Tuesday 12 December 2017

Meet the newest member of the Stark family: Laura Whitmore 'dating' Game of Thrones star Richard Madden

Laura Whitmore (left) and rumoured new beau Richard Madden (right)
Laura Whitmore (left) and rumoured new beau Richard Madden (right)
Laura Whitmore
Richard Madden attends the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition on June 3, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Laura Whitmore attending the 2016 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire
Richard Madden attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Richard Madden as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones
Richard Madden and Lily James attend the 'Cinderella' photocall Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

Irish tv presenter Laura Whitmore is reportedly dating actor Richard Madden.

Scottish star Richard (29), who rose to fame playing Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, has becomes one of Britain’s hottest exports, with roles like Prince Charming in Cinderella under his belt. He can next be seen starring with Idris Elba in action film Bastille Day, cementing his rising A-list status.

The Sun reports he and Laura (30), who recently split with Sunset Sons rocker Rory Williams after eight months of dating, were introduced by Richard’s former co-star Kit Harington.

“Laura knows the Game of Thrones cast well, especially Kit, and got to know Richard through those connections,” a source told the publication. “She has been telling friends she is excited by the new romance. It’s still early days but it is already clear they really like each other.

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore

“Richard immediately felt a connection and thinks this could go somewhere. There’s real chemistry between them. He has done much of the wooing but they’re both very keen," the source added.

Read more: Laura Whitmore 'splits with rocker boyfriend Rory Williams' after eight months

The Bray native was recently linked to Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio after she partied with him and friends after the BAFTAs in February. The Revenant star was said to be smitten with her after meeting her at the awards ceremony.

"Leonardo was completely taken by Laura. She was playing it cool but he made a beeline for her," an insider told The Sun. "[They were] getting on like a house on fire. Leo made it clear he wanted her to come back upstairs to his suite at the hotel to continue the party afterwards."

Richard Madden as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones
Richard Madden as Robb Stark in Game of Thrones

At the time, Whitmore refused to comment on the reports linking her to the Oscar-winning actor, only telling Hello! magazine: "Everyone was just having fun - there was a lot of dancing."

Richard too has dated in the spotlight - he romanced Doctor Who actress Jenna Coleman (who was previously linked to Prince Harry) for three years.

Richard Madden attends the
Richard Madden attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Laura Whitmore attending the 2016 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire
Laura Whitmore attending the 2016 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

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