Hans Matheson and Eddie Redmayne.
The BBC is good at costume drama - and this autumn we've had Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles' which I'm sure will travel around the world shortly.
I ought to hold my hand up here and say I didn't watch it. I hate 'Tess'. I think it's because I read it as a teenager without having any idea what happened and was soooooooo disappointed. Call me shallow but I'm never going to enjoy a story which ends with the heroine being hung. That said, it all looks very beautiful and I've decided to bring you the actors who played Alec (hiss) - Hans Matheson - and Angel (who, imo, also deserves a hiss) - Eddie Redmayne.
Eddie Redmayne was born on 6th January, 1982, in London. He went to Eton College (that's a financially priviledged background then) and went on to study History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge. He performed with the National Youth Music Theatre, and made his professional stage debut for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Twelfth Night in 2002.
He won the award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 50th Evening Standard Theatre Awards (2004) and the award for Best Newcomer at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2005. You might have seen him as Thomas Babington in 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' (2007) or as William Stafford in 'The Other Boleyn Girl' (2008).
Right now, if you are near London, you can catch him at the Royal Court Theatre. Christopher Shinn's 'Now or Later' runs until 18th October, 2008. Failing that see if you can spot him in fashion shots for Burberry.
Other than that I can tell you he stands 5ft 11" tall (1.80 m).
Hans Matheson, sadly, is shorter at 5' 8½" (1.74 m). He was born on 7th August, 1975, in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (that's in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland). In a caravan. Which is fun - but probably wasn't for his mother.
He grew up in Canterbury, England but often spent his summer holidays on Stornoway with his grandparents. His father, Ado, is a musician, his grandfather was a Gaelic singer/songwriter and his great-grandfather was crowned the Celtic Bard in recognition of his writing in the '50s.
You might have seen him as Thomas Cranmer in 'The Tudors' (2008) or alongside Keira Knightley as Yury Zhivago in 'Doctor Zhivago' (2002).
He plays guitar, violin and harmonica, writes his own songs and prefers to travel by train rather than by air, even if the trip takes days.
So, what do we think?????
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