The name Hannah Bagshawe might not ring any bells – but fans of actor Eddie Redmayne will instantly recognize her as the wife of the “Fantastic Beasts” star. A savvy antiques dealer and public relations executive, Hannah was born in London, England, in October 1982 and has been married to Eddie since December 2014.
Contrary to reports, Hannah has never been Eddie’s publicist. She has, however, helped him navigate fame in many little ways: from picking out her colorblind husband’s outfits, to accompanying him to prestigious industry events and setting up her own business to be able to spend more time with the actor, Hannah is perhaps one of the most supportive celebrity spouses around.
Hannah was brought up in a two-parent household by Nicholas and Caryl Bagshaw. After attending boarding school, she enrolled at the University of Edinburgh and obtained a Master’s degree in English Literature and French.
The stylish brunette avoids social media like the plague, and has yet to give an interview, but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t made a few celebrity connections along the way. In August 2020, HELLO magazine reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had enjoyed many dinner parties with Eddie and his wife when they lived in the picturesque Cotswolds. The Oscar-winning actor played football with Prince William during his Eton days, which is probably how he and Harry struck up a friendship.
Hannah first came under media scrutiny in 2012, when she was pictured out and about with Eddie. Rumors abounded that she was his publicist; as it happens, the charming couple met in 2000, when Hannah and her classmates hosted a charity fashion show at Eton in which Eddie did a spin on the catwalk sans his shirt.
12 long years passed before Eddie and Hannah began dating, but in the meantime, they became inseparable and also had plenty of friends in common. In an interview with Time Out, the A-lister described their shared history as “wonderful”.
Hannah and Eddie see eye to eye when it comes to many things, such as their intimate candlelit wedding ceremony which took place at Babington House in Somerset. Their carefully-planned nuptials were inspired by the classic hymn “In The Bleak Midwinter”; apparently, both wanted an excuse to sing that at their wedding.
Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne attend 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald' World Premiere at UGC Cine Cite Bercy on November 8, 2018 in Paris, France. 💖✨
Although many grooms find the wedding planning process tedious, Hannah and Eddie took their time with every detail. On the big day, Eddie wore a lilac shirt, grey waistcoat, and immaculate leather brogues, whereas Hannah – who arrived half an hour late and had to be picked up by her grandfather – was a vision in a beautiful dress confectioned by an English designer. For their honeymoon, the lovebirds continued with the winter theme, and went skiing in the Alps.
In 2016 they welcomed their daughter they named Iris Mary, and in 2018 completed the family with the addition of Luke Richard. Eddie, despite being an award-winning actor worth $15 million, is a devoted father and man of the house, who isn’t above fixing his own household appliances or taking time off from his career to enjoy his children, which is probably the key to their steady union.
Eddie was born in Westminster, London, on 6th January 1982. His father, Richard, was a corporate finance businessman, whereas his mother Patricia is the owner of a relocation business. He has an older brother named James, an older half-brother who is the CEO of HarperCollins UK, and two other siblings.
The actor’s family tree contains plenty of illustrious figures such as Sir Richard Redmayne, his great-great grandfather who was responsible for the improvement of mine safety in the early 20th century, thanks to his work as a civil and mining engineer. Sir Richard was also involved in an experiment to reduce the working week and allow workers to take the weekends off, and advocated for the more flexible model to be adopted in other sectors.
Eddie studied at St Paul’s Juniors on a choral scholarship, and sang with the famous St Paul’s Choir. Later, he attended Eton College on a music scholarship and was in the same year as Prince William. At ten years old, the future celebrity also began studying at Jackie Palmer Stage School, where his love for singing and acting was first noticed.
In 2003, Eddie graduated with 2:1 Honours from Trinity College, Cambridge, obtaining a History of Art degree with a specialty in Venetian architecture and surrealism. While attending Cambridge on another choral scholarship, he was a member of the University Pitt Club, an enigmatic undergraduate organization that has only allowed female members from 2017 onwards.
The actor’s career has been a lengthy and respectable one: after making his professional stage debut with a performance at the Middle Temple Hall in 2002, Eddie soon began winning awards for Best/Outstanding Newcomer. Many of his performances received glowing critic reviews, with playwright Nicholas de Jongh describing his performance in “Now or Later” as “riveting, suffused with the lineaments of neurosis and sadness”.
Meanwhile, Eddie was also making waves in TV and film with roles in “The Pillars of the Earth” and “Birdsong”. His feature film debut came about thanks to casting director Lucy Bevan, who was mesmerized by his stage presence in the play “Goats”. From poignant dramas to historical thrillers and supernatural movies, Eddie’s acting range made sure that he was never without work.
2014 was the year the actor crossed over into a mainstream audience, thanks to his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”, a role which won him a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Academy Award, and Screen Actors Guild (SGA) Award for Best Actor. Stephen himself said: “At times I thought he was me… I think Eddie’s commitment will have a big emotional impact.”
Despite winning a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor after an outlandish performance in “Jupiter Ascending”, and facing backlash from the transgender community for being cast as Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl”, Eddie has receive critical acclaim for many of his works. More recently, he played Charles Cullen in the crime thriller film “The Good Nurse”, and was nominated for a British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe, and SGA Award for his riveting depiction of the ruthless serial killer.
Eddie, who modelled for Burberry in 2008 and 2012, is also known for his fashion sense, and has often been dubbed one of the most stylish men alive. In 2016, he was the star of the Prada Fall/Winter ’16 Menswear advertising campaign, and was lauded by Vogue for his “deft ability to make even the nattiest and most colorful suits seem like a second skin”.
As mentioned earlier, Eddie’s net worth is estimated at over $15 million, thanks to his contributions to the entertainment industry.