Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Daniel Radcliffe

Name: Daniel Radcliffe
Birth Name: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Height: 5' 6"
Sex: M
Nationality: British
Birth Date: July 23, 1989
Birth Place: Fulham, London, England, UK
Profession: actor
Education: All-boys private school
Father: Alan Radcliffe (literary agent)
Mother: Marcia Gresham (casting director)
Claim to fame: as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Although he had wanted to be an actor for as long as he could remember, Daniel Radcliffe had to convince his parents to allow him to pursue his dream. The schoolboy had been encouraged to try out for a 1999 British TV version of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" but his mother and father opposed the idea. When the opportunity to audition for another of Dickens' young heroes, this time "David Copperfield" (BBC, 1999), they relented. Surviving five callbacks, Radcliffe landed the role and earned glowing notices for his work. He also displayed a poise and screen charisma and more than held his own opposite such veterans as Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. Still, that was a mere warm-up for his first major film role. Radcliffe landed the highly coveted part of Harry Potter, the bespectacled young wizard of the popular series of books by author J K Rowling. But before he was set to make history, he had a small part in the amusing spy drama, The Tailor of Panama (2001).

The young actor beat out numerous other performers (including the much rumored Gabriel Thomson, who ironically had played another Dickens hero, Pip in 1999's "Great Expectations", and Liam Aiken, who had co-starred in director Chris Columbus' "Stepmom" 1998). Radcliffe received the imprimatur of author Rowling and was expected to be a breakout when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opened in theaters in November 2001. Indeed, the film was received warmly by audiences and Radcliffe became one of the best known adolescent actors of the day. Following the success of the film and the attempt to shoot as many as closely as possible before the young actors outgrew their roles, Radcliffe found himself with little time to explore other roles, as he reprised the bespectacled young wizard in the sequels "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) and the slightly darker "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004). After reviving the role for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), the first installment directed by a British director (Mike Newell), Radcliffe managed to squeeze in another film, The December Boys (lensed in 2005), a drama set in the 1960s about four orphans longing for a home and a family.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(2008) pre-production..Played "Harry Potter"
My Boy Jack
) (2007) (TV) pre-production...Played "Jack Kipling"
Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix
(2007) post production..Played "Harry Potter
December Boy
(2007) ... maps Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Played "Harry Potter"
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Played "Harry Potter"
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) PG Played "Harry Potter"
Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets (2002) PG Played "Harry Potter"
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Played "Harry Potter"
The Tailor of Panama (2001) Played "Mark Pendel"
David Copperfield (1999) Played young David Copperfield

