Daniel Jacob Radcliffe, the only child of Marcia Jeannine Gresham and Alan George Radcliffe, was born in Hammersmith, England, on July 23, 1989. Radcliffe's itinerary was schooled in three of London's independent boarding schools for boys—Redcliffe, Sussex House, and City of London.
Well after the premiere of the first Harry Potter film, several of his classmates were hostile toward him, making it difficult for him to attend school. In his defense, he said they were just trying to "take a joke at the kid that plays Harry Potter." On-set tutors allowed him to keep up with his studies as his acting profession took over his life. He says he's not a great student since he finds school pointless and the assignments "very challenging." After taking three AS Level examinations in 2006 and achieving A grades in all of them, he chose to take a break from school and not continue his study.
He shot to popularity at the tender age of twelve when he was cast as the young wizard Harry Potter in the film series of the same name. A number of awards and nominations have dotted Radcliffe's career. At age 10, Radcliffe had his acting debut in the BBC One television drama "David Copperfield" (1999), and he went on to make his feature film debut in "The Tailor of Panama" (2000). When the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out the following year; he played the title character. He finished his run as Harry Potter ten years later, in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Part 2 (2011). During this time, he rose to international prominence and critical acclaim, becoming one of the highest-paid performers in the world.
After the success of Harry Potter, Radcliffe went on to play a variety of roles in various genre films, including advocate Arthur Kipps in "The Woman in Black" (2012), poet Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings" (2013), Igor in "Victor Frankenstein: Creator of the Monster" (2015), a self-aware corpse in "Swiss Army Man" (2016), technological savant Walter Mabry in "Now You See Me 2" (2016), and many more (2016). As of the 2019 season, he is the main attraction on TBS's anthology show "Miracle Workers." He played the title role in the 2022 film "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story," which aired on The Roku Channel.
When "Equus" opened on both the West End and Broadway in 2007, Radcliffe made the transition to stage acting. In 2011, he starred in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." His subsequent credits include Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" (2017) at The Old Vic and Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" (2011) on Broadway. Additionally, he has starred in both the off-Broadway and Broadway performances of the satirical plays "Privacy" (2016) and "The Lifespan of a Fact" (2018).
Radcliffe has supported numerous organizations, such as Demelza Hospice Care for Children and the Trevor Project, the latter of which honored him with its 2011 Hero Award for his efforts.