Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for portraying Stephen Hawking, but the role he played in his schoolboy days was that of a princely pal. Having previously addressed his days with Prince William at Eton College, the Theory of Everything star recently revealed that that he and the future King are no longer in touch.
“He was a pal at school, but I haven’t seen him since school,” Eddie told Loaded magazine. “And no – no messages.”
The 33-year-old actor went on to describe how William was probably the more “intimidating” one out of the pair.
“I’m pretty sure Will was more intimidating than I was,” said Eddie. “I don’t think I intimidated anyone in my life. I haven’t seen him since school, but he was a lovely man.”
The actor and the royal were both elected to The Eton Society, a group of elite prefects that was also known as “Pop". On top of this, the accomplished schoolboys played on the same rugby team.
“We were on the same Colts B team in 1997,” said Eddie. “I always felt slightly sorry for Will because everyone wanted to tackle the future King of England. He took all the hits.”
Joining the pair at the prestigious boarding school in Berkshire were William’s younger brother Prince Harry and The Avengers star Tom Hiddleston.
While Eddie went on to study history of art at Cambridge – opting for the same degree as William’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge – William took up geography at St Andrews.
The London-born actor has been making waves in Hollywood after his stellar performance in The Theory of Everything. Eddie won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actor for his portrayal as physicist Stephen Hawking.
Throughout awards season, Eddie had his new wife Hannah Bagshawe supporting him at his side. The lovebirds, who married in a winter wonderland wedding in Somerset last year, made a beautiful couple as they stepped out on more than one red carpet.
“Thank you to Hannah, my wife. I love you – we have a new fella coming to share our apartment,” said Eddie, as he picked up his Oscar statuette during his acceptance speech.