Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in West London, England to his parents, Alan Radcliffe and Marcia Gresham. Daniel began his education at two independent schools for boys, Sussex House School and the City of London School, but later became tutored on the set of the Harry Potter films.
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Daniel starred as Harry Potter for all eight Harry Potter films. Daniel was discovered by Harry Potter producer, David Heyman, and screenwriters, Steve Kloves at a stage production of Stones in Pockets that he attended with his parents, Alan and Marcia. Daniel’s parents had originally declined the offer for him to audition for the role of Harry Potter but after this encounter at the theatre, their minds began to change. The announcement of Daniel earning the starring role in the first Harry Potter film was announced to the world in August 2000, while Daniel stood alongside his soon-to-be co-stars, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
I knew it was going to be big news, but I didn’t know it was going to be that bigger news because within 20 minutes of the announcement the press were outside my house, apparently, which was pretty funny.
Throughout the Harry Potter series, Daniel grew as an actor and developed interests in directing as well as producing films. Daniel was nominated for, and won, numerous awards throughout the Harry Potter series. Some of the awards that Daniel won were the award for Male Youth Discovery of the Year from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club in 2001 for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and the award for Best Male Performance from the National Movie Awards in 2007 for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Daniel concluded his role of Harry Potter in June of 2010, after ten years of filming the Harry Potter films with a cast and crew that became like a family to him.
Daniel has supported a variety of charities throughout his career such as Comic Relief, Demelza House, Save the Children, and the Trevor Project.
Daniel has spoken up about the importance of being a straight ally to the LGBTQ youth of the world.
When we let someone know that we accept them for who they are and that we are safe to talk to, we can help save lives. It’s as simple as that.
Daniel’s first on-screen role was in David Copperfield, which was a television series for the BBC, based on the popular book by Charles Dickens. Daniel portrayed the young David Copperfield in this series and starred alongside Maggie Smith, Zoë Wanamaker, Ian McKellen, and Imelda Staunton.
Daniel also had a small role in The Tailor of Panama, which is about a young tailor in Panama who becomes a spy for a British agent. Daniel played the role of Mark Pendel, who is the son of the tailor who became a spy. This movie starred incredible actors and actresses such as Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Brandon Gleeson.
Daniel has participated in a variety of projects outside the magical world. During the process of filming Harry Potter, Daniel made his theatrical debut in London with Equus, which eventually made its Broadway debut in 2008. Daniel’s performance in Equus showed the world that he was no longer a child actor and that he should be taken seriously as an actor. Daniel also starred alongside his Potter co-star Richard Griffiths, who played Vernon Dursley in the series. Daniel’s performance in Equus earned him a nomination for the Drama Desk Award.
In 2011, Daniel returned to Broadway with a starring role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alongside John Larroquette. Daniel played J. Pierrepont Finch, a window cleaner turned chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company, and showed the world his talents with singing and dancing. Daniel received the Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, and was nominated for multiple other awards. Daniel left the show on January 1, 2012 after an enjoyable run.
Daniel has also made a name for himself in the film industry outside of Potter by starring in a variety of movies. Daniel played the main character, Arthur Kipps, in the horror movie The Woman in Black, as well as real-life poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. It is clear that Daniel has found his passion for acting and he does not have plans to stop any time soon.
- Favorite Harry Potter book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Daniel is between 5’5″ and 5’6″ tall.
- Daniel’s first acting role was as a monkey in a school play.
- Favorite books are 1984 by George Orwell, The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres, and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
- Favorite instrument is the bass guitar.
- Favorite Beatles song is “Come Together,” which was introduced to him by Gary Oldman.
- “Voldemort” is his favorite Harry Potter-related word.
- Daniel’s favorite Harry Potter characters are Sirius Black, Hagrid, and the Weasleys.
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