Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) Undressed
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English film, television and stage actor. He is known for playing school-aged wizard Harry Potter in each of the first five films based on the best-selling Harry Potter book series.
In 2002, Radcliffe appeared as a guest in the West End production The Play What I Wrote directed by Kenneth Branagh (who appeared with Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). In 2006, he began to make the transition from child to adult actor, appearing in the television series Extras as a parody of himself, as well as filming the independent Australian drama December Boys. The film, which was recently bought by Warner Bros., is currently set for an August 2007 release. Also in 2007, he is set to star in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play Equus as Alan Strang, a stable boy who has an obsession with horses. The latter role has generated significant media interest, as Radcliffe will appear nude in one scene in the play.
At the age of sixteen, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in Britain's National Portrait Gallery. On 13 April 2006, his portrait, drawn by Stuart Pearson Wright, was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at London's Royal National Theatre, then moved to the National Portrait Gallery where it resides. Radcliffe was fourteen at the time of the portrait's creation.
Radcliffe previously attended the Sussex House School, an all-boys school, and is as of 2006 being educated at the City of London School. He achieved straight A grades in the three AS-levels he sat for in 2006, and is scheduled to take a break from education in the academic year 2006-07. Radcliffe plays bass guitar (he was taught by Gary Oldman) and is a fan of punk rock music; he admires a diverse lineup of bands, from Sex Pistols to Hope of the States. He is also a fan of Fulham Football Club. While on set, to keep busy, he enjoys playing table tennis and video games with his fellow cast members.
Radcliffe's personal fortune now exceeds GB£14 million, making him one of the richest teenagers in the United Kingdom. He is reported to have earned approximately £250,000 for the first Potter film, around £5.6 million for the fourth film, and is expected to earn more than £8 million for the next film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.