Body­guard back on the mar­ket as Madden splits from ac­tress

Daily Mail - - News - By Susie Coen TV and Ra­dio Re­porter

HIS por­trayal of brood­ing pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer David Budd in BBC’s Body­guard pro­pelled him to heart­throb sta­tus.

Now Richard Madden is one of the UK’s most de­sir­able bach­e­lors af­ter re­port­edly split­ting from his girl­friend of 18 months.

El­lie Bam­ber, 21, is said to have ended things with the Scot­tish ac­tor last month af­ter their lives had be­come ‘worlds apart’.

The ac­tress, who is cur­rently star­ring in the BBC adap­ta­tion of Les Mis­er­ables, did not fly to LA to sup­port Madden, 32, when he picked up a Golden Globe last week for his per­for­mance in the BBC One drama that rep­re­sented its big­gest hit in years.

Body­guard’s fi­nale drew 10.4mil­lion view­ers – the high­est au­di­ence for a UK show last year bar­ring the World Cup.

Tellingly, the ac­tor thanked his co- star Kee­ley Hawes (pic­tured with him be­low), Body­guard writer Jed Mer­cu­rio and his friends and fam­ily dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech – but did not men­tion Miss Bam­ber.

And while Madden cel­e­brated his award, Miss Bam­ber posted a cryptic In­sta­gram message say­ing: ‘It’s no use go­ing back to yes­ter­day be­cause I was a dif­fer­ent per­son then.’

A source told The Sun on Sun­day: ‘They were ar­gu­ing al­most daily to­wards the end and, de­spite con­sid­er­ing cou­ples’ ther­apy, it be­came ev­i­dent there were far too many is­sues that could not be fixed.’

It comes just months af­ter Madden said he was ‘very happy’ with Miss Bam­ber, who is 11 years his ju­nior. ‘I am sleep­ing with some­one,’ he told The Times Mag­a­zine in Septem­ber. ‘I am very happy with some­one.’ Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Madden and Miss Bam­ber did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

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