By: Mariah Wilson
Move over Taylor Swift, there is a new Entertainer of the Year! Daniel Radcliffe, who was catapulted into stardom by the franchise Harry Potter, has been given the title of 2011 “Entertainer of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly. Even when he was going through a dark time with alcohol, which he admitted to having this year, Radcliffe has shown true talent and has been professional throughout his career. The Harry Potter films have brought in 7.7 billion dollars, making it the highest grossing film series of all time. Radcliffe also earned the title of richest British actor under 30, receiving $46.6 million dollars in 2009-10 and making his net worth up to $78.5 million.
Daniel Radcliffe’s career started off in the BBC’s television movie, David Copperfield, followed by his film debut in 2001 starring in The Tailor of Panama. That same year, when he was only 11 years old, Radcliffe got the lead role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The first installment of the franchise did not disappoint fans, gaining $974 million dollars in the U.S. Since 2001, the Harry Potter series has continued to gain momentum and has made Daniel Radcliffe has house-hold name around the world. He also earned a National Movie Award for “Best Male Performances” for his portrayal of the ‘boy wizard’ in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
In 2007, Radcliffe branched out of his boy wizard persona when he made his Broadway debut in Equus. He said that he wanted to show his fans that he isn’t just Harry Potter and that he could play riskier characters. Radcliffe definitely showed a riskier side when he shedded his clothes for his role in Equus and took the stage naked. This might have been a contributing factor for the show earning $1.7 million dollars and getting positive reviews from critics. The young actor took center stage again when he took the part of J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
In the summer of 2011, the Harry Potter franchise came to an end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2. The film earned a whopping $1.3 billion dollars worldwide, making it the third-highest grossing film in the world. Radcliffe admitted that some his fans might never separate him from his ‘boy wizard’ character, but also said he is “proud to be associated with this film series forever.” When J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling series, hinted on a possible eighth book, Radcliffe was asked if he would do another movie with the franchise. He replied with, “[It is] very doubtful. I think 10 years is a long time to stay with one character.”
Even though he will not be reprising his role in the Harry Potter films, Radcliffe is not done acting. The Women in Black is his first lead role film since the final Harry Potter movie and highly anticipated by his many fans. To true ‘potter-heads’ he will forever be known as the boy who defeated the dark lord, but hopefully will be remembered for many roles as he grows as an actor and a person. Daniel Radcliffe has grown up to become a very handsome and successful actor and we hope to see him in more films.