The Info List - Eddie Redmayne

Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne, OBE (/ˈrɛdˌmn/; born 6 January 1982) is an English actor of stage and screen. Born and raised in London, he studied history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he briefly pursued 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).

On stage, Redmayne 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. 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 began starring as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts film series.

Early life

Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in 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] From the age of 10, Redmayne attended Jackie Palmer Stage School, where he found his love for acting and singing, alongside fellow star James Corden.[5]

He attended Eaton House,[6] Colet Court,[7] and then Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William.[8][9] He went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003.[10] Despite being colourblind, Redmayne wrote his dissertation on Yves Klein's signature colour, International Klein Blue.[11]



Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevigne.[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]


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 the 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 (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).[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 (2011). 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]

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[31] in the same year that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Danish Girl.[32] Redmayne guest starred as Ryan the tank engine in Thomas & Friends movie special Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.[33]

Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark.[34] His television credits include the BBC miniseries Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and the two-part miniseries Birdsong.[35]

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 series of prequels to the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.[36][37] Redmayne presented the 2015 documentary War Art with Eddie Redmayne, made as part of the ITV’s Perspectives (TV series) strand[38].

Redmayne starred in the biographical drama The Danish Girl, directed by Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper. In the film, released in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2016, Redmayne portrayed transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a casting that was the subject of some controversy from the transgender community.[39] 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.[40]

Redmayne starred in the Stop Motion movie Early Man where he voices Dug the caveman.

Personal life

Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe, a public relations executive, on 15 December 2014. Their daughter, Iris Mary Redmayne, was born on 15 June 2016,[41] and their son, Luke Richard Bagshawe Redmayne, on 10 March 2018.[42]

Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[43][44] In August 2014, he was appointed ambassador of film education charity Into Film.[45]

In February 2016, Redmayne spoke out for homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles.[46]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Like Minds Alex Forbes[47]
The Good Shepherd Edward Wilson, Jr.[48]
2007 Savage Grace Antony Baekeland[49]
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Anthony Babington[50]
2008 The Yellow Handkerchief Gordy[51]
The Other Boleyn Girl William Stafford[52]
Powder Blue Qwerty Doolittle[53]
2009 Glorious 39 Ralph Keyes[54]
2010 Black Death Osmund[55]
2011 Hick Eddie Kreezer[56]
My Week with Marilyn Colin Clark[57]
2012 Les Misérables Marius Pontmercy[58]
2014 The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking[59]
2015 Jupiter Ascending Balem Abrasax[60]
Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure Ryan[61] Voice
The Danish Girl Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe[62]
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Newt Scamander[63]
2018 Early Man Dug[64] Voice
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Newt Scamander[65] Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Animal Ark John Hardy Episode: "Bunnies in the Bathroom"[66]
2003 Doctors Rob Huntley Episode: "Crescendo"[67]
2005 Elizabeth I The Earl of Southampton Episode: "Southampton"[68]
2008 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Angel Clare 4 episodes[69]
2010 Pillars of the Earth, TheThe Pillars of the Earth Jack Jackson 8 episodes[70]
2010 The Miraculous Year Connor Lynn Pilot only, never released[71]
2012 Birdsong Stephen Wraysford 2 episodes[72]
2015 War Art with Eddie Redmayne Himself Documentary[73]
2017 CBBC Visits the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Himself Documentary[74]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Twelfth Night Viola Shakespeare's Globe[75]
2003 "Master Harold"...and the Boys Master Harold Everyman Theatre[76]
2004 The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Billy Almeida Theatre[77]
2004 Hecuba Polydorus Donmar Warehouse[78]
2008 Now or Later John Jr. Royal Court Theatre[79]
2009-2010 Red Ken Donmar Warehouse
John Golden Theatre[80][81]
2011-2012 Richard II King Richard II Donmar Warehouse[82]

Awards and nominations

See also


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