Of course you want to make work that people see, but the enjoyment I get out of acting is playing characters. So I’ve done films that very few people have seen, then much more commercial films, then parts of different sizes and accents and heritages. I try to just take it step by step and choose the work dependent on whether or not I feel the challenge in it.

[If he has groupies following him] No, Benedict Cumberbatch is a mate of mine, and we did a charity show at the Old Vic together. There was this group of women outside the theatre who name themselves ‘the Cumberbitches’ and follow him round the world. I have nothing like that. I really wouldn’t know what to do with the situation.

Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks and Eddie Redmayne performing at the 85th Annual Academy Awards (Feb 24)

I did an interview once where I was asked who I found attractive and I went on about cartoons and Nala from 'The Lion King' - and it's a bit weird but various of my ex-girlfriends actually did look like Nala.

“LA is mental, Completely f***ing nuts. If you’re an actor there for work, it’s hard not to resist being consumed by this weird, bubble-like existence. […] when I went there for the first time, five years ago, I was staying with my agent. I came down for breakfast in the morning and there was a copy of [industry paper] Variety on the table. I picked it up and dropped it immediately – it meant nothing to me. But just three weeks later, I’d wake up and be enthralled by headlines about Jennifer Aniston’s new lovers. And yet, at the same time, I didn’t even know the proper news, like the fact that the pope had died. Mental.”Eddie Redmayne

“Do you like to dance?”