In case the name doesn't instantly generate a memory, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards (Taron Egerton) was the first person ever to represent Great Britain in the ski jump at the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988. Ranked 55th in the world, Edwards was completely self-funded, working as a plasterer to make ends meet, and was the sole applicant to represent Britain. Once there, his weight (nine pounds more than the next contestant), lack of financial support, long-sightedness (which required him to wear glasses that frequently fogged during the competition) and fear of heights adversely impacted his medal chances, and he finished last in both his events. Still, his good spirits and can-do attitude won him fans around the world, leading to a brief pop career and, now, this biopic.
The movie, paying tribute to Edwards' indomitable spirit and relentless optimism while taking the odd detour with his story, will show how he made the transition from plasterer to Olympian under the guidance of his blunt spoken coach, Chuck Berghorn (Hugh Jackman).
With Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) and Tim McInnerny (Spooks: The Greater Good) also in the cast, Eddie The Eagle arrives on cinemas on 1 April.