Creator: Daniel Radcliffe
“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 Harry Potter
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 Scarlett O'Hara
. After seeing Radcliffe in a BBC
version of David Copperfield
, Chris Columbus
asked Radcliffe's parents to allow him to audition, but they declined. Sometime later, David Heyman and Steve Kloves
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 All Just a Dream
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 Equus
on the West End, reprising the role on Broadway in 2008. While the Moral Guardians
were up in arms about Harry Potter appearing naked on stage, the critics had a He Really Can Act
reaction. In 2011, he returned to Broadway to star in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
In 2012, he starred as Arthur Kipps in a Hammer
feature film version of The Woman in Black
, and acted alongside Jon Hamm
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. More recently, he played a young Allen Ginsberg
in the 2013 movie Kill Your Darlings
and starred in the 2014 Rom Com The F Word
(retitled What If
in some countries).
Tropes that apply to this actor include:
- Adorkable: His performance as Harry definitely gives off this vibe. And many fangirls have said he looks cute wearing glasses.
- Fag Stag: Very outspoken about gay rights and one of the prominent speakers of the It Gets Better Project. Teeters between this and Camp Straight, seeing as he played Allen Ginsberg.
- Fake Nationality: In his 2012 Saturday Night Live appearance, all of his "American" characters sounded exactly like J. Pierpont Finch.
- Former Child Star: Fortunately, he has been making some smart career decisions to get a decent adult career going.
- Hidden Depths: He can pull off Alphabet Aerobics.
- 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 Harry Potter. This also applies to nearly all 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.
- Method Acting: Lampshaded this once. When asked how he prepared for the lead role in 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 Spongebob for an hour and then went to work."
- One of Us: Memorised Tom Lehrer's entire "Elements Song" and performed it in a TV interview.
- Promoted Fanboy: Being a huge fan of The Simpsons growing up, he was delighted about his guest appearance on the show and described it as "the culmination of his life". Fun fact: with Emma Watson having voiced Princess Pea for The Tale of Despereaux and Rupert Grint voicing Josh in Postman Pat: The Movie, all members of the trio have voiced an animated character.