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Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe at the premier of December Boys
Born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
23 July 1989 (1989-07-23) (age 20)
Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe[1][2] (born 23 July 1989)[3] is an English actor, best known for playing Harry Potter in the feature film series based on the popular book series. Radcliffe has also made appearances in stage productions and a number of TV shows and films, including the ITV film My Boy Jack and the stage show Equus, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.[4]


Early life

Daniel Radcliffe was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, West London, England,[3] the only child of Alan George Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Jeannine Gresham (née Marcia Gresham Jacobson), a casting agent who was involved in several films for the BBC, including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and, most recently, Walk Away And I Stumble.[5][6] Radcliffe's mother is Jewish and a native of Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex (her family's surname was Anglicised from "Gershon");[6][7][8] his father is Protestant and originally from Northern Ireland.[9][10]

Radcliffe first expressed a desire to act at the age of five.[11] In December 1999, he made his acting debut in the BBC's televised two-part adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, portraying the title character as a young boy.[12]


Radcliffe was asked to audition for the role of Harry Potter in 2000 by producer David Heyman, while in attendance at a London production of Stones in His Pockets.[13][14] 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".[15] 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 was released later that year.

Radcliffe in July 2009

Radcliffe has also starred in the five 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), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He has signed on[16] for the seventh, and eighth films; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II, expected in 2010 and 2011. Radcliffe is 'very happy' that the decision has been made to split the last film into two parts, as he doesn't believe that anything should be cut out of the climactic book.[17] The films continue to produce high box office results worldwide.

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 as Professor Lockhart).[12] 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[18] was released in North America by Warner Bros. on September 14, 2007. Radcliffe worked with a language coach for six months to perfect an Australian accent.[18] He took the role because he wanted to appear in a film in which he played a supporting role rather than the central character.[19] 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 £2 million, as Radcliffe appeared nude in one scene in the play.[20] Radcliffe's performance received positive reviews,[21] as critics were impressed by the nuance and depth of his against-type role.[22] Radcliffe's last performance in Equus took place on 9 June 2007. The production then transferred to Broadway in New York City opening on September 25, 2008, where Radcliffe reprised the role of Alan Strang along with Richard Griffiths, who was also in the Equus production in London and played Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter series.[23][24] Prior to the play's opening he stated that he was nervous about repeating the role on Broadway because he considered American audiences more discerning than those in London.[25] During the summer of 2007, he filmed the ITV drama My Boy Jack, based upon the true story of Rudyard Kipling's son's death in battle during the First World War, which aired in the UK on Remembrance Day 2007 and premiered in the United States on April 20, 2008.[18][26] In the film, Radcliffe played Jack Kipling, a World War I-era soldier and the son of author Rudyard Kipling.[27][28] About the role, he stated:[29]

For many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book. But I've always been fascinated by the subject and think it's as relevant today as it ever was.

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.[30] 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.[31]

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 or The Journey is the Destination.[32] 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.[33]

Personal life

Radcliffe at the 2008 BAFTA Awards

Radcliffe previously attended the independent Sussex House School, an all-boys school,[34] and for his AS levels the independent City of London School.[18] He achieved A grades in the three AS-levels he sat in 2006, but then decided to take a break from education.[35]

Radcliffe has stated that he is an atheist,[36] as well as that he is "very proud of being Jewish."[37][38][39] He is a fan of punk rock music and admires a diverse lineup of bands, from Sex Pistols and The Libertines to Arctic Monkeys and more recently Hard-Fi,[40] Jack Penate and Kate Nash.[41] His favourite band is The Hold Steady.[42] In November 2007, Radcliffe published several poems under the pen name Jacob Gershon.[37][43] In a 2009 issue of Attitude, Radcliffe announced his support for the Liberal Democrat party, making him one of the few celebrities to do so.[44]

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.[45] 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.[46] 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".[47]

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 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 $811.80.

Although straight, Radcliffe also positions himself as a gay rights activist by speaking out against homophobia and has recently filmed a public service announcement for The Trevor Project promoting awareness around gay teen suicide prevention.[48] [49] He also contributes financially to the work done by The Trevor Project to this end.[50] [51]

He has become a keen follower of cricket[52] and attended the first England v India test match on his 18th birthday. He queued up for the autographs of Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and English opening batsman Andrew Strauss at the end of the final day's play.[53] Regarding this, he stated:[54]

I was telling people in a recent interview that I had a dream that Andrew Strauss was chasing me with a cricket bat. It was during the West Indies series when Andrew wasn’t doing too well and an Australian who was listening in piped up and said, "I wouldn’t worry about Strauss, if he had a swing at you at the moment he’d probably miss".

