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Daniel Radcliffe

Updated on November 19, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe - Actor and Star of Broadway

Unless you've been under a rock for the last decade, you may not have heard of Daniel Radcliffe!

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stormed Broadway in Peter Shaffer's epic play, Equus and the successful musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He has starred in numerous other films, including The December Boys, My Boy Jack and David Copperfield and lately The Woman in Black. At such a young age, he was reputed as being one of the most successful and highest earning teenager in the world.

Who Is Daniel Radcliffe?

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on 23rd July 1989. He is from the United Kingdom, and is of course, an English film, television and stage actor. His most famous role to date, for which he is best known for playing is Harry Potter in each of the whole eight film series - based on the best-selling Harry Potter book series (although there are seven books, the last book was made into two films).

Daniel Radcliffe has also made significant stage appearances in West End and Broadway productions, as well as a number of TV shows and films, including the ITV film My Boy Jack and the stage show Equus, for which he received huge critical acclaim.

Rumour has it that he has earnt just short of £20million in his young years, predominantly thanks to the Harry Potter franchise!

Front Cover of DETAILS magazine (September 2008)

Front Cover of DETAILS magazine (September 2008)
Front Cover of DETAILS magazine (September 2008)

Daniel and the Potter

Radcliffe was asked to audition for the role of Harry Potter in 2000 by producer David Heyman, while in attendance at a play named Stones in His Pockets in London. In August of that year, after several auditions, he was selected to play the role in the big-budget adaptation of the award-winning book series by J.K. Rowling. Rowling herself also approved of this selection: "Having seen Dan Radcliffe's screen test I don't think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry". Radcliffe made his film debut in 2001 with a supporting role alongside Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama, and the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (United States title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) was released later that year.

Radcliffe has also starred in the four subsequent Harry Potter film adaptations: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). He has signed on for the sixth and seventh films; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, scheduled to start filming in September 2007 and originally set for release on 11 November 2008 though delayed until 17 July 2009, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II, expected in 2010 and 2011. The films continue to produce high box office results worldwide.

Daniel Can Do More Than Just Potter...

Daniel Radcliffe? What's all this about an Equus?

Daniel's theatrical debut was in Peter Shaffer's exquisite play "Equus". Click the link for more details and more photos

Daniel Radcliffe in Equus Promo Shots

Radcliffe's Other Stage Debuts

In 2002, Radcliffe appeared as a guest in the West End production The Play What I Wrote directed by Kenneth Branagh (who appeared with Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). In 2006, he began to make the transition from child to adult actor, appearing in the television series Extras as a parody of himself, as well as filming the independent Australian drama December Boys. The film, which was filmed in six weeks was released in North America by Warner Bros. on 14 September 2007. Radcliffe worked with a language coach for six months to perfect an Australian accent.[15] He took the role because he wanted to appear in a film in which he played a supporting role rather than the central character.

Next, Radcliffe opened on 27 February 2007 in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play Equus as Alan Strang, a stable boy who has an obsession with horses. The role generated significant pre-opening media interest and advance sales topped two million pounds, as Radcliffe appeared nude in one scene in the play. Radcliffe's performance received positive reviews, as critics were impressed by the nuance and depth of his against-type role. Radcliffe's last performance in Equus took place on 9 June 2007. The production has transferred to Broadway in New York City opening on September 25, 2008, and Radcliffe is reprising the role of Alan Strang along with Richard Griffiths, who was in the Equus production in London and plays Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series; he has stated that he is nervous about repeating the role on Broadway because he considers American audiences more discerning than those in London.

During the summer of 2007, he filmed the ITV drama My Boy Jack, based upon Rudyard Kipling's poem, which aired in the UK on Remembrance Day 2007 and premiered in the United States on April 20, 2008. In the film, Radcliffe played Jack Kipling, a World War I-era soldier and the son of author Rudyard Kipling

Front Cover of DETAILS magazine

Front Cover of DETAILS magazine
Front Cover of DETAILS magazine

You Know You're a Star When...

