Chris Bryant found time to congratulate Eddie Redmayne on his best actor Oscar today despite previously claiming that British culture should not be dominated by privately educated actors of Redmayne’s ilk.
While the shadow culture minister’s support for the Old Etonian may be lukewarm at best, The Theory of Everything actor can at least count on the constant support of his fellow alumni.
Lord Charlie Brocket has come out to congratulate Redmayne on his win. The peer, who was jailed for an insurance scam in the 1990s, claims that Redmayne’s success will hopefully lead the way for more Old Etonian actors.
‘From a parents’ point of view, when you’ve put them through an Eton education which costs an arm and a leg and they then say “I want to be an actor”, you go “Oh yes, now what about a serious job?” But when you get a breakthrough like this, well that’s the end of it.’
Brocket adds that he is raising a toast to the actor. ‘I am raising a glass to him because I think he’s absolutely brilliant,’ he tells Mr S. ‘Inevitably one supports one’s fellow Old Etonians. It’s like a club.’
Whatever will Bryant say?