Is this £4m home fit for 007... and his Bond girl?
BODYGUARD star Richard Madden is moving to Hollywood... and has his sights set on this palatial mansion.
The Scottish actor, hotly tipped to become the next James Bond, was house hunting in Los Angeles last week after winning a Best Actor Golden Globe for the hit BBC series.
Madden, 32, was especially struck by the sprawling property in the celebrity enclave of Hidden Hills.
A real estate agent confirmed: “He was blown away by the location and also highly impressed with security arrangements.”
The gated, seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom estate, which also overlooks a golf course, is part of a sprawling country club that is patrolled by security guards and is on the market for £4.2million.
As well as its panoramic views, the 8,239 square foot property also features a home cinema, gymnasium and sauna with an infinity pool, spa, barbecue pit and fire pit.
Madden, who has been dating 21-year-old English actress Ellie Bamber since last summer, was alone when he toured the property, according to the agent, who added: “He was struck by how quiet and peaceful Hidden Hills is, despite only being a half-hour drive from Hollywood.”
If he does seal the deal, Madden will have the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx and Britney Spears as neighbours.
Neither Madden nor Bamber has publicly acknowledged their relationship, although Madden has admitted: “I’m very happy with someone.”
Bamber is playing Cosette in the BBC’s Les Miserables and is set to appear in a forthcoming TV series about the 1960s scandal of the disgraced politician John Profumo. She will play Mandy Rice-Davies in The Trial Of Christine Keeler.
The actress has developed some sympathy for Rice-Davis, who along with Keeler was labelled as an utter floozy by the Establishment.
“Mandy was fun and vivacious,” says Bamber, “but it must have been an awful thing to be shamed and put on trial for being a prostitute.”
LICENCE TO THRILL: Richard Madden was blown away by the sprawling property in the celebrity enclave of Hidden Hills, California, which comes with infinity pool, a huge kitchen and sitting room.