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Tall, luminous, stylish (and constantly neurotic)

The full Times Luxx transcript. Note writer’s reference to Eddie’s height as “6ft-something.”

‘I have two passions when I’m not working — one is painting, the other is playing the piano.
Both of which I’m not great at,” says Eddie Redmayne. In fact, if he is to be believed, there are a number of things he is not very good at. Another is tennis. And another was modelling, at which he was “catastrophically awful” while he was studying History of Art at Cambridge. “I think the only job I got was knitwear — on those patterns for people who do knitting,” he explains.
Then there was the time when he thought he might follow in his banker father’s footsteps and pursue the non-arts path his siblings have — two work in finance, one is a surveyor and one is a chief executive of a publishing house. “I did an internship at a bank out of curiosity about what my dad did, and it was a great learning curve because I didn’t particularly understand what a share was. But after day one, I realised I couldn’t admit that, so I basically acted my way through the next couple of weeks. But I also remember really not enjoying it, because I was useless at it.”
There is, of course, something that this 33-year-old is very good at and, since February, he’s had a small gold statuette on his mantelpiece to prove it. The Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything signifies that Edward John David Redmayne has joined acting’s elite and is now a bona fide film star. But even here, in his first interview since taking Oscar home, when asked whether this has changed things he says, not really: “I get stopped occasionally, but I still go on the Tube.”
Despite his failure to land a career as a student model, Redmayne has an extraordinary appearance. Taller than many screen stars at 6ft-something, he has lightly freckled skin so smooth, luminous and youthful as to be almost feminine. No wonder the director Tom Hooper sought him out to play a transgender artist in his upcoming The Danish Girl. His striking appearance is compounded by a delicacy of build that explains how he was able to fold himself into the wheelchair of Hawking.
What this means is that he wears clothes very well. Witness another gong he picked up to add to this year’s Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe (not to mention that OBE): GQ’s Best Dressed Man. And this for a celeb who doesn’t employ a stylist. The transformation from knitting pattern to red carpet started, he says, when he caught the eye of Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s creative director, for whom he featured in two ad campaigns: “He came to see a lot of the plays I was doing, and he does this extraordinary thing of supporting young actors, models, musicians when they are trying to find their feet. And so it was really through acting that I had a more successful stab at the modelling.”
Today, Redmayne is in a chalk-coloured one-button Pima-cotton jacket, slim navy cotton-twill chinos, a chambray cotton-linen shirt, navy silk-linen knitted tie and navy leather Trickers x Hardy Amies loafers, all by Hardy Amies in Savile Row. “If you’re lucky enough to get to meet people who do this [fashion design] for a profession, by which I mean the likes of Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen and Mehmet Ali at Hardy Amies, for example, they take you into their world and educate you. And I love that. That’s why I don’t have a stylist.”
He says dressing up is, of course, a crucial part of his craft. On playing Hawking: “Stephen has a great sense of style, in a very interesting way. He’s bold with his choices and that was riveting because it shows flair and great character.” For himself, it’s “about feeling comfortable in something. When you do red-carpet things, there’s nothing remotely calm about them. They are anxiety-inducing. And the one thing I do feel is that a well-tailored suit can really help.”
Indeed, Redmayne has become known for his smart, well-cut suits, which are often in strikingly bright colours. “The great luxury for someone in my position is that you try on a suit in one of these places that doesn’t fit and they have someone make it fit. But also, you do have to wear quite a lot of them, so why not have a bit of fun?”
Sometimes, however, the unusual palette is not the result of fashion daring, but of something a little more prosaic: Redmayne is colour-blind. He tells the story of the Burberry suit he wore for the premiere of The Theory of Everything in Toronto. He had no idea how bright it was until his wife told him he couldn’t wear it because it was not just green, but unbelievably green. He wore it anyway and made all the best-dressed lists.
He also has a thing about watches, which, he says, may well be because he is “one of those rancid people that cares about being punctual. It’s important to me”. Today, he’s wearing an Omega Globemaster: “When I was a kid, I had a Swatch, but my dad had a very beautiful vintage gold-faced black-leather-strapped Omega watch — a De Ville. My dad is a pretty snappy dresser, so I’ve always taken him as a bit of a role model … so I started wearing a proper watch, an Omega, like him. I’ve always gone for a leather band or a thin metal strap … There’s a timelessness to this one I like. It’s not screaming too much or crying for attention. It’s just incredibly well made and classic.”
Those last two sentences could stand as a good description of the man who’s uttered them. And perhaps this modesty explains why, though he’s had all the privileges an Eton and Oxbridge education can bring, no one seems to be particularly exercised by this. This is not only down to a string of winning performances on stage and screen, but also an off-duty persona that evinces an unusual, approachable humility often lacking in the preternaturally successful and handsome. But then, if he is to be believed, he is pretty rubbish at a lot of things.
Eddie Redmayne is the new ambassador for Omega watches
Photographer: Anders Overgaard, Fashion: Tom Stubbs



top row, left to right: designer rei kawakubo, deputy-chief pattern cutter makiko hatakeyama, knitwear deigners rikuko ikeuchi, pattern cutter hirofumi ikenami, production manager shigeru tsuchida, production mikito nishimura, production chief hiroyuki sato, pattern cutter ashiko yana, deputy knitwear/accessories keiichi tanikoshi, model amy nemec.

middle row, left to right: pattern cutter tamima akiyama, pattern director yoneko kikuchi, managing director tsubomi tanaka, production yuichi omaru, pattern cutter chizu hirose, head pattern cutter keiko yamazaki, chief pattern cutter masako masaki, production taichi yoshida.

bottom row, left to right: pattern cutters yasuko masubuchi, yusuke monden, tetsuya hashimoto, shiro miyao, yusuke horihata, knitwear miwako netsuka, knitwear/accessories yuzo takenaka, pattern cutter emi akutsu