9 Things You Didn’t Know About Eddie Redmayne
According to the actor’s mother, Redmayne has been a performer ever since he was five and started singing at school, but he didn’t train as an actor. He studied at Eton College, alongside Prince William, and then went on to study Art History at Cambridge University, so that he would have a degree to fall back on in case the acting thing didn’t work out. There he met fellow British actors Tom Hiddleston, Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.
6. The Theory of Everything
The British actor didn’t have to audition for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but the part required extensive preparation. He spent four months studying Hawking’s life. He watched documentaries and YouTube videos on the physicist, read his books, hired a physics teacher as his translator, worked with a choreographer to master Hawking’s body language, and visited a neurology clinic where he interviewed patients with ALS. Redmayne’s performance won widespread critical acclaim and won him an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.