Daily Mail

London

On A wind-battered British beach, a frail figure in a wheelchair gazes out over the pallid grey waves as a woman crouches attentively at his bare feet.

The man, almost impossible to recognise, is big-screen heart-throb and fashion icon Eddie Redmayne, who has undergone an incredible transformation for his new movie.

In the film, called Theory Of Everything, the Les Miserables star plays the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking - and on Friday he and the rest of the crew were on the dunes of Camber Sands in East Sussex to film pivotal scenes.

The movie tells the poignant and inspirational story of the scientist’s love for his first wife Jane Wilde. They met while they were both students in Cambridge in the 1960s, just as Hawking was beginning to suffer the early effects of the motor neurone disease which would eventually leave him almost entirely paralysed, dependent upon a speech synthesiser to communicate.

Redmayne - who has modelled for the Burberry fashion label and been named as one of Vanity Fair’s best-dressed people - had to put aside his normal sartorial elegance for a shabby suit and brown brogues to capture Hawking’s more ramshackle look.

Our exclusive pictures show him shooting a scene opposite Felicity Jones, who plays Jane. She is seen frolicking on the beach, plastic bucket in hand.

In between shots, Redmayne dons a pair of wellington boots to ensure his costume isn’t damaged by the wintry waves. On other occasions he has to be carried along the beach by an obliging member of the film’s crew.

Both actors are rising fast through their profession. Redmayne, 31, won an Olivier award for his role in the West End and Broadway play Red, and was last seen as Marius in Les Miserables.

Professor Hawking has reportedly welcomed his casting and has made a series of visits to the film’s sets in Cambridge where the bulk of shooting is taking place.

Meanwhile, Jones will star in the new Spider-Man film as well as playing Charles Dickens’s mistress Nelly Ternan opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Invisible Woman, both out next year.