Richard Madden nearly quit acting
17 April 2019 - 11:00 AM

Richard Madden nearly quit acting

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ichard Madden almost quit acting after making "Bodyguard".

The 32-year-old actor found shooting the drama series - in which he played police protection officer David Budd - exhausting and it left him in an "unhappy place", so he needed to take some time out to remember why he was passionate about his career.

He said: "It really took it out of me. I didn't get to see my friends, my family, do anything. It's a relentless job, it's an unhappy place.

"At the end of filming I had just gone, "What am I doing this for? I'm supposed to be doing the thing I love."

"I had to take a break for a couple of months and get myself back.

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"And after I did get myself back a bit in my head, then you're like, "OK." "

But Richard realised the struggle had been worth it when he saw the first edits of the show.

Richard Madden considered quitting acting after Bodyguard

Richard Madden considered quitting acting after Bodyguard

6 June 2019 - 11:00 AM

Richard Madden considered quitting acting after Bodyguard

He is quoted by The Sun newspaper as saying: "Then seeing the rough cuts coming through of it, I was like, "This is something I'm really proud of actually." "

"Bodyguard" - which also starred Keeley Hawes - was initially planned to be a one-off drama, but following its huge success, a second season was commissioned and Richard recently teased that producers are planning to "create something different" although his "fascinating" character will still be "part of the story".

He said: "We hadn't intended to make a second one but the character is so fascinating.

"We want to create something different and do justice to season one. I will be part of the story. I want it to be as exciting as season one and to show something new."

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