50 interesting facts about Daniel Radcliffe: Wanted to be a cricket player, has dyspraxia

Source: Wikimedia Commons / Joella Marano
Source: Wikimedia Commons / Joella Marano

Daniel Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to international stardom as Harry Potter in the series of films based on the popular books by J.K. Rowling.

  1. Daniel Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in the London suburb of Fulham.

  2. Daniel's father, Alan, is a literary agent and his mother, Marcia, is a casting agent.

  3. He is of mixed religions as his father is a protestant from Northern Ireland and his mother is Jewish and from Essex, England.

  4. Daniel made his acting debut as young David in a 1999 TV movie, "David Copperfield." "My mum sent in a Polaroid of me to the BBC, because I've always wanted to act since I was five," he tells the Press Association in 2000.Since then, he has done several other movies and some serious theater work.

  5. The next acting role for Daniel Radcliffe came in 2001 when he appeared in the film "The Tailor of Panama" which starred Pierce Brosnan.

  6. Daniel Radcliffe's parents did not want him to audition for the role of Harry, as the contract required shooting all of the films.

  7. He was in the bath when he found out he got the coveted role of Harry Potter which would ultimately lead him to international stardom.

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    Source: Tumblr / hazelgracemalfoy
  8. He suffers from a condition called dyspraxia, which affects hand-eye coordination.

  9. He loves to write, listen to music, read, play on his PlayStation and study bass guitar.

  10. His favorite book from the "Harry Potter" series is the third, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."

  11. He is extremely punctual and reliable. He signed on to play Harry Potter at the young age of 11 and filmed on and off for the next 10 years. He only missed two days throughout all the filming days because he had gastric flu.

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    Source: priaposts
  12. Behind the scenes on the set of Harry Potter, Daniel admitted to "The Guardian" that his main pal during "Harry Potter" filming was "a 41-year-old guy who works in costume and has got two kids."

  13. His favorite Harry Potter prop was not the magic wand or flying brooms, it was instead the popular round-rimmed glasses.He went through an estimated 160 pairs during shooting and was rumored to have taken a pair from the first film and from the last.

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  14. When Alfonso Cuarón signed on to direct the third movie, the three lead actors to write a short essay on their characters. Emma Watson submitted a 16-page paper, Daniel submitted a one-page essay, and Rupert Grint never turned his in.

  15. In 2007, the British press estimates 18-year-old Radcliffe's total net worth at $35 million or more. "I might be arrogant and big-headed, but they kept me really grounded, and I can't thank them enough for that," he says.

  16. Rupert was removed from the set during Harry and Hermione's kissing scene because he was laughing too much.

    Source: Wikipedia /  Jan Arkesteijn
    Source: Wikipedia / Jan Arkesteijn
  17. While on set, they had to redo scenes because the adorable Emma Watson used to mouth Harry and Ron's lines.

  18. His favorite color is green.

  19. He loves to drink hot chocolate and Diet Coke.

  20. His favorite actors are Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Stiller.

    Source: Wikipedia / Georges Biard
    Source: Wikipedia / Georges Biard
  21. Daniel is a private person and does not read any articles about himself or any reviews of his movies or plays.

  22. He was nicknamed "Harry Puffer" by his "Harry Potter" co-stars for having the so-called "20-a-day cigarette habit"

  23. In 2011, he thrived on Broadway in the Tony-nominated How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,

  24. However, that same year at the young age of 20, he would often drink himself into oblivion and would even drink many times by himself. After realizing he had a problem, he now refrains from all alcohol. Good for him!

  25. In 2011, he steps out with girlfriend girlfriend Rosanne Coker, whom he met in 2007 while she was a production assistant on Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. They broke up in 2012.

  26. For his first project post-Harry Potter, Radcliffe stars in horror film The Woman in Black, about a young lawyer who investigates the disturbing deaths of children in a distant village. Despite his star status, the film bombs at the box office, earning only $54 million in the U.S.

    Source: Wikipedia/ Quentin X
    Source: Wikipedia/ Quentin X
  27. With the exception of the 2006 flick "Little Miss Sunshine," his top five films are all decades old. Leading the list is "12 Angry Men" (1957), followed by others like "Stairway to Heaven" (1946) and "Dr. Strangelove" (1964).

  28. Growing up, he said he always wanted to be a professional cricket player for England.

    Source: Wikipedia / Elen Nivrae
    Source: Wikipedia / Elen Nivrae
  29. He is a published poet! He is the published author of several poems, keeping his anonymity by using the pen-name of Jacob Gershon -- a combination of his middle name and the Jewish version of his mother's maiden name, Gresham.

  30. In 2007 Daniel took his biggest step away from Harry Potter and obtained his most serious and challenging role yet. This is the role of a disturbed seventeen year old young man in the London west end production of Equus.

  31. He appeared totally nude during one scene of the stage play Equus.
  32. During the Broadway run of Equus he auctioned off a pair of jeans he wore in the show for "thousands of dollars", as well as other items worn in the show, for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS "a New York-based nonprofit HIV/AIDS grant-making organisation". He has also donated money to Get Connected UK, a London-based free confidential national helpline for troubled youth.

  33. He voiced a character in an episode of the animated television series The Simpsons in the late 2010.

  34. Daniel Radcliffe is a lover of music, particularly punk music. Some of his favourite bands include The Clash, The Pixies, the Sex Pistols and The Killers.

  35. Radcliffe is also involved in charity work. His charity work has in included the support of autism and terminally ill children. The main organization that Daniel Radcliffe supports is Demelza.

  36. He is the youngest person other than royalty to have a portrait of him hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.

  37. Daniel Radcliffe doesn't like to watch himself in roles. When he sees himself, he thinks, "'God you've got a stupid mouth,' anything, just totally negative criticism, basically," he told the AP.

  38. In the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe was "always getting in trouble for scratching my forehead and knocking the scar off," he told the Newark Star-Ledger.

  39. If he had to get a tattoo, he said he would get something Something "really pretentious" like the quote, "Try again, fail again, fail better," from Samuel Beckett, an Irish playwright.

  40. He loves meeting his fans but has said he doesn't like it when girls cry when they meet him as it makes him feel uncomfortable.

  41. Radcliffe refuses to watch the first film because he was embarrassed by how immature he seemed in it.

  42. He identifies himself as an atheist.

  43. Radcliffe has also stated that he is "very proud of being Jewish".In April 2012, Shalom Life ranked him Number 10 on its list of "the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world."

  44. Daniel Radcliffe is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.

  45. Radcliffe's net worth is estimated at $80 million.

  46. Daniel has is set to appear in "Frankenstein" starring as Dr. Frankenstein's assistant, Igor. The horror movie, originally scheduled for a January 2015 release, recently pushed back its theater debut to October 2015.

  47. He will also be starring as an American reporter Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice.

  48. He lives in the West Village of Lower Manhattan in New York City.

  49. As of October 2012, Radcliffe has been dating Erin Darke, whom he met on the set of Kill Your Darlings.

  50. Radcliffe is a supporter of the Labour Party.

    Source: Wikipedia / Joella Marano
    Source: Wikipedia / Joella Marano


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