Born: 6 January 1982
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:
The actor who won an Oscar for The Theory of Everything
Name at birth: Edward John David Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne is an English actor known for his many roles on screen in period pieces, including his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), as well as My Week with Marilyn and Les Misérables. Slight, freckled and oh-so-British, Redmayne made a splash on the London stage even before he'd graduated from Eton College in 2003. He became a familiar face as a bit player in a number of English productions, including the 2005 mini-series Elizabeth I (starring Helen Mirren). He played Matt Damon's son in The Good Shepherd (2006), an incestuous bad boy in Savage Grace (2007, opposite Julianne Moore) and had parts in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007, starring Cate Blanchett) and Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008, a TV mini-series), as well as a leading role in the 2010 supernatural thriller Black Death. On the stage, Redmayne won a Tony award in 2010 for his supporting role in Red, the play about artist Mark Rothko. His screen career got a boost when he stole the show in the critically acclaimed My Week with Marilyn (2011), upstaging co-star Kenneth Branagh. Redmayne then gained even more attention as Anne Hathaway's love interest in the big-screen musical production of Les Misérables, in 2012.
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