Updated: Feb 13
Birthday: 23rd July
Daniel Radcliffe is an English actor. He is best known for playing Harry Potter in the film series adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels.
Born and raised in London, Radcliffe made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One's 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Harry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Over the next 10 years, Radcliffe played the lead role in seven more Harry Potter films, ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). During this period, Radcliffe became one of the highest-paid actors in the world; earned worldwide fame, popularity, and critical acclaim; and received many awards for his performances in the series.
Following the success of the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe portrayed lawyer Arthur Kipps in the horror film The Woman in Black (2012); Victor Frankenstein's assistant, Igor, in the science fiction fantasy Victor Frankenstein (2015); and technological prodigy Walter Mabry in the heist thriller film Now You See Me 2 (2016).
Radcliffe began to branch out to stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of Equus and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Since 2018, Radcliffe has starred in the anthology television series Miracle Workers.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser. The story concerns young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who, with the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company. Radcliffe starred in the production for 10 months in 2011 for 473 performances!
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FILMS: Harry Potter film series (2001 - 2011)
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In 2000, Radcliffe was asked to audition for the role of Harry Potter for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling book by British author J. K. Rowling. Rowling had been searching for an unknown British actor to personify the character, and the movie's director, Chris Columbus, recalled thinking, "This is what I want. This is Harry Potter" after he saw a video of the young actor in David Copperfield. Eight months later, following several auditions, Radcliffe was selected to play the part. Rowling agreed, saying: "I don't think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry."
FILM: Now You See Me 2 (2016) (Age 12)
Thursday 18th February, Film4, 6:25pm
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Radcliffe joined the all star cast for this heist thriller sequel.
FILM: Jungle (2017) (Age 15)
Radcliffe stars in the thriller for older students based on a true story.
FILM: What If? (2013) (Age 15)
Radcliffe has a go at a quirky romantic comedy here.
FILM: Victor Frankenstein (2015) (Age 12)
Radcliffe stars as Igor in this take on the Frankenstein tale.
FILM: The Woman in Black (2015) (Age 12)
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One of Radcliffe's first roles after Harry Potter was in this chiller.
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