Friday, August 17, 2007
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English film, television and stage actor. He is best known for playing school-aged wizard Harry Potter in each of the first five films based on the best-selling Harry Potter book series, and will also appear in the final two films of that series.
Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (retitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) in 1997, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim and commercial success worldwide, spawning films, video games and assorted merchandise. The seven books published to date have collectively sold more than 325 million copies and have been translated into more than 64 languages. The seventh and last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released on 21 July 2007. Publishers announced a record-breaking 12 million copies for the first print run in the U.S. alone.
The success of the novels has made Rowling the highest-earning novelist in literary history. English language versions of the books are published by Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom, Scholastic Press in the United States, Allen & Unwin in Australia and Raincoast Books in Canada.
The first five books have been made into highly successful motion pictures by Warner Bros. The sixth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is set to begin filming in September 2007, and has a scheduled release of 21 November 2008.
- Saturn Award: for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Empire Award: for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Outstanding Supporting Actress: American Moviegoer Awards, 2002
- Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress: Young Artists Awards, 2002
- Best Ensemble in Feature Film: Young Artist Awards, for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Best Young Actress: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, 2004
- Best Young Actress: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, 2005
- Best Female Film Star (Silver): Otto Awards, 2003
- Best Female Child Artist: Phoenix Film Critics Society, for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Total Film Magazine "Child Performance of the Year", 2004
- Best Female Film Star (Bronze): Otto Awards, 2005
- Best Female Film Star (Gold): Otto Awards, 2006
In an interview with German broadsheet newspaper Die Welt (2007), Watson also addressed how awkward she felt having to kiss Grint's character in the next movies. Despite being a Hermione-Ron-shipper herself, she said she "would rather not think about it [the kissing] now", and added that Grint was "very nice" and "many girls like him", but that he was definitely not Watson's type. In addition, commenting on Radcliffe's widely publicised nude scenes in the theatre piece Equus, she not did categorically rule out nude scenes herself, but immediately said that "you will never see me naked without any reason".
Beyond her peers Radcliffe and Grint, Watson also takes pride in having good relationships to the adult Harry Potter actors, like Helena Bonham Carter (plays villain Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films), who was "so much fun", Emma Thompson (Divination teacher Sybill Trelawney) and Maggie Smith (Transfiguration teacher Minerva McGonagall) "who always gives me chocolates at Christmas", and Robbie Coltrane (gamekeeper Hagrid), who "is always telling us completely dirty and inappropriate jokes that we are far too young to be hearing, but we love, of course" and ended that in the end, every Harry Potter actor is "a bit of a family for us as well".