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Real Name: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Birthday: July 23, 1989
Place of Birth: London, England



Daniel Radcliffe was born on 23rd July 1989 in the London suburb of Fulham. From the age of five, he expressed an interest in acting, although his early experience was limited to playing small roles in school productions. He became officially involved in the acting profession by accident. He had missed out on auditioning for a role in a television production of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" - his parents didn't think it would be fruitful, but he was meant to make his television introduction as Dickens' famous character - David Copperfield, starring with Maggie Smith. 

It was his charisma that caught the eye of Chris Columbus and David Heyman while on the search for a young British actor to bring to life the lead character of what is possibly the modern world's most successful spectacle - Harry Potter. This was going to be no easy task for the young teen boy who won the role, and great casting of the part was vital to the film. Director Columbus had seen a tape of "David Copperfield" and had talked his casting director into calling its young teen star for an audition.

Dan's protective parents were slow to subject their son to any exhausting audition process only to have his hopes dashed, so the life-changing role was first turned down. But fortune smiled down on him one evening in a theatre. Producer David Heyman and screenwriter Steve Kloves saw him with his parents in the audience while watching a play. Heyman knew Daniel's father through business dealings and introduced himself to the young actor during the intermission. He spent the second half of the play completely distracted by his potential Harry Potter. The next morning, Heyman called Dan's parents to convince them to change their minds about letting him audition for the role of Harry Potter, and they said yes. 

They agreed to an informal meeting between Daniel and David Heyman and, once they were assured that he would be protected as much as possible from the media glare if offered the role, they agreed to let him sit for the audition. Then the phone rang, "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 two thirty, 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."

The casting of Dan, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the lead roles of Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger was announced in August 2000. Importantly,  author Joanne (JK) Rowling gave Dan her seal of approval - when she saw his screen test, she claimed that she felt that "it was like being reunited with her long-lost son". She felt he nailed it, and was very pleased.

Production of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone" began in September 2000 and the worldwide interest in the film was extraordinary. It was released in November of 2001 and was praised widely for its faithful adaptation of Rowling's book, going on to become the second-highest grossing film of all time, behind "Titanic".  Next Radcliffe appeared in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) with similar success.

Also praised widely was its young boy who found himself on the cover of practically every entertainment magazine at the time. Numerous television appearances in the UK and United States followed, and curious audiences began to discover the young boy behind the lightning-bolt scar. Fan sites began to spring up across the Internet. A star was born.

The actor appeared again in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and then appeared in "The Goblet of Fire" (2005) directed by Mike Newell. Shortly afterwards, he finished filming "December Boys" (2006) about four young orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family. On January 27th, 2006, he attended the South Bank Awards Show to present the award for "Breakthrough Artist of the Year" to Billie Piper. 

The new superstar reprised his famous character once again for the next installment "The Order of the Phoenix" (2007) - with their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. 

In February 2007 he took on his first stage role in the West End play "Equis" to worldwide praise from fans and critics alike. In "Equis", he appears naked on stage for a brief period raising eyebrows of Potter fans and parents around the world. While only appearing naked for a brief moment, fans were surprised the clean cut actor would perform nude scenes. Next for Daniel was the television movie "My Boy Jack" (2007), about author Rudyard Kipling and his wife who search for their 17-year-old teen son after he goes missing during WWI. 

THe new celebrity then appeared in the 2008 film "The Half-Blood Prince" (2008), where Harry begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort and his dark past. 

Dan continues to shoot the latest segment of the film series - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2010). This is the final movie for the entire series. In this one, Harry, Ron, and Hermione go on the journey that Dumbledore sent them on to find all the lost Horcruxes and destroy them all, but it won't be easy. The decision was made by Warner Brothers to break the final move, where Harry is reported to die, into two individual movies. 

He was then hired and cast in the biography "Journey" (2009), the story of the life of Dan Eldon, artist and photojournalist. Also in production is the second half of "Deathly Hallows: Part II" (2010) where the young wizard continues his search for the horcruxes, but is sidetracked by the mysterious Deathly Hallows. As the final confrontation between Potter and Lord Voldemort draws closer, is our hero ready to save the day?


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