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His first star role – with Prince and their very up­per-crust Eton chums

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TH­ESE days, the back­drop is usu­ally a star-stud­ded red car­pet. But dur­ing his teenage years, Ed­die Red­mayne tended to be pic­tured in an even more ex­clu­sive set­ting. The 33- year- old ac­tor, man- of- the­mo­ment at last night’s Bafta awards, posed in a num­ber of fas­ci­nat­ing pho­to­graphs dur­ing his time at Eton, in­clud­ing sev­eral with his con­tem­po­rary, Prince Wil­liam.

One shows Red­mayne star­ring in a house play, Pravda; an­other sees him stand­ing on the steps of the Col­lege chapel as fel­low cho­ris­ters lark about be­hind him; a third de­picts him pos­ing with Wil­liam and fel­low mem­bers of an un­der-16 rugby side.

‘­We were on the same Colts B team in 1997,’ Red­mayne has re­called. ‘­I al­ways felt slightly sorry for Will be­cause ev­ery­one wanted to tackle the fu­ture King of Eng­land. He took all the hits.

‘­I’m pretty sure Will was more in­tim­i­dat­ing than I was. I don’t think I in­tim­i­dated any­one in my life. I haven’t seen him since school, but he was a lovely man.’

Per­haps the im­age Red­mayne is proud­est of dates back to 2000, when he and the Prince achieved a sig­nal hon­our: they were elected to The Eton So­ci­ety, a body known as ‘­Pop’, which con­tains roughly 20 of the most popular fi­nal year stu­dents.

The elite group, the equiv­a­lent of pre­fects, are se­lected by their peers, and have a string of du­ties, in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ing tours of the £ 35,000- a- year board­ing school for prospec­tive par­ents.

In re­turn, they are al­lowed to wear brightly coloured waist­coats, which you can see be­ing proudly dis­played in the main pho­to­graph — with its swag­ger­ing echoes of those fa­mous shots of Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity’s Bulling­don Club.

We know all about Red­mayne’s suc­cesses, but what be­came of the other mem­bers of this ul­tra­ex­clu­sive club?

1. Ge­orge Broke

HE IS noted in West Lon­don’s posher party cir­cles for his de­vo­tion to fancy dress, but he comes from the most blue-chip of back­grounds: his fa­ther, also Ge­orge, was Equerry to the Queen. Af­ter gain­ing a 2:1 de­gree i n an­thro­pol­ogy f r om Durham, he took a j ob with ac­coun­tancy firm Grant Thorn­ton, but now works as busi­ness devel­op­ment manager to the Pri­ory Group, which runs the £2,500-aweek celebrity re­hab clin­ics.

2. Ed­die Red­mayne

STOLE the show in school pro­duc­tions of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star (he played Herod), Pas­sage to In­dia ( pl ay­ing a woman — Adela Quested), A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream and Pravda, be­fore study­ing his­tory of art at Trinity Col­lege, Cam­bridge. Earned a BAFTA Ris­ing Star nom­i­na­tion for 2011’s My Week With Mar­i­lyn, and plau­dits in the 2012 TV se­ries Bird­song. This year, he’s mop­ping up awards for his por­trayal of Stephen Hawk­ing in The The­ory Of Ev­ery­thing. Mar­ried Hannah Bagshawe in De­cem­ber.

3. Wil­liam Wales

PIC­TURED in a tiger-print waist­coat, our fu­ture King’s Eton wardrobe also in­cluded a waist­coat made from his foot­ball team As­ton Villa’s pur­ple and light blue livery. Af­ter St An­drews uni­ver­sity, he be­came an RAF Sea King search and res­cue pi­lot. Fin­ished ac­tive ser­vice in 2013.

4. Tony Sel­wyn

AN EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL con­sul­tant, Tony works for Lon­don firm WSP ad­vis­ing on road and rail­way projects. Was pre­vi­ously in Doha for seven years. Has a sub­stan­tial beard and, like Prince Wil­liam, is a mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast.

5. Tom Roberts

TOM stud­ied ac­count­ing and fi­nance at the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics be­fore join­ing Torch part­ners, an in­vest­ment bank fo­cus­ing on tech and in­ter­net ven­tures. His twin sis­ter, Laura Roberts, is a for­mer Daily Tele­graph jour­nal­ist who is now head of press for ITN.

6. Alis­tair Bal­four

WENT to the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, where he stud­ied In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, be­fore work­ing for UBS. Is now an as­so­ciate with Tow­erBrook Cap­i­tal Part­ners, an Amer­i­can pri­vate eq­uity com­pany.

