'Bodyguard' star Richard Madden talks about his Golden Globe nomination and those 'flattering' James Bond rumors

Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Ushered out of Winterfell and the violent world of "Game of Thrones" with the much-remembered so-called Red Wedding episode, Scottish actor Richard Madden is a long way from Robb Stark in the Golden Globe-nominated "Bodyguard."

A breakout hit in the U.K. in August before arriving on Netflix this fall, "Bodyguard" earned a series nomination in the TV drama category and an acting nod for Madden, who portrays Sgt. David Budd. A PTSD-afflicted veteran of the Afghanistan war, Budd finds himself in a tangled web of terror plots and conspiracies while weathering conflicted feelings about being assigned to protect a politician who was an advocate for the war.

Below, Madden talks a bit about his experience on "Bodyguard" as well as those pesky, tabloid-born James Bond rumors that have been swirling in the U.K.

Q: So, how's your morning going?

A: Kind of mad, yeah. Kind of crazy.

Q: Where were you when you found out about your nomination?

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A: I'm in a studio in London, a voice-over studio because I'm recording a documentary. So it's taken me a little bit of coming down to be able to get back in the studio.

Q: Did the news catch you off guard?

A: It absolutely floored me. I never even dreamed -- I didn't even think that would ever be an option. I'm kind of overwhelmed.

Q: The show was a bit of a departure from that little knights-and-dragons show where a lot of people last saw you -- I was so happy you survived this whole season, by the way.


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