Eddie Redmayne's mum 'forgot it was Eddie' when watching The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne's mum Patricia has spoken of the experience of watching her son perform in The Theory of Everything. She said: "I think it was an extraordinary film and after a time watching it I forgot it was Eddie. I just thought it was Stephen Hawking.

Speaking outside her home in Chelsea, the 65-year-old added: "He's a performer and has been ever since he was five and he first started singing at school. I remember at his 21st birthday one of his friends gave a speech saying they were looking forward to seeing him at the Oscars. He's coming home soon, and I think we will all be going out for a meal to celebrate."

Eddie Redmayne with his mum Patricia

She also shared her delight at her son receiving an Oscar nomination: "We're absolutely delighted and over the moon with the news."

"I found out this afternoon and I had some champagne with some friends to celebrate. I think there are so many great actors out there at the moment, I think he has done so well to be nominated.

She added: "I've spoken to him on the phone and he is just very, very excited."

Eddie, 33, was announced as a contender for the Best Actor gong on Thursday, alongside fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, who has been nominated for playing codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Oscar-nominated Eddie with new wife Hannah at the Golden Globes

Eton-educated Eddie has already received a string of accolades for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking.

The British star was named Best Actor at the Golden Globes 2015 earlier this week. "Oh my God, what an extraordinary thing," he said as he arrived on stage to accept his award from presenter Gwyneth Paltrow.

Eddie had seen off competition from leading men whose roles were equally transformative – Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, Jake Gyllenhall for Nightcrawler and fellow Brits David Oyelowo in Selma, as well as Benedict.

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