PROFILE
Name:
Eddie Redmayne
Birth Date:
January 6, 1982
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
Height:
5' 11" (1.80 m)
BIOGRAPHY
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Les Misérables

Background:

Eddie Redmayne is an English stage, film and television actor. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Ken in the drama play “Red” (2010) and is also noted for his performances in other plays like “The Goat or Who Is Sylvia” (2004) and “Richard II” (2011-2012). In 2012, Redmayne gained widespread acclaim and recognition thanks to his role as Marius Pontmercy in the musical film “ Les Miserables.” The role has brought the actor various awards and nominations.

“When I started acting professionally, it was always theater. I'm so ignorant about film, but I'm getting slightly better after 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    

As for his personal life, Redmayne once dated  Tara Hacking.


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Childhood and Family:

Eddie Redmayne was born Edward John David Redmayne on January 6, 1982, in London, England. His father, Richard Redmayne, is a London businessman, while her mother, Patricia, operates a relocation business. He has an older brother and younger brother and an older half-brother and half-sister. Eddie attended the prestigious Eton College in London and then studied History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with a 2:1 undergraduate degree in 2003. He performed  with the National Youth Music Theatre during his time in university.


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Career:

Eddie Redmayne made his television acting debut in 1998 in an episode of the British children's series “Animal Ark” called “Bunnies in the Bathroom.” Four years later, he debuted professionally on stage at  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in a production of “Twelfth Night” (2002), opposite Mark Rylance. The fledgling performer continued to perform on stage in productions such as “Master Harold and the Boys” (2003, played Master Harold) at the Liverpool Everyman Playhouse, “Hecuba” (2004) at London's Donmar Warehouse, and Edward Albee's “The Goat or Who Is Sylvia” (2004) at the Almeida Theatre, London, in which he was handed the 2004 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer and the 2005 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for his fine portrayal of Billy.

Redmayne revisited the small screen by having one episode roles on “Doctors” (2003, as Rob Huntley) and “Elizabeth I” (2005, as Southampton). In 2006, he broke into the wide screen with a leading role as Alex Forbes in the UK/Australian co-production “Like Minds”, which was written and directed by Gregory J. Read. The film grossed $84,840 at the box office in Australia. Later that same year, Redmayne was cast as older Edward Wilson, Jr. on the Robert De Niro helmed spy film “The Good Shepherd”, opposite big names like Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt and Alec Baldwin. For his work on the film, he e shared the Silver Berlin Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution from the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.  

Redmayne played the role of Julianne Moore and Stephen Dillane's rebellious son in the film adaptation of Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson's novel, “Savage Grace” (2007),  which was an official selection at the 2007 London Film Festival, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, had the role of Anthony Babington in the film “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), the sequel to 1998's “Elizabeth”, was featured alongside William Hurt and Kristen Stewart in the Sundance hit “The Yellow Handkerchief” (2008) and portrayed William Stafford in the period drama film “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008), opposite Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana. He also appeared in the films “Powder Blue” (played a  LA mortician named Qwerty Doolittle) and “Glorious 39” (both 2009). On television, he was cast as the title character's tormented husband in the BBC miniseries “Tess of the D'Urbervilles” (2008).

Following an appearance in Christopher Shinn's “Now or Later” (2008) at the Royal Court Theatre, Redmayne enjoyed a big success on stage with his performance on John Logan's new play “Red” (2009) at London's Donmar Warehouse. Playing Ken, a fictional composite of all the assistants used by artist Mark Rothko, he won a 2010 Laurence Olivier in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2010, Redmayne reprised his role in “Red” at the  John Golden Theatre on Broadway in a 15 week run from March 11 to June 27, 2010. Delivering a bright performance, the actor took home a 2010 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He then played  King Richard II in “Richard II” at the Donmar Warehouse from December 6, 2011 to February 4, 2012.

In 2010, Redmayne portrayed Jack, a young architect who falls for an aristocrat during 12th century England, in the Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth,” based on Ken Follett's 1989 bestseller novel of the same name, and co-starred with Sean Bean and Carice van Houten in the German-British adventure/horror movie “Black Death,” for which he was nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw's Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor. In the next year, the actor was cast as an erratic drifter named Eddie Kreezer in the movie adaptation of Andrea Portes' “Hick,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011, and starred in the made for TV film “The Miraculous Year,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow. He also co-starred as the filmmaker Colin Clark in the British drama “My Week with Marilyn,” for director Simon Curtis, and  received the Capri Ensemble Cast Award and and was nominated for a BAFTA for the Rising Star Award for his performance.        

In 2012, Redmayne played the role of Marius Pontmercy in on the British musical drama movie “Les Misérables,” opposite Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Under the direction of Tom Hooper, the film garnered mostly favorable reviews and has been a commercial success. Redmayne jointly picked up Satellite's Special Achievement Award for Best Ensemble-Motion Picture, a National Board of Review (NBR):for Best Acting by an Ensemble and Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Virtuoso Award for his work. He also was nominated for a Broadcast Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society,  San Diego Film Critics Society and Screen Actors Guild Awards, received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.     

Still in 2012, Redmayne played Stephen Wraysford in two episodes of “Birdsong.”

Redmayne is set to co-star opposite Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in the upcoming science fiction movie “Jupiter Ascending,” directed and written by Andy and Lana Wachowski. The film is scheduled to be released on theaters on July 25, 2014.     

Apart from acting, Redmayne has tried some modeling. In 2008 and 2012, he worked for Burberry. He appeared in September 2012 issue of “Vanity Fair,” in which he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List.


Awards:

Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award, “Les Misérables,” 2013
National Board of Review (NBR): Best Acting by an Ensemble, “Les Misérables,” 2012
Satellite: Special Achievement Award, Best Ensemble, Motion Picture, “Les Misérables,” 2012
Capri, Hollywood: Capri Ensemble Cast Award, “My Week with Marilyn,” 2011
Laurence Olivier:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role, “Red,” 2010
Tony: Best Featured Actor in a Play, “Red,” 2010
Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Berlin Bear, Outstanding Artistic Contribution, “The Good Shepherd,” 2007
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