Radcliffe graduated from an all-boys' private school and spent most of 2011 on Broadway, starring in the musical revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 2012, The Woman in Black marked his first starring film role since the Harry Potter series ended in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Beyond his acting career, Daniel has been noticed for his concern over the world matters. Actively involved in doing charity to Demelza House Children's Hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent, he participated in a video entitled "Mind Reading: the Interactive Guide to Emotion" (2002) to help autistic children develop a facial and vocal expression dealing with emotions. He also took part in raising funds for the Tsumani victims and contributed his autograph to support the establishment of Kamp Kiwanis, a facility for the disabled and underprivileged children.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone proved to be a box-office smash. Audiences adored Radcliffe as the lead character, an orphaned boy who attends a special school for wizards in training. And the fever surrounding the series simply seemed to grow with each new film. The eight-film series spanned more than a decade of Radcliffe's life. These movies actually show him growing up from a tween to a young man.
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 filmed in six weeks was released in North America by Warner Bros. on 14 September 2007. Radcliffe worked with a language coach for six months to perfect an Australian accent. He took the role because he wanted to appear in a film in which he played a supporting role rather than the central character.
The casting of Dan, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the lead roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger was subsequently announced in August 2000. Importantly, Potter author Joanne (JK) Rowling gave Dan her seal of approval - when she saw Dan's screen test, she claimed that she felt that "it was like being reunited with [her] long-lost son":
Daniel's parents had already been asked if their son could play the part. They refused. They both realized that Harry Potter movies would be huge. Whoever starred in them would become instantly famous, recognized in the United States and England and just about everywhere else that there are movie theaters. That type of fame would be tough enough for an adult to deal with. For a kid it could forever change his life, and not necessarily for the better.
Daniel was discovered for the Harry Potter role, on a night out with his parents to the theatre. His ‘Agent’ father bumped into producer and screenwriter Steven Kloves, who immediately spotted Daniel’s potential. He was so excited about his prospective new find; he called the Radcliffe’s the next day.
He was cast in the title role of 'David Copperfield' (1999). Two years later, Radcliffe appeared in the film 'The Tailor of Panama' (2001). His big break came when he was cast to star in the film 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe, an only child, wanted to be an actor from an early age, but his parents would not allow him to audition for professional roles. He did perform in a school play at age six—cast as a monkey—and enjoyed the experience so much that he continued to ask his parents to let him try out for other shows. When casting began for a film adaptation of nineteenth-century English author Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, Radcliffe renewed his pleadings with his parents. They initially refused to let him audition, concerned that he was too young. By the time they had changed their minds, it was too late—the film had been cast.
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989, in London, England, to Alan Radcliffe and Marcia Gresham. He grew up in the well-to-do neighborhood of Fulham, in the southwest part of the city. Daniel attended Sussex House, an exclusive all-boys private school in Chelsea, where his favorite classes were gym and science. Dan has always been an individual, not one to follow the crowd. At an early age he didn't associate with the in group, but rather rooted for the kind of underdog that he would later come to embody playing the character Harry Potter.