Bodyguard star Madden in love split
BODYGUARD heart-throb Richard Madden and his actress girlfriend Ellie Bamber have broken up, it was reported last night.
And – though this may astonish admiring female fans – it is said that it’s Ms Bamber who ended the relationship with the Scottish star.
Ms Bamber, currently to be seen as Cosette in the BBC1 adaptation of Les Miserables, and Madden, 32, had been going out together for the past 18 months.
It is believed that their break-up comes as they were pulled apart by increasingly different lifestyles.
Madden has rapidly been elevated to the A-list after Bodyguard became almost a national obsession last year, particularly thanks to his revealing love scenes with Keeley Hawes. The news of the break-up comes just days after Madden won a Golden Globe for his role in the hit BBC1 series, leaving him tipped to be the new James Bond. Observers noted that Ms Bamber, 21, was conspicuously absent from the awards ceremony in Los Angeles last week.
A source was quoted in The Sun on Sunday saying: ‘Richard is the toast of Hollywood at the moment, and understandably wants to let his hair down.
‘Ellie is a bit quieter, and wants to focus purely on her work.
‘Their day-to-day lives were increasingly becoming worlds apart.
‘But both Ellie and Richard hope to remain friends.’
Madden had previously enjoyed a three-year romance with actress Jenna Coleman, star of ITV’s Victoria.
He has also dated model Suki Waterhouse and Love Island host Caroline Flack.
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CLOSE: But Madden and Ellie have grown apart due to work schedules. Left: In Bodyguard role