British actor Eddie Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).
Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, a noted civil and mining engineer. He has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Redmayne is the only member of his family to follow a career in acting, and also modeled during his teen years. He was educated at Eton College before going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied History of Art. Encouraged by his parents, Redmayne took drama lessons from a young age. His first stage appearance was in the Sam Mendes production of "Oliver!", in London's West End. He played a workhouse boy. Acting continued through school and university, including performing with the National Youth Music Theatre.
Redmayne's first professional stage performance came in 2002 at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in "Twelfth Night". In 2004, he won the prestigious Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his working in Edward Albee's play "The Goat". Further stage successes followed, and in 2009, he starred in John Logan's "Red" at the Donmar Warehouse in London. He won huge critical acclaim for his role, winning an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The play transferred to Broadway in 2010, and Redmayne went on to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.
Alongside his stage career, Redmayne has worked steadily in television and film. Notable projects include Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008), The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). He co-starred as Marius Pontmercy in the musical Les Misérables (2012). He played scientist Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama The Theory of Everything (2014), opposite Felicity Jones, as Stephen's wife Jane Hawking. For his performance, Redmayne won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. As such, he became the first man born in the 1980s to win an acting Oscar. He received further critical acclaim for his portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery, in The Danish Girl (2015). For his performance, he was nominated for multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor.
In 2014, Redmayne married publicist Hannah Bagshawe.
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Son of Richard (b. 1938) and Patricia (née Burke) Redmayne (b. 1949).
He was named Outstanding Newcomer at the London Evening Standard Awards 2004 and the London Critic's Circle Theatre Awards 2005 for his performance in Edward Albee's "The Goat or Who is Sylvia", with Jonathan Pryce at the Almeida Theatre, Islington.
Has appeared in three biopics about the Tudor Family, including two biopics about Elizabeth I. In 2005, he played Southampton in Elizabeth I (2005), and in 2007, he played Anthony Babington in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Both of the characters were traitors. In 2008, he appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) as Sir William Stafford, the second husband of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Elizabeth I; one of the leading characters is Henry VIII, father of Elizabeth I.
Presented an award at the 2006 Orange BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Won the Tony Award in 2010 as Actor (Featured Role - Play) for his performance in "Red".
Won the Laurence Olivier Best Supporting Actor Award in March 2010 for his role in "Red" (Donmar Warehouse, London).
His father is a managing director at a bank, and his mother worked at a relocation-office.
Brother of James (b. 1979), a bank manager, and Thomas (b. 1987). Younger half-brother of Eugenie (b. 1965) and Charles (b. 1966), an Internet-entrepreneur from his father's previous marriage to Maxine Brodrick.
He won the Critics' Circle's Award for Best Shakespearean Performance (named "The John and Wendy Trewin Award for best Shakespearean performance") for his Richard II (December 2011 - February 2012 in Donmar Warehouse, London).
His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish. His paternal grandparents were John Marriner Redmayne and Audrey Mercedes D'Alton, and Eddie's paternal great-grandfather, Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, was a prominent mining and civil engineer. Eddie's maternal grandparents are Thomas R. Burke and Mary Rattray.
His fragrance of choice is Tom Ford's Black Orchid.
He and Julianne Moore played mother and son in Savage Grace (2007). In 2015, both won the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar, respectively.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama. He is an actor in London, England.
He won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), making him one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010) and Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011).
When he first auditioned as a 12-year-old for a role as one of the princes in the tower in Richard III (1995), he was turned down by lead Ian McKellen as being unsuitable for the role.
Became a father for the first time at age 34 when his wife Hannah Bagshawe gave birth to their daughter Iris Mary Redmayne on June 15, 2016.
Is the first male member of the millennial generation, and the first male born in the 1980s, to have received an Academy Award for acting (Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014)). (Rami Malek, who won Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), is the other 1980s-born male to win). Haley Joel Osment is the first millennial male to have been nominated for an Oscar in an acting category (Best Supporting Actor for The Sixth Sense (1999)), and Ryan Gosling is the first millennial male to have specifically been nominated for Best Actor (for Half Nelson (2006)).
Was in a school theatre production of "A Passage to India" with Tom Hiddleston.
Is one of five people born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (he has received one win and one nomination). The others are Ryan Gosling (two nominations) (born in 1980), the first to be nominated, as well as Jesse Eisenberg (born in 1983), Andrew Garfield (born in 1983), and Daniel Kaluuya (born in 1989).
Longtime friend of actress Lily Collins whom he first met when he was modeling for a Vogue photo-shoot in her mother Jill Tavelman's back garden. Lili was still in school at the time.
Uncle of Georgia (b. 1997) and John Redmayne (b. 2001), born to his half-brother Charles and his wife Annabel.
Became a father for the second time at age 36 when his wife Hannah Bagshawe gave birth to their son Luke Richard Redmayne on March 10, 2018.
