Daniel Radcliffe first rose to fame as a very fresh-faced 11-year-old boy when he was cast as Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling’s immensely successful book series, but he is now a highly respected and experienced actor who has proven himself to be much more than a young wizard. While he is still best known as Harry Potter after starring in all eight films over ten years, he has also spread his wings and appeared in a diverse range of productions – both on screen and stage.
In celebration of the actor’s 30th birthday, here are 10 of Radcliffe’s greatest on-screen performances to date.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Where better to start than his first major role? At just 11-years-old, the virtually unknown Daniel Radcliffe beat out thousands of hopefuls to land the titular role in the adaptation of the hugely successful J.K. Rowling book Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (renamed to Sorcerer’s Stone in some places). Alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the young trio took their first step to superstardom by landing roles in the film. It turned out to be a brilliant casting decision, as all three excelled in their roles and any inexperience was overshadowed by the tremendous visuals and performances from several England’s elite actors playing the adult roles, including John Cleese, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, and Julie Walters. A young star was born and he would only improve as time went on. Fortunately, Radcliffe and co. have managed to stay grounded and not let early fame go to their heads.