Eddie Redmayne losing weight for film role

Eddie Redmayne is currently trying to lose two stone in weight in order to play transgender artist Lili Elbe in 'The Danish Girl'

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Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne is trying to lose two stone for his next film role.

The 33-year-old star - who took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' at the Oscars on Sunday (22.02.15) - is said to be trying to slim down even more in order to play a transgender artist.

A source shared: "He's on a strict diet and has been noticeably thinner.

"He kept it under wraps during his promotional duties and Oscar campaign.

"But back in the UK, he'll be working fast to shift the rest of the weight."

The 'Jupiter Ascending' actor is slimming down to play Lili Elbe - who was one of the first men to have surgery to become a woman in 1930 - in 'The Danish Girl'.

The sourced added to The Sun newspaper: "Eddie is also working with a transgender group. He wants to embody the character."

Meanwhile, a former Eton schoolmate of the star - who was also in the same class as Prince William - has revealed how Eddie beat the 32-year-old royal in a debate on wind farms.

He told the newspaper: "There was only going to be one winner. Eddie's very bright."

The Danish Girl

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 119 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Written by: David Ebershoff, Lucinda Coxon
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Amber Heard, Alicia Vikander
  • UK release: 1 January 2016

Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener (Redmayne) has a loving marriage with fellow artist Gerda (Vikander), who encourages him to don women's clothes, prompting his realisation that he wants to become a woman. Touching and dignified real-life tale of 1930s transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, although at times it suffers from its…

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