Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne


1/6/1982, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Edward John David Redmayne


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London born actor and model Eddie Redmayne started off very young in both the acting and modelling industries to gain rapid success in both. Soon after his professional stage debut in 2002, he won several awards as newcomer before achieving both an Olivier Award and a Tony Award.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2015, Eddie won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

    • In preparation for his role in The Other Boleyn Girl, Eddie was sent off on a two-month training camp so he could learn how to horse ride.

    • As of 2010, Eddie has starred in three movies about the Tudor period: Elizabeth I (2005), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

    • Eddie first appeared on stage in Sam Mendes's West End production of Oliver when he was 12 years old.

    • Eddie got himself an agent after his professional stage debut as Viola in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's Twelfth Night.

    • During his University years, Eddie performed with the National Youth Music Theatre.

    • Eddie was taken to drama lessons from a very early age since his parents were great facilitators of his love of acting.

    • Television:
      -The Miraculous Year (2011)
      -The Pillars Of The Earth as Jack Jackson (2009-2010)
      -Tess of the D'urbervilles as Angel Clare (2008)
      -Elizabeth I as Southhampton (2005)
      -Doctors as Rob Huntley (2003)
      -Animal Ark as John Hardy (1998)

    • Favourites:
      -Art, acting.
      -Movies: Leon.
      -Actors: Andrew Garfield, Ben Whishaw, Charlie Cox and Tom Sturridge.
      -Actresses: Natalie Portman.

    • Filmography:
      -Like Minds as Alex Forbes (2006)
      -The Good Shepherd as Edward Jr. (2006)
      -Savage Grace as Antony Baekeland (2007)
      -Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Anthony Babington (2007)
      -The Yellow Handkerchief as Gordy (2008)
      -The Other Boleyn Girl as William Stafford (2008)
      -Powder Blue as Qwerty Doolittle (2009)
      -Glorious 39 as Ralph Keyes (2009)
      -Black Death as Osmund (2010)

    • Theatre:
      -Twelfth Night as Viola in a 400th anniversary production of the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre at the Middle Temple Hall, London (2002).
      -Master Harold and the Boys as Master Harold at the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse (2003).
      -The Goat or Who Is Sylvia as Billy at the Almeida Theatre, London (2004).
      -Hecuba as Polydorus at the Donmar Warehouse, London (2004).
      -Now or Later as John Jr. at the Royal Court Theatre, London (2008).
      -Red as Ken at the Golden Theatre, New York (2010).

    • Awards:
      -2004: London 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards in the category of Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia at the at the Almeida Theatre, Islington.
      -2005: London Critic's Circle Theatre Awards in the category of Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia at the Almeida Theatre, Islington.
      -2010: Oliver Award in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Red at the Donmar Warehouse.
      -2010: Tony Award in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Red at the John Golden Theatre.

    • Nominations:
      -2005: Olivier Awards in the category of Best Performance in a Supporting Role.

    • Presenter:
      -Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony (2007)
      -The 64th Annual Tony Awards (2010)

    • Eddie has performed with the National Youth Music Theatre.

    • As of 2010, Eddie lives in London.

    • Education:
      -Eddie attended the prestigious Eton College in London.
      -He then studied History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with a 2:1 in 2003. He focused primarily on late 19th and early 20th century British and French art wrote his final year thesis on Yves Klein.

    • Personal:
      -Eddie is 5' 11" (1.80 m).
      -He has light brown hair and green eyes.

      -He is right handed.
      -He is straight.
      -He suffers from severe red-green colour-blindness (despite it, he had to mix paints on stage for his role of Ken in Red).
      -Eddie was born and grew up in London. He has an older and younger brother and an older half-brother and half-sister. He is the only actor in the family.
      Eddie's father works in finances and so does his older brother.
      -Dated Tara Hacking.

