Bodyguard: Richard Madden Protects a Dangerous Politician in First Trailer


Fans of House Stark will be happy to know that Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is on his way back to screens, by way of the Netflix drama Bodyguard.

The streaming service just released the first trailer for the BBC One limited series, giving viewers a glimpse of what to expect from Madden's latest project. It's an intense two minutes, introducing the "heroic but volatile" David Budd (Madden), a Specialist Protection Officer for the Metropolitan Police Service who's responsible for the security of Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes of High-Rise).

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The line between business and personal appears to be thin, however, and Budd is torn between his duties and his beliefs as he tries to resist becoming more dangerous to his charge than any external threat. There are hints of terrorism, intimate relationships and deep philosophical struggles throughout the explosive trailer.

The most dangerous things, we hear a voice saying, "do not always arise from outside. Some fester within." Moments later Budd expresses his frustration with his post: "I've been a copper, I've been a soldier, and for what? Politicians, cowards and liars."

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Madden, whose name is the latest to be attached to the role of James Bond, leads a familiar British cast through its six-episode run. The Scottish actor has stayed busy since his departure from Game of Thrones in its third season, splitting his time between screen and stage. Notably, he portrayed the prince opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action Cinderella, and he teamed with her again last year for a stage-to-screen adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

Bodyguard stars Madden, Hawes, Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley), Paul Ready (The Terror), Ash Tandon (Coronation Street), Gina McKee (Line of Duty), Richard Riddell, and Nicholas Gleaves. The series arrives Oct. 24 on Netflix.

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