Eddie Redmayne talks about his first year of marriage and his new role in The Danish Girl

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EDDIE REDMAYNE & HANNAH BAGSHAWE
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Eddie Redmayne is living on cloud nine.

An Oscar winner early this year for The Theory of Everything, he’s back in the awards race again for his new drama, The Danish Girl. And he recently celebrated his first anniversary with wife Hannah.

“It’s been extraordinary,” he says of his first year as a married man in an interview in the new issue of PEOPLE. “It’s been the most wonderful whirlwind.”

Redmayne credits Hannah, 33, an antiques dealer, with keeping him grounded.

“I think saint might be the word,” Redmayne, 33, says. “She is an absolute saint. And it’s a ride for both of us. It’s wonderful doing it with someone you love because you also have a second eye on it all.”

“This whole industry is the most joyous, absurd circus,” he adds. “It’s great to have someone when you get too immersed in it or drinking the Kool-Aid to say, ‘Wait a second?'”

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The couple married last year on Dec. 15 in an intimate ceremony at a historical manor house near Bath, England.

“It was the most wonderful thing,” he says of the ceremony. “We had Christmas off and so we had a Christmas wedding. It had been a few months of traveling promoting the Theory of Everything. It was a small wedding, but it was wonderful.”

For much more from Redmayne, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

With Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor for his role as 1920s transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, Redmayne will have to contend with awards season while also filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the latest movie based on J.K. Rowling’s books.

“The plan is, after Fantastic Beasts ends in a couple of months’ time, to take a little of time off and try to take it all in,” says Redmayne.