Eddie Redmayne

Last updated on the 10 April 2024 by Maeve

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Born 6 January 1982, Westminster, London, England.

Eddie Redmayne is an English actor who has won various awards, including an Oscar, a Tony, a BAFTA and two Olivier Awards. He is known for his roles in biographical films such as The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Eddie Redmayne’s mother runs a relocation business and his father is a businessman in corporate finance. His paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a civil and mining engineer. He has an elder brother, a younger brother, an elder half-brother and a half-sister.

Eddie Redmayne attended Eaton House, St Paul’s Juniors and Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William. He sang in the choir and received a music scholarship. He then studied history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a 2:1 in 2003.

Eddie Redmayne began his professional acting career in West End theatre before making his screen debut in 1996 with guest television appearances. His first films were Like Minds (2006), The Good Shepherd (2006) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). On the stage, he starred in the productions of Red from 2009 to 2010 and Richard II from 2011 to 2012. The former won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in the biopic My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Marius Pontmercy in the musical Les Misérables (2012). Redmayne gained consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayals of the physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014) and the transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl (2015), winning for the former. From 2016 to 2022, he starred as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts film series and from 2021 to 2022, he starred in a production of Cabaret, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also portrayed Tom Hayden in The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) and Charles Cullen in The Good Nurse (2022).

Eddie Redmayne married public relations executive Hannah Bagshawe in 2014. They have two children, a daughter born in 2016 and a son born in 2018. Redmayne is an ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama.

 

BAFTA award

 

WINNER | Film: Leading Actor for The Theory Of Everything (2015)

 

 

Oscar award

 

WINNER | Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Theory Of Everything (2015)

 

 

Suggested viewing

 

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything poster

Bftv 8.5  / IMDb 7.7

A brilliant young physicist’s world is irrevocably changed by a debilitating disease. Despite facing a future of physical decline, he finds love and embarks on groundbreaking scientific discoveries, forever altering our understanding of the universe, all while the unwavering support of his wife becomes the cornerstone of his remarkable journey.

Top cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis, Maxine Peake, Harry Lloyd, Tom Prior.

The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

The Pillars of the Earth poster

Bftv 9.0  / IMDb 8.0

In medieval England, a visionary prior dreams of a grand cathedral. His path intertwines with skilled masons, a woman fighting for her inheritance and the struggle for power between church and crown. Through decades of war, love and betrayal, their destinies collide as they build a magnificent symbol of faith and resilience.

Top cast: Robert Bathurst, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Macfadyen, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Eddie Redmayne, Natalia Wörner, Hayley Atwell, David Oakes.

The Danish Girl (2015)

The Danish Girl poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

In 1920s Copenhagen, a loving artist couple’s life takes an unexpected turn when the wife asks her husband to pose as a woman for a painting. This awakens a long-suppressed identity within him, leading him on a journey of self-discovery as a transgender woman. His wife grapples with her own emotions as she supports his quest for authenticity, facing societal prejudice and navigating the boundaries of their love.

Top cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Wishaw, Sebastian Koch, Pip Torrens, Nicholas Woodeson, Amber Heard, Emerald Fennell.

Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poster

Bftv 8.0  / IMDb 7.2

A magizoologist visiting New York City accidentally unleashes fantastical creatures from his suitcase, causing pandemonium. He teams up with a witch and a muggle to recapture the escaped beasts. Their pursuit leads them to confront a dangerous force threatening to expose the wizarding world, forcing them to fight to protect the magical community and the secrecy of their existence.

Top cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz.

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