‘Bodyguard’ star Richard Madden confirms he’s in talks for a second series

"What can happen next?"

Bodyguard star Richard Madden has confirmed that he’s preparing for discussions about a second series of the acclaimed BBC drama.

The actor, 32, will meet with creator Jed Mercurio in the next few weeks to discuss the prospect of returning once more as beleaguered PC David Budd.

Madden says that the pair will talk about where the character can head next – after the first series ended with Budd experiencing a huge breakdown.

“I’m going to meet Jed in a couple of weeks, to have a chat and see what’s next in his brilliant brain”, he told Deadline.

“So, I’m like, what can happen next? You know, with David. Because he had a hell of a couple of months there. Where do you go with this guy?”

Discussing his own potential ideas, Madden said: “I also thought, maybe it’s going to be like American Horror Story where, in the second series, it’s a whole different incarnation of it, and I’m a royal and Keeley [Hawes, his co-star] is on my protection team.

“And you get all the rest of the actors back, and we all do different things. But who knows what’s in Jed’s mind. I’m very keen to hear.”

The show’s final episode saw Budd walking through the streets of London wearing a bomb vest – and Madden believes it could prove tricky for the character’s next steps.

“”I think, you know, David Budd, he walks about London with a bomb on.

“Everyone definitely knows his face now. He can’t really slip back into police work again. What’s his life like after that?”

The show debuted on BBC in August and went on to secure the highest ratings for a BBC drama in over a decade.

Mercurio hasalso previously admitted that the show could return for up to four more series.

“It’s probably fair to say we would probably approach any thoughts of a second series with the idea that it would create an opportunity for a third or fourth,” Mercurio told The Sun.