Eddie Redmayne caught the world’s attention last winter as the young man who befriend Marilyn Monroe during the filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl” in “My Week with Marilyn.” The 30 year-old actor already was known for his award winning stage work, but it was his role as Colin Clark that made him famous.
Redmayne was born on January 6, 1982 in London and still lives in the city today. He began taking drama lessons at a young age and appeared in the Sam Mendes directed, West End production of “Oliver!” as a workhouse boy when he was 12. He attended Eton College and then studied History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge. During his studies he performed alongside Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers” and “War Horse”) and Rebecca Hall (“The Town” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”).
In 2002, Redmayne made his professional stage debut in “Twelfth Night,” a production by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Two years later he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer for his work in “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” In 2009 he starred with Alfred Molina in the acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of “RED,” which earned him the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He went on to reprise his role in “Red” during a limited Broadway run and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Most recently he took to the stage this past winter as King Richard II in “Richard II” for Donmar Warehouse in London and earned his Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, but this time for Best Shakespearean Performance.
On television Redmayne appeared on an episode the U.K. children’s show “Animal Ark” in 1998 and was featured on a 2003 episode of the long running U.K. daytime soap opera, “The Doctors.” He played the Earl of Southampton in the 2005 British miniseries “Elizabeth I,” which starred Helen Mirren in the title role and was shown on HBO in the U.S. He starred as Angel Clare opposite Gemma Arterton’s Tess in in the 2008 BBC miniseries of “Tess of the D’Urbervilles.” He played Jack Jackson on the Golden Globe nominated STARZ miniseries, “The Pillars of the Earth” in 2010.
Redmayne made his feature film debut opposite Toni Collette in the psychological thriller, “Like Minds” in 2006, and that same year played a younger version of Matt Damon’s character in “The Good Shepherd.” The next year he played Antony Baekeland, opposite Jullianne Moore as his incestuous mother in the film festival darling, “Savage Grace.”
He returned to the story of Elizabeth I, this time on the big screen, in the2007 film “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” starring Cate Blanchett. He played Anthony Babington, who was recruited by the Jesuits to assassinate Elizabeth I, but was unsuccessful. In 2008, he played William Stafford, Anne Boleyn’s lover, in “The Other Boleyn Girl,” and starred opposite Kristen Stewart and William Hurt in “The Yellow Handkerchief,” an independent film that debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2009, he appeared with Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Jeremy Northam, Christopher Lee and David Tennant in the British thriller “Glorious 39,” and the drama “Powder Blue,” which was Patrick Swayze’s last film appearance. Although “Powder Blue” featured an impressive ensemble cast including Swayze, Jessica Biel, Ray Liotta, Lisa Kudrow and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, it only had a limited release in the U.S. and went to DVD.
Redmayne starred with Sean Bean in the historic horror film “Black Death,” which its U.S. debut at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in fall 2010.
His next film appearance is in the movie of the acclaimed international musical sensation, “Les Misérables,” where he will act and sing the role of young student revolutionary Maurice Pontmercy. He was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Actor in Supporting Role for his work in “Les Misérables.” To date, the cast of “Les Misérables” has been awarded Best Ensemble by the National Board of Review, the Satellite Award for Best Ensemble, Motion Picture, and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble. The cast also is nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
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