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Daniel Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to international stardom as Harry Potter in the series of films based on the hugely popular books by J.K. Rowling.
They were virtually unknown when they were cast in the first Harry Potter movie, but Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have since become worldwide stars. Today, all the Potter kids are grown, and enjoying successful careers.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint all had very minimal acting experience before the Harry Potter films. Yet as soon as she saw them J.K. Rowling knew they would be perfect for the roles.
Director Christopher Columbus and Producer David Heyman faced a daunting challenge with the first Harry Potter film but it was one they both were eager to take on.
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But with this final film came some sad good-byes. Radcliffe had to put his most famous character to rest and told Time Out New York what he would miss most about no longer playing Harry Potter. "It's very rare in your career that you get to play an action hero. I'm not the natural frame and stature of an action hero, so I may not get to play one again." He has also lamented that the film series did not receive more critical recognition, especially in terms of Academy Award nominations.
In his work outside of the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe has strived to break away from his best-known role. He poked fun at himself and his image in Ricky Gervais' comedy series Extras in a 2006 special spot. The following year, Radcliffe showed his dramatic acting chops and more than just a bit of skin on the Broadway stage in Equus, playing a disturbed teenager. In 2011, he took on a very different part—an ambitious young man—in the musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Radcliffe, in his first mature film role after Harry Potter, starred in the 2012 gothic horror thriller The Woman in Black. He played a widowed lawyer and father who gets mixed up in some disturbing supernatural trouble. Venturing into lighter fare, Radcliffe also hosted the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live that same year.
Radcliffe also began working an interesting project for British television in 2012. In A Young Doctor's Notebook, he plays the title character who is shadowed throughout each episode by an older version of himself portrayed by Jon Hamm. The series was such a success with audiences that it was renewed for a second season.
Back on the big screen, Radcliffe continued to shed his wizard boy image. He portrays famed Beat poet Allen Ginsberg during his younger years in Kill Your Darlings (2013). This film, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall and Ben Foster.
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In true Albus Dumbledore fashion, Biography.com examines and provides insight on the cast of the illustrious Harry Potter film series, based on the popular books by author J.K. Rowling. Debuting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ending with the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the eight-part film series continues to wow fans with its tales of witchcraft and wizardry. It also includes a gamut of stars, from Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the famous Harry; to Emma Watson, who plays Harry's best friend, Hermione; to Alan Rickman, known for his villainous role as Severus Snape; to Robert Pattinson, who plays the attractive Cedric Diggory, Harry's Triwizard Tournament rival; and more.
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