Radcliffe has stated that he suffers from a mild form of the neurological disorder dyspraxia.[55]

Stage and screen credits


Year Film Role Notes
2001 The Tailor of Panama Mark Pendel Supporting role
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter U.S. title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
December Boys Maps A 17 year-old orphan
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Release Date USA and UK 19 November 2010
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Filming
The Journey is the Destination Dan Eldon (Teenager) Currently Filming by parts


  • 1999: David Copperfield as young David Copperfield
  • 2005: Foley and McColl: This Way Up as Traffic Warden/Himself
  • 2006: Extras as Boy Scout/Himself
  • 2007: My Boy Jack as Jack Kipling
  • 2010: The Simpsons as Edmund, in a Treehouse of Horror segment





  • Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards)
  • Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards)





  • Best Performance by a Young Actor (Saturn Awards)
  • Best Acting Ensemble (Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards)
  • Most Unforgettable Scene (for the scene "Harry Battles The Basilisk" in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) (American Moviegoer Awards)




  • Favorite Leading Actor in a Broadway Play (Broadway.com Audience Award)
  • Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Broadway.com Audience Award)


  • Dewynters London Newcomer of the Year (Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, UK)


  • Best Male Performance (National Movie Awards, UK)


  • Best Actor (Cine Awards, Belgium)
  • Best Male Film Star (Gold): Otto Awards, 2006
  • Best Actor/Movie (SyFy Portal's SyFy Genre Awards)



  • Top 10 Child Stars (RTL Television, Germany)
  • Best Breakthrough Male Actor (Star Channel Star Awards, Japan)
  • Best Junior Achiever (for viewers' favorite under-16 guest on the show Relly Awards)
  • Young Talent of the Year (ITV Celebrity Awards)
  • Best Movie Actor (K-Zone Kids Awards, Philippines)
  • Best Film Star/Actor (Dutch Kids Choice Awards)