  • Has signed up for the final two films in the seven-part Harry Potter series. (March 3, 2007)
  • Hopes Harry Potter dies in the seventh and last book of the series, entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (February 19, 2007)
  • Naked pictures of Radcliffe to promote new stage play Equus are causing controversy among fans of the HARRY POTTER movies. (January 31, 2007)
  • Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire and Daniel Radcliffe, are continuously mistaken for each other by fans.
  • Says he wants to quit acting to become a poet. (November 9, 2006)
  • Is to star next year in TV drama MY BOY JACK, Rudyard Kipling's family during World World I. (August 28, 2006)
  • Radcliffe and his HARRY POTTER AND ORDER OF THE PHOENIX on-screen love Katie Leung were so nervous and awkward when it came to filming their kissing scene that it took 30 takes to get it right.
  • Says he wants Harry Potter dead in the last film installment of the hugely successful franchise, saying, “It may be the only way the evil Voldemort could be killed is if Harry dies, because there is a strong connection between them.” (August 23, 2006)
  • Is to bare all in a West End play called 'Equus.' (July 29, 2006)
  • The youngest non-royal to have an individual portrait displayed in London's prestigious National Portrait Gallery. (April 13, 2006)
  • Often mistaken for Elijah Wood by Australians when filming DECEMBER BOYS on Kangaroo Island. (November 30, 2005)
  • Despite his fame and fortune, Radcliffe recently revealed he can't get a girlfriend because he still gets tongue-tied when he fancies someone. (November 22, 2005)
  • At the age of 16, Radcliffe is Britain’s richest teenager. (November 21, 2005)
  • Would like Harry Potter to die at the end of the seventh book. (October 31, 2005)
  • Says he may not be in all of the Harry Potter movies. (October 27, 2005)
  • The filming of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is returning to its original British location after Radcliffe’s parents voiced safety fears over filming in the Czech Republic. (June 21, 2005)
  • Has signed on to play an orphan in a new Australian film, DECEMBER BOYS. (June 16, 2005)
  • Refused to watch his movie debut in 2001's HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE because he was embarrassed by how immature he seems in it.
  • Convinced several crew members on the set of HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE to pose with him on an underwater set for a unique Christmas card. (2004)
  • Has replaced singer Charlotte Church as Britain's second richest teenager - Currently Prince Harry is the country's richest teenager. (March 31, 2004)
  • Radcliffe's mother has dismissed as rubbish rumors that her son will not be appearing in another Harry Potter film -- Marcia Gresham leapt to the defense of her 13-year-old, following persistent talk of his poor academic performance. (June 16, 2003)
  • Radcliffe movie HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS grossed an estimated $87.7 million in its first three days of release across North America, Warner Bros. Pictures said Sunday -- the film ranks as the third best opening of all time, behind the May 2002 release SPIDER-MAN ($114.8 million) and Potter's 2001 predecessor, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE ($90.3 million). (November 18, 2002)
  • Radcliffe, whose role as the bespectacled wizard propelled him to stardom in HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE, said he wouldn't have swapped his experience the Harry Potter movies for anything. (October 28, 2002)
  • Landed a 1-million-pounds deal to star in the sequel HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, and that he could be in line for 10 million pounds if all seven of JK Rowling's planned books are filmed.
  • He has never actually seen the film The Tailor Of Panama (2001) in which he appeared.
  • He likes to play pranks.
  • His first professional acting experience was as the young David Copperfield in the 1999 BBC production of Charles Dickens' popular novel.
  • 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.
  • Although his oice broke during production of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001), he did speak all the lines in the movie. The scenes were filmed in order and his voice changes slowly throughout the movie. It was erroneously reported by a London tabloid that a young actor who spoke lines for the action figure dubbed his lines in the movie.
  • During HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, he changed the screen on Robbie Coltrane's cellphone to Turkish. Coltrane had to phone hair designer Eithne Fennel's Turkish father in order to find out the Turkish for Change Language.
  • Harry Potter's birthday is reported in the books as being somewhere in July. Author J.K. Rowling, and actors Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and 'Griffiths, Richard (I)' (Uncle Vernon) were all reported to have their birthdays on 31 July. It was later revealed that Radcliffe's birthday is, in fact, 23rd July and that the claim that his birthday was the same as Harry Potter's was merely a publicity stunt.
  • He has said that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is his favorite book.
  • Sometimes Credited As: Danny Radcliffe, Dan Radcliffe
  • Nickname: Dan, Danny
  • Has two dogs, collies: named Binka & Nugget.
  • Attends an all-boys private school
  • Although Danny loves to play Playstation, listen to music (some of his faves are Stereophonics, R.E.M. and U2), and write, he's also very active and energetic. He loves to run and enjoys football (soccer) and other sports.
  • 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.
  • Favorite bands: Jane's Addiction, the Libertines, Rage Against the Machine and the Darkness
  • Was paid $3,000,000 for HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)
  • Was paid $110,000 for HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001)
  • His favourite character from Harry Potter is Hagrid
  • Believes in ghosts.
  • Is an only child like his charactor Harry Potter
  • Roots for his local football club, Fulham.
  • His favorite number is 9
  • Likes Mars Bars
  • Loves The Simpsons
  • Also likes WWF
  • His fave HP is the second one (HP and the Chamber of Secrets)
  • Likes diet coke and hot chocolate
  • Likes U2 and REM
  • Likes to take photographs
  • Favorite actress: Julia Roberts
  • Favorite color: green
  • Does his own stunts
  • Put a fake blood capsule in his mouth then pretended to trip on the stairs and let the blood spill out.They really fell or it he said. Then he said afterwards they chased after me with a water pistol.
  • Likes Nicole Kidman very much! And he said that He would kiss her better that Ewan
  • His parents weren't very receptive to his desire to act until a role came up in the television movie 'David Copperfield', which their friend Kate Harwood was producing.
  • Hair color: brown
  • Eye color: blue
  • Favorite school subject: science
  • Favorite from the Harry Potter books: Voldermont
  • Nominated for Breakthrough Male Performance at MTV Movie Awards for HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2002)