GAME OF HOMES

Mad­den set to snap up lux­ury pad in the States... but will he be there alone after love split?

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Liam Ross

HIS star is on the rise after his Golden Globe win and amid ru­mours he will be the next 007.

So it seems only right that Scot­tish ac­tor Richard Mad­den has set his sights on a multi-mil­lion-pound home fit for a Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight.

The Game of Thrones and Body­guard heart­throb last week went to view a £4.2mil­lion man­sion in Hid­den Hills, Los An­ge­les.

The prop­erty boasts seven be­d­rooms, a spa and in­fin­ity pool – but there is spec­u­la­tion that Mad­den, from Elder­slie, Ren­frew­shire, will have to live there alone fol­low­ing a re­ported split from his model girl­friend.

The 32-year-old Scot at­tended the view­ing alone and was said to be ‘struck’ by the Cal­i­for­nia es­tate, which in­cludes a gym, home cin­ema, bar­be­cue and fire pit, and over­looks a golf course.

A real es­tate agent said: ‘He was blown away by the lo­ca­tion and also highly im­pressed with se­cu­rity ar­range­ments.

‘He was struck by how quiet and peace­ful Hid­den Hills is, de­spite only be­ing a half-hour drive from Hol­ly­wood.’

It comes after Mad­den’s re­ported split from 21-year-old English model and ac­tress El­lie Bam­ber. She is said to have ended their re­la­tion­ship last month after their lives ended up ‘worlds apart’.

The pair’s ro­mance came to light in Au­gust 2017, when they were pic­tured kiss­ing while on hol­i­day in Ibiza.

Miss Bam­ber – cur­rently star­ring in the BBC’s Les Mis­er­ables – did not at­tend last Sun­day’s Golden Globe Awards with Mad­den, who picked up the prize for best ac­tor in a tele­vi­sion drama se­ries for his role as Body­guard’s hunky war vet­eran turned pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer David Budd.

The Scot thanked his co-star Kee­ley Hawes, Body­guard writer Jed Mer­cu­rio and his friends and fam­ily dur­ing his speech – but did not men­tion Miss Bam­ber.

The pair were be­lieved to have been con­sid­er­ing cou­ples’ ther­apy to try to re­solve their is­sues but later de­cided it would be best to sep­a­rate.

Mad­den’s prospec­tive new home is a far cry from his up­bring­ing in Elder­slie, where he said he was bul­lied as a school­boy be­cause he was over­weight.

He pre­vi­ously said that while grow­ing up in his ‘rough’ home town he suf­fered ‘con­stant hu­mil­i­a­tion’. The star has also de­scribed how he joined a youth theatre school to help im­prove his con­fi­dence after be­ing bul­lied – but was then picked on for be­ing a per­former.

Mad­den told GQ mag­a­zine: ‘It was rough. My high school was re­ally rough. Grow­ing up was just con­stant hu­mil­i­a­tion, re­ally.

‘I went to youth theatre to try to get a bit more con­fi­dence in my­self.’

Mad­den added: ‘In hind­sight, maybe not the best move to try and fit into a rough, very mas­cu­line school to say, “Now I do song and dance!”. Yeah, ex­actly. I got bul­lied.’

Asked if he was still af­fected by the ex­pe­ri­ences, the ac­tor – who made his name as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones – said the bul­ly­ing re­mained ‘a huge hang­over around me to­day’.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Mad­den and Miss Bam­ber were ap­proached for com­ment.

Fit for Bond: The Scot viewed this £4.2mil­lion man­sion in Los An­ge­les last week All over? Richard Mad­den with his ac­tress girl­friend El­lie Bam­ber last June

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