Actor Eddie Redmayne was desperate to be a member of the red-headed Weasley family in the Harry Potter films – but “never got the call”.
However, the Oscar winner is finally getting to play a starring role in the world created by Edinburgh-based author JK Rowling in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
The 33-year-old said: “For years I was always like, in the Harry Potter films, there was a whole ginger family, and I never got an audition. And I was like, come on, it’s outrageous!
“So I was desperate. Every actor in England was in the Harry Potter films, but I never got the call. Now I’m having my moment.”
Redmayne plays writer Newt Scamander in the adaptation of Rowling’s book, which is set 70 years before the Potter series begins.
The actor is also tipped for award success for his role in the Danish Girl, in which he stars as Lili Elbe – one of the first transgender women to receive sex reassignment surgery.
Asked whether he took his work home with him, he said: “You’ll have to ask my wife.”