Personal Quotes (31)
[on being an actor] I think all actors have a similar deal. You want some people who understand. Although it looks great - and is great - there are also shoddy moments when you feel really rotten, and when it's going well, you're not allowed to complain. Your actor friends will understand the nuances of a painful director, or the loneliness of being... okay, in a beautiful hotel room somewhere exotic. But you're by yourself for six months, and you're thinking, "Oh God, I wish I could share it with someone." I'm trying to buy a house and set some sense of roots because otherwise you're constantly chasing one job after another, and you look back and you've had all these very extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people, but there's not a line of continuity to it. [Interview with Fran Babb, November 2011]
[on the process of learning lines] That's what's been keeping me up at night. What I love about this, though, is that Daniel Day-Lewis and Ryan Gosling have to learn lines, too. Do you know what I mean? However, genius Ryan Gosling is on the ukulele, however brilliant other people are, it's reassuring to know that even Ben Kingsley has to walk around his room learning lines. It's the great leveller.
[on his favorite color] The color that Yves Klein does. Wet paint has a luminosity that dies when it dries and it loses the gloss. So Yves created this color scientifically that retains that luminosity. He was a big showman, so he got it copyrighted. The color is called IKB-International Klein Blue. And it sounds all bullshit-y and ridiculous, but when you stand in front of those canvases, the color is sublime and dumbfounding. So that specific color is my favorite color in the world. Are you going to follow this up with a colorblind question? (No, wasn't planning on it, but if you want to discuss it. [interviewer vs. salisbury]) No, I talk passionately about that color and then people go "But you're colorblind." And I go, "I know. I don't know what I see but I see it and I like it.".
I had auditioned to play in Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren. This thing involved me horse riding, which I was asked in audition, whether I could do. And it is a common truth, that as an actor, if you're asked if you can horse ride, you say yes. But then cut to a month later, on the set in Lithuania, and there I am, on a horse, having not even set on a horse since I was four, blazing into things - I nearly killed myself and app. 43 Lithuanian extras. But at the audition of The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), they were like "So Eddie, how is your horse riding?" And I said, "Well, there is a little story I should probably tell you." And they sent me off on a two-month training camp, and I literally learned to horse ride!
When I started acting professionally, it was always theater. I'm so ignorant about films, but m getting slightly better - after having been chastised by many co-actors. While we were shooting The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Scarlett Johansson compiled a whole list of the films I should watch.
[on how Les Misérables (2012) was produced] Normally, if you were making an old-school movie musical, as a group of actors, we'd go into a studio, we'd record an album and then two months later, we'd arrive on set, and they would play the playback and we would mime alongside it. The problem with that is that you have to make all your acting choices three months before you've even met the actor you're working with. By recording it live, Tom [Hooper] is allowing us the spontaneity of normal film acting.
[If he has groupies following him] No, Benedict Cumberbatch is a mate of mine, and we did a charity show at the Old Vic together. There was this group of women outside the theatre who name themselves "the Cumberbitches" and follow him round the world. I have nothing like that. I really wouldn't know what to do with the situation.
[on achieving celebrity status] [On a plane recently] I fell asleep, and when I woke up the man next to me asked, "Excuse me, are you somebody important?" I must have looked confused. He explained: "I'm asking because the stewardesses came over and were watching you sleep.".
The director, Tom Hooper said "One last thing: Eddie, have you ever been on a horse?" I said "Yes." Cut to Lithuania, two weeks later, a huge Elizabethan street, Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons are standing at this balcony, and there's Tom, cameras, rain machines, 50 Lithuanian extras, spurs attached to my feet, and I'm thinking, "At what point do I tell them that I have never, ever ridden a horse?" It was then that I realized a big part of the cliché of actors lying in auditions is that you should probably try to do the thing you said you can do before filming starts. Anyway, I nearly killed people as the horse galloped off at a hundred miles an hour after I gave it the slightest nudge. Tom came out with his megaphone and shouted, "You're a fucking liar, Redmayne!".
You only have those specific few hours to do a scene, and then you drive home and wait for six months to find out how it went. You can't go back and put in a new idea.
I'm just one gigantic ball of rancid fear and self-consciousness. I'm entirely fueled by fear, so the fact that I knew it could be a catastrophic disaster made me unable to sleep, and made me work quite hard.
Stephen Hawking is just effortlessly cool. He has this kind of shambolic confidence to him. I describe it as a "Lord of Misrule" quality - he's got a great sense of mischief.
You do that thing of trying to chase down the job, sounding incredibly confident because you never think you'll get it. And then you get offered the job, and you have a moment of euphoria, and then you basically want to be sick for the first year.
It's really been bad on this press tour. I come home from trying to pretend to know about astronomy and physics all day and turn on The Real Housewives. I've been a closet lover of faux-reality television since The Hills (2006).
[on how he met his wife] It was an embarrassing evening. Hannah was at a girls' school near Eton and they invited some of our guys over to do a fashion show for charity. I had to walk across the stage topless - I was this pasty, freckly guy and when I came on the girls in the audience didn't take much notice of me, but I was followed by the best-looking boy in the school and all the girls erupted in cheers, which was emotionally scarring! I saw Hannah across the room at a party afterwards and she was very beautiful and very funny and she loves the arts and theatre just as I do, so we became friends. I'd finished rehearsals (for "Les Miserables") and was about to start shooting in a few days and so I said to myself, "I'm going to go to Florence for a quick break and write or do something like that." Before I went, Hannah and I were on a sort of date - we'd been good friends for 12 years - and we had a wonderful evening and I suddenly said, "You don't want to come to Florence with me next week, do you?" She said, "That's absurd, you don't mean it." I said, "Yes I do!" So our first proper date was in Florence. That was three years ago and we couldn't be happier.
