Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 16, 2007

Q What did actor Daniel Radcliffe do before the Harry Potter movies? And how did he get the role of Harry?
—Robert Testa Jr., Springdale, Pa.

There is a great story going around that Radcliffe, currently starring in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, had never acted before landing the role of the boy wizard. But it isn't true. At 10, he played David Copperfield in a BBC production of the Charles Dickens classic. London-born Radcliffe, now 18, auditioned three times and beat out thousands of other Harry wannabes for the role that brought him international fame. According to People magazine, the five—and still counting—Harry Potter movies have made him the richest teenager in the United Kingdom.