Adorable young boys, handsome guys and just about every female of any age are going gaga over Daniel Radcliffe. He sure has come a long way. Although he shot to fame for his role in the Harry Potter (HP) series, there are some interesting things about Daniel Radcliffe that you may not know. Here’s a collection of 30 Interesting Facts about the ‘Chosen One’.
1) Unlike what many people believe, Harry Potter wasn’t Daniel Radcliffe’s debut role
His first role was that of the young David in ‘David Copperfield’, a television film released in 1999. The first instalment of Harry Potter released only in 2001.
2) Nicknamed ‘Harry Puffer’
Owing to his habit of regular smoking, he was nicknamed ‘Harry Puffer’ on the sets.
3) Fan of Sachin Tendulkar
Daniel Radcliffe is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. At a Lords test, he once waited in line for his autograph. Finally, Sachin obliged without even looking up to see who it was.
4) Almost didn’t do Harry Potter
Daniel almost lost out on the role of Harry Potter as his parents did not want him to undertake the long commitment of shooting for all films in the series.
5) Has a personal favourite in the series
Daniel himself has a personal favourite in the HP series – The third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
6) Missed only 2 days of shooting
In the 10 long years of shooting for the HP franchise, Daniel has shown his dedication and punctuality by missing only 2 days of the shoot owing to certain health issues.
7) Has a best friend on set
Daniel’s best friend on the sets of HP was a middle-aged costume department guy.
8) Is Dyspraxic
He has problems with his hand-eye co-ordination – this condition is called Dyspraxia.
9) Green is a favourite
Daniel Radcliffe’s favourite colour is green.
10) Dislikes reading reviews of his films
Interestingly, Daniel does not like to read any articles that pertain to him nor any other review of his plays and films.
11) Quit drinking
He quit alcohol when he realized that he had a serious drinking problem.
12) Had a girlfriend on the sets
For 2 years, he had a girlfriend, Rosanne Coker, a production assistant on the sets of HP-6.
13) Had a flop in another role
His next project after HP, ‘The woman in black’ was a flop at the box office.
14) Loves hot chocolate
Among beverages, he loves having Diet Coke and hot chocolate.
15) Wanted to play cricket for England
His childhood dream was to represent England at the national level in Cricket.
16) Is a poet
Under the pseudonym Jacob Gershon, he has penned several poems that have been published.
17) Had done a nude scene
In one of his roles for the stage play Equus, he has appeared fully nude.
18) Net worth exceeds $80 million
As of 2015, Daniel’s net worth is estimated to be $80 million+.
19) Is a philanthropist
He is a big time philanthropist, having donated to causes like HIV, youth rehabilitation, etc.
20) Youngest non-royal displayed at the NPG
Daniel is the youngest non-royalty person to have a portrait displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.
21) Got ticked off on set
On the sets of HP, he always used to get shouted at for dropping the fixed scar while scratching his forehead.
22) Uncomfortable with crying fans
Daniel has an emotional side — while he loves to meet his fans, he doesn’t like it when they cry as he feels quite uncomfortable.
23) Is an atheist
By his own admission, Daniel Radcliffe is an atheist.
24) Owns 2 dogs
He has two dogs, Nugget and Binka who are border terriers.
25) Supports the Labour Party
Daniel supports the Labour Party.
26) Is a voice on The Simpsons
He has given his voice for an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in 2010.
27) Not watched the Cursed Child play
Daniel Radcliffe has not yet watched the ‘Cursed Child’ play. He was quoted as saying ‘It wouldn’t be that comfortable to watch it now, sitting beside several overly excited fans.’
28) Loves punk music
He is interested in punk music. The bands he loves listening to include ‘The Killers’ and ‘The Sex Pistols’.
29) Didn’t like the HP books initially
When he was 8, he tried reading the first Harry Potter book. However, he was unable to finish it. He later managed to go through it when he was cast as the lead. Apparently, he initially disliked the HP books.
30) Can rotate his arm all around!
Daniel Radcliffe can rotate his arm 360 degrees!