See also


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  5. ^ "Top of the form". The Jewish Chronicle. 20 December 1968. pp. 26. 
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  7. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe". Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo. 1 December 2008. ; can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRbVy-p5_NQ
  8. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Young and Rich (bottom of page)". InterfaithFamily.com. http://www.interfaithfamily.com/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ekLSK5MLIrG&b=297399&ct=3724107. Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
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  11. ^ "Faces of the week: DANIEL RADCLIFFE". BBC News. 2 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6413257.stm. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  12. ^ a b Roberts, Sheila (10 September 2007). "Daniel Radcliffe Interview, December Boys". Movies Online. http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_12913.html. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  13. ^ McLean, Craig (15 July 2007). "Hobnobs & broomsticks". Sunday Herald. http://www.sundayherald.com/life/people/display.var.1546220.0.0.php. Retrieved 15 July 2007. 
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  17. ^ Jones, Alan (8 July 2009). "Daniel Radcliffe Exclusive Interview, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Roll Credits Online. http://www.rollcreditsonline.com/component/content/article/34-highlights/467-ftharrypotterhalfbloodprincedanielradcliffe.html. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  18. ^ a b c d Reuven, Shmuel (13 September 2007). "Daniel Radcliffe is one of the December Boys". JewReview.net. http://www.jewreview.net/article.php?id=1623. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  19. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe December Boys Interview". STV.TV. 2007. http://www.stv.tv/content/out/film/videointerviews/display.html?id=opencms:/out/films/new_interviews/Daniel_Radcliffex_December_Boy_20071005. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 
  20. ^ "Naked stage role for Potter star". BBC News. 28 July 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5223520.stm. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  21. ^ "RADCLIFFE'S WOMEN NERVES". Contact Music. 5 June 2007. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/radcliffes%20women%20nerves_1033227. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  22. ^ Burchell, Kenzie (28 February 2007). "Moving the Magic". MSNBC.com. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17383712/site/newsweek/. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  23. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (4 September 2007). "Radcliffe To Bare All On Broadway As ‘Equus’ Eyes Late ‘08 Opening". MTV Movies Blog. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/09/04/radcliffe-to-bare-all-on-broadway-as-equus-eyes-late-08-opening/. Retrieved 5 September 2007. 
  24. ^ Nathan, John (9 June 2007). "London Equus — Starring Radcliffe and Griffiths — Closes 9 June". Playbill. http://www.playbill.com/news/article/108659.html. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  25. ^ Nichols, Michelle (5 September 2007). "Radcliffe nervous about baring all on Broadway". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN0521724920070905?src=090507_1743_ARTICLE_PROMO_also_on_reuters. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  26. ^ "100 best autumn arts events". London: The Sunday Times. 2 September 2007. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/whats_on/listings/article2350320.ece. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 
  27. ^ "Radcliffe to star in new ITV drama". MuggleNet. 2006. http://mugglenet.com/app/news/full_story/306. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  28. ^ "Sexy Samantha will play Harry Potter's mum". Now. 5 June 2007. http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celeb_news/Celebrity_news_Kim_Cattrall_will_play_Daniel_Radcliffes_mum_article_122946.html. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  29. ^ http://www.danradcliffe.us/galleries/MyBoyJack/danradmbj081207.jpg, Daniel Radcliffe.com, retrieved 2007-08-15
  30. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe drawing acquired by National Portrait Gallery". National Portrait Gallery. 11 April 2006. http://www.npg.org.uk/live/prelharrypotter.asp. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  31. ^ "Hollywood Blvd Celebrates Potter's 'Wands Of Fame'". CBS2.com. 9 July 2007. http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_190124828.html. Retrieved 10 July 2007. 
  32. ^ Photographs, Art and Lessons, Taken From a Life Cut Short - New York Times
  33. ^ Wizard to play the magician of Somalia|UK news|The Observer
  34. ^ "SUSSEX HOUSE SCHOOL". Isbi Schools. http://www.isbi.com/isbi-viewschool/1158-SUSSEX_HOUSE_SCHOOL.html. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  35. ^ "Dan & Emma ace exams". Hpana. 24 August 2006. http://hpana.com/news.19561.html. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  36. ^ Singh, Anita (4 June 2009). Daniel Radcliffe: a cool nerd. The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/5734000/Daniel-Radcliffe-a-cool-nerd.html. Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  37. ^ a b McLean, Craig (4 July 2009). Dan the Man. The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/jul/04/daniel-radcliffe-harry-potter-jk-rowling. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  38. ^ Sessums, Kevin (26 January 2009). "Dirty Harry". The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-01-26/dirty-harry/full/. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  39. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Young and Rich (bottom of page)". InterfaithFamily.com. http://www.interfaithfamily.com/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ekLSK5MLIrG&b=297399&ct=3724107. Retrieved 24 July 2007. "Radcliffe says he is not religious at all...and while he may not be religious, it appears that he had the procedure that almost all Jewish boys have when they are eight days old." 
  40. ^ Hard-Fi on Popworld again video interview with Simon Amstell
  41. ^ Radcliffe, Daniel. "Daniel Radcliffe's Playlist (From iTunes)". HarryPotterTrio.com. http://www.harrypottertrio.com/music_dan.php. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  42. ^ "Harry Potter reveals his favourite band". NME. 20 July 2007. http://www.nme.com/news/the-hold-steady/29811. Retrieved 20 July 2007. 
  43. ^ Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe's 'secret life as a published poet'. The Telegraph. 11 July 2009. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/5799717/Harry-Potter-actor-Daniel-Radcliffes-secret-life-as-a-published-poet.html. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  44. ^ Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe talks politics with gay mag Attitude and admits to backing Lib Dems The Sun Retrieved 28 July 2009
  45. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe". London: TimesOnline. 2006. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/richlist/person/0,,39471,00.html. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
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  47. ^ Stead, Andrew (23 November 2005). "Daniel Radcliffe richest UK teen, £23.5 million in the bank, more to come". ABC Money.uk. http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/news/2320051400.htm. Retrieved 16 July 2007. 
  48. ^ Fick, David."Daniel Radcliffe Takes a Stand Against Homophobia" Musical Cyberspace, February 28, 2010
  49. ^ BWW News Desk."EQUUS Star Radcliffe Speaks Out Against Homophobia" BroadwayWorld, February 27, 2010
  50. ^ The Ultraworld."Harry Potter Wants To Put A Spell on Homophobia" Radar Online, February 26, 2010
  52. ^ Pidd, Helen (7 September 2007). "'If the script says have sex, I have sex'". Guardian Unlimited. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2163370,00.html. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
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Further reading

  • Daniel Radcliffe (2004, ISBN 1584152508)
  • Daniel Radcliffe: No Ordinary Wizard (2005, ISBN 1416913904)

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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor, best known for playing Harry Potter in the feature film series based on the popular book series.