The complicated thing with acting is that however brilliantly successful or good you are you are not in control. Unless you start producing your own material or writing, even then it's a complicated world.
 Buzz is worrying because it's an ephemeral thing. If you read the good stuff you also have to read the bad stuff. I try genuinely to just put my fingers in my ears and put one foot in front of the other. If you get caught up in listening to what too many people have to say that's where madness lies.
[on working with Julianne Moore in Savage Grace (2007)] I love that film. There are various people in my life that have fought for me and Julianne was one of them. In the Savage Grace audition she said, "You even look like my son." She fought pretty hard for that.
[accepting the Best Actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything (2014)] Please know this, I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man.
[on Eton College] The facilities are exceptional, and if you have an interest in anything - art, design, drama, sport, music - that school will support you.
I had an incredibly privileged upbringing. When I was working in a pub and going to endless unsuccessful auditions, I could live at home rent-free in London. That was the really great privilege.
[first meeting with Stephen Hawking] I was terrified, because I'd made choices, in terms of his physical decline and his character, that I couldn't now go back on. So I was thinking "Oh God, what if I meet him and it changes everything, is this going to undermine all the work I've done?" Then his carers, who are lovely, took me in to meet him, and the first thing I do is over-apologize for the fact that someone who'd studied art history is playing this great scientific mind. And then, for some reason, I hear myself informing him he was born on January 8, because I've been talking about science and religion in our film and he makes this point in his book "My Brief History" about how he was born 300 years to the day after Galileo, and then I tell him I was born on January 6, I don't know why I say it, but I do, "so we're both Capricorns", and then the second it comes out of my mouth I'm like "Fuck. What did I just say to Stephen Hawking?" And there is this punishing four or five minutes as he blinks away. Finally, the voice says, with killer timing: "I am an astronomer, not an astrologer." And it's just, the idea that he might think the guy playing him in a biopic thinks he's Mystic Meg. I don't think I ever will get over it.
I'm someone who likes clarity, some sense of structure, and yet I've ended up in this peripatetic and crazy existence, in which you're at the beck and call of everyone else. I think that's why family is so important to me. In the rest of my life, I'm trying to create something as rooted as possible.
[his first meeting with James Marsh] It was about four in the afternoon. James said, "What are you having?" I was trying to judge whether to have a proper drink or not. I asked for a beer. He came back with a coffee. I drank about five beers. He drank a lot of coffee. By the time we left, I was drunk and he was wired.
The year after I started (in Eton), a drama teacher arrived called Simon Dormandy, and he treated us like professional actors. He had high expectations-you played women, you played old men, you were pushed outside your comfort zone. Everything you see about Eton from the outside is very structured: it's hierarchy and order, all uniforms and collars. But Simon encouraged freedom and playfulness and allowed you the room to make mistakes. Most importantly, for me, he taught us how to speak verse. I did Henry VI and Richard III there, and I suppose that's where it all began. In 2002, when I was still at Cambridge and Mark Rylance was putting on the 400th anniversary of Twelfth Night at Middle Temple Hall, the casting director from the Globe asked Simon if he knew any young actors who might play Viola. I auditioned and got the part.
It's impossible. If the first thing that is mentioned, before you've even done a day's work, is a comparison with the person who, as far as I'm concerned, is the greatest living screen actor [Day-Lewis] - then whatever you do, you've fallen short.
I didn't train to be an actor, I blagged my way into it, and I always feel I'm waiting to be found out. So whenever you get a job, there's a moment of euphoria and then the realisation, "Oh my God, you've got to do this." And you feel there should be some scaffolding. I've worked with people who have their preferred way of rehearsing guaranteed by clause in their contract. But it's not like I have a process, it's a very formless thing, and there's no one telling you, "This is what you're going to do and this is how you're going to do it.".
I'm passionate about painting and playing the piano - neither of which I'm very good at, but I find I'm at my most relaxed when I'm doing either of those things, precisely because they are focusing my mind on something else. My earnings from Les Misérables were spent on a piano.
There was a horrific moment a few years ago when I had to sing at the Oscars with the cast of Les Misérables, and I was given strict instructions that Hannah, my wife, and I had to be on time, because the red carpet opened at a specific time. So we got in the car, and the whole of LA was shut down - it was the most extraordinary experience. As we neared the venue I called the publicist to say we were arriving, and she said, 'What? You're 45 minutes early. No one is here. Stop! Stop!' So we then had the rather surreal experience of standing outside in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, next to a load of tour buses, waiting to get in.
I was once interviewed and I was asked, like, who your first crush is. I loved The Lion King when I was younger and I had a weird obsession with Nala. Look at her face! She's so sweet. And she can sing really well! [also admitting that he had a thing for Maid Marian from Robin Hood] She's a fox though! [laughing]