Eddie Redmayne

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Eddie Redmayne
OBE
Eddie Redmayne (15033887819).jpg
Born Edward John David Redmayne
(1982-01-06) 6 January 1982 (age 40)
City of Westminster, London, England, UK[1]
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Hannah Bagshawe (m. 2014)

Edward John David Redmayne, OBE (born 6 January 1982)[2] is an English actor. He started his professional career in both theatre and television roles in the early 2000s and then made his film debut, Like Minds, in 2006. He has since appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd (2006), Savage Grace (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Les Misérables (2012), The Theory of Everything (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015), and The Danish Girl (2015).

Redmayne received acclaim for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. He has continued to perform in theatre, most notably in the play Red (2010), on Broadway, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.

Early life

Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in Westminster, London.[3] His mother, Patricia (née Burke), runs a relocation business, and his father, Richard Redmayne, is a businessman.[4] His paternal great-grandfather was civil and mining engineer Sir Richard Redmayne.[5] He has an older brother, a younger brother, and an older half-brother[5] and half-sister.[6] Redmayne has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.[7]

He attended Colet Court,[8] then Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William.[9][10] He went on to study history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003.[11]

Career

Modelling

Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevingne.[12][13] In the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List.[14] In 2015, he was named number one in GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[15]

Stage

Redmayne made his professional stage debut as Viola in Twelfth Night, for Shakespeare's Globe at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002.[16] He won the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2004, for his performance in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,[17] and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2005.[18] Later stage credits include Now or Later by Christopher Shinn at the Royal Court Theatre. The show ran from 3 September to 1 November 2008.[19]

In 2009, Redmayne appeared in John Logan's new play Red at the Donmar Warehouse in London,[20] for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He reprised his role in Red at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, in a 15-week run from 11 March to 27 June 2010,[21] and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. He portrayed King Richard II in Richard II directed by Michael Grandage, at Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012.[22]

Film and television

Redmayne was cast in his first feature film Like Minds (2006) after being spotted by casting director Lucy Bevan performing in a play called Goats.[23] Redmayne has appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd, Powder Blue, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Hick, Glorious 39, and Jupiter Ascending. He starred as Osmund in Christopher Smith's supernatural gothic chiller film Black Death.[24] His 2008 Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released on 26 February 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.[25][26]

He starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn. He took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables.[27][28] In 2014, he starred as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a role for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, depicting the debilitating challenges of ALS.[29][30]

Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark.[31] His television credits include the BBC mini-series Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and the two-part mini-series Birdsong.[32]

In June 2015 it was announced that Redmayne will star as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.[33][34]

Redmayne will next be seen in the biographical drama The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper. In the film, due for release in the UK in January 2016, Redmayne will portray transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a casting that has been subject of some controversy from the transgender community.[35] However, Redmayne's performance has been met with critical acclaim, with some critics labelling him as a frontrunner to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.[36]

Personal life

Redmayne has been married to Hannah Bagshawe, a public relations executive in the finance industry, since 15 December 2014.[37][38] In January 2016, the couple confirmed that they are expecting their first child, due in June.[39]

Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[40][41] In August 2014 he was appointed ambassador of film education charity Into Film.[42]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Like Minds Alex Forbes
2006 Good Shepherd, TheThe Good Shepherd Edward Wilson Jr.
2007 Savage Grace Antony Baekeland
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Anthony Babington
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief Gordy
2008 Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl William Stafford
2008 Powder Blue Qwerty Doolittle
2009 Glorious 39 Ralph Keyes
2010 Black Death Osmund
2011 Hick Eddie Kreezer
2011 My Week with Marilyn Colin Clark
2012 Les Misérables Marius Pontmercy
2014 The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking
2015 Jupiter Ascending Balem Abrasax
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Ryan Voice
2015 The Danish Girl Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander Filming[43]

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Animal Ark John Hardy Episode: "Bunnies in the Bathroom"
2003 Doctors Rob Huntley Episode: "Crescendo"
2005 Elizabeth I The Earl of Southampton Episode: "Southampton"
2008 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Angel Clare 4 episodes
2010 Pillars of the Earth, TheThe Pillars of the Earth Jack Jackson 8 episodes
2010[44] The Miraculous Year Connor Pilot
2012 Birdsong Stephen Wraysford 2 episodes
2015[45] War Art with Eddie Redmayne Himself Documentary
2015–present Thomas & Friends Ryan voice

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Oliver! Workhouse Boy #46 / Book Boy London Palladium
2002 Twelfth Night Viola Shakespeare's Globe
2003 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Master Harold Everyman Theatre
2004 The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Billy Almeida Theatre
2004 Hecuba Polydorus Donmar Warehouse
2007 Now or Later John Jr. Royal Court Theatre
2009–2010 Red Ken Donmar Warehouse
John Golden Theatre
2011–2012 Richard II King Richard II Donmar Warehouse

Awards and nominations

See also

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matthew McConaughey
Academy Award for Best Actor
2014
Succeeded by