Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne (born 6 January, 1982) is an English actor, singer and model. He portrayed Newton Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and reprised his role in the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He also narrated for the 2017 audio edition of the updated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Redmayne made his professional stage debut as Viola in Twelfth Night, for Shakespeare's Globe at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002. He won the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2004, for his performance in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2005. Later stage credits include Now or Later by Christopher Shinn at the Royal Court Theatre. The show ran from 3 September to 1 November 2008.
In 2009, Redmayne appeared in John Logan's new play Red at the Donmar Warehouse in London, for which he won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He reprised his role in Red at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, in a 15-week run from 11 March to 27 June 2010, and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. He portrayed King Richard II in Richard II directed by Michael Grandage, at Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012.
Redmayne was cast in his first feature film Like Minds after being spotted by casting director Lucy Bevan performing in a play called "Goats". Redmayne has appeared in films such as The Good Shepherd, Powder Blue, Savage Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl, Hick, Glorious 39, and Jupiter Ascending. He starred as Osmund in Christopher Smith's supernatural gothic chiller film Black Death. His 2008 Sundance drama film The Yellow Handkerchief was released in 26 February 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
He starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn. He took on the role of Marius Pontmercy for the 2012 musical film Les Misérables. In 2014, he starred as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a role for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor depicting the debilitating challenges of ALS.
Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark. His television credits include the BBC mini-series Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and the two-part mini-series Birdsong.
Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevingne. In the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, he was featured on its annual International Best Dressed List. In 2015, he was named number one in GQ's 50 best dressed British men.
In 2016, he was selected to portray the role of Newt Scamander in the spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He was required to do a mating dance for the part, something he called "very humiliating".
Behind the scenes
- Eddie auditioned to play Tom Riddle in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- True to his character, Eddie was sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore.
- Eddie took the Pottermore Patronus quiz twice during its development and discovered both times to have a Basset Hound patronus.
- Redmayne has starred alongside several actors and actresses from the Harry Potter films on various projects:
- Rhys Ifans in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
- Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, David Tennant and Toby Regbo in Glorious 39.
- Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Geraldine Somerville in My Week with Marilyn.
- Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Fleetwood and Simon Fisher-Becker in Les Misérables.
- David Thewlis and Simon McBurney in The Theory of Everything.
- John Hurt, Rob Rackstraw and Jamie Campbell Bower in Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
- Toby Jones in Elizabeth I.
- Ellie Darcey-Alden in Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
- Clémence Poésy in Birdsong.
- John Atterbury in No Ordinary Trifle.
- Timothy Spall, Mark Williams, and Miriam Margolyes in the claymation film Early Man.
|2006||Like Minds||Alex Forbes|
|The Good Shepherd||Edward Wilson Jr.|
|2007||Savage Grace||Antony Baekeland|
|Elizabeth: The Golden Age||Anthony Babington|
|2008||The Yellow Handkerchief||Gordy|
|The Other Boleyn Girl||William Stafford|
|2009||Powder Blue||Qwerty Doolittle|
|Glorious 39||Ralph Keyes|
|My Week with Marilyn||Colin Clark|
|2012||Les Misérables||Marius Pontmercy|
|2014||The Theory of Everything||Stephen Hawking||Won the Academy Award for Best Actor|
|2015||Jupiter Ascending||Balem Abrasax|
|Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure||Ryan (voice)|
|The Danish Girl||Lili Elbe||Academy Award nomination for Best Actor|
|2016||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Newton Scamander|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Newton Scamander|
|2022||Fantastic Beasts 3||Newton Scamander||Post-production|
|1998||Animal Ark||John Hardy||Episode: "Bunnies in the Bathroom"|
|2003||Doctors||Rob Huntley||Episode: "Crescendo"|
|2004||In Search of Shakespeare||*References Viola from Twelfth Night||4 Part Documentary|
|2005||Elizabeth I||Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton||Episode: "Southampton"|
|2008||Tess of the D'Urbervilles||Angel Clare||4 episodes|
|2010||Pillars of the Earth||Jack Jackson||9 episodes|
|2012||Birdsong||Stephen Wraysford||2 episodes|
|2015||War Art with Eddie Redmayne||Himself||Documentary|
|1992–1993||Oliver!||Workhouse Boy #46 / Book Boy||West End|
|2002||Twelfth Night||Viola||Shakespeare's Globe|
|2003||"Master Harold"...and the Boys||Master Harold||Everyman Theatre|
|2004||The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?||Billy||Almeida Theatre|
|2007||Now or Later||John Jr||Royal Court Theatre|
|2009–2010||Red||Ken||Donmar Warehouse/John Golden Theatre|
|2011–2012||Richard II||King Richard II||Donmar Warehouse|
Notes and references
- Spotted some big society news today, cos that's what I'm into. Did @thetimes? #cumberbatch by @AndrewFitchett on Twitter
- Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne once auditioned to play Voldemort
- Facebook live chat from San Diego Comic Con 2016
- Fantastic Beasts Star Eddie Redmayne Reveals His Patronus