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Eddie Redmayne Says Playing A Trans Woman Was “A Mistake”




Eddie Redmayne has said that his role in The Danish Girl was a mistake. 

Redmayne received an Oscar nomination for his role as Lili Elbe, the first trans person to undergo sex-reassignment surgery.

The 2015 film was criticised for casting Eddie, a cis-gender man, in the role.


In an interview with The Sunday Times, the British actor has shared that he wouldn’t accept the role if he was offered it today.

“No, I wouldn’t take it on now,” he said. “I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake.”

“The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table,” he continues.

“There must be a levelling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”


Eddie is currently playing Emcee in the production of Cabaret at Playhouse Theatre.

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