"I'm just going to take it as it comes and see what happens. I think a bit of fame will probably just be fun, and I won't mind it. But I still want to lead a normal life with my friends." Daniel Radcliffe
One of England’s most promising actors, Daniel Radcliffe is best known for his coveted role of young sorcerer Harry Potter in the three installments of the J.K Rowling-adapted fantasy films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). He received positive reviews from critics and netted such awards as a Golden Apple award, two Variety Club awards and a Relly award for his bright work in the films. A star role model to kids everywhere, Radcliffe will also appear in the next two sequels of Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), as well as in the Australian upcoming film December Boys (2006, directed by Rod Hardy).
Off screen, Radcliffe, who got $3,000,000 from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and $110,000 from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), was listed as one of the richest young people in Britain, behind Prince Harry and Charlotte Church. Benefiting from his celebrity status, Radcliff has supported such charity organizations as the National Autistic Society, the British charity Comic Relief and Demelza House Children's Hospice. The actor is rumored to have competed with Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell to play the role of young super spy James Bond in a new film about his teenage years. As for his private life, Radcliffe, who currently stays single, admitted he has difficulty impressing a girl although he is a famous movie star. Being asked about the fact, he said, "I'm much more confident (than Potter) but I'm just as rubbish. It's weird. I like to think that I'm not, but I may be wrong. Ask the girls. I don't have a girlfriend, but I try. "
Childhood and Family:
The only son of Alan Radcliffe (literary manager) and Marcia Gresham (casting director), Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born in England, on July 31, 1989. He discovered his interest in acting early on. At age 5, when he asked his parents to join an audition, Daniel became disappointed when his patents would not allow him to become involved in the showbiz industry.
Daniel Radcliffe, whose nickname is Dan, attended the famous private all-boys school City of London School. While in school, he developed his love for acting by performing in small productions at the school.
Off screen, the owner of two dogs named Binka and Nugget, Daniel has been a supporter of his local football team, Fulham. He also displays a love of music by practicing the bass guitar and once studied under the guidance of Prisoner of Azkaban co-star Gary Oldman. A guitar and rock music enthusiast, Daniel’s favorite bands include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Clash, The Libertines, The Strokes and The Sex Pistols. Additionally, he is a quite an accomplished magician and has shown an interest in learning how to cook.
Young David Copperfield
Since childhood, Daniel Radcliffe had always wanted to perform. His great passion for acting developed soon after he joined a school production where he appeared as a monkey. He then asked his parents to let him audition for ITV's adaptation of "Oliver Twist," but they rejected the idea.
"A friend suggested that I audition, as a bit of fun, for the role of David Copperfield. I never expected to actually get the part as I knew there would be hundreds of boys trying for it, so when I did, it came as a huge surprise." Daniel Radcliffe
After convincing his parents, Radcliffe eventually made his on-screen debut performance in 1999 when he won the role of the young embodiment of the title character in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield (1999), starring with Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. The television film became a hit in the UK and with its success, audiences began to take notice of young Daniel.
"He has a particular quality of naturalness and innocence. One normally dreads working with child actors, but in his case, he was wonderful. He has a great deal of charm and simplicity." Copperfield producer Kate Harwood on Daniel Radcliffe
Following his debut performance, Radcliffe made a move to the big screen by playing the bit part of Mark Pendel in director John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama (2001), a film based on the adaptation of John Le Carre's spy novel. The thriller starred Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis and Geoffrey Rush.
"My dad came in and told me I'd got the part of Harry Potter. I cried I was so happy. I woke up in the middle of the night, around half two, and I woke up my dad too, just to check with him that it wasn't all a dream. That I really was going to be Harry Potter." Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe’s big breakthrough arrived early in his career when director Chris Columbus cast him in the title role of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). Faithfully adapted from a series of J.K Rowling’s popular fantasy books, the film not only received a widespread appreciation, but it also climbed the box office charts to become the runner up for the highest grossing film of all time, behind Titanic. As for Radcliffe, the huge success of Harry Potter subsequently launched the young actor to instant stardom. His face soon decorated the covers of several popular magazines like The Face, Vanity Fair, Empire and Premiere, as well as a number of appearances on television in both the UK and US. Moreover, Radcliffe netted a Golden Apple for Youth Male Discovery of the Year.
Repeating his triumph, the young star gained even more recognition when he reprised his role in the second installment titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). The adventure film became a blockbuster hit after its release. In 2002, Radcliffe took home two Vanity Club awards for Best Newcomer and Outstanding New Talent for his brilliant work in the film. A year later, he picked up a Relly for Junior Achiever of the Year.
Taking a little time out from promoting the film in the later part of 2002, Radcliffe appeared on stage, making his West End stage debut in Kenneth Branagh’s "The Play What I Wrote." Commenting about his contribution to the play, Daniel shared, "It was great fun. I had never been on stage before so it was a little scary at first, but it certainly gave me the desire to do more on stage."
In 2004, working with Harry Potter new director Alfonso Cuarón, Radcliffe again reprised his role in the anticipated film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was also a hit throughout the world and helped Radcliffe cement his position as a film star.
Radcliffe recently appeared as a parking attendant in the made-for-television movie comedy This Way Up (2005), in which he shared the screen with Sean Foley, Hamish McColl and Roger Moore, among others. His next Harry Porter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), is scheduled for a November 2005 release. Radcliffe is set to star opposite Teresa Palmer in the independent Aussie film December Boys (2006) for director Rod Hardy, and will return to the Potter franchise in the fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).