Thursday 22 March 2018

Redmayne in meteoric rise to top

Eddie Redmayne's turn as Professor Stephen Hawking has put him in contention for an Academy award
Eddie Redmayne's turn as Professor Stephen Hawking has put him in contention for an Academy award

It is only four years since the talent spotters at Bafta nominated Eddie Redmayne for their Rising Star award.

He lost that award, which recognises up-and-coming stars, to Kidulthood star Adam Deacon but his Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award will have made up for the disappointment.

Redmayne started to really make a name for himself with 2011's My Week With Marilyn playing writer and filmmaker Colin Clark who was given the job of looking after Monroe while she was in London making a film with Laurence Olivier.

Further success followed in the BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's w eepy World War One novel Birdsong and mainstream Hollywood success came along when he played romantic revolutionary Marius in Les Miserables.

But is his performance in The Theory Of Everything and his portrayal of a great mind gradually betrayed by a failing body that has propelled him to superstardom.

He plays Professor Stephen Hawking in the film which is based on the memoirs of the physicist's first wife about the couple's life as motor neurone disease took its toll.

The critics have raved about Redmayne but he has not let the acclaim - and relatively sudden rise to fame - go to his head.

Picking up his Bafta earlier this month, he poked fun at himself by recalling an earlier appearance at the awards when a b out of food poisoning led him to "redecorate the corridor of the Royal Opera House in an incredibly unfortunate fashion".

The humble star, who married long-term girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe in December, rounded off the night by wandering backstage to chat with journalists and pose for pictures with his gong.

The closest he has come to scandal is getting entangled in the debate about the dominance of privately-educated actors, but even then Redmayne - an old Etonian - emerged with his dignity intact.

Asked about it, he said his influences were more one teacher than the school he attended.

"I think there always should be a debate about where actors are coming from, that diversity is represented. Our job as actors is to tell stories and everyone should be represented.

"As far as a public school is concerned I've had a lucky upbringing, and I had a fantastic drama teacher. He's the reason I became an actor and I attribute it to a particular teacher as supposed to a school or education."

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