Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor BAFTA

Eddie and Hannah Bagshawe

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe

British star Eddie Redmayne has won the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards in London.

Eddie Redmayne has won the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Royal Opera House in London.

The 33-year-old Brit, who starred as Professor Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything', won the sought-after award ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch ('The Imitation Game'), Ralph Fiennes ('The Grand Budapest Hotel'), Jake Gyllenhaal ('Nightcrawler') and Michael Keaton ('Birdman').

After collecting his award, he said: "I was at the BAFTAs three years ago and I had food poisoning - I redecorated the corridor of the Royal Opera House. That was one of the worst nights of my life - this is one of the best nights of my life."

Redmayne dedicated his award to his own family for "their amazing faith", as well as his co-stars - including Felicity Jones - and the family of Stephen Hawking.

Of the Hawking family, he said: "I want to thank them for their trust, their generosity and their kindness.

"And for reminding me of the great strength that comes from having the will to live a full and passionate life."

Redmayne's BAFTA win comes after he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama in January.

The Theory of Everything

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 123 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
  • UK release: 1 January 2015

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.


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