Eddie Redmayne has packed a lot of accomplishments into his first 40 years, including both an Oscar win as Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” and a Tony win as Best Featured Actor in a Play for “Red.”
Redmanye was born in London and did quite well in school, well enough to secure a place at Cambridge for his University years. He would earn a degree in art history at the esteemed college. Redmayne then took a step away from academics and began a career in modeling. While he met with a certain degree of success in that profession acting had always been his first love and would eventually turn that into his career.
He found success on the British stage quite early and at age 22 he won a number of London newcomer awards for his performance in Edward Albee‘s “The Goat or Who is Sylvia.” As he was beginning to appear in film and television roles he scored another huge success in London in the play “Red” which won him an Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Play.
He would go on to repeat that role on Broadway where as mentioned he received a Tony Award. Shortly after that Redmayne would receive increasingly larger roles in films culminating in an Oscar only four years after his Tony Award.
If you’ll allow me a personal observation on how quickly fame can occur. In 2010 I happened to be walking past the theater in New York where “Red” was playing. Alfred Molina, who was the above the title star of the play, was signing autographs in front of the theater as his limousine waited. As I walked further along I saw Redmayne seemingly walking home from the theater alone carrying a well-worn suitcase that he was having trouble keeping closed. It was sort of fascinating to see an actor who at the time of the play was thought of as not famous enough to merit a car to drive him home make it to the Oscar podium only four years later.
Take a tour in our photo gallery above as we rank his 10 greatest film performances from worst to best. We include “The Danish Girl,” “Les Miserables,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and more.