  • This has given me a feeling of confidence, which I might not have had otherwise.
    • (on Harry Potter experience) [1]
  • I'm lucky enough to have a job that I love, and a relatively down-to-earth life. [2]
  • It's not so much that they don't want me to grow up. It's that they're annoyed that I'm growing up adjusted. They'd much rather I was growing up and going wild and crashing cars. [3]
  • (on way to relax) “I just like to lock my self in a small room and listen to music and watch films all day!” [4]
  • What everybody would love to see is me having ditched school and then just going wild. That's what I'm determined not to give them. [5]
  • When I go back to school everyone asks a lot of questions. Then, after about a week, when I've answered everything, we get back to normal. I've never been one of the cool people at school, but then again, I don't get the people who are cool. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that they don't interest me.
    • on being bullying at school [6]
  • It was very emotional, actually. In the front of the book I wrote something Anton Chekhov wrote to the woman he ended up spending the rest of his life with: "Hello, the last page of my life." Which I thought was very appropriate.
  • I don't understand girls, but I'm slowly learning. [7]
  • They are a pretty amazing bunch... some people have been here for 18 hours, which is... unbelievable! I don't think I would ever wait 18 hours on something, not even an organ, that I needed. I don't think I would wait that long, I would be like, oh fine, never mind...
  • "...I suppose that the image people have of me is one that's quite talkative, because in interviews and that you can sometimes get nervous, and the thing when you meet people... I tend to be quite chatty just because that's just something I do. But in terms of Maps' character, I'm like him in that I'm perfectly happy in my own company. And I'm probably happiest when I'm being quiet."
    • During a December Boys Promotion in 2007 [8]
  • "I'm really happy when I meet a beautiful girl with whom I can have a good conversation. And I can feel attracted to her after a while, but that's not love! It takes time to develop an intense feeling like love. When you start a relationship with someone, it means you have to work hard. Love is a gift that needs to be looked after and cared for."
    • Interview with Bravo Magazine 2007 [9]
  • “Some people think I’m gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome. It’s always good to keep them guessing. I don’t go on any blogs or chats or anything, but my friends are demons for them, and apparently someone said: ‘Daniel Radcliffe is gay. He’s got a gay face!’ I really don’t know what a gay face is!”
    • Daniel doesn’t mind the whisperings of people questioning his sexuality [10]
  • "I would hate to be accused of having got through life just by luck - I think you do create your own destiny. My mum and Dad believe in fate. I see coincidences but not a predestined pattern. If it's just about fate, then you become complacent and expect things to come your way. I like being challenged. Even when you're doing really intense, dramatic scenes that take so much out of you it's still really fun and energizing. Acting makes you feel so alive."
    • The Guardian - October 11, 2006 [11]
  • "Invisibility. That would be so cool just to go anywhere without people seeing you. You could sneak into rock concerts and films and stuff. And I'd like to have Hagrid's three-head dog, because then nobody would try to fight me. I think I'd love to be a wizard in Harry's world, even though you have to face a lot of danger." - on what magical power would Daniel like to have
  • When I get into trouble at school I'd like to take an invisibility cloak, drape it over me and sneak out the door. Or I'd like to have a 3-headed-dog because then no one would argue with me. [12]
  • In the bathtub. My dad came in and said, "Guess who they want to play Harry Potter?" I think I said the name of another actor, because I was sure it wasn't me. Then he said, "No, it's you," and I started to cry with joy. That night, I woke up at 2 in the morning and woke up mom and dad and asked, "Am I dreaming? Will I really play Harry Potter?"
    • About getting the part of Harry Potter [13]
  • "I like science and I love gym. Oh, and I like art, but I'm really bad at it. I'm just a terrible drawer. I can't draw a circle. Even with a ruler, I can't draw a straight line."
    • About Favorite Subject in School [14]
  • All it takes is for me to be seen chatting up a girl for [tabloids] to, you know, make up some crappy headline about me being a sex rat or whatever they call it.
    • (on why he doesn't go to nightclubs, quoted in Details magazine August 2007)
  • " I might like to be an actor, but there are loads of other things I'm interested in as well, like music and writing and sports. I want to keep my options open."
  • Everyone on the set has a mobile phone, and I found by pushing a few buttons, they could be programmed into different languages. I fixed Robbie's (Coltrane) to speak in Turkish.
    • on constantly playing practical jokes on Robbie Coltrane [16]
  • "Ron's funnier than Robin Williams. The hard thing is not to laugh when the camera is rolling."
    • on Rupert Grint
  • I'm the only kid in the world who doesn't want an eighth Harry Potter book.
    • (quoted in August 2007 issue of Details magazine)[17]
  • (upon seeing the movie) I'm a bit nervous about whether people will like it, but I've seen it, and I'm sure they will. It's really good - it's quite scary, it's quite emotional. Even I cried and I don't cry easily! I cried at the end credits when my name came up, and I was, like, Oh my God! I can't believe that's my name! I've met so many people since we started filming and it's been wonderful. I've progressed so far and changed so much since the beginning. It's been like a real journey. [18]
  • Fans are really important for me. And if they take pains to write me, it's the minimum that I answer myself. [19]
  • I'm thrilled of the acceptance I get abroad. The people are so hearty, warm and grateful and I feel privileged having seen so many countries and some of the greatest monuments [20]
  • In a way, ... growing up like this with Harry makes it easier to act in each of the films, because I've been through all the stuff that he's going through, like the hormones, relatively recently. So it's quite fresh in my mind. And then I suppose it's been made easier by the fact I've been playing Harry Potter since I was 12. You get to know the character so well that it makes it easier to act in the long run.
  • It's good to be back filming. I just put on my glasses and then I became Harry again. [22]
  • I would consider doing any part as long as the script is good and the film has an interesting director. [23]
  • Stage is much more intimidating than going before the cameras, because you can really screw up, and can't do a retake. [24]
  • Me and Harry (Potter) are not very good with women. I've got better now. But I think any man whoever says he has never had an awkward moment with a girl is a liar. He's either a liar or he's delusional.
  • I once had a friend call me (Harry) by accident. If there's another person in the room called Harry and somebody shouts their name I do respond slightly, which is embarrassing. But no one has ever said it in the throws of passion. That would be the end of that session. Go now! [26]
  • I support Fulham because I live two minutes away from the ground, but I'm not a massive football fan. Cricket is the game I'm obsessed with, to be honest, and also despair of. [27]
  • (about Math) Too many little numbers on one page! [28]
  • When I go back to school everyone asks a lot of questions. Then, after about a week, when I've answered everything, we get back to normal [29]
  • After I read a script about three times, it sinks into my head. With Harry Potter, it took about six times because it was a lot bigger. [30]
  • (On considering himself as a heartthrob) Personally I can't see it, but if other people can, fine. Cool! [31]

