Radcliffe was born in Fulham, London, the only child of Alan Radcliffe (a literary agent) and Marcia Gresham (a casting agent, who was involved in several films for the BBC). Radcliffe's parents discouraged him from show business when, at age five, he expressed desire in acting. However, they changed their minds; in December, 1999, he made his first on-screen appearance as the title character in the BBC's televised version of the Dickens novel David Copperfield.
In 2000, Radcliffe was selected to star as the wizard Harry Potter in a big-budget version of the popular book series by J.K. Rowling, after auditions involving thousands of applicants. Radcliffe's first theatrical film appearance was in 2001, a small supporting role in The Tailor of Panama. His first starring role as Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), was released later that year and became a large financial success.
In 2002, Radcliffe reprised his role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (his co-star was Kenneth Branagh, who that same year directed the stage production, The Play What I Wrote, in which Radcliffe made an appearance). In 2004 and 2005, Radcliffe returned to the Potter franchise in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The films continued to produce high box office results and were considered successful worldwide.
Radcliffe, who prefers to be called "Dan" and was taught at the esteemed Sussex House School, Knightsbridge, is currently educated at the all-boys public City of London School. He has two dogs, named Binka and Nugget.
He plays bass guitar and is a passionate guitar-rock music fan, admiring several bands including The Beatles, The Clash, The Libertines, The Strokes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Sex Pistols and the Pixies. He also enjoys Bloc Party, REM, U2 and Stereophonics. As well as being a firm fan of Fulham Football Club, Daniel was a follower of the World Wrestling Entertainment league of wrestling and Formula One Racing .
Radcliffe has also been a supporter of various charities. Fans have repeatedly donated to organizations on his request, including the Demelza House charity, in lieu of sending him birthday presents.
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- Radcliffe interview, 2005, Chicago Tribune
- Radcliffe interview, 2005, Aced Magazine
- Unofficial Picture Gallery
- Full Radcliffe credits, IMDBde:Daniel Radcliffe
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