Today, January 6th, 2017 marks Eddie’s 35th Birthday.
We would like to wish him a wonderful day!
To honour Eddie on this very special day, we are part of the social media network of fans that are organising an initiative where people can donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association instead of giving gifts and cards. Eddie has given the idea his blessing! This is a cause that is very dear to his heart, given the intensely personal research that he did in order to prepare for his role of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” that led him to become a Patron of the Association.
Here’s Eddie’s message:
“Preparing for the staggering responsibility of playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” reminded me that our greatest gift in life is our health.
Although I inhabited a bit of their lives for only a brief time, the immense courage and unfathomable struggles of MND families who shared their experiences are something that will never leave me, and I am honored to be a Patron of the MND Association.
Another of my great gifts is my fans, and each year as my birthday approaches, their outpouring of greetings and presents touches my heart. This year, a team of those fans is working with the MND Association to funnel your generosity into the Association’s critical research and services. The best birthday gift you can offer me is to share in my involvement with the MND Association in whatever way you can, to help work toward a deeper understanding of — and ultimately a cure for — this brutal disease.
As always, your support is profoundly moving to me. May your New Year be fulfilling!
We would like to get as many of you as possible to participate in what we believe is a beautiful initiative. Head over to our Just Giving page here to learn how you can donate. On the other hand, you can play a part by following our Twitter account @Happy35Eddie, share our tweets or create your own with the hashtag #Eddie4MND to help wish Eddie Happy Birthday in this meaningful way!
Last month Eddie along with film stars Benedict Cumberbatch CBE and Taron Egerton were announced as official supporters of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Eddie will be taking the role of ‘Patron’ in recognition for his work in creating awareness of MND, and of the MND Association, on a global scale. You might remember that he dedicated his Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘The Theory of Everything‘ to everyone suffering the disease. After his Oscar win, in April, he visited an MND Clinic in London to show the Oscar to one of the people who helped him understand the difficulties of living with the disease, Glenn Phillips.
Here are some words Eddie said about becoming an MND Association Patron from the press release:
“I knew that understading the disease was going to be the essential element of ‘The Theory of Everything’. We were invited to visit MND clinics, and I went every couple of weeks for a few months so I could find out what life was really like for people living with the disease. These people were incredibly receptive, and really kind. All the understading they gave me went into the film, and there’s no question that we couldn’t have done it without the help we had from everyone. Being an MND Association Patron tops off the life-changing experiences I had making this film, and learning about the devastation of motor neurone disease along the way.”
Eddie was challenged to take the Ice Bucket Challenge this year by fellow Academy Award-winner Renée Zellweger, who made a video in support of the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association and he accepted!
The MND Association raised £7 million last year and spent £8.5million on research and projects which support people living with MND. They want to encourage people to take the Ice Bucket Challenge again this year, find out how to get involved here.
If you’d like to donate you can do so by texting ICED55 £5 to 70070 (UK) or if you’d learn more about the campaign, you can visit the campaign’s website here.
Wow. What a night! I have updated the gallery with hundreds of pictures of Eddie attending the 87th Annual Academy Awards thanks to Jenny. He very adorably received his Best Actor in a leading role award from the incredibly talented Cate Blanchett. As he went on to dedicate the award to everyone in the world fighting ALS, he couldn’t quite believe when the word Oscar escaped his mouth. You can watch his endearing acceptance speech below!
Eddie is a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK which funds and promotes research to understand what causes MND (ALS and MND are different descriptions of the same disease), how to diagnose it and, most importantly, how to effectively treat it so that it no longer devastates lives. Make sure to visit their website to learn more about the disease and the work MNDA do.
Public Appearances > 2015 > Feb 22nd | 87th Annual Academy Awards
Public Appearances > 2015 > Feb 22nd | 87th Annual Academy Awards – Show
Public Appearances > 2015 > Feb 22nd | 87th Annual Academy Awards – Press Room
Wow! Eddie has just won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything“!
Eddie sat down with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor, Katie Couric to talk about his Oscar nomination for his role of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything“, how he trained with a dancer and had to shed his six-pack for the role and also about the “Redmanyiacs” in a very relaxed and sweet interview that you can watch below or read the whole article on Yahoo’s website. Enjoy!
When Couric asks him about his fan club, the self-proclaimed “Redmayniacs,” he blushes and explains that “from my experience, they are quite gentle and kind.”
Eddie was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on Wednesday. Watch him talk about how he gets starstruck meeting celebrities like Jennifer Aniston or Julia Roberts at the SAG Awards.
I have added pictures of Eddie in the Golden Globes Press Room after winning Best Actor in a Motion Picture award and also included a video that you can watch below. He answers a few questions about his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything“, enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2015 > Jan 10th | 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards – Press Room
W Magazine‘s latest issue celebrates the best performances of 2015 and Eddie is one of the talents featured. You can now find the pictures and the scan in our gallery, enjoy!