Eddie Redmayne is an English actor. Known for his roles in biopics and blockbusters, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award (for The Theory of Everything (2014)), a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a British Academy Film Award.
- Birth Name: Edward John David Redmayne
- Born: January 6, 1982 in Westminster, London, England, UK
- Height: 6′ (1.83 m)
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Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark. 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.
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.
In 2011, Redmayne starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn. He took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables.
In 2014, Redmayne 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, and won him the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor.
Redmayne also presented the 2015 documentary War Art with Eddie Redmayne, made as part of the ITV’s Perspectives programme. Redmayne guest starred as Ryan the tank engine in Thomas & Friends movie special Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure.
That same year, 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 choice that was met with backlash from the transgender community. Nonetheless, Redmayne’s performance garnered critical acclaim; in January 2016, he earned his second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years.
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. Fantastic Beasts was a critical and commercial success.
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 and its upcoming third sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which will release in 2022.
In 2020, Redmayne starred as Tom Hayden in The Trial of the Chicago 7.
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