[[quoteright:255:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DanRad_2820.png]]

->''I used to be self-conscious about my height, but then I thought, fuck that, I'm Harry Potter.''

British actor, born July 23rd, 1989. Most famous for playing ''Film/HarryPotter''.

The son of a literary agent and a casting agent, Radcliffe began acting in small roles before ''Harry Potter''. In the year 2000, the hunt for the right child actor to play Harry was starting to resemble the search for [[GoneWithTheWind Scarlett O'Hara]]. After seeing Radcliffe in a [[TheBBC BBC]] version of ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'', Creator/ChrisColumbus asked Radcliffe's parents to allow him to audition, but they declined. Sometime later, David Heyman and Creator/SteveKloves attended a production of the play ''Stones in His Pockets'' and encountered Radcliffe in the audience. The next day, Heyman called Radcliffe's parents and this time they agreed to let him audition. Radcliffe happened to be in the bath at the time his parents got the call that he had gotten the part and he admits to being so happy that he cried. Radcliffe woke up in the middle of the following night, causing him to wake up his parents to ask them if he'd really gotten the part or if it was AllJustADream.

It wasn't, of course, and Radcliffe played Harry Potter over the course of eight films, from 2001 to 2011. In 2007, Radcliffe starred as Alan Strang in ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'' on the West End, reprising the role on Broadway in 2008. While the MoralGuardians were up in arms about Harry Potter appearing naked on stage, the critics had a HeReallyCanAct reaction. In 2011, he returned to Broadway to star in a revival of ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.

In 2012, he starred as Arthur Kipps in a [[HammerHorror Hammer]] feature film version of ''Film/TheWomanInBlack'', and acted alongside JonHamm as the titular young doctor in British drama ''A Young Doctor's Notebook''. In an odd way, he is following in the footsteps of his onscreen father, Adrian Rawlins, who played the same role on television in 1989. In his next role, he played a young AllenGinsberg in the movie ''Film/KillYourDarlings''.

----
!!Tropes that apply to this actor include:

* FakeNationality: In his 2012 ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' appearance, all of his "American" characters sounded ''exactly'' like [[Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying J. Pierpont Finch]].
* FormerChildStar: Fortunately, he has been making some smart career decisions to get a decent adult career going.
* [[IAmNotSpock I Am Not Harry Potter]]: He's still young, so he may escape this one day, but for now he's known first and foremost as Film/HarryPotter. This also applies to [[Creator/RobertPattinson nearly]] [[Creator/EmmaWatson all]] [[Creator/RupertGrint the other]] actors to play Hogwarts students in the series and even some of the already famous adult actors playing teachers and so forth. That's not to say that he and his cast mates aren't proud of having starred in it, because they are.
* MethodActing: Lampshaded this once. When asked how he prepared for the lead role in ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', he mentioned how the questioner obviously expected him to say "I sat in a stable for a few days and talked to myself", instead of "I watched ''WesternAnimation/{{Spongebob|Squarepants}}'' for an hour and then went to work."
* OneOfUs: Memorised the entire "Elements Song" and performed it in a tv interview.
* PromotedFanboy: Being a huge fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' growing up, he was delighted about his guest appearance on the show and described it as "the culmination of his life". Fun fact: With Creator/EmmaWatson having voiced Princess Pea for ''WesternAnimation/TheTaleOfDespereaux'', this leaves Creator/RupertGrint the only member of the trio to have not voiced an animated character -- though [[WesternAnimation/PostmanPat not for long]].

----