Actor Eddie Redmayne is to feature in a special sketch for BBC Children in Need 2016. The sketch was recorded on the set of Eddie’s new film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and will see the much loved actor doing his bit to raise money for Children in Need. The sketch will feature special guests from the world of showbiz who will be revealed in due course.
We had a quick chat with Eddie to find out more...
Why did you want to get involved in Children in Need?
Because it’s such a wonderful charity and it has such a great history in this country for doing great work - it was a no-brainer for me and it was a real thrill to be a part of it.
What does Children in Need mean to you?
I recently had a baby girl myself and it awakens you to how fortunate you are; it has been repeated many times but children are the future, the next generation, anything that we can do to help them is incredibly important.
Who are you most excited about being involved in the sketch?
I’m most excited about Mary Berry. She’s an icon of our age, I have her cookbooks, although I’m useless at cooking, and I enjoy the Great British Bake Off. I’ve been a bit busy recently so I haven’t seen the most recent series, although I hear there’s a guy in it who I look very similar to! But genuinely, I love it. It’s the most quintessentially English television and I’ve loved Mel and Sue since Light Lunch back in the day when I was a student, I am a huge fan of theirs.
What’s been the best part of today?
Getting to work with Jonnie (Peacock), I think the best part of today was getting to work with Jonnie - having just come back from Rio he did such an extraordinary thing out there, what a great man [he is], a brilliant, brilliant man and genuinely inspiring.
Catch the exclusive sketch as part of BBC Children in Need, this Friday from 7pm on BBC One