1. Born and raised in the City of Westminster, he studied history of art at Trinity College, Cambridge, after which he briefly dabbled with a modelling career.
2. Redmayne began his professional acting career as a youth in London theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television.
3. His first film roles came in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd, and he went on to play supporting roles in several films, including Savage Grace .
4. Redmayne is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and a British Academy Film Award and in 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.
5. Redmayne was born on 6 January 1982 in Westminster, London. His mother, Patricia , runs a relocation business, and his father, Richard Redmayne, is a businessman in corporate finance.
6. His paternal great-grandfather was Sir Richard Redmayne, a civil and mining engineer.
7. Prior to becoming a full-time actor, Redmayne modelled for Burberry in 2008 with Alex Pettyfer, and in 2012 with Cara Delevingne.
8. He reprised his role in Red at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway, in a 15-week run from 11 March to 27 June 2010, and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.
9. He portrayed King Richard II in Richard II directed by Michael Grandage, at the Donmar Warehouse from 6 December 2011 to 4 February 2012.
10. He starred as filmmaker Colin Clark in the drama film My Week with Marilyn .
11. In 2014, he starred as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a role for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, depicting the debilitating challenges of ALS.
12. The film was widely panned, including his performance, for which he won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor in the same year that he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Danish Girl.
13. Redmayne made his screen debut in 1998 in an episode of Animal Ark.
14. In June 2015 it was announced that Redmayne would star as Newt Scamander in the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off from the Harry Potter film series, with a screenplay by J. K. Rowling.