7. David Fer­reira

ONE of the most gifted Eto­nian sports­men of his gen­er­a­tion, David, the son of Ber­muda lawyers, cap­tained the school squash, bas­ket­ball and cricket teams, was on the first XI for foot­ball and first XV for rugby, and was the At­lantic Ju­nior Open golf cham­pion. While study­ing PPE at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, he was se­lected to play cricket for Ber­muda. He later won a Rhodes schol­ar­ship to Ox­ford, be­fore go­ing i nto the l aw, work­ing first for Lin­klaters in Lon­don and Sin­ga­pore, and more re­cently for the U.S. firm Lo­gan Cir­cle Part­ners.

8. Alexander True

WENT to Bris­tol Uni­ver­sity, be­fore go­ing into the City to seek his for­tune. Af­ter a few years as an in­vest­ment con­sul­tant with Credit Suisse, he moved to New­ton In­vest­ment Man­age­ment, and is cur­rently an in­vest­ment manager at Sarasin & Part­ners, a Lon­don as­set man­age­ment firm.

9. Harry Aubrey Fletcher

THE son of Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, Lord Lieu­tenant of Buck­ing­hamshire, Harry was one of Prince Wil­liam’s clos­est school friends, and they re­main close. His 2011 mar­riage to Louise Stour­ton (a cousin of No 13 Ivo Stour­ton) was at­tended by Prince Wil­liam and Kate (Wills was an usher). Later, Harry was pho­tographed tweak­ing the Prince’s ear, in a pri­vate box at Chel­tenham races. Last March, Wil­liam and Kate went to Louise’s rau­cous birth­day party at Bunga Bunga, a karaoke bar and restau­rant in Lon­don where din­ers are en­ter­tained by Elvis im­per­son­ators and drag queens.

10 Jamie Wright­son

HIS dad is Sir Charles Mark Gar­mond­say Wright­son, 4th baronet. His ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther was Ber­trand Daw­son, Ge­orge V’s physi­cian. The f am­ily pile is Neasham Hall, County Durham. De­spite this back­ground, Jamie left Eng­land af­ter uni­ver­sity to seek his for­tune in China. He spent sev­eral years work­ing in Shang­hai, but now lives in Sin­ga­pore, where he works in ship­ping for the Wallem Group. Be­came en­gaged to Span­ish girl­friend Cristina Al­varez last year.

11. Tris­tan Rodgers

STUD­IED eco­nomics at Ed­in­burgh be­fore spend­ing five years at PwC, the ac­coun­tancy firm. Now work­ing in prop­erty, he is fi­nance direc­tor of Newcore Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment, a real es­tate in­vest­ment man­age­ment fi r m which puts money i nto ‘­ al­ter­na­tive’ projects such as stu­dent hous­ing, so­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion and health­care fa­cil­i­ties.

12. To­mas Stael Von Hol­stein

A TUBBY school­boy, To­mas went on a gap year to In­dia. He re­turned sev­eral stone lighter, hav­ing de­cided to de­vote his life to yoga and med­i­ta­tion. Af­ter a stint work­ing for Kids Com­pany, the Lon­don char­ity run by Camilla Bat­manghe­lidjh, he founded The Art of Med­i­ta­tion, a firm which runs med­i­ta­tion re­treats in France and the English coun­try­side. A f ew years ago, To­mas ap­peared on Gor­don Ram­say’s F-word TV show with Harry Walsh, cooking in a team of old-Eto­nian am­a­teur cooks who were dubbed ‘­posh gits’ by the iras­ci­ble Miche­lin­starred chef.

13. Ivo Stour­ton

IVO is a man of parts. The son of broad­caster Ed Stour­ton — the for­mer To­day Pro­gramme pre­sen­ter nick­named ‘­posh Ed’ — he gained a dou­ble first in English from Cor­pus

Christi, Cam­bridge, be­fore pur­su­ing un­likely dual ca­reers as a lawyer and nov­el­ist. By day, he toils as an as­so­ciate at Lon­don legal firm Slaugh­ter and May. By night, he churns out books. Three have been pub­lished so far, most re­cently The Hap­pier Dead, a sci-fi thriller. Close to Red­mayne at Eton, he has also writ­ten a num­ber of plays, in­clud­ing one about the Viet­nam War in blank verse which won plau­dits at the Ed­in­burgh fes­ti­val. Met his wife, Natasha, at law school.

