Daniel Radcliffe would be the first to admit that he didn’t see his acting career reaching the heights it did. Known for portraying the title character in The Harry Potter films, Radcliffe has capitalized on his prowess and is one of Britain’s richest young men with a net worth of $80 million.
Radcliffe was born in 1989 to Alan George Radcliffe and Marcia Jeannine Gresham. Being an only child, Radcliffe was easily influenced to join acting as his parents were child actors. He debuted as an actor when he was only ten in a BBC television adaptation of David Copperfield playing the young version of the title character.
Bursting Into The Limelight
In 2000, Radcliffe was encouraged to audition for the role of Harry Potter by producer David Heyman. The role was based on the film adaptation of author J.K Rowling’s best-selling book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. His parents didn’t want him to audition since the contract stipulated that filming would be done in Los Angeles, quite a long way from home.
After several auditions, Radcliffe finally got the part and was amazingly endorsed by Rowling herself. His parents, however, turned down the offer until the contract was changed to a two movie deal with shooting done in the UK. As he signed up, Radcliffe was unsure as to whether he would shoot any more movies after his contract expired.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in 2001 shattering records for box office opening day sales. It went on to become the second most commercial success in the Harry Potter film series.
The film was met with rave reviews, and film critics noted that Radcliffe played his role quite convincingly. The subsequent Harry Potter films received mix reviews, but one thing remained constant, Radcliffe’s performance was mesmerizing, and it drew him a legion of fans and at one point admitting that some fans found it impossible to separate him from his character.
Aside From Harry Potter
Despite garnering worldwide recognition with Harry Potter, Radcliffe’s film debut was in The Tailor of Panama in 2001. The film had a lukewarm reception and was a moderate commercial success. He debuted on stage in 2002 in The Play What I Wrote as a celebrity guest. Determined to shed off his boy image at 17, Radcliffe performed onstage in Equus and appeared in a nude scene.
Radcliffe has also voiced a Simpson’s character, something often reserved to some of the biggest stars. He debuted in Broadway with the 2011 performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His role impressed critics and fans alike so much that he won a Drama Desk Award as well as nominations for Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. The show later went on to receive nine Tony Award nominations.
After Harry Potter
Radcliffe was cast in the horror film, The Woman in Black in 2012 right after the final Harry Potter movie released in 2011. He also starred in Kill Your Darlings in 2013 and The F Word as well as Horns. He is also expected to appear in Frankenstein and Tokyo Vice.
The Man Behind The Wand
The self-proclaimed atheist is a staunch defender of legislation without the impact of religion. He also stated that he suffers from a mild form of developmental coordination disorder which sometimes impedes his performance of simple tasks such as tying his shoelaces. Radcliffe ditched the bottle in 2010 when he felt that he was relying too much on alcohol.
Radcliffe is a supporter of LGBT rights and speaks out against homophobia. In 2009, he filmed PSAs to promote awareness for the prevention of suicide among gay teenagers. He believes in the importance of public figures speaking out against inequality. His charitable work saw him earn the Hero Award in 2011.
Becoming one of the world’s most recognizable faces, Radcliffe has over the course of his career built up a number of friendships most notably with his co-stars in the Harry Potter movies Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. He has managed to seamlessly transition between the screen and the stage, something that very few actors dare do. At just 25, Daniel Radcliffe has achieved a lot and he is poised to scale greater heights.
Lessons from Daniel Radcliffe