Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe
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Daniel Radcliffe Biography

Daniel Radcliffe, born as "Daniel Jacob Radcliffe" (born 23 July 1989), is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in BBC One's 1999 television movie David Copperfield, followed by his film debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama. At age eleven he was cast as the title character in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for ten years until the release of the eighth and final film in July 2011. He also began to branch out to stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of the play Equus and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In addition, he has starred in 2007's December Boys and the 2012 sleeper hit horror film The Woman in Black. He played beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the 2013 indie film Kill Your Darlings.

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Daniel Radcliffe Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Empire Awards, UK Empire Hero Award Won
2013 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor The Woman in Black (2012). 3rd place
2012 Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Movie Actor Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Won
2012 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Won

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Daniel Radcliffe Trivia

  • Liked to play pranks when he was 10. He took co-star Robbie Coltrane's cellular phone and changed it so all the messages were in Turkish.
  • Has two border terriers named Binka and Nugget.
  • Tried reading the first Harry Potter book when he was 8 years old, but was unable to finish it. Finally read the entire book when he was cast in the lead role of the film
  • Has never actually seen the film The Tailor of Panama (2001) in which he appeared.
  • His favorite book from the Harry Potter series so far is number three, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • In February 2002, he was nominated for, and won "Best Newcomer" at the Variety Club Award ceremonies.
  • Received the Sir James Carreras Award For Outstanding New Talent for his role in Harry Potter at The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 2002.
  • Voted Person of the Year 2002 by Time Kids.
  • Has stated that 12 Angry Men (1957) is the first black & white film he ever saw and is also his favorite film.
  • David Heyman, the producer for the Harry Potter films happened to be at a play that both Dan and Dan's father, Alan Radcliffe, were at. After Heyman spotted Radcliffe, since both men knew each other, he was introduced to his son and when Heyman saw Daniel he thought he looked perfect for the part. In fact, that night at the play, Heyman couldn't help just staring at Dan because he though he was perfect to play Harry. Daniel auditioned for, and got the part that he is now most recognized for, Harry Potter.
  • A February 23, 2004 article in British newspaper 'The Sun' listed him as Britain's third richest teenager behind only Prince Harry Windsor and Charlotte Church. He is said to be worth 5 million pounds.
  • Has earned 6 million pounds so far portraying Harry Potter, making him the second richest teenage in Britain behind Prince Harry Windsor's 14 million pounds. [2004]
  • Can rotate his arm 360 degrees.
  • Is a big fan of Gary Oldman, his co-star in 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).
  • Is a supporter of Fulham Football Club although he doesn't enjoy playing football himself. Fellow fans include Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Allen, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant, Benicio Del Toro, Hugh Laurie, Andrew Johnston and the late Michael Jackson.
  • He is a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and attended their London concert in June 2004.
  • Favorite actors include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Stiller.
  • He originally disliked the "Harry Potter" books when he first read them.
  • Especially like the music group The Sex Pistols. He also plays the bass guitar.
  • He is a fan of indie rock. Some of his favorite bands include: The Zutons, Razorlight, The Libertines, Bloc Party, Hope of the States, The Futureheads and 'Kaiser Chiefs'.
  • Delays between filming the second and third Harry Potter movies were caused because his parents wanted him to be able to attend normal school for a while.
  • Says he doesn't read any articles or reviews about himself or his movies.
  • He supports Demelza House Children's Hospice, which is a charity that cares for terminally-ill children in the Kent, East Sussex and South London areas of Britain. Dan always asks his fans to donate to the charity every Christmas and on his birthday instead of sending him gifts. In the book, 'Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince', the author J.K. Rowling named the character Demelza Robins after the charity.
  • He likes the music of The Strokes, The Clash and Pixies.
  • [May/June 2006] He sat his AS Levels in English Literature, History, and Religion and Philosophy for his AS levels (First year college exams).
  • Named Britain's richest teenager with an astounding 23 million pound fortune, after he signed on a 8 million pound deal to make the fifth movie of the Harry Potter series.
  • Dan scared the make-up department crew when he came on set with bloodied sticking plasters on his face claiming that he had been fighting the previous day (just for a laugh).
