Daniel Jacob Radcliffe a British actor born on the 23rd July 1989 in Fulham, London is best known for playing the part of Harry Potter.
Dan first started acting in his school plays aged 5 with one of his first parts being a monkey!
He became involved in acting professionally by accident, although having a Mother who is a casting director and a Father who is a literary agent may have helped open his mind to the acting world.
In 1999, Radcliffe played the young David Copperfield in the two part BBC TV drama of the famous Charles Dickens novel, having previously been turned down for the part of Oliver Twist.
A couple of years later in 2001 he played the small part of Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama. Daniel has never seen this film as he dislikes seeing / watching himself in films and doesn’t even read about himself in interviews or film reviews.
Soon after he was discovered and cast as Harry Potter for which he will always be known worldwide! On finding out he was going to play Harry Potter, Daniel says “I was in the bath at the time, and my Dad came running in and said, ‘Guess who they want to play Harry Potter!?’ and I started to cry. It was probably the best moment of my life.”
Ironically when Daniel tried reading the first Harry Potter book aged 8 he didn’t like it and so didn’t finish it! He did however complete the book when he was cast in the film!
Between 2002-2007, Radcliffe starred in 3 more Harry Potter films along with more TV and also stage work
In 2002, Daniel made his West End stage debut as a guest in “The Play What I Wrote”, a musical farce. The play was a tribute to former British Comedy duo Morecambe and Wise and had a different surprise guest each night who had to perform a comedy sketch in the second half of the play.
In 2006, he appeared in the award winning British television series Extras as a parody of himself.
Radcliffe filmed December Boys in just 6 weeks in which he had a supporting role. December Boys, an independent film, is set in Australia and based on Michael Noonan’s novel about 4 boys who grow up in an orphanage in the 1960’s and compete to be adopted. Daniel had 6 months of coaching to perfect his Australian accent!
2007 saw Daniel take to the stage once again in a West End play called Equus with worldwide praise, positive reviews and plenty of media attention Mainly due to Dan’s nude scene! He played Alan Strang a stable boy with an obsession for horses who is sent to hospital to undergo psychological treatment after blinding the horses. Radcliffe says “Stage is much more intimidating than going before the cameras, because you can really screw up, and can’t do a retake”.
Daniel starred in the British television war drama My Boy Jack based on the true life story of Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book author) and his son who is sent to fight in WW1. Dan said “For many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book. But I’ve always been fascinated by the subject and think it’s as relevant today as it ever was, with young men still sacrificing their lives in the name of war.”
2008 sees Daniel once again baring all for the play Equus, this time on Broadway.
As for the future, the remaining two Harry Potter films are due to be released in 2009 and 2010/2011 with no doubt plenty more TV, film and stage work in-between for this talented young actor.
Random Information about Daniel Radcliffe:
Daniel loves to play pranks such as the time he changed the language of co-stars cellular phones to Turkish and when he put a fake blood capsule in his mouth then pretended to trip on the stairs and let the blood drip from his mouth!
He has 2 border terriers named Binka and Nugget.
Is an only child.
Can rotate his arm all the way around – 360 degrees!
He likes bands such as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Arctic Monkeys and lesser known indie bands. He learnt to play the bass guitar.
Took magic lesson from British illusionist Paul Kieve
Is a keen follower of the sport cricket
Has been named Britain’s richest teenager with over 23 million pounds to his name, mostly from Harry Potter. He says he doesn’t have expensive tastes and refuses to go “off the rails” which the media would love to see happen and which usually happens to young stars.
Donated a lock of hair and an autograph in 2003 for Comic Relief, a British Charity which raised 750
A keen reader and says his main expense is books. He might like to be a writer or director in the future.
Had imprints of his hands, feet and even wand done outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood along with Harry Potter co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.
Daniel supports various charities but particularly Demelza House which is a children’s hospice in the UK. Each year he requests that fans make donations to this charity instead of sending him birthday and Christmas gifts.
Awards and Nominations
Daniel has been nominated for and won many awards including:
Best Performance by a young actor 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008
Best Actor 2008
Best Male Performance – 2007
Best Hero 2006
Young Talent of the Year 2004
Breakthrough Male Performance 2002
Best Newcomer 2002