Eddie Redmayne, the British actor most recognized for his portrayal as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series — the third installment, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, will be released in April 2022 — has a long and distinguished acting career. Eddie Redmayne, like his fellow British actresses Cara Delevingne and Robert Pattinson, was a Burberry model before breaking into the Hollywood industry. Late in the 2000s, he made up his mind to become an actor full-time after years of playing in theater and modest appearances on British television series.
He made his feature film debut in 2006 with the Australian drama Like Minds, and he took off from there. In the two years after that picture, he appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl, Savage Grace, and The Yellow Handkerchief with Twilight actress Kristen Stewart. Since then, he has chalked up several award-winning performances in the film industry. As we anticipate Eddie Redmayne‘s comeback to the Harry Potter series in The Secrets of Dumbledore, here is a ranking of his top films.
7. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Cate Blanchett established herself early in her career as the Virgin Queen in the 1998 picture Elizabeth. Ten years later, in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, she reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II during the latter half of her reign. As the Spanish Empire is on the brink of encroaching on the United Kingdom, Elizabeth must make critical choices to cement her authority and establish a future when she passes away. Simultaneously, a completely new world awaits exploration and claim across the Atlantic. Redmayne plays Anthony Babington, one of the individuals involved in the Queen’s assassination plan.
6. The Yellow Handkerchief
The Yellow Handkerchief is a remake of a 1977 Japanese film starring Eddie Redmayne and Kristen Stewart as two hitchhiking youths. William Hurt portrays a recently released ex-convict who lost his connection with the society he has left behind. As a result, he decides to track down his ex-wife and go to Louisiana, where he meets a 15-year-old girl (Stewart) and a 17-year-old boy (Redmayne) who are both going through difficult times in their life. Perhaps they will find some peace of mind during a lengthy road journey.
5. The Trial of the Chicago 7
In 2020, Aaron Sorkin made a comeback in The Trial of the Chicago 7, a historical drama based on the case of seven anti-war Vietnam demonstrators accused of conspiracy and inciting a riot. The film opens with the seven guys planning to protest, followed by their arrests some months later. Tom Hayden, one of the students participating in the demonstrations, is portrayed by Eddie Redmayne. While the film is a dramatization of actual events, it is also an energizing look at a piece of American history that has been overlooked. Certain moments, such as the group’s members being compelled to shut their mouths by the authorities, have still relevance even now.
4. My Week with Marilyn
Marilyn Monroe has been mythologized in Hollywood history, evoking a carefree age of lighter romantic pictures. Marilyn Monroe’s My Week With Marilyn chronicles the filming of her 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl. Eddie Redmayne (Michelle Williams) has been sent as a journalist to assist Monroe and her husband, writer Arthur Miller. Monroe and Miller’s marriage was rocky, and when he returns to the United States, Monroe and the journalist begin to open up and develop a more intimate connection.
3. The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper, is based on the true tale of Lili Ilse Elvenes (as represented by Eddie Redmayne), who was one of the first known cases of sex reassignment surgery. As a prolific painter, her friendship with fellow artist and painter Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) is delved deeper throughout the film. Redmayne has expressed regret over his performance, which was excellent. By opting for a well-known actor to portray Elvenes, a transgender actor was denied the chance to perform the character truthfully.
2. Les Misérables
Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaption of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was audacious in scale. The original structure of musicals was respected since there was minimal dialogue and practically everything was sung, and the cast sang live on set—a practice pioneered when talkies, or films with audio, became popular. Jeremy Redmayne plays the affluent student Marius Pontmercy, who falls head over heels in love with the beautiful Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). The epic plot and revolutionary concepts of Les Misérables have endured for decades despite the fact that it is not a film for everyone.
1. The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything eventually earned him an Academy Award nomination. The story starts while he was an astrophysics student at Cambridge University. It’s not until he meets Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones)—a literature student—who gives him a new lease on life—that he learns that he suffers from ALS. Even though life appears to be a black hole, the movie gives hope, happiness, and growth despite the fact that the events shown in the film were fictionalized.