Check out how Richard Madden looked nearly a decade ago!

Richard Madden has been such a big hit in BBC1 thriller Bodyguard that he’s being touted as the next James Bond!

The 32-year-old actor has made a lasting impression as David Budd, whose quest to find out who killed Julia Monatgue (Keeley Hawes) will finish in this Sunday’s extended finale.

But, of course, David has been acting for many years and we did a double take when we unearthed this old picture of him in a play called Be Near Me.

Bodyguard star Richard Madden looks completely different as he stars in Be Near Me, nearly a decade ago!

Richard took the role of Mark in the production at London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre back in 2009. Also among the cast was actor Ian McDiarmid, who’s better known to Star Wars fans as the Emperor Palpatine.

Richard Madden with his co-stars in the play Be Near Me

When Bodyguard and Star Wars clashed! Richard Madden with Ian McDiarmid, aka The Emperor in Star Wars, and actress Helen Mallon in the play Be Near Me

Richard, who enjoyed one of his first acting roles in Taggart, went on of course to achieve global fame as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and as the Prince in Cinderella. The Disney live action remake of Cinderella was an enormous box office hit.

Richard Madden cuts a dashing figure alongside Downton Abbey actress and Cinderella star Lily James at the UK Premiere

Richard Madden cuts a dashing figure alongside Downton Abbey actress and Cinderella star Lily James at the UK Premiere

Now, all attention is turning to Sunday’s Bodyguard finale and whether Julia could actually be alive! Keeley Hawes raised the question on Twitter, as the debate continues about whether she could really come back from the dead. Keeley’s post was in response to Newsnight asking for questions as it quizzed the show’s creator Jed Mercurio.

Fans continue to have a million and one theories on how it all might end. Check out the Bodyguard finale this Sunday on BBC1 at 9pm.

Bear Near Me pics: Geraint Lewis/REX/Shutterstock and Alastair Muir/REX/Shutterstock and Cinderella picture Joanne Davidson/REX/Shutterstock