Body­guard star Mad­den in love split

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Front Page - By Sanchez Man­ning

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.

YOUNG, FREE & SIN­GLE: Scot Richard

CLOSE: But Mad­den and El­lie have grown apart due to work sched­ules. Left: In Body­guard role

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