Eddie Redmayne is one of the most accomplished British actors in Hollywood. He is renowned for his ability to transform into divergent characters as he has played everything; from a transgender artist to a crippled but brilliant scientist.
Kicking off his career as a kid, Redmayne has featured in several movies, TV series, and theatrical productions. His acting talent has landed him numerous nominations as well as awards from the major award associations. Despite having achieved so much, the actor is not showing any signs of slowing down as he is set to feature in many upcoming projects.
Eddie Redmayne Kickstarted His Acting Career in High School With Appearances in Stage Productions
Eddie Redmayne was born and brought up in London where he attended various schools such as Eaton House, Jackie Palmer Stage School, and St Paul’s Junior Barnes, London. The future Hollywood star also attended the prestigious Eton College where his schoolmates included the likes of Prince William and actor Tom Hiddleston.
While attending Jackie Palmer Stage School, Eddie developed a strong passion for acting. He began doing what he loved at the age of 12 when he appeared as a workhouse boy in a West End production of Oliver! in 1994. He continued with stage acting while in college, and together with Hiddleston, he appeared in one of his school’s stage play titled A Passage to India.
Redmayne would go on to study Art History at Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained his bachelor’s in the year 2003.
His Astounding Exploits As a Stage Actor
After performing with the National Youth Music Theatre for a while, Eddie Redmayne landed his first professional stage acting gig in 2002 when he was cast as Viola in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe. In the next year, he made another stage appearance at Everyman Theatre where he scored the titular role in “Master Harold” and the Boys.
In 2004, Eddie bagged his first career award; an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his portrayal of Billy in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? The play also earned him a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in the next year.
Later in 2009, the actor scored the role of Ken in the John Logan production, Red. His performance in the role earned him an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2010. Eddie Redmayne would go on to reprise the role on Broadway at John Golden Theatre from March 2010 to June 2010, where his performance again earned him a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor.
Eddie further made a name for himself in the theatre circuit by winning another Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for his portrayal of King Richard II in the play, Richard II.
He Bagged Several Modeling Gigs While Still Pursuing His Acting Career
Eddie Redmayne is blessed with natural good looks and as a result, he has been doing some work as a model right from when he was at Eton College. He has done some work for a few brands and has equally been featured in several notable magazines like Vogue while still pursuing his acting career.
In 2008, Redmayne worked alongside Alex Pettyfer for the prestigious British luxury fashion brand, Burberry. In 2012, he worked with the fashion brand again, this time alongside fellow English model Cara Delevigne. In that same year, he landed a spot on Vanity Fair’s annual International Best Dressed List and was featured in the September issue of the magazine. In like manner, he took the No. 1 spot on GQ’s 50 Best Dressed British Men list of 2015.
Other notable modeling gigs Eddie has secured include him working for Prada during the fashion brand’s Menswear AW16 campaign in June 2016.
The Early TV and Film Roles He Played
In spite of his multiple modeling works, Eddie Redmayne never lost touch with his acting skills as he has been actively pursuing both careers. His acting career has further not been limited to the stage as he has also enjoyed immense success on the screen.
The Londoner has featured in highly acclaimed movies for which his performances have earned him many prestigious awards. After the actor made his screen debut in one episode of the 1998 TV series, Animal Ark, and then featured in one episode of Doctors in 2003, he focused mainly on theater works before returning full-time to TV and film acting in the late 2000s.
Redmayne played the role of Alex Forbes in Like Minds and Edward Wilson Jr. in The Good Shepherd in 2006. Between 2007 and 2010, he appeared in other feature films like Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Powder Blue, The Yellow Handkerchief, Glorious 39, and Black Death.
In television, Eddie Redmayne appeared in four episodes of Tess of the d’Ubervilles in 2008. He then played the role of Jack Jackson in eight episodes of The Pillar of the Earth (2010), as well as Stephen Wraysford in two episodes of Birdsong (2012).
How The Model Became One of Hollywood’s Leading Actors
Eddie Redmayne became a movie star following his breathtaking role in the 2012 musical film, Les Misérable. His performance in the film earned him several awards, including a Satellite Award, National Board of Review Award, and Award Circuit Community Award.
Two years later, his role in The Theory of Everything, a 2014 biopic about the life of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking brought him global recognition. The movie details Hawking’s ground-breaking work at Cambridge University and his complicated relationship with his wife, Jane. It also showcased his resilience in the face of a debilitating ALS disease which affected every part of his body except his brain.
Eddie Redmayne portrayed the lead role of Hawking and even got to meet the scientist in real life. He performed excellently in the movie and received praise from several quarters, including Hawking himself. His amazing performance in the movie fetched him an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Award for best actor.
Another role that earned him critical acclaim was his role of Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl (2015). It earned him his second Oscar nod among many other nominations and awards. In recent times, Redmayne is best recognized for his role of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and its sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Eddie Redmayne’s Illustrious Acting Career Has Not Only Made Him Rich But Earned Him an OBE
Since beginning his professional acting career in 1998, Eddie Redmayne has accrued extensive acting credits where his performances have received critical acclaim. As a result of this, the actor has amassed a net worth of $4 million. With his acting career being his main source of wealth, another way through which he makes money is from endorsement deals. He has served as a brand ambassador for several companies, including Omega Aqua Terra Watches.
Another notable achievement of his acting career is him being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his worthwhile contributions to drama in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honors.
Redmayne is Married To His Longtime Friend
Eddie Redmayne is married to fellow Brit, Hannah Bagshawe. The two first met when Eddie was attending Eton College and Hannah was a student at a neighboring girls’ boarding school. After the actor performed as a model during a charity fashion show organized by his future wife and her classmates in the year 2000, the duo became friends. They remained friends for several years before commencing a romantic relationship in the year 2012.
Redmayne and Bagshawe dated for two years before getting engaged in June 2014. Their nuptials took place six months later, on the 15th of December, 2014. The wedding ceremony was held at a 4-star hotel, Babington House, located in Somerset London.
The couple now has two kids together. Their first child, Iris Mary Redmayne, was born in June 2016 while their second child, Luke Richard Bagshawe, came in March 2018.
The Actor’s Better Half is a Public Relations Executive
Eddie Redmayne’s wife is the daughter of Nicholas and Caryl Bagshawe. She was born on the 30th of November 1982 in London, England. She had her elementary education at a girls’ boarding school in London before proceeding to the University of Edinburgh where she studied English literature and French.
Aside from being known as her husband’s better half, Bagshawe is also an executive in the thrilling PR industry. She is also said to have previously worked as an antique dealer before gaining recognition as a public relations executive.