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 taking a 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. 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. Radcliffe also acted alongside Jon Hamm as the titular young doctor in British drama A Young Doctor's Notebook. 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) and the black comedy horror Horns. He had lead roles in the 2016 film Swiss Army Man and Imperium. Has been known to do the occasional side project like doing dramatic readings.
Daniel Radcliffe on TV Tropes
- The Tailor of Panama (2001) (film debut)
- The Harry Potter film series
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 and 2 (2010, 2011)
- The Woman in Black (2012)
- A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012-13)
- The F Word (aka What If) (2013)
- Horns (2013)
- Kill Your Darlings (2013)
- Victor Frankenstein (2015)
- The Gamechangers (2015)
- Imperium (2016)
- Now You See Me 2 (2016)
- Swiss Army Man (2016)
- Jungle (2017)
- The Miracle Workers anthology series
- Playmobil: The Movie (2019)
- Guns Akimbo (2019)
- Escape From Pretoria (2020)
- Kimmy vs. The Reverend (2020)
- The Lost City (2022)
- Weird The Al Yankovic Story (TBA)
Tropes that apply to this actor include:
- Adam Westing: In shows like Bojack Horseman he is happy to play a snarky, Jerkass caricature of himself.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's played a few, including his most famous part, and interviews show that he's one in real life too.
- Doing It for the Art: Much of his post Harry Potter work has consisted largely of smaller films and character driven pieces that have allowed him to stretch his acting muscles more.
- Fake American: He faked an American accent for his roles in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Lifespan Of A Fact as well as Guns Akimbo.
- Former Child Star: Fortunately, he has been making some smart career decisions to get a decent adult career going. It helps that he was mentored by Alan Rickman. Radcliffe has also been very open about the fact that the pressure from his fame caused him to struggle quite a bit with feelings of depression and even some degree of alcoholism for some time during his late teens, and that he was frequently drunk for much of the filming of The Deathly Hallows."They are by that point the breadwinner for their family. So multiple people are now reliant on them continuing to do this job and they feel pressured into it and forced into it. I think thats why you can see people go to drink and drugs because it is fun and theyre available and it seems like a good idea. Theres nobody around you talking about the consequences or being honest with you about that.
- He revealed to Jimmy Fallon that he likes doing American rap and was the first to memorize several artists' pieces. Then he recited the "Alphabet Aerobics Rap" without missing a beat.
- Also, the man can sing and dance at Broadway-professional levels, literally. He performed in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying which was nominated for a Tony. "Training for the ballet, Potter?" was oddly prophetic.
- I Am Not Spock: He doesn't dislike being associated with Harry Potter, he just would rather be known for more than just Harry. He does appreciate what it's done for him and the people it's introduced to him, but wants to focus on future roles.
- Large Ham: He can ham it up if he wants to. Noticeably, he was praised for his mugging in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
- Unkempt Beauty: Many of his recent roles have him play characters without much of a fashion sense and who usually have messy hair and facial hair but it hasn't undermined his boyish good looks in the slightest.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: His striking blue eyes are emphasized in many of his roles.