Edward John David Redmayne, born 6 January 1982) known as Eddie Redmayne, is an English actor, model and singer. He started his professional career in both theatre and television roles in the early 2000s and then made his film debut, Like Minds, in 2006. He has since appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd (2006), Savage Grace (2007), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Les Misérables (2012), The Theory of Everything (2014), Jupiter Ascending (2015), and The Danish Girl (2015).
Redmayne received acclaim for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2015, 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.
For his performance, he received nominations for his second Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. He has continued to perform in theatre, most notably in the play Red (2010), on Broadway, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.
Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in Westminster, London. His mother, Patricia, 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. He has an older brother, a younger brother, and an older half-brother and half-sister. Redmayne has English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ancestry.
He attended Colet Court, then Eton College, where he was in the same year as Prince William. He went on to read History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with 2:1 Honours in 2003. Despite being colourblind, Redmayne wrote his dissertation on Yves Klein’s signature colour, International Klein Blue.
Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevingne. In the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List. In 2015, he was named number one in GQ’s 50 best dressed British men.
Redmayne made his professional stage debut 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, for his performance in Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in 2005. 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.
In 2009, Redmayne appeared in John Logan’s new play Red at the Donmar Warehouse in London, 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, 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 Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012.
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. 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). His 2008 Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released on 26 February 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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.
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.
In early 2015 Redmayne appeared in the Wachowski siblings’ film, Jupiter Ascending as Balem Abrasax. The film was widely panned, including his performance. For his performance he won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor 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. His television credits include the BBC mini-series Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and the two-part mini-series Birdsong.
In June 2015 it was announced that Redmayne will star as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.
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 subject of some controversy from the transgender community. However, Redmayne’s performance has been met with critical acclaim, and in January 2016 he earned his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years. Redmayne later acknowledged the criticism towards his casting in a 2018 interview, stressing the importance of casting transgender actors playing trans roles.
In 2016, Redmayne starred as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first of a series within the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling. In 2018, Redmayne starred in the stop-motion animated film Early Man, and reprised his role as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Redmayne married Hannah Bagshawe, a public relations executive in the finance industry, on 15 December 2014. In January 2016, the couple confirmed that they are expecting their first child, due in June. They have a daughter born in 2016 and a son born in 2018.
Redmayne was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for services to drama. In August 2014 he was appointed ambassador of film education charity Into Film.
In February 2016, Redmayne spoke out for homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles.