"Eddie Redmayne is, by common consent, one of the most exciting actors to hit both stage and screen," The Independent wrote earlier in the year. Eddie may not be a name that everyone knows just yet, but as far as we’re concerned this will inevitably change after My Week with Marilyn starts playing in UK cinemas from November.
In 1956, fresh from Eton and Oxford, the 23-year-old Colin Clark (son of ‘Lord Clark of Civilisation’, brother of maverick Tory MP and diarist Alan) worked as a humble ‘gofer’ on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that disastrously united Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe. Forty years on, his diary account was chosen as book of the year by Jilly Cooper, Joan Collins and others. But one week was missing. This is the story of that week, a delicious idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to escape from the pressures of stardom.