Bodyguard star Richard Madden, 32, reveals he’s in talks for ‘anxiety-packed’ second series of gripping BBC drama

Susie Coen, Tv And Radio Reporter For The Daily Mail

It is the show that shattered records to become the biggest BBC drama in a decade.

And Richard Madden has revealed Bodyguard could return for a second series, as he is meeting the show’s creator Jed Mercurio later this month.

The Scottish star said: ‘I’m having a conversation with him in about ten days or something, when I’m back in the country, and we are just going to chat through some ideas.’

Richard Madden, above, has revealed Bodyguard could return for a second series, as he is meeting the show’s creator. The Bodyguard star, 32, joined a jury of industry experts to decide five nominees for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award

Richard Madden, above, has revealed Bodyguard could return for a second series, as he is meeting the show’s creator. The Bodyguard star, 32, joined a jury of industry experts to decide five nominees for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award

Richard Madden, above, has revealed Bodyguard could return for a second series, as he is meeting the show’s creator. The Bodyguard star, 32, joined a jury of industry experts to decide five nominees for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award

Madden, 32, became a heart-throb overnight playing brooding yet troubled protection officer David Budd.

More than 10.4million people were glued to their TV screens to find out who had killed Home Secretary Julia Montague – Keeley Hawes – in the show finale. 

Madden added: ‘We never intended to make another one and I don’t know, I’m excited to see what he’s got, especially because David [Budd] had quite a busy couple of months. So what do we do with him next? 

‘Because he probably needs a break… but him, on the beach with a pina colada, I don’t think people are going to watch that as much. Less anxiety though, I would like less anxiety.’

Speaking at Bafta in London, where he is on the jury to decide the shortlist for the academy’s EE rising star award, Madden said he was yet to regain his composure after the series’ success.

He said: ‘It’s still strange and it keeps rolling because the show was really great over here and did so well and then it’s in America now [where it is streaming on Netflix], and it’s this rolling thing.’ 

Madden said he was particularly concerned the audience would stop watching the show after the death of Miss Hawes’s character.

Madden, 32, became a heart-throb overnight playing brooding yet troubled protection officer David Budd, above. More than 10.4million people were glued to their TV screens to find out who had killed Home Secretary Julia Montague – Keeley Hawes – in the show finale

But he added: ‘It’s just thrilling that a little show that didn’t have a huge budget and just had a bunch of actors working really hard, it’s really inspiring that that has done well and not for any kind of glory, we just thought we were making a show we want to.’

The EE Bafta Rising Star Award shortlist will be announced on January 3, and the winner will be revealed at the awards on February 10.

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