Eddie the Eagle fits exams around movie

A host of stars are lined up to play Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the wannabe lawyer and ski-jump hero, in a film about his life.


Edwards, who is currently a second-year law student at De Montfort University, could be played by Steve Coogan, Robert Carlyle, Mike Myers or Ewan McGregor, who is Edwards’ preferred choice.

“I’m going to do all the jumping for the film and they want me to promote it as well, so I’m going to be busy,” he said.

While the end of the second year sends most law students into a panic over summer placements and training contracts, Edwards is taking it all in his stride.

“I’ve not decided between the Bar Vocational Course or the Legal Practice Course,” he said.

Edwards: the legal eagle “I think I’ll do the LPC and then become a solicitor-advocate. I’d like to specialise in divorce and employment.”

Now that a 2.1 is almost in sight (“I don’t think I’ll be able to get a first”) Edwards hopes to find a training contract without too much bother.

“I don’t know whether my name will help or hinder me,” he said. “But I have an advantage in that it’s still known and I can bring my PR business with me, which is quite a good carrot to use.

“But this film is going to raise my profile again, so it’s all a bit of a grey area,” he added. “But I may as well ride it out as it will be my last major project as Eddie the Eagle. Then I want it to die a natural death.”