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Daniel RadcliffeThe former child actor - who brought Harry Potter to life on screen - was born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe on July 23, 1989 in a London suburb, the only son of casting agent Marcia Gresham and literary agent Alan Radcliffe.

By age 6, Dan Radcliffe was reported to have seriously caught the acting bug after playing the part of a monkey in a school play.

Radcliffe's parents, reluctant to indulge their son's desire to pursue a career in show business, had apparently relented by 1999, as the young actor made his first appearance on the small screen in a BBC production of a Dicken's classic, David Copperfield.

In 2001, he made his big screen debut as Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama, a Hollywood film based on John Le Carre's spy novel and starring James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan.

Meanwhile, a movie based on the worldwide publishing phenomenon, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was about to begin production. Among hundreds of boys to test for the part, it was Dan Radcliffe who caught the attention of producer Columbus, and the book's author, J.K. Rowling.

Both story creator and director were quite impressed by the young actor's mix of innocence and naturalness during audition tapings, as well as the chemistry between him and co-stars, fledgling actress Emma Watson (playing Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (as Ron Weasley).


(Top to bottom, left to right) Growing up on screen, Daniel Radcliffe first starred in a BBC production of David Copperfield at age 10 before going on to international fame in the Harry Potter franchise in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (age 11); in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (age 12); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban (age 13); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (age 15); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (age 17); Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (age 18); and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pts. 1 and 2 (ages 20-21).

 

Subsequently appearing in movie versions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Radcliffe become synonymous with the role.

Radcliffe next appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released in November, 2005, followed by the fifth in the film series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in 2007.

Meanwhile, Radcliffe took on his first movie role outside the Harry Potter franchise in December Boys, and shortly following in 2007 wowed audiences upon making his London stage debut in Equus (complete with a nude scene) playing the disturbed stable boy, Alan Strang. (Radcliffe later took the show to Broadway to more rave reviews.)

Back on the movie set,to film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Radcliffe would soon become a full-fledged "Hogwart's graduate" upon filming the final conclusion of the Harry Potter saga in the climactic Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Daniel Radcliffe nude onstage in Equus
On Broadway in the
2008 revival of Equus.

With his Harry Potter days behind him, Radcliffe headed back to Broadway in 2011 to fulfill his dream of being a "song-and-dance man" in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Since then, other notable film appearances have included the horror thriller The Woman in Black (2012) and Kill Your Darlings (2013) in the role of beat-era poet Allen Ginsberg.

Radcliffe's upcoming roles include Igor in Victor Frankenstein (2015) and American reporter Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice.

More about Daniel Radcliffe around the Web:

DanielRadcliffe.co.uk - One of the more polished 'Dan Fan' sites offering a biography, fan mail address, extensive picture galleries including screen captures, magazine scans and promo shots, streaming video movie trailers and TV appearances, screensavers, wallpapers, related resources.

Daniel Radcliffe - Wikipedia - Complete bio, pictures, career highlights, filmography, awards and related resources.

IMDb: Daniel Radcliffe - Brief biography, filmography, picture gallery and list of TV and movie appearances.

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