Eddie Redmayne and Kelly Reilly
British actors Eddie Redmayne and Kelly Reilly, both making their mark in Hollywood, could be twins or the very least brother and sister. Both have the looks of privilege written all over the faces. They perform well both in costume dramas and modern stories about class tension such as the excellent Britsh horror movie Eden Lake
Redmayne bio: Born January 6, 1982 in London. Redmayne attended Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in art history. In 2008, he became a model for Burberry.
Redmayne's best movies: The Good Shepherd (2006); The Yellow Handkerchief (2008); Black Death (2010).
Redmayne's worst movies: Like Minds (2006); Elizabeth (2007); Powder Blue (2009).
Critic's view: The Donmar Theatre's creative director artistic director Michael Grandage says,
Redmayne has a brilliant and extraordinary capacity to confound the viewer. He can do vulnerability in a rather moving way, where you want to help and you feel quite sorry for him.
Reilly bio: Born July 18, 1977 in Chessington, Greater London, England. Aged 26, she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her role in
After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse, London. She is the youngest actor to be nominated for that award.
Reilly's best movies: Pride And Prejudice (2005); Eden Lake (2008); Me and Orson Welles (2010);
Reilly's worst movies: Sex 'n' Death (1999); The Libertine (2004); Puffball (2007).
Critic's view: The Guardian writes of Eden Lake,
in its final act, as the face of anguished heroine Kelly Reilly becomes a wraith-mask of mud, blood and despair, she starts looking like something from a very English Apocalypse Now... Eden Lake is exceptionally well made, ruthlessly extreme, relentlessly upsetting.
Critic's view: The Daily Mail writes of Eden Lake,
One of our finest young actresses, Kelly Reilly, plays Jenny, a primary school teacher. She's as pretty, defiantly English and child-friendly as Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music.
Armand Whyte's opinion: Eddie Redmayne and Kelly Reilly have the looks of a very specific type of British poshness and privilege, a sense of entitlement to the good life. This is played to excellent effect by Reilly in Eden Lake, where she plays opposite Thomas Turgoose, of This Is England, who is spot on at portraying a bullied working class lad who becomes a thug and bully. Redmayne, educated at Eton and Cambridge, just has to look into the camera to let us know he will always lead a charmed life.