Eddie Redmayne honoured at Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

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  • While Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was named as Best Actor

    Eddie Redmayne has taken home the award for Best Shakespearean Performance at last night’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, despite not having appeared in a Shakespeare play for nearly a decade.

    The handsome actor cemented his well-earned place in British theatre last night by taking home the prestigious award for his portrayal of King Richard II, from back in 2002.

    Taking to the stage Redmayne revealed how he has vowed never to read a review again: ‘My New Year’s resolution is to stop reading reviews,’ he said.

    ‘The difference with film and TV is that if you do a piece, then it’s nine months later and the thing is reviewed and there is nothing you can do about it.

    ‘The problem with theatre is there is something you can do about it, so if you open your ears to everyone’s opinion, you are never going to please everyone.’

    The 30-year-old Etonian has been enjoying the limelight both on-stage and on-screen lately.

    He starred in the BBC drama Birdsong, which aired on Sunday night, while notable movie projects include Robert De Niro’s ‘The Good Life’, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ and the recent ‘My Week With Marilyn.’

    Also winning big at the Critics’ Awards was Sheridan Smith who picked up the award for Best Actress for her part in the war drama Flare Path.

    Tweeting about her win she said: ‘Oh my goodness, i was so nervous at the critics choice awards. I gave the most terrified speech ever. Wish i was more confident at being me! :).’ (sic)

    Meanwhile her ex-boyfriend, James Corden, was also a winner with his show One Man, Two Guvnors being crowned the Best New Play.

    Director Danny Boyle accepted Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch’s award for Best Actor for his role in Frankenstein, on his behalf.


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