  • Quotes

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About performing in theatres) That's what I do. And that's what I fill my life with. I go to the theater two or three times a week when I'm in London. Whereas I feel guilty going to the cinema in the middle of the afternoon.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About acting in movies) When I started acting professionally, it was always theater. I'm so ignorant about film, but I'm getting slightly betterafter having been chastised by many co-stars. It's been a massive learning curve. When I started off doing film, I did some bad work that I wasn't happy with. But you just kind of have to grow with it and learn from it.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About working with Julianne Moore) She's sensational. Julianne is so instinctive and natural. She didn't rehearse a huge amount. It would just kind of come out of nowhere.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About lying to get a role) This thing involved me horse riding, which I'd been asked in the audition whether I could do. And it is a truth, universally acknowledged, 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 sat on a horse since I was about four, blazing into things. I nearly killed myself and approximately forty three Lithuanian extras. And since then I've become known as 'The Liar.'

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About Googling himself) Several times. I looked up myself on IMDB, and it was so horrific. I realized it probably wasn't the way forward. And I have this rancid habit of Googling reviews, which I've got to stop doing.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his University years) What I do remember is this idea of sparring with friends, arguments about issues and current affairs. I'm a pretty poor arguer, but there are those moments when you suddenly realize that you've taken a standpoint, and you've so been pushed into a corner, and you're actually beginning to believe what you're saying more than you ever actually meant.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About dying his hair red for 'The Pillars of the Earth) I can't wait to have my own colour back again. Fortunately, I'm colour-blind so I can't really tell myself. But everyone else I know points it out as soon as they see me.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his older brother) I heard my brother on a conference call the other day. My jaw dropped to the floor as all these financial terms came pouring out of his mouth. Words I'd never heard of. I was impressed. I had the feeling that I had grown up with my brother and knew everything about him, except this massive thing that I didn't have a clue about, which is what he did at work.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About being single) Ladies and babies, and mortgages, for that matter, can all wait.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About acting) Acting has done a strange thing to me, though. I often sit there, thinking,: I love this, but I wouldn't put my daughter on the stage.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About the women he's worked with) I've played quite a few gay characters and when I manage to play straight ones I've been very fortunate to have incredibly beautiful love interests.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About preparing sex scenes with other men) The weird thing is my first big play in London was The Goat and that was playing a gay, confused New Yorker with incestuous tendencies who had to snog his dad. So from the outset of my professional career that's been the status quo: incest or omni-sexuality.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About roles he enjoys playing) The hypocrisies or the indulgencies of people with too much wealth or too much time, or moral hypocrisies like Tess [Tess of the D'Urbervilles], are things that I've done on film and been fascinated with.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About doing more theatre after being cast in several movies) Definitely. I haven't really watched a large amount of films and the whole film world is relatively new to me, so it's been an education over the past few years. But the reason I got into acting was for theatre.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About being recognized in the street) Most of my work has been in America and so really, until Savage Grace and Tess came out, I'd never ever been recognised. It's changed a bit and it's hilarious because there's that moment when people are half looking at you and you're half looking at them and not knowing. And I'm so bad with names and faces. The occasional times when people do come up to me and go: 'Hi', I always pretend I know them because I'm so bad with faces and names generally. Only after a few minutes in I realise they are someone who has seen Tess or something.
      Obviously, It's amazing when someone enjoys what you've done because you never really think anyone sees it so it's great when people come up to you.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About having strange fan experiences) I wish I could say something as extreme as knickers being thrown on stage but no, not yet.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his dream leading lady and man) Natalie Portman I think can be absolutely formidable. I worked with her on The Other Boleyn Girl. One of my favourite films is Leon and she blew my mind with that. She's a wonderful person as well, so I'd love to work with her again. There are a load of young British actors like Andrew Garfield, Ben Whishaw, Charlie Cox and Tom Sturridge. There are a few of us who are up for the same sort of stuff. A few of us have discussed how it would be amazing to all work together.