Stephen Hawking's daughter Lucy has told of how the experience of seeing her father on screen was "astonishing" - and why people shouldn't be surprised that he's funny.
"There’s a bit towards the very end of The Theory Of Everything where my father goes into a dream world and stands up and walks," she said. "It’s exactly like a dream I have, which was astonishing to watch, because I’ve never actually seen him stand up."
Describing the highs and lows of being the scientist's daughter, Hawking said that his disability sometimes made family life a challenge. "Day-to-day, my father’s in a wheelchair, he’s profoundly affected by motor neurone disease and there are elements which are very mundane and challenging," she said.
Famous people and the actors who have played them
Famous people and the actors who have played them
1/23 Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs...
Kutcher played the US entrepreneur who brought the world the iPod in 2013's 'Jobs'.
2/23 ...and the real CEO of Apple
The real Steve Jobs died in 2011 from respiratory arrest. He has been described as the 'father of the digital revolution' and the 'master evangelist of the digital age'. Shame 'Jobs' received decidedly mixed reviews with Kutcher's portrayal much criticised as superficial.
3/23 Helen Mirren as HRH Queen Elizabeth II...
Mirren won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in 2007's 'The Queen'. Stephen Frears' film depicts the aftermath of Princess Diana's death.
4/23 ...and England's real monarch
'The Queen' received widespread acclaim, with Mirren invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace after the film's release. The English actress was unable to attend due to filming commitments in Hollywood.
5/23 ...and the real World War II codebreaker
Codebreaker Alan Turing relaxes with friends before his Bletchley Park days during the Second World War.
6/23 David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King...
Oyelowo won critical praise for his role as the civil rights activist in Selma, despite being snubbed by the Oscars for his performance.
7/23 ...and the real civil rights activists
US Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968.
8/23 Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking...
Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for playing the famed physicist in The Theory of Everything.
9/23 ...and the real theoretical physicist
Stephen Hawking is renowned in the world of science for his work on the theory of time.
10/23 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles...
Foxx won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as blind rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles in 2004's 'Ray'.
11/23 ...and the real soul legend
Charles was planning to attend the premiere of 'Ray' but died several months beforehand of liver disease.
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12/23 Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher...
Streep won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal as Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 2011's 'The Iron Lady'. Her performance was widely-acclaimed and considered one of her finest.
13/23 ...and the real Iron Lady
Thatcher did not watch 'The Iron Lady' so had no comment to make on Streep's presentation of her. Her children Mark and Carol were unimpressed, saying the film sounded like 'some left-wing fantasy' prior to its completion.
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14/23 Naomi Watts as Princess Diana...
Watts took on the title role of the Princess of Wales for 2013's 'Diana' about the last two years of her life. The film was slated by critics, with The Mirror writing that 'Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing' as Diana than Watts. Ouch.
15/23 ...and the real Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales died in a Paris car crash in the summer of 1997. What she would have made of Watt's performance in 'Diana' is a question best left unanswered.
16/23 Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor...
Lohan played Taylor in TV movie 'Liz and Dick' about the Hollywood icon's torrid relationship with Richard Burton
17/23 ...and the real iconic actress
'Liz and Dick' was panned by critics with comments including 'campy and overwrought' and 'an epic of pathetic miscasting'.
18/23 Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln...
Day Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the former US president in 2012's 'Lincoln'. The film centres on Lincoln's efforts in January 1985 to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery.
19/23 ...and the real former US president
'Lincoln' was warmly received by critics, with reviews including phrases such as 'the most remarkable movie Steven Spielberg has made' and 'one of the finest historical dramas ever committed to film'.
20/23 Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf...
Kidman won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as post-War author Virginia Woolf in 2002's 'The Hours'. The film was highly-acclaimed and also won the Best Picture Oscar.
21/23 ...and the real 'Mrs Dalloway' author
Woolf was not alive to see the film, having committed suicide by drowning in 1941. But she might well have been impressed, with journalists describing the film as 'deeply moving' and 'amazingly faithful'.
22/23 Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote...
Hoffman, who died in February 2014 from a drugs overdose, won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' writer in 2005's 'Capote'.
23/23 ...and the real 'In Cold Blood' author
Capote died from liver cancer and drug intoxication in 1984 aged 59. 'Capote', and Hoffman's performance in particular, were praised by critics.
"But then you have these totally incredible moments where you’re going somewhere amazing and watching him get mobbed by fans."
Hawking added that she felt people shouldn't be surprised that the physicist has a sense of humour. "People sometimes forget that people with disabilities have personalities," she told the magazine. "When you think of what he goes through in terms of day-to-day survival, his sense of humour probably helps keep him alive."
She added that she had "tears in my eyes" when Redmayne took home the Oscar for Best Actor.
Stephen Hawking's ex-wife Jane Hawking has also praised the film, in which Felicity Jones played her. Describing Jones' work as "astounding", Hawking said: "I thought: 'How can I be on the screen and in a cinema seat at the same time?'"
Stephen Hawking is to appear on the BBC on Friday night in a comedy sketch with David Walliams for Red Nose Day.Reuse content