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Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, the British actor, is best known for playing Harry Potter in the film series based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
Born in July 23,1989 in West London, England. He’s the only child of Alan George Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Jeannine Gresham, a casting agent. As a young man, Radcliffe attended an all-boys school, the Sussex House School.
At the age of 5, he made his acting debut on TV, portraying the role of a young David Copperfield in the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel "David Copperfield". In 2001, he made his film debut with a supporting role in “ The Tailor of Panama" alongside Pierce Brosnan.
The Role of Harry Potter Launched him to Stardom
Daniel Radcliffe auditioned for the role of Harry Potter in 2000. JK Rowling herself , the author of the famous novel, has chosen Daniel for the lead part.
He starred in the first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” in late 2001 and in the five succeeding Harry Potter sequels after that, “ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in 2002, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in 2004, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in 2007 and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in 2009. He also signed on for the seventh and eighth films, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part I and II. The last 2 sequels are expected to be out in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
The Harry Potter films are phenomenally banking in big bucks at the box office worldwide.
Daniel Radcliffe and his Serious Acting Footprint
You would think that the remarkable success of Harry Potter would be enough for this young actor. But he still continues to seriously try out for more serious roles.
In 2002, Daniel Radcliffe appeared as a guest on “The Play What I Wrote”, a play in the direction of Kenneth Branagh in the West End Theatre. Then in 2006, he filmed the independent Australian drama “December Boys”. Daniel worked with a language coach for six months to perfect an Australian accent for his supporting role. In February 2007, he went back on stage to play the role of Alan Strong, in a revival of Peter Shaffer's “Equus”, also in West End Theatre. His role drove huge interest in the play, as he appeared nude in one of its scene. The play generated over two million pounds on advance sales alone. Daniel Radcliffe's performance received positive reviews. In 2008, the production moved to Broadway in New York City, where Daniel Radcliffe continued to play the role of Alan Strong.
Other TV appearances - In 2006, he appeared in the television series Extras as a parody of himself. Then in 2007, he filmed the ITV drama "My Boy Jack". The TV special is based on the true story of Rudyard Kipling's son's death during the First World War. Daniel Radcliffe played Jack Kipling, the son of the author Rudyard Kipling and a World War I soldier.
Daniel Radcliffe on Ellen
Young & Rich
The Sunday Times Rich List in 2006, named Daniel Radcliffe as one of the richest young people in the United Kingdom. He had an estimated fortune of GB£14 million.
Daniel, made it again on the same rich list in 2007, placing him as the thirty-third richest young person in Britain. Daniel’s estimated wealth is £17 million.
A large chunk of his earnings was from playing the role of Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe was reportedly paid £250,000 for the first Potter film. It was estimated that he got £5.6 million for the fourth film, and more than £8 million for the fifth sequel.
Despite his wealth, the young man appears to lead a simple life.
The 20 year old Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter films, earned the most money at the box office this decade according to The Guinness Book of World Records.
Daniel Radcliffe Actively Supports Various Charities
He requested his fans to make donations to the Demelza House Children's Hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent. In 2005, he donated a "Hogwarts Crew" T-shirt with his autograph, to be acutioned of to help raise money for the Tsunami victims.
Daniel Radcliffe is also an advocate for UK charities supporting programs for troubled teenage kids. Daniel pledged his support to the Get Connected's Best Friend campaign to launch a confidential phone helpline for teenagers to share their grievances.