Richard Madden’s EPIC childhood throwback has fans floored by his dramatic transformation

He might be better known these days as the brooding police sergeant from BBC thriller Bodyguard, but in real life Richard Madden does not take himself too seriously.

The Scottish actor delighted fans by revealing a hilarious throwback picture from his school days as he jokingly compared himself to a potato.

Dressed in his school uniform of black blazer, white shirt and green tie, a short-haired Richard beamed for the camera.

"Wow. You really blossomed," said one of his followers.

"Our future children will be gorgeous," joked another.

Richard Madden's EPIC childhood throwback has fans floored by his dramatic transformation

How Richard looks now
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Richard Madden's EPIC childhood throwback has fans floored by his dramatic transformation

12-year-old Richard is adorable
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It comes after Richard revealed he didn’t have the best time in school and was cruelly bullied by his peers.

"My high school was really rough. Growing up was just constant humiliation really.

"I went to youth ­theatre to try and get a bit more confidence.

"In hindsight maybe not the best move to try and fit into a rough, very masculine school to say, ‘Now I do song and dance!’"

Richard Madden's EPIC childhood throwback has fans floored by his dramatic transformation

Richard Madden starring BBC’s Bodyguard
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He also opened up to GQ magazine about how he struggled with his weight and had a 32in waist as a child.

"I didn’t wear denim until I was 19 because my mum couldn’t take my jeans up so I wore f***ing chinos," he said.

Richard Madden's EPIC childhood throwback has fans floored by his dramatic transformation

Some fans think he’d be a great James Bond
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Since becoming a household name since his role in Bodyguard, Richard has been hotly tipped to play the next James Bond.

Asked if he’d ever consider taking the coveted role from Daniel Craig, Richard said: "Yeah I love the movies. I’ve read all the books."

He also said he was ‘flattered to be mentioned’ as a contender before attempting to play down the hype: "This is what happens with all these shows, like Tom Hiddleston after The Night Manager. I don’t want to curse anything by saying anything."