Looking back at Daniel Radcliffe who became a worldwide favorite of kids and teens when he was cast to play the role of Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” the first of the series of movies based on the well-known novels by J. K. Rowling.
As normal we take a look back at Radcliffe’s child and teen roles only during the time he was listed at Teen Stars Online. Daniel Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989, in Fulham, London, England, UK. His first professional acting experience was as the young David Copperfield in the 1999 BBC production of Charles Dickens’s popular novel.
Dan’s acting career got started because of a chance remark at his home, his parents had friends around for dinner who suggested he go for a role in the TV production of Oliver Twist. His parents were not keen but eventually warmed to the idea when Copperfield came up – produced by their friend Kate Harwood. “My mum sent in a Polaroid of me to the BBC, because I’ve always wanted to act since I was five,” Daniel said. “My mum and dad never thought it was a very good idea. So I went for about five auditions and then I got the part.”
The year 2001 was big as this is when he landed the role that he would become known for throughout his career. Those who have worked with him believe he is a natural screen actor, and perfect for the role of Harry. Kate Harwood, who produced David Copperfield and gave Daniel his first big break, said: “He has a particular quality of naturalness and innocence.
The camera really loves him, and the other children don’t feel threatened by him. One normally dreads working with child actors, but in his case he was wonderful. We cast him for his special qualities of gentleness and watchfulness. He has those in spades. He has a great deal of charm and simplicity. He’s very at ease with himself. He’ll be terrific as Harry Potter because of his great sense of fun. He’s very lively and energetic.”
That role propelled Daniel to superstardom but that same year he also appeared in the feature “The Tailor of Panama,” directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Daniel continued to soar in the title role with the Harry Potter films all have opened to great crowds worldwide. He appeared in the films in this order after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone he followed with “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) and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009) that closed out his teen star years. Daniel continued with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010) and Part 2 the following year.
The only other roles he appeared in during those Harry Potter years were in 2007 he played Maps in the feature “December Boys” and John Kipling in the made-for-TV movie “My Boy Jack.”
Daniel has continued acting well past his child and teen years on stage, screen, and in TV roles and there is no indication he is about to slow down soon, he has made the transition with none of the usual problems we hear associated with some former child and teen stars.