Childhood & Early Life
Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London, England to Alan George Radcliffe and Marcia Jeannine Gresham. His father is a literary agent and his mother worked as a casting agent for BBC.
Radcliffe belonged to a working class family; his father is a profuse protestant and his mother belonged to the Jewish faith. Both her parents had acted in small acting projects when they were children.
He was interested in acting professionally from the age of five but it was when he was finally ten years old that he got a role in BBC adaptation of Dickens’ book ‘David Copperfield’.
Radcliffe attended two different private schools in England namely: Sussex House School and City of London School. He suffered from bullying in the school after he started getting famous through his movies.
It became difficult for him to attend school owing to his busy acting schedules and he decided to not pursue college or university as he knew already that he wants to write and act and college education would come in the way.
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In 1999, when Radcliffe was 10 years old, he bagged the lead role in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’. He gave quite a few auditions for the role before he was finally signed on the project.
In 2000, Radcliffe got an offer to audition for the role in the movie ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. His parents were insistent on not sending him for the auditions because the contract required him to do all the seven movies in Los Angeles.
The writer of the series J.K. Rowling wanted Radcliffe to play the lead role in the movie. After several auditions he was selected for the movie. Initially, he signed a two-movie contract and was promised that the shooting will take place in the UK.
The movie was finally released in 2001 and Radcliffe a seven figure salary for it. It was the highest grossing movie of the year. His performance was critically acclaimed. In the same year, he did ‘The Tailor of Panama’.
In 2002, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ was released and Radcliffe received positive critical appreciation for it. The movie was the second highest grossing film of the year worldwide.
In 2004, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was released and got the highest acclaim out of all the movies from the series till date. It was the lowest-grossing movie out of the whole series.
In 2005, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ came out and it was directed by Mike Newell and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Art Direction.
In 2007, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’. For this movie he got many award nominations and he was awarded the National Movie Award for the category of Best Male Performance. He also made an appearance in ‘December Boys’.
In 2007, Radcliffe did a movie called ‘My Boy Jack’ along with the Hollywood star Carey Mulligan. It was a television movie that was broadcasted on ITV. His acting in the movie got critical acclaim.
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In 2009, ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price’ was released as the second last movie of the series. He was nominated for the Best Male Performance and Global Superstar at the MTV Movie Awards.
In 2010, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ was released and the movie did well comparatively in the UK. The movie achieved average reviews from the media.
In 2011, the final movie out of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ was released. The movie got the biggest first-day opening and the biggest weekend. It is considered to be the 4th highest grossing movie of all time.
In 2013, Radcliffe starred in ‘Kill Your Darlings’, a thriller drama which was directed by John Krokidas. He also did ‘The F Word’ and ‘Horns’ in the same year. He did ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at the Noel Coward Theatre.