Ken, a budding artist who goes head to head with famed expressionist painter and imposing boss Mark Rothko (played by fellow Tony nominee Alfred Molina).
Fresh from London's Donmar Warehouse debut of Red, Redmayne debuted as "Workhouse Boy #47" (his words) in London's Sam Mendes-helmed Oliver!, starring Jonathan Pryce. His resume also includes the West End's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and the big screen's The Good Shepherd with Angelina Jolie.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—Theatre World Award
This is Redmayne’s first Tony Award nomination.
Before he began priming canvases onstage in a memorable scene in Red, Redmayne studied art history at Cambridge University with hopes of becoming an artist himself.
“I love everything about Broadway except for the showers at our theater. [Alfred Molina] and I have to turn them on at exactly the same time in order for the water to get hot enough. We stand in these two cubicles next to each other, scrubbing away, talking about the show over the top [of the wall]. Every second and a half it goes from being quite a perfect temperature to being scalding hot, and then you have all of this ‘blood’ [Red paint] pouring down. It’s like a comedy act.” —Redmayne in a Fresh Face interview with Broadway.com, 4/8/10