Eddie Redmayne

Redmayne in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Edward John David Redmayne

Place of Birth: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 6 January, 1982

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish, Welsh

Eddie Redmayne is a British actor, model, and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014). His roles also include Like Minds, The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Pillars of the Earth, My Week with Marilyn, The Danish Girl, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and The Good Nurse, as well as many stage performances.

He is the son of Patricia and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessperson. His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Northern Irish, and Welsh. Eddie is married to public relations executive Hannah Bagshawe, with whom he has two children.

Eddie is the first millennial male, and the first male born in the 1980s, to have won an acting Oscar. Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s, and thus could be considered the first millennial, to have won the Best Actress Academy Award (for Black Swan, 2010). Eddie is also the first male born in 1980 or after to have received more than one Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Jonah Hill is the first male of that generation to have received more than one nomination for acting).

Eddie’s paternal grandfather was John Marriner Redmayne (the son of Sir Richard Augustine Studdert Redmayne, a noted civil and mining engineer, and of Edith Rose Richards). John was born in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Richard was the son of John Marriner Redmayne and Jane Anna/Anne Fitzgerald Studdert, who was born in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland. Edith was born in Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, the daughter of Thomas Picton Richards and Charlotte Mary Rose.

Eddie’s paternal grandmother was Audrey Mercedes D’Alton (the daughter of Frank Edward D’Alton and Mercedes Eileen Flinn). Audrey was of Irish heritage. Mercedes was born in Rathdown, Ireland, the daughter of David Edgar Flinn, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and of Mary Theresa McDermott, who was born in Tipperary.

Eddie’s maternal grandfather is named Thomas R. Burke.

Eddie’s maternal grandmother is Mary Rattray (the daughter of David Rattray and Helen Mabon Robson). Mary was born in Berwick, Northumberland, England. David was the son of David Rattray, who was born in Ladykirk, Berwickshire, Scotland, and of Eleanor Sprot/Sprout, who was English. Helen was the daughter of Scottish parents, William Robson, who was born in Jedburgh, and Mary Chisholm, who was born in Belville, Roxburghshire.

Sources: Genealogies of Eddie Redmayne (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.famechain.com

Eddie’s paternal great-great-grandparents, David Edgar Flinn and Mary Theresa McDermott, on the 1881 England and Wales Census – https://familysearch.org

4 Responses

  1. jonasbsjr says:

    He was perfect as Stephen Hawking. He has a northern german appearience in general, but i can see the british&irish in him, especially the big straight nose and ear, also the shape of his eyes. Brits have cousins in basically all Europe but there are some specific traits that they only share between themselves.

  2. celebfan says:

    Edith Rose Richards, Eddie Redmayne’s paternal great grandmother, was born in 1866 in Swansea, Wales. Here is some documentation:


  3. celebfan says:

    In younger pictures, Redmayne appears to have red hair, but now it looks light brown.

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