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British actor, Harry Potter


  • Born: July 23, 1989
  • Married:
  • Died:
  • Buried:


  • Father: Alan Radcliffe
  • Mother: Marcia Gresham (originally Marcia Gresham Jacobson)




1st Generation

  • 1 Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (1989- )

2nd Generation

  • 2 Alan Radcliffe
  • 3 Marcia Gresham Jacobson [1]

3rd Generation

  • 4 ? Radcliffe
  • 5
  • 6 Wilfred Jacobson [2]
  • 7 Muriel Jean Patricia Gresham [2]

4th Generation

  • 12 S. H. Jacobson [2]
  • 14 Samuel Gershon
  • 15 Bale Jacobs [3]

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  1. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Radcliffe
  2. ^ a b c The Jewish Chronicle, February 24, 1956
  3. ^ The Jewish Chronicle, May 19, 1922

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Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe at the premier of December Boys
Born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
23 July 1989 (1989-07-23) (age 21)
London, England, United Kingdom
Years active 1999-present

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor. He is most famous for playing Harry in the first six movies based on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books. He will also appear in the final two films of this series.


Radcliffe started acting in school plays when he was in primary school. When he was ten years old, he played the part of the young David Copperfield in the TV show David Copperfield.

In 2001, he played Mark Pendel in the movie Tailor of Panama. Later that year, he was chosen to play Harry Potter in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States).

He has also played Harry in the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth Harry Potter movies (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 2002, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 2003, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 2004, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 2007 and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - 2009). He is currently working on the seventh Harry Potter film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."


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