14. Ed­ward King

THE son of Eton House­mas­ter John King (who was mis­chevi­ously nick­named ‘Juan’), he is now Dr Ed­ward King, a ju­nior re­search fel­low at St Catharine’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, spe­cial­is­ing in Latin Amer­i­can Cul­tural Stud­ies. He flirted with a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism, and once worked at The Week mag­a­zine, but ac­cord­ing to his web­site, is th­ese days ‘pur­su­ing his in­ter­est in con­nec­tions be­tween tech­nol­ogy and cul­ture in Latin Amer­ica’ and will de­vote 2015 to or­gan­is­ing a sym­po­sium on ‘Ori­en­talisms in Latin Amer­i­can cul­ture’.

15. Ed Mil­lais

AF­TER leav­ing Eton, Ed found God, in a big way. Hav­ing trained as a bar­ris­ter (he once worked at Hol­man fen­wick Wil­lan), he de­cided in 2011 to take a year off to vol­un­teer as a group leader at his lo­cal church, St An­drew’s Chelsea. That year turned into two, and then three. He can now be found run­ning the Sun­day School and af­ter-school club at Christ Church, May­fair. A keen shot and fly fish­er­man, he’s mar­ried to a maths teacher, Alice; they have a young daugh­ter.

16. Vachan Kashyap

SU­PER-BRAINY, he won a schol­ar­ship to Eton and be­came one of the first ever eth­nic-mi­nor­ity ‘cap­tains’ or head boys. He then went to Magdalen, Ox­ford, and in his first term met fu­ture wife Liz (they were cast op­po­site each other in a stu­dent pro­duc­tion of Os­car Wilde’s Salomé). Now lives in put­ney, works at Jp Mor­gan bank and has two small chil­dren.

17. Hamish Barne

A FOR­MER sol­dier, Hamish spent nine years in the Scots Guards, serv­ing in iraq and Afghanista­n. He was also an ad­ju­tant at Troop­ing the Colour in 2011, and for a time worked as Equerry to the Duke of Kent. He left the Army in 2013, and spent two months of last year driv­ing from Lon­don to Cape Town in a truck, to raise money for char­ity.

18. Matt Lowe

THE pres­i­dent of ‘pop’, who won a mu­sic schol­ar­ship to the school, he is now a pro­fes­sional cel­list, who played for the BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra at the open­ing night of the proms last year (they per­formed El­gar’s The King­dom). He also still teaches cello at Eton and coaches the school’s String Quar­tet.

19. James Parry

A SCHOLAR, who was joint head of school with Vachan Kashyap, James is be­lieved to be a lawyer. in 2012, he was work­ing at Her­bert Smith.

20. Harry Walsh

A GRAD­U­ATE of New­cas­tle (he stud­ied ac­count­ing and eco­nomics), Harry is now an in­vest­ment manager at Rath­bones. He mar­ried Sam Spencer in hi s na­tive Glouces­ter­shire i n 2012 and, touch­ingly, has since called him­self Harry Spencer Walsh.

21. Dave Wal­ston

FARMER Dave helps to run his f am­ily’s 2, 250- acre es­tate in Cam­bridgeshir­e, and is in­volved in their Wagyu beef busi­ness, about which he reg­u­larly blogs and tweets. Last year, he be­came the sub­ject of a heated protests af­ter un­veil­ing plans to plonk a so­lar farm on Green Belt l and near the vil­lage of Thriplow. The ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected in De­cem­ber by plan­ners.

 ??  ?? A strong back row: Ed­die Red­mayne and Prince Wil­liam (both cir­cled) were stal­warts of the same rugby team at Eton in 1997
A strong back row: Ed­die Red­mayne and Prince Wil­liam (both cir­cled) were stal­warts of the same rugby team at Eton in 1997
 ??  ?? Promis­ing new­comer: Ed­die in the 1997 pro­duc­tion of the play Pravda
Promis­ing new­comer: Ed­die in the 1997 pro­duc­tion of the play Pravda
 ??  ?? Praise­wor­thy: Ed­die keeps a straight face as fel­low cho­ris­ters ca­vort
Praise­wor­thy: Ed­die keeps a straight face as fel­low cho­ris­ters ca­vort
 ??  ?? Sar­to­rial elite: The 17-year-old Wil­liam lounges against the wall in a tiger-striped waist­coat while fel­low pre­fect Ed­die, next to him, ap­pears to be tak­ing it all very se­ri­ously
Sar­to­rial elite: The 17-year-old Wil­liam lounges against the wall in a tiger-striped waist­coat while fel­low pre­fect Ed­die, next to him, ap­pears to be tak­ing it all very se­ri­ously
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