Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Born Edward John David Redmayne
(1982-01-06) 6 January 1982
Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom
Education Eton College
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Hannah Bagshawe (m. 2014)
Children 1

Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne, OBE (/ˈrɛdˌmn/; born 6 January 1982) is an English actor of stage and screen. Born and brought up in Westminster, he studied history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he briefly dabbled with a modelling career. Redmayne began his professional acting career as a youth in West End theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television. His first film roles came in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd, and he went on to play supporting roles in several films, including Savage Grace (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Redmayne also starred in stage productions Red (2009–10) and Richard II (2011–12). His film breakthrough came with the roles of Colin Clark in the biographical drama My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper's musical Les Misérables (2012). In 2014, Redmayne portrayed English physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. The following year, he played Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, in Hooper's The Danish Girl, which saw him nominated for Best Actor in the three aforementioned awards. In 2016, he starred as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Early life

Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in Westminster, London.[1][2] His mother, Patricia (née Burke), runs a relocation business, and his father, Richard Redmayne, is a businessman in corporate finance. His paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a civil and mining engineer.[3] He has an older brother, a younger brother and an older half-brother[3] and half-sister.[4]

He attended Colet Court,[5] then Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William.[6][7] He went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003.[8] Despite being colourblind, Redmayne wrote his dissertation on Yves Klein's signature colour, International Klein Blue.[9]



Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevingne.[10][11] In the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List.[12] In 2015, he was named number one in GQ's 50 best dressed British men.[13]


Redmayne made his professional stage debut as Viola in Twelfth Night, for Shakespeare's Globe at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002.[14] 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?,[15] and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2005.[16] 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.[17]

In 2009, Redmayne appeared in John Logan's new play Red at the Donmar Warehouse in London,[18] 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,[19] 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 the Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012.[20]

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.[21] Redmayne has appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd (2006), Savage Grace (2007), Powder Blue (2008) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Glorious 39 (2009), and Hick (2011). He starred as Osmund in Christopher Smith's supernatural gothic chiller film Black Death (2010).[22] His 2008 Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released on 26 February 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.[23][24]

He starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn (2011). He took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables.[25][26]

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.[27][28]

In early 2015 Redmayne appeared in the Wachowski siblings' film, Jupiter Ascending as Balem Abrasax. The film was widely panned, including his performance, for which he won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor[29] in the same year that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Danish Girl.

Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark.[30] His television credits include the BBC mini-series Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, and the two-part mini-series Birdsong.[31]

In June 2015 it was announced that Redmayne would star as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off from the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.[32][33]

Redmayne starred in the biographical drama The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper. In the film, released in the UK on 1 January 2016, Redmayne portrayed transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a casting that has been the subject of some controversy from the transgender community.[34] However, Redmayne's performance was met with critical acclaim, and in January 2016 he earned his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years.[35]

Personal life

Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe, a public relations executive, on 15 December 2014.[36][37] Their daughter Iris Mary was born in June 2016.[38]

Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[39][40] In August 2014 he was appointed ambassador of film education charity Into Film.[41]

In February 2016, Redmayne spoke out for homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles.[42]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2006 Like Minds Alex Forbes Gregory Read
2006 Good Shepherd, TheThe Good Shepherd Edward Wilson, Jr. Robert De Niro
2007 Savage Grace Antony Baekeland Tom Kalin
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Anthony Babington Shekhar Kapur
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief Gordy Udayan Prasad
2008 Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl Sir William Stafford Justin Chadwick
2008 Powder Blue Qwerty Doolittle Timothy Linh Bui
2009 Glorious 39 Ralph Keyes Stephen Poliakoff
2010 Black Death Osmund Christopher Smith
2011 Hick Eddie Kreezer Derick Martini
2011 My Week with Marilyn Colin Clark Simon Curtis
2012 Les Misérables Marius Pontmercy Tom Hooper
2014 The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking James Marsh
2015 Jupiter Ascending Balem Abrasax The Wachowskis
2015 Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Ryan David Stoten Voice
2015 The Danish Girl Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe Tom Hooper
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander David Yates
2018 Early Man[43] Dug Nick Park Voice; In production[44]


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[45] The Miraculous Year Connor Pilot
2012 Birdsong Stephen Wraysford 2 episodes
2015[46] War Art with Eddie Redmayne Himself Documentary


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
2009–10 Red Ken Donmar Warehouse
John Golden Theatre
2011–12 Richard II King Richard II Donmar Warehouse

Awards and nominations

See also


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  2. Blair, Olivia (5 January 2016). "Eddie Redmayne reveals he occasionally pays the rent of struggling actors". The Independent. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Eddie Redmayne Facts: 23 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Theory of Everything' Star". moviefone.com. 21 November 2014.
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  7. Gysin, Christian; Kisiel, Ryan (4 February 2012). "Prince William with the Birdsong heart-throb and fellow Eton prefects... and some VERY wacky waistcoats". The Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  8. Babb, Fran (19 November 2011). "Eddie Redmayne: the loneliness of being a hot young actor.". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  9. Hirschberg, Lynn (April 2013). "The New Guard: Eddie Redmayne". W Magazine. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
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  12. "Vanity Fair 2012 International Best Dressed List". Vanity Fair. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  13. "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
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  15. Curtis, Nick (17 December 2004). "I'm living the dream; old Etonian Eddie Redmayne could have been a professional chorister, a pop star or a model, but his decision to become an actor paid off this week when he was named the Evening Standard's outstanding newcomer". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 October 2014. (subscription required (help)).
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  20. "Richard II, opening night 06.12.2011". The Official London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  21. "IN CONVERSATION: LUCY BEVAN (CASTING DIRECTOR – CINDERELLA, MALEFICENT, AN EDUCATION)". filmdoctor.co.uk. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
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  33. Graeme McMillan (1 June 2015). "Eddie Redmayne Officially Cast in 'Harry Potter' Prequel 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
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  44. Aardman Animations (5 October 2016). "Early Man is in Production!" via YouTube.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matthew McConaughey
Academy Award for Best Actor
Succeeded by
Leonardo DiCaprio
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