He won a legion of admirers thanks to his threatening turn as Robb Stark on Game Of Thrones and gather even more fans on the BBC One-drama Bodyguard.
But despite his bona fide heart-throb status, Richard Madden admitted that he was not always regarded as such a cock.
The 32-year-old actor confessed that he & # 39; thick & # 39; and & # 39; overwhelmingly shy & # 39; was while attending a pretty heavy high school & # 39; in the city of Paisley in his native Scotland.
Candid: Richard Madden, 32, has admitted that he & # 39; child and maltreatment shy & # 39; was like a child at school in Scotland (pictured in Lady Chatterley's Lover in 2015)
& # 39; I was fat and shy. Bewildered shy, going to a rather difficult high school. Aggressive, masculine, "he told The Sun.
& # 39; I was a 38in waist when I was 12. I did not wear denim until I was 19 because denim is difficult to record. My mother could not take my jeans, "he added.
It is not the first time that Madden has raised his youth, Flaunt said earlier that if he did not act, he would be a "shy, fat child who lives in Scotland without a girlfriend."
Opening: & # 39; I was a 38in waist when I was 12. I did not wear denim until I was 19, because denim is difficult to take. My mother could not take my jeans with me, "he added (photo 11 in Iain Banks adaptation Complicity)
Self-mockery: It is not the first time that Madden brings up his youth, Flaunt said earlier that if he did not act, he would be a "shy, fat child who lives in Scotland without a girlfriend."
The actor also became cryptic about his relationship with Nocturnal Animals actress Ellie Bamber, 21, and revealed: & # 39; I sleep with someone. I am very happy with someone. & # 39;
He has certainly won a legion of fans with his last turn in BBC One's Bodyguard, which has become the biggest new drama on British television in more than a decade.
The series – starring Keeley Hawes as the Home Secretary and Richard Madden as the officer designated to protect her – has achieved consolidated viewing figures of 10.4 million for the first episode.
TV star: he has seen immeasurable success as the role of a troubled former soldier in the new six-part drama, Bodyguard
Impressive: the BBC One series – starring Keeley Hawes as the Minister of the Interior and Richard Madden as the officer designated to protect it – has achieved consolidated viewing figures of 10.4 million for the first episode
This is the highest launch figure for every new drama in all UK channels since 2006, the company said.
In his next role he appears as John Reid, the manager and first friend of Elton John, in the upcoming Rocketman movie about the singer's reputation.
The role can help Madden, who has received a huge female follower file, in his desire to escape from it to be objectified. He told Mr Porter that he is afraid that his sex appeal masks his abilities.
& # 39; I sometimes worry that this affects my job & # 39 ;, he admitted.
& # 39; When people go, "Oh, you know, he's that handsome thing", then it undermines that I'm actually an actor, and I'm trying very hard to be good at it. & # 39;