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Redmayne's meteoric rise continues

Eddie Redmayne's meteoric rise is showing no signs of slowing down as he is awarded an OBE for services to drama.

His portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything earned him the ultimate acting accolade as he beat the likes of fellow British star Benedict Cumberbatch to win the best actor Oscar this year.

Just three years ago the 33-year-old was being nominated for the Bafta Rising Star Award, which he did not win. Today that loss may be a distant memory in his movie history as he now has an impressive array of awards including a Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Redmayne's early career kicked off with 2011's My Week With Marilyn in which he played writer and filmmaker Colin Clark, the man given the job of looking after Monroe while she was in London making a film with Laurence Olivier.

Further success followed in the BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's weepy First World War novel Birdsong, while mainstream Hollywood success came along when he played romantic revolutionary Marius in Les Miserables.

Picking up his Bafta this year, he poked fun at himself by recalling an earlier appearance at the awards when a bout of food poisoning led him to "redecorate the corridor of the Royal Opera House in an incredibly unfortunate fashion".

Labelled as one of Britain's top heartthrobs, you could almost hear the collective breaking of many hearts when he married long-term girlfriend Hannah Bagshawe in December 2014.

The closest he has come to scandal is getting entangled in the debate about the dominance of privately-educated actors, but even then Redmayne - an old Etonian like Homeland star Damian Lewis - emerged with his dignity intact.

Asked about it, he said: "I think there always should be a debate about where actors are coming from, that diversity is represented. Our job as actors is to tell stories and everyone should be represented.

"As far as a public school is concerned I've had a lucky upbringing, and I had a fantastic drama teacher. He's the reason I became an actor and I attribute it to a particular teacher as supposed to a school or education."

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