  • His parents are Alan Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Gresham, a casting director.
  • Is also a big fan of The Killers and John Wayne.
  • Before working with Brendan Gleeson in the Harry Potter series, he worked with him in The Tailor of Panama (2001).
  • 23 July 2007 - Appeared on BBC Radio's Test Match Special, from Lords, London, on the final day of the England v. India test match. It was his 18th birthday and he was a guest on "View from the Boundary" hosted by Jonathan Agnew, the BBC's cricket correspondent. He talked about his career to date, his love of cricket and his admiration for the grit of his favorite player Paul Collingwood. He appeared a second time in 2009 accompanied by fellow Potter cast member Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy.
  • Is very close to actor Gary Oldman.
  • His agent Sue Latimer is the mother (and agent) to his friend and fellow actor Freddie Highmore.
  • Was ranked #6 on Forbes List of The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars.(2007).
  • Named #23 on Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).
  • Was ranked #10 on Yahoo! List of 10 Most Popular Stars of 2007 on Yahoo! Movies. (2007).
  • Was ranked #79 on Forbes List of The Celebrity 100. (2007).
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $15 million.
  • Was ranked #29 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list.(2008).
  • Was ranked #3 on TV Guide Top 10 Teen Star Countdown (2008).
  • Was ranked #8 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25'(2008).
  • Named as one of London's 1000 most influential people of 2008.
  • Ranked #11 on MSN's top searched for stars under age 25 in 2008.
  • Ranked #1 on MSN's top searched for male in 2007.
  • In the 2003 Comic Relief fundraiser, a lock of Dan's hair sold at auction for 751 British pounds, the highest amount raised.
  • In 2008, Dan and the cast of Equus raised $203,746 for the charity, BroadwayCares/EquityFightsAids 20th Gypsy of the Year competition, setting a record for the most ever raised by a Broadway play. They not only beat the amount raised by other Broadway musicals but also came runner up for the best presentation, again beating out every other musical with their own song and dance. (The winning presentation was the Lion King's). Dan wrote and sang the song. http://www.broadwaycares.org/events/gypsy.cfm.
  • The Guardian (UK) reported that Radcliffe has published some poetry under the pen name "Jacob Gershon." Jacob is his middle name, and Gershon is the original Yiddish name from which his mother's maiden name, Gresham, was derived.
  • In August 2009, The Trevor Project announced that Daniel Radcliffe had made a "major" donation to them and joined their "Circle of Hope," a group of their high-donating supporters. The Trevor Project operates a national (US) crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth (who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual children and teens). The Trevor Project was inspired by the short film Trevor (1994), about a gay boy who attempts suicide; the organization was started by the film's creators in 1998.
  • Is a huge fan of mathematician/singer/songwriter Tom Lehrer and can recite his famous 'The Elements' song.
  • Is an only child.
  • Suffers from Dyspraxia, a motor skills development disorder.
  • Is a huge fan of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and waited in line for his autograph after the Lords test in July 2007. Sachin obliged without actually looking up.
  • Plays the son of Adrian Rawlins in the Harry Potter films. The Woman in Black (2012) is a remake of an earlier film (The Woman in Black (1989) (TV)), in which Radcliffe takes over the role originally played by Rawlins.
  • When he was first cast as Harry Potter, the filmmakers tried using contact lenses to make his eyes appear green; as they are described in the books; rather than their natural blue. Daniel suffered a painful allergic reaction when he tried them on, so the idea was scrapped. The filmmakers then considered digitally altering his eyes in post-production, but knew this would be a tedious process. The filmmakers then approached J.K. Rowling with their problem, and she thankfully told them that it was not essential for Harry to have green eyes, merely that he have his mother's eyes, much to the relief of all involved.
  • Became the youngest non-royal to have an individual portrait displayed in London's prestigious National Portrait Gallery. Radcliffe was only 14-years-old when he posed for artist Stuart Pearson Wright during a break from filming Harry Potter.
  • Godfather of Misha Handley, who played his son in The Woman in Black (2012).
  • Ranked number 5 on the VH1 list 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2012).
  • He is allergic to Nickel.
  • Was in a relationship with Rosie Coker from 2010 until November 2012.

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    "The Cripple of Inishmaan" Press Night at Noel Coward Theatre in London - June 18, 2013

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    2013 Laurence Olivier Awards - Arrivals

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    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    Jameson Empire Awards 2013 - Arrivals

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    2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

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