Daniel Radcliffe Biography
"Harry Potter goes nude", "Daniel Radcliffe is gay"
The headlines scream out every time the young actor picks his nose, since he shot to fame at the age of 11-years-old, playing the most famous boy in the world, Harry Potter.
Radcliffe is a complex character, born on 23rd July 1989 to an Irish Protestant father and a Jewish mother, he says he is an atheist but he also says he is "proud to be Jewish."
He openly campaigns against homophobia and is a gay rights activist, taking part in a Public Service Announcement for the Trevor Project promoting awareness for gay suicide prevention. Yet he adamantly denies he is gay and early in 2010 he was dating Olive Uniacke, whose stepfather is the millionaire producer of the Harry Potter films. They met in 2008 when she was working as a PA on the films and became good friends but the relationship deepened and they were seen kissing and cuddling all over London.
His father is a literary agent and his mother a casting agent working on several BBC films, including "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" and Radcliffe was 5-years-old when he decided he wanted to become an actor.
He achieved his ambition five years later when he was cast as a young boy in the BBC adaptation of the Dickens' novel "David Copperfield."
At the age of 11 producer David Heyman asked him to audition for the part of Harry Potter and he was selected for the part which was to make him an instant star. The creator of the character said he was perfect casting for the role.
"Having seen Dan Radcliffe's screen test I don't think that Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry," she said.
"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was released in the Autumn of 2001 when he was 12-years-old and was an immediate success. He has since appeared and signed for all the other Harry Potter movies. The films have broken box office records all over the world and he has become a household name.
Making the transition from child actor to adult is never easy, but Radcliffe slipped into the role quite easily making his debut in an Australian drama. He spent six months being coached to perfect an Australian accent.
His British debut was playing Jack Kipling in "My Boy Jack" the true story of Rudyard Kipling's son who was killed in battle in WWI. It was shown on television on Remembrance Day 2007 and in America the following April.
His first stage appearance was in 2002 was as a guest in "The Play What I Wrote", based on the Morecambe and Wise series and directed by Kenneth Branagh.
But it was his role of Alan Strang in Peter Shaffer's play "Equus", that made headline news all around the world. As the young stable boy obsessed with horses, he had a nude scene in Act Two and although his acting was brilliant which won him an award, it was this scene that aroused the attention of the press.
The Theatregoers Choice Awards Ceremony when Radcliffe received his accolade also caused controversy. As he received it from actor James Corden, who starred in "The History Boys", Corden gave Radcliffe a full-on kiss on the lips which was reciprocated by the young Harry Potter star. This just fuelled the rumours that he is gay.
Radcliffe suffers from mild dyspraxia, a disorder that messes up your co-ordination and makes you clumsy, but he says it does not affect his acting, only tying his shoelaces.