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Born: January 6, 1982 Cause of Death:
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Eddie Redmayne proved his mettle by playing emotionally distraught characters who often struggled with their sexuality and morality. The classically trained actor first impressed on stage in his native London, delivering haunting and award-winning performances in such productions as "The Goat" (2004) and "Red" (2009). He began making inroads across the pond in independent features like "The Yellow Handkerchief" (2008) and the controversial drama "Savage Grace" (2007), where he had an incestuous-turned-tragic relationship with Julianne Moore's character. Redmayne also excelled in the miniseries arena, landing lead roles on the BBC hit series "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (2008) and on the award-winning epic saga "The Pillars of the Earth" (Starz Entertainment, 2010), a historical drama following the construction of a cathedral in 12th century England during The Anarchy. In 2011, Redmayne impressed with his scene-stealing performance in "My Week with Marilyn," as a lowly yet smart studio gofer who had a brief and bizarre fling with screen goddess Marilyn Monroe in the late 1950s. The talented performer next thrilled audiences with his performance as Marius, a student revolutionary in the epic film...

Eddie Redmayne proved his mettle by playing emotionally distraught characters who often struggled with their sexuality and morality. The classically trained actor first impressed on stage in his native London, delivering haunting and award-winning performances in such productions as "The Goat" (2004) and "Red" (2009). He began making inroads across the pond in independent features like "The Yellow Handkerchief" (2008) and the controversial drama "Savage Grace" (2007), where he had an incestuous-turned-tragic relationship with Julianne Moore's character. Redmayne also excelled in the miniseries arena, landing lead roles on the BBC hit series "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (2008) and on the award-winning epic saga "The Pillars of the Earth" (Starz Entertainment, 2010), a historical drama following the construction of a cathedral in 12th century England during The Anarchy. In 2011, Redmayne impressed with his scene-stealing performance in "My Week with Marilyn," as a lowly yet smart studio gofer who had a brief and bizarre fling with screen goddess Marilyn Monroe in the late 1950s. The talented performer next thrilled audiences with his performance as Marius, a student revolutionary in the epic film adaptation of the musical smash "Les Misérables" (2012). With each new role, Redmayne not only moved closer to A-list status, but further proved his range as one of contemporary cinema's most promising young actors. He cemented that stature with his 2015 Oscar win for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic "The Theory of Everything" (2014) and his acclaimed turn in the 1920s-set trandgender drama "The Danish Girl" (2015).

Edward John David Redmayne was born on Jan. 6, 1982 in London, England. One of five children, he was the only member of a family of athletes to pursue an acting career. After studying at Eton College, Redmayne attended Trinity College in Cambridge, where he studied history of art. He consistently acted on stage during his time at university, and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. In 2002, Redmayne made his stage debut at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in a production of "Twelfth Night." He continued to make a name for himself on stage, portraying mostly young men who have issues with their sexuality and/or their father, such as in Edward Albee's play "The Goat," for which Redmayne earned a prestigious Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award. In 2009, Redmayne delivered a critically acclaimed performance in John Logan's art hit "Red" as Ken, a fictional composite of all the assistants used by the dogmatic artist Mark Rothko. For his work on the play, Redmayne won an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2010. He reprised his role in "Red" when the play traveled to Broadway in 2010, and for that performance, he won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play that same year.

While he made waves on stage, Redmayne also acted on television and in film, including an appearance in Robert De Niro's thriller "The Good Shepherd" (2006). In the 2007 twisted drama "Savage Grace," Redmayne was pitch-perfect as the disaffected son and incestuous lover of Julianne Moore's character. He had a featured role alongside William Hurt and Kristen Stewart in the Sundance hit "The Yellow Handkerchief," as an adopted Native American who, despite exhibiting symptoms of Asperger's disease, is never diagnosed. Redmayne also appeared in a number of period films, including "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007), "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), and in the miniseries "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," as Tess Durbeyfield's (Gemme Aterton) anguished husband who leaves her after learning of her abusive past.

In early 2010, Redmayne's personal life made the tabloids after he started dating fellow British actress Carey Mulligan, on the heels of her much-publicized breakup with American actor Shia LaBeouf. That same year, he starred in the award-winning miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," based on Ken Follett's 1989 bestseller of the same name. Set in 12th century England, the series followed the construction of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge during the turbulent period in English history known as The Anarchy. Redmayne played Jack Jackson, a clever, young architect who was in love with Aliena (Hayley Atwell), a haughty and willful aristocrat. In 2011, Redmayne delivered a scene-stealing performance in Simon Curtis' drama "My Week with Marilyn," based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, a gofer who worked on the Pinewood Studios set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" (1957), a romantic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. As Clark, Redmayne had a brief romance with the manic-depressive blonde icon (Michelle Williams), and was also privy to the oft-tense interactions between Monroe and Olivier (Kenneth Branagh).

In a daring career move, Redmayne diverted sharply from his heretofore typical roles as earnest young man with his turn in director Derick Martini's controversial drama "Hick" (2012). The harrowing tale recounting the dismal ordeal that awaits a wayward young runaway (Chloë Grace Moretz), it featured Redmayne as an unstable drifter who first takes in, then takes an unhealthy interest in, the 13-year-old protagonist. A violent, intensely disturbing film, it was reviled by the majority of critics. While "Hick" remained largely unseen in its limited release, the young actor's next project was the subject of great anticipation as the year reached its conclusion. Part of an international cast that included Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, Redmayne was cast as Marius, an idealist young revolutionary in the big budget film adaptation of the phenomenally successful Broadway musical "Les Misérables" (2012). Having already impressed audiences with his acting skills, Redmayne revealed yet another level of talent by ably performing each of his character's songs, as would all of his multi-talented castmates. Redmayne garnered immense critical acclaim for his next role, playing the young Stephen Hawking in the biopic "The Theory of Everything" (2014); he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. After appearing in Lana and Andy Wachowski's critically-derided "Jupiter Ascending" (2015), Redmayne starred in "The Danish Girl" (2015), portraying Lili Elbe, a Danish painter who was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

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 Les Misérables (2012)
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 Black Death (2011)
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 Glorious 39 (2011)
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 Powder Blue (2009)
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2002:
Made his stage debut at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre where he played Viola in a production of "Twelfth Night"
2008:
Co-starred in BBC miniseries "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" as the title character's anguished husband
2010:
Made his Broadway debut in John Logan's "Red" as Ken, a fictional composite of all the assistants used by artist Mark Rothko
2006:
Landed a supporting role opposite Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, and Robert De Niro in "The Good Shepherd"
2007:
Played the disaffected son and incestuous lover of Julianne Moore's character in the drama "Savage Grace"
2010:
Played a young architect who falls in love with an aristocrat during 12th century England in the Starz miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," based on Ken Follett's 1989 bestseller
2011:
Portrayed Colin Clark, the studio gofer who briefly romances Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) in Simon Curtis' drama "My Week with Marilyn"; film based on Clark's memoirs
2012:
Co-starred with Chloë Grace Moretz in the indie drama "Hick"
2015:
Played a supporting role in the Wachowski sisters' sci-fi adventure "Jupiter Ascending"
2012:
Played the young revolutionary Marius in a feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper
2014:
Gave an award-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in the biopic "The Theory of Everything"
1998:
Made his screen-acting debut on an episode of "Animal Ark"
2006:
Made his feature debut in a starring role in the crime thriller "Like Minds"
2015:
Gave another head-turning performance as transgender woman Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl"
2016:
Made his "Harry Potter" universe debut in the starring role of Newt Scamander in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
2018:
Reprised Newt Scamander role in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"
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