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About staying grounded despite being famous) I live with two flatmates and I'm flanked with brothers who find the whole thing hilarious and they take any opportunity to rib me, so my head is being kept firmly under water.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About playing disturbed characters that have an ambiguous sexuality) For me, it's always about finding different challenges across the board. The complexity of playing these characters and damaged young people has been thrilling for me to investigate. I've also played much more straight down the line stuff, like Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The reality of situation is that you're brought in for things you look or sound right for.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his experience as a Burberry model) It is a completely different world, but what's interesting is Christopher Bailey [Burberry creative director] is someone I have met a few times and admired. I don't know much about the fashion world but, from the small amount I've done for press and promotionals, I know it can be intimidating. It was a really fun couple of days. It's very different having a film camera on you and playing someone to actually standing still, posing. It's more self-conscious. It is an art for sure.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About mixing paints on stage for his role of Ken in 'Red') We will see how qualified I am to do that [he is colour-blind]. Hopefully it won't be too embarrassing. It will be fun for the audience to watch us crush pigments, cook paints and prime canvases. That'll be luscious.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his first appearance in stage aged 12 in 'Oliver') I was workhouse boy number 40. It was such a minor part that I didn't meet Sam Mendes [the director of the play]. But his name remained firmly on my cv for a long time.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About 'The Pillars of The Earth') This is the biggest project I've worked on in terms of the scale of the set. Three-quarters of a 12th-century cathedral has been built in a field in Hungary. It's incredible. It is an amazing cast to be working with as well. People who know Pillars from the novel are very passionate about it. The characters kind of get under their skin.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About 'Red') If Fred [Alfred Molina] has any nerves or apprehension, he's hiding it. I am like the nervous child running around him. I don't want to be irritating about it, but this is the dream job for me.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About finishing a run at the Royal Court Theatre with 'Now Or Later') It was the most extraordinary thing. I was nervous doing it. It was the first time I'd done a play for four years and, again, it was an incredibly meaty role. It was terrifying, but I was in the safest pair of hands with Dominic Cooke [artistic director at the Royal Court]. It was a piece of work that I was incredibly proud of because it was a beautifully written piece. It was exposing because I hadn't done a play for a long time and hadn't played a character on stage from beginning to end. You do feel a sense of the weight on your shoulders a little bit, but most people liked it.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his character in 'Powder Blue') I play a LA mortician with completely black hair, a sort of Goth looking character. He's also a puppeteer who has a phobia that when he meets women he's attracted to he ends up having asthma attacks and passing out, but somehow manages to end up with Jessica Biel. I think he's probably the most screwed up of all of them.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About filming a sex scene with Julianne Moore as his mother) Actually, the real embarrassing moment was doing that scene in the audition. You don't actually physicalize it, but you're sat opposite each other and at that point you've never met the person and you're entire knowledge of them comes from having seen them on the big screen. Sitting there opposite Julianne in the office in New York while she's saying some of that stuff is just beyond extreme. But, of course, when you get to the reality of shooting the film it's so desexualised. It's in no way a sexual experience.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About his controversial role in 'Savage Grace') As a young actor, it's incredibly rare to be cast in a part as meaty as that. When I read the script I was astounded by it and then I read the book, which was a wonderfully fleshed out version of the script. He was an extraordinary man so I had absolutely no reservations whatsoever. I was desperate to try and get that part.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About filming 'Glorious 39') Despite the fact that we were shooting the glorious summer of 1939 in freezing-cold Norfolk, it was a really wonderful shoot. We lived the quintessential English dream in Burnham Market and I got to wear very high-waisted trousers. It was a tricky part for me. The irony is that I found it most tricky because I was playing so close to type. I was playing a guy who had probably been to Cambridge, and probably been to Eton, yet I had to have dialect lessons. I couldn't believe I struggled with it. That messed with my head a bit.

    • Eddie Redmayne: (About filming Angelina Jolie's son in 'The Good Shepherd')That remains the most amazing but terrifying moment of my life. I was living in a hotel in New York and taken in a blacked-out car to Brooklyn every morning, where there would be paparazzi lining the streets waiting for Angelina and for Matt Damon, who was also in it. You walked in and there were huge sets and I could just see money everywhere. Then I'd get into costume and be there with the lovely, but the superstar Angelina, and the camera is right here and someone says: 'Act'. All that money and, actually, it is just about what you do with your face.