Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, a noted civil and mining engineer. Eddie is one of five children. He has English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Redmayne is the only member of his family to follow a career in acting, and also modeled during his teen years. He was educated at Eton College before going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied History of Art. Encouraged by his parents, Redmayne took drama lessons from a young age. His first stage appearance was in the Sam Mendes production of Oliver!, in London’s West End. He played a workhouse boy. Acting continued through school and university, including performing with the National Youth Music Theatre. Redmayne’s first professional stage performance came in 2002 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where he played Viola in Twelfth Night. In 2004, he won the prestigious Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award for his working in Edward Albee’s play ‘The Goat’. Further stage successes followed and in 2009 he starred in John Logan’s ‘Red’ at the Donmar Warehouse in London. He won huge critical acclaim for his role, winning an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The play transferred to Broadway in 2010, and Redmayne went on to win a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Alongside his stage career, Redmayne has worked steadily in television and film. Notable projects include Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008), Les piliers de la terre (2010) and My Week with Marilyn (2011). In 2012, he co-starred in the musical Les Misérables (2012), as Marius Pontmercy. In 2014, Redmayne played scientist Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama film The Theory of Everything (2014), opposite Felicity Jones, as Stephen’s wife Jane Hawking. For his performance, Redmayne won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. As such, he became the first man born in the 1980s to win an acting Oscar. In 2014, Redmayne married publicist Hannah Bagshawe.