Eddie Redmayne: I sometimes pay drama students’ rent

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The Oscar-winning star reveals he occasionally helps aspiring performers who struggle to continue their studies in impossibly expensive London

Eddie Redmayne, who won an Academy awarding last year for his portraying of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and is in the running to repeat the achievement this year for its participation in The Danish Girl, has said that he sometimes sends fund to drama students who are struggling to pay their rent.

In an interview with GQ, Redmayne has said that having mothers who lived in London afforded him the greatest privilege of being able to live and work in the capital without paying rent. Redmayne himself did not going to see drama school; after graduating from Cambridge, he worked as a waiter while seeking professional acting work. In 2002, he got his first stage transgres as Viola, playing opposite Mark Rylances Olivia in an all-male production of Twelfth Night.

Since his rise to reputation, the actor has said he frequently receives requests for financial aid.

I get letters from people trying to go to drama school and needing to pay their rent, he said. And so thats something I occasionally do. Its impossibly expensive to live in London.

Last year, Redmayne said he still relies on the attorney of the drama educator at his former school, Eton.

I had the greatest drama educator I could ever have wished for in Simon Dormandy, he said. He inspired me to continue acting and I owe him so much. We will stay in touch. Over the years Ive continued to seek out his advice and work with him if I guess I could use some feedback when Im preparing for a role.

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