At the age of sixteen, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in Britain's National Portrait Gallery. On 13 April 2006, his portrait, drawn by Stuart Pearson Wright, was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at London's Royal National Theatre, then moved to the National Portrait Gallery where it resides. Radcliffe was fourteen at the time of the portrait's creation.

On 9 July 2007, Radcliffe and fellow Harry Potter cast members Rupert Grint and Emma Watson left imprints of their hands, feet and wands in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

It was announced in the New York Times on 28 December 2007, that Radcliffe will portray deceased photojournalist Dan Eldon in an upcoming biopic entitled Journey. Eldon's mother, Kathy, personally chose Radcliffe over other actors such as Heath Ledger, Ryan Phillippe and Joaquin Phoenix, noting Radcliffe's "puckishness, sense of humour and energy" as similar to her son's.

"How to Succeed..."

"How to Succeed..."
"How to Succeed..."

Getting To Know You...

Radcliffe previously attended the Sussex House School, an all-boys school, and for his AS levels at City of London School. He achieved A grades in the three AS-levels he sat in 2006, but then decided to take a break from education.

Radcliffe has said that he is "very proud of being Jewish" but is not religious. He plays bass guitar (taught by Gary Oldman) and is a fan of punk rock music; he admires a diverse lineup of bands, from Sex Pistols to Arctic Monkeys and more recently Hard-Fi, Jack Penate and Kate Nash. His favourite band is The Hold Steady. He is also a fan of Fulham Football Club. While on set, to keep busy, he enjoys playing table tennis and video games with his fellow cast members. He is close friends with Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton and Gary Oldman.

Radcliffe appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2006, which estimated his personal fortune to be GB£14 million, making him one of the richest young people in the United Kingdom. He made another appearance on the British young people's rich list in 2007, which placed him as the thirty-third richest young person in Britain with an estimated wealth of £17 million. He is reported to have earned approximately £250,000 for the first Potter film, around £5.6 million for the fourth film, and more than £8 million for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Despite his wealth, Radcliffe has said he does not have expensive tastes. Radcliffe has said that his main expense is books, as he "read[s] a lot". Radcliffe has been a supporter of various charities, including Demelza House Children's Hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent, to which he has requested fans make donations in lieu of birthday presents. In February 2005, Radcliffe put a "Hogwarts Crew" T-shirt which he autographed up for auction to help raise money for the Tsunami victims in 2005. His T-shirt was part of the Tsunami Celebrity Clothes Auction which raised money for the Rebuilding Sri Lanka Organization. He wore the t-shirt during the making of the film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. These T-shirts were only issued to members of the cast and crew. His shirt raised £520 or $995. He has become a keen follower of cricket and attended the first England v India test match on his 18th birthday.

Photo Credit: Parrinder

Photo Credit: Parrinder
Photo Credit: Parrinder

"The Woman in Black" Movie Poster

"The Woman in Black" Movie Poster
"The Woman in Black" Movie Poster

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      4 years ago

      Didn't watch it yet. Actually, I don't really watch a hororr movie alone and sometimes I'm hating it when it so darn scary then, it usually makes an after effect to me and I hate when I remember the scenes alone! so creepy! I think the last time I watched a hororr film was when I still had a boyfriend which is almost 2 years ago. Anyhow, I guess I should try watching once again.

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      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      @darciefrench lm: WOW! Brilliant! How exciting! Daniel Radcliffe autograph hunt complete!

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      @MarcoG: Woot!! Hubby and daughter went back later and Daniel signed their tshirts - can see pics of his signature on Rockos Diner and Movie Set lens :)

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      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      @darciefrench lm: Wow! That's very cool, Darcie. I wish Daniel Radcliffe was filming his latest film down my street, lol! Yes, I've heard the same, that he's a really nice guy. It's nice isn't it, when you hear things like that from such successful people :)

      Good luck on your Radcliffe autograph hunt!

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      Daniel Radcliffe is currently filming his new movie Horns down the street from where I live, they have converted a local diner into a movie set. Have heard from folks working on the set that Daniel is a super nice guy. Hoping to get his autograph :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great job here. I sure learned some new facts about Daniel Radcliffe.

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      10 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

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