There’s something about a man who manages to be dashing & daring yet feminine & intelligent, all at the same time. Eddie Redmayne is one of the rare men who embody these stunning qualities. Born on 6 January 1982 in Westminster, London to Mum Patricia née Burke (owner of a business specialising in relocation services) and Dad Richard Redmayne (a business person in corporate finance), Eddie had a privileged start to life that saw him attend Colet Court, then Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William.
His paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne (a civil and mining engineer), and he has 2 brothers, an older half-brother and half-sister. After Eton, he went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003. Despite being colour-blind, Redmayne wrote his College dissertation on Yves Klein’s signature colour, International Klein Blue.
Before Eddie became an actor, he modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer and then again in 2012 with the queen herself, Cara Delevingne. The Sept 2012 issue of Vanity Fair featured him on their annual International Best Dressed List, and in 2015 he took out the top stop on GQ’s ‘50 best dressed British men‘ list.
Before entering the world of film, Eddie made his professional stage début as Viola in Twelfth Night, for Shakespeare’s Globe at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002. He won the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2004 and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in 2005.
He was spotted by casting director Lucy Bevan whilst performing in a play called Goats, and was cast in his first feature film was Like Minds in 2006. Since, then he 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).
In 2010 he starred in Christopher Smith’s gothic chiller Black Death as Osmund, in 2010 his Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released, in 2011 he starred as Colin Clark in My Week with Marilyn & then in 2012 he took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables.
In 2014, he took on the challenging role of depicting the great Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor for his portrayal.
2015 saw him appear in the Wachowski’s film Jupiter Ascending as Balem Abrasax, for which he was awarded the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor. But really, no one’s perfect all the time! That same year he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Danish Girl, which saw him play painter Lili Elbe, who was one of the first known recipients of sex change surgery. This role gave him his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in as many consecutive years.
To the excitement of pretty much everyone everywhere, in June 2015 it was announced that he would play the main character, Newt Scamander, in the hugely anticipated film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a spin-off from the Harry Potter film series. With more awards than you can poke a stick at (1 Oscar, 19 wins & 68 nominations to be exact), Eddie Redmayne is well on the way to becoming one of this centuries greatest actors.
Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe, a PR executive, on 15 December 2014. These guys give us some serious relationship goals to work towards! They celebrated the birth of their beautiful daughter, Iris Mary, on June 2016.
2014 saw him become an ambassador of film education charity Into Film, and then in 2015, Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
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