Daniel Radcliffe

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July, 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing the wizard Harry Potter in a series of films based on the best-selling book series.


Early career

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 is currently filming the independent Australian film, December Boys. He is slated to appear in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, currently scheduled for release in 2007.

Personal life

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 [1].

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.


Radcliffe's personal fortune has now exceeded GB £23 million making him the richest teenager in the United Kingdom [2].

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter pre-production
2006 December Boys Maps filming
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter U.S. title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

See also

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