Is an Old Etonian
Son of Richard (b. 1938) and Patricia (née Burke) Redmayne (b. 1949).
He was named Outstanding Newcomer at the London Evening Standard Awards 2004 and the London Critic's Circle Theatre Awards 2005 for his performance in Edward Albee's "The Goat or Who is Sylvia", with Jonathan Pryce at the Almeida Theatre, Islington.
Has appeared in three biopics about the Tudor Family, including two biopics about Elizabeth I. In 2005, he played Southampton in Elizabeth I (2005), and in 2007, he played Anthony Babington in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Both of the characters were traitors. In 2008, he appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) as Sir William Stafford, the second husband of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Elizabeth I; one of the leading characters is Henry VIII, father of Elizabeth I.
Presented an award at the 2006 Orange BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Won the Tony Award in 2010 as Actor (Featured Role - Play) for his performance in "Red".
Won the Laurence Olivier Best Supporting Actor Award in March 2010 for his role in "Red" (Donmar Warehouse, London).
His father is a managing director at a bank, and his mother worked at a relocation-office.
Brother of James (b. 1979), a bank manager, and Thomas (b. 1987). Younger half-brother of Eugenie (b. 1965) and Charles (b. 1966), an Internet-entrepreneur from his father's previous marriage to Maxine Brodrick.
He won the Critics' Circle's Award for Best Shakespearean Performance (named "The John and Wendy Trewin Award for best Shakespearean performance") for his Richard II (December 2011 - February 2012 in Donmar Warehouse, London).
Very close friends with Jeremy Irvine.
His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish. His paternal grandparents were John Marriner Redmayne and Audrey Mercedes D'Alton, and Eddie's paternal great-grandfather, Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, was a prominent mining and civil engineer. Eddie's maternal grandparents are Thomas R. Burke and Mary Rattray.
Eddie Redmayne is good friends with Benedict Cumberbatch. Both actors have portrayed Professor Stephen Hawking in different productions. Cumberbatch in Hawking (2004) and Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (2014).
Attended Eton College, where he had classes with Prince William.
Was named by his The Good Shepherd (2006) co-star and director Robert De Niro when De Niro was asked by Total Film magazine about younger actors he liked.
His fragrance of choice is Tom Ford's Black Orchid.
He and Julianne Moore played mother and son in Savage Grace (2007). In 2015, both won the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar, respectively.
Has appeared in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) in a key scene with Cate Blanchett. In 2015, Blanchett presented him the Oscar for Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014), having won the Best Actress Oscar one year before for Blue Jasmine (2013).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama. He is an actor in London, England.
He won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014), making him one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Melissa Leo for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010) and Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011).
When he first auditioned as a 12-year-old for a role as one of the princes in the tower in Richard III (1995), he was turned down by lead Ian McKellen as being unsuitable for the role.
Has expressed his desire to work with Marion Cotillard.
Is colour blind.
Became a father for the first time at age 34 when his wife Hannah Bagshawe gave birth to their daughter Iris Mary Redmayne on June 15, 2016.
Was asked to audition for the role of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). He revealed that his audition was horrible. The role eventually went to Adam Driver.
While he was as Eton College, he auditioned for the role of Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). However, he did not get the call back from the casting director.
Is one of three males born in 1980 or after to have received more than one Academy Award nomination for acting (for The Theory of Everything (2014), which he won, and The Danish Girl (2015)). The other two are Jonah Hill (for Moneyball (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)) and Ryan Gosling (for Half Nelson (2006) and La La Land (2016)).
Is the first male member of the millennial generation, and the first male born in the 1980s, to have received an Academy Award for acting (Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014)). (Rami Malek, who won Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), is the other 1980s-born male to win). Haley Joel Osment is the first millennial male to have been nominated for an Oscar in an acting category (Best Supporting Actor for The Sixth Sense (1999)), and Ryan Gosling is the first millennial male to have specifically been nominated for Best Actor (for Half Nelson (2006)).
Was in a school theatre production of "A Passage to India" with Tom Hiddleston.
Used to be flatmates with fellow actors Jamie Dornan and Andrew Garfield.
Is one of five people born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (he has received one win and one nomination). The others are Ryan Gosling (two nominations) (born in 1980), the first to be nominated, as well as Jesse Eisenberg (born in 1983), Andrew Garfield (born in 1983), and Daniel Kaluuya (born in 1989).
Longtime friend of actress Lily Collins whom he first met when he was modeling for a Vogue photo-shoot in her mother Jill Tavelman's back garden. Lili was still in school at the time.
Uncle of Georgia (b. 1997) and John Redmayne (b. 2001), born to his half-brother Charles and his wife Annabel.
Became a father for the second time at age 36 when his wife Hannah Bagshawe gave birth to their son Luke Richard Redmayne on March 10, 2018.