I’m the next one. Ev­ery­one just loves the ru­mour mill on that topic. I’m just the cur­rent one. There’ll be a dif­fer­ent one next week.”

Glam­orous El­lie, above, and Richard left, with Kee­ley Hawes in BBC One’s Body­guard

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