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Richard Madden in talks for more mega-hit Bodyguard

BODYGUARD star Richard Madden has confirmed he will meet the hit’s creator Jed Mercurio this month to discuss more episodes.

The BBC One series, in which Madden (pictured) played a protection officer guarding the home secretary, was a ratings juggernaut.

More than 10million watched the final episode live and the show became the most watched BBC drama of the decade.

Madden said: ‘I’m having a conversation with him [Mercurio] in about 10 days or something, when I’m back in the country, and we are just going to chat through some ideas.

‘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, his character, above] 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.”

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

He added: ‘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 [on Netflix] and it’s this rolling thing.’

Madden said he particularly feared the audience would turn on the show after the death of the home secretary, played by Keeley Hawes.

He explained: ‘Every week I was terrified of people hating the next episode. What comes with something being successful is you get very prepared for people to turn around in episode four and say, “I hate it, Keeley Hawes is dead and I don’t want to watch it any more and it’s rubbish”.

‘And then every week more people watched it and more people liked it.’

The star called the success ‘kind of overwhelming’. He added: ‘It’s just thrilling for a little show that didn’t have a huge budget and just had a bunch of actors working really hard. It’s really inspiring.’