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Eddie Redmayne opens up about baby Iris: 'She is heaven'

Emmy Griffiths

Eddie Redmayne has had one magical year. Not only is he due to star in the much anticipated Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, he has also become a father to his first child, a baby girl named Iris. The star opened up about his four-and-a-half-month old on The Ellen Show, revealing that his new daughter is "heaven".

Joking about her sleeping pattern with Ellen DeGeneres, he said: "She is heaven. Her name is Iris… before you're a parent you sort of hear people talking about [sleepless nights] and then suddenly you're the guy who's floating in constant jetlag with an I.V. of caffeine. And so I've become that person."

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He continued to share the positive side of fatherhood, saying: "But then occasionally there's that amazing thing where it's three o'clock in the morning and you're sort of gently furious and you get a little smile and your heart breaks a bit and it's all totally worth it."

The Academy award-winning actor revealed that baby Iris has already travelled the world after he and his wife Hannah took her to Rio, Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.  

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Eddie chatted to Ellen about his baby daughter

"She was eight weeks old and it was the most astounding invitation but I've always had this utter fear of flying with children," the star admitted. "We were on a flight with most of the British team and there was this fear like, 'what if she cries lots then they don't sleep and they blame all of their lack of success on Iris' but she was amazing… she was so calm."

The Theory of Everything actor also spoke about the upcoming film, particularly following the announcement that the new magical story would be told across a series of five films. He said: "[JK Rowling] always had a specific story she wanted to tell, which goes much further beyond just Newt and his case. But we didn't realise it was going to be five films!

"I'm useless at keeping secrets, so it's been a really stressful few months. But there are some great surprises - wonderful surprises that I'm very excited about."

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