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Edward John David "Eddie" Redmayne (born 6 January, 1982) is an English actor, singer and model. He portrayed Newton Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts film series. 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.

Eddie as Newt Scamander

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



Year Title Role Notes
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
2010 Black Death Osmund
2011 Hick Eddie Kreezer
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
2019 The Aeronauts James Glaisher
2020 The Trial of the Chicago 7 Tom Hayden
2022 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Newton Scamander Post-production
2022 The Good Nurse Charlie Cullen


Year Title Role Notes
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
Miraculous Year Connor Canceled
2012 Birdsong Stephen Wraysford 2 episodes
2015 War Art with Eddie Redmayne Himself Documentary
2020 James and the Giant Peach with Taika and Friends Ladybird TV Mini Series


Year Title Role Notes
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
Hecuba Polydorus Donmar Warehouse
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


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