Eddie Redmayne actually named Edward John David Redmayne is an English actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Eddie rose to fame with his role as Colin Clark in the biographical drama My Week with Marilyn in the year 2011. Before that, he did movies such as Like Minds in 2006 and The Good Shepherd. He was cast in numerous small roles post these. However, it was his characterization of Marius Pontmercy in Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables that put him on the map as a serious actor.
Redmayne has a diverse background, he works as a theatre artist as well. He began his professional acting career as a youth in West End theatre, his screen debut was in the year 1998 with small, guest television appearances. Redmayne then went on to play supporting roles in several films. The actor not only has an Academy Award in his name, but he has also won other accolades such as a Tony Award, and a BAFTA Award.
Redmayne’s stage productions include those of Red from 2009 to 2010 and Richard II from 2011 to 2012. Red won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. His role as the transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl won him an Oscar nomination for the same. Thereafter, he began starring as Newt Scamander in the film franchise Fantastic Beasts.
As of now, Eddie Redmayne is seen in The Aeronauts, which is his collaboration with his Theory of Everything costar Felicity Jones.
Here are the 10 Best Eddie Redmayne movies, rated on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Danish Girl (68%)
The Danish Girl is a 2015 biographical romantic drama film.
This movie is the story of Lili Elbe who is known to be one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery. The Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander plays Wegener, his wife.
The Danish Girl is directed by Tom Hooper and is said to be based on the 2000 novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. At the same, it also traces loosely the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Upon its release, the movie became an inspiration for transgender rights. It helped audiences understand transgender rights better.
The Danish Girl was nominated for four total Academy Awards, Alicia won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the same.
Les Miserables (69%)
Les Misérables is a 2012 epic historical period musical film.
The movie is a musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo tale. It is centered around the impoverished Parisian Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who breaks parole, and is subsequently hunted by infamous lawman Javert (Russell Crowe). The cast ensemble is led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Les Misérables is directed by Tom Hooper and scripted by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, who wrote the original French lyrics. Since music is such a dominant factor in the movie, it’d be important to mention that Claude-Michel Schönberg wrote the music for Les Misérables. Herbert Kretzmerwrote the English lyrics.
Les Misérables is based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by author.
The Yellow Handkerchief (66%)
The Yellow Handkerchief is a 2008 American independent drama film.
The movie is actually a remake of the 1977 Japanese film by the same name (Japanese: Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi, lit). It is directed by Yoji Yamada. Eddie plays a teenager Gordy 19 in the movie. Kristen Stewart plays Martine, 15. The Yellow Handkerchief is set in present-day American South.
The lead story centers around William Hurt’s Brett Hanson who is an ex-convict. He sets out on a quest right out of prison. Gordy and Martine are his two hitchhikers whom he meets on the road. The story is set to post events of Hurricane Katrina Louisiana. More than anything, the movie is a journey of self-discovery.
Black Death (71%)
Black Death is a 2010 German-British action horror film.
The movie is centered around an impressionable monk played by Sean Bean. It traces the story of Osmund played by Eddie Redmayne during the first wave of the Bubonic plague. He is the investigative reporter sent on duty to examine people returning from the grave to determine the truth of their tales. The more he is nearing the truth, the closer he comes to the evil sorcery of the local village rulers who are played by Hob (Tim McInnerny) and Langiva (Carice Van Houten).
Black Death is directed by Christopher Smith, based on an original screenplay by Dario Poloni.
Here is a fun fact about the movie Black Death: All the scenes were shot in chronological order, not so commonly seen in the movies and a rare occurrence.
The Aeronauts (72%)
The Aeronauts is a 2019 semi-biographical adventure film.
The movie tells the tale of the progress made in hot-air-balloon travel in the year 1862. Helmed by the scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) and female pilot Amelia Rennes (Jones), air history hits a new milestone. In the end, the two fly higher than anyone in recorded history. The film was also marred with controversy, in that it was praised by critics for its action, visual effects, and cast. But most of the critics criticized the plot and historical inaccuracy of the movie.
The Aeronauts is based on the 2013 book Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes. The movie is directed by Tom Harper and written by Jack Thorne. The on-screen adaptation is co-written by Thorne and Harper.
The Aeronauts stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Tom Courtenay in the lead roles.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (74%)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film.
The movie is based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie stars as Newt Scamander in the movie. It is directed by David Yates. Besides Eddie Redmayne, the cast ensemble includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them traces Scamander’s adventures. He is a writer who accidentally and unknowingly stumbles on a secret sect of wizards and witches in NYC’s underground.
The Theory Of Everything (79%)
The Theory of Everything is a 2014 biographical romantic drama film.
The film tells the tale of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking (played by Felicity Jones). For his portrayal as Stephen, Redmayne won an Oscar for Best Leading Actor. The Theory of Everything is directed by James Marsh. The events are set at the University of Cambridge, in the years leading up to his diagnosis.
The supporting cast features in the movie include Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, Christian McKay, Harry Lloyd, and David Thewlis. It is loosely adapted from Anthony McCarten from the 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by his ex-wife Jane Hawking.
Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure (80%)
Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure is a 2015 CGI-animated children’s epic fantasy adventure action musical film.
The movie is based around the events on a hidden pirate ship. Thomas and his pals, one of which is Ryan, unearth a buried treasure on it. They must save it from the greedy clutch of Sailor John (John Hurt).
Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure voices Joseph May and John Hasler as the voice of Thomas in the US and UK dubs respectively. The rest of the cast ensemble includes Olivia Colman, Keith Wickham, Tim Whitnall, Rob Rackstraw, William Hope, Kerry Shale, Christopher Ragland, Glenn Wrage, Joe Mills, Teresa Gallagher, Jules de Jongh, Steven Kynman and Tom Stourton.
Early Man (81%)
Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated historical sports comedy film.
The movie is based on Dug’s story. He is a prehistoric caveman who must bring his village together to take down their enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston). Dug is assisted by his best-friend Hognob (Nick Park). Nick also directed the film. Besides Eddie Redmayne, the film voices Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall.
My Week With Marilyn (83%)
My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 drama film.
The movie is the story of the relationship between Olivier and costar Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) as they work together on the film The Prince and the Showgirl. Kenneth Branagh plays Laurence Olivier. Eddie Redmayne plays her escort around London, who shows her around. The story is narrated through the perspective of Clarke.
My Week with Marilyn is adapted from Colin Clark’s The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn. These are two diary accounts.