Daniel Radcliffe
British actor
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in BBC One's 1999 television movie David Copperfield, followed by his film debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama. At age eleven he was cast as the title character in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for ten years until the release of the in July 2011.
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Daniel Radcliffe talks comedy, nerves in return to London stage
Reuters.com - 17 days
LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe has plenty of stage experience - even famously appearing nude in "Equus" - but the British actor still gets nervous before each performance.
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Daniel Radcliffe returns to London stage
Reuters.com - 17 days
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe talks about doing comedy and handling nerves as he returns to the London stage. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Why Does The 'Unfortunate Events' Kid Look Exactly Like Harry Potter?
Huffington Post - about 1 month
In the early 2000s, when I was in fourth grade, a classmate claimed to have found a book that was ripping off Harry Potter. He showed me the first book in the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” series, titled, The Bad Beginning. He pointed at the young character, Klaus Baudelaire, on the cover and claimed that he looked exactly like the similarly young Potter. I agreed. Neither of us had read “A Series of Unfortunate Events” at that time and, admittedly, I still haven’t. On top of this, I also remember being a huge Harry Potter fan and my loose recollection is that this classmate was one, too. Especially given our age, we likely had a comically large personal stake in believing the likeness of our favorite wizard was getting unfairly copied. But still ― despite my clear bias from childhood ― don’t these two characters objectively look way, way, way too similar for debuting just years apart? A few brief points: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s St ...
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The Hilarious Reason Daniel Radcliffe Was Cast As Harry Potter
Huffington Post - about 2 months
By the time the first “Harry Potter” film was entering production, the character was already known by millions as The Boy Who Lived; but casting director Janet Hirshenson was just hoping he was The Boy Who Lived Somewhere ... Anywhere ... It’s been 15 years since we saw Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint bring Harry, Hermione and Ron to life in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” but apparently the road there wasn’t as smooth as the Hogwarts Express ― unless you’re thinking about that time Dementors attacked it. Hirshenson told The Huffington Post that another casting director had been working on the project for a year by the time she joined it. Because of that, some of the parts ― such as Ron and Hermione ― were already narrowed down to a few options. Harry, however, remained elusive. One of the hurdles was that Harry, like all the main actors, had to be British. The casting director said the only American tested for Potter was Liam Aiken, ...
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Daniel Radcliffe 'had no issue' filming graphic sex scene says director
Fox News - 2 months
Actors always talk about how awkward it is to get naked and film sex scenes in movies.
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10 Eyebrows As Famous As The Men Who Own Them
Huffington Post - 3 months
By Adam Hurly for GQ. Good eyebrows are mostly genetic — plucking will clean things up, but it can only do so much. And no two pairs are alike for the same reason: Drake’s bushy brows might look good on him, but they’d seem funny on John Boyega’s face; Boyega’s magnificently arched, ultra-friendly brows would detract from Drake’s bad-boy cred, and so on. We hope you have two reactions to brows-ing this gallery: a newfound appreciation for geometry, and gratitude that we included exactly zero unibrows. DRAKE Drake must “Take Care” of his thick brows; they look like a painter’s perfectly graduated brushstroke, and strongly complement his dark beard and mustache. RELATED: The Lazy Man’s Guide to Eyebrow Grooming ROBERT PATTINSON Pattinson has tried some oddball hairstyles, but his eyebrows remain unchanged. They’re his most distinct feature, though we won’t discredit any other part of that made-for-Hollywood mug. DANIEL RADCLIFFE Radcliffe’s brows fan inwar ...
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Aisle View: <em>Liaisons</em>, What's Happened to Them?
Huffington Post - 4 months
Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Photo: Joan Marcus Christopher Hampton's 1985 stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses last appeared locally in a middling 2008 production starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels at the Roundabout that was, despite the dazzling dialogue and amorous action, pretty much dull as ditchwater. Compared to which, this new production at the Booth--which originated at the Donmar Warehouse in London starring Janet McTeer, and with Liev Schreiber added to the mix for New York--rehabilitates the play's reputation. This new Liaisons, directed by the Donmar's artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly). Call it a solid B+. It is questionable--or perhaps dangereus?--to compare an all-new production with the original; one has to assume that the majority of the potential audience is coming to the play innocent. (In this particular case, it is al ...
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Chelsea Handler Destroys Trump's Racism Defense In One Sobering Tweet
Huffington Post - 4 months
Here’s a fun game! If Donald Trump is the least racist person you’ve ever met, then you’ve: A) Learned to live in complete solitude since birth. B) Infiltrated an undercover white supremacist group à la Daniel Radcliffe. C) Recently awoken from a “Sleeping Beauty”-like slumber and missed this entire 2016 election campaign. D) Delete your account immediately.  The Republican presidential nominee has pledged to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and frequently used racially charged language about immigrants and inner-city residents. Yet Trump told a reporter in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday that he’s “the least racist person you’ve ever met,” without the slightest hint of irony.  Thankfully, comedian Chelsea Handler is here to break down Trump’s claim for all those who need some clarification about what his statement really means.  “If Donald Trump is the “least racist person you’ve ever met,” then I’m the most sober person you’ve ever met,” the author of ...
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This Harry Potter Boudoir Shoot Gives Us Feelings That Shall Not Be Named
Huffington Post - 4 months
It was unnerving for some Harry Potter fans when the boy who played the boy who lived grew up.  Daniel Radcliffe went completely nude for a Broadway show in 2008, and it was tough for many folks to wrap their minds around the fact that “Harry” wasn’t a boy anymore at all.  If you’re one of them, you might want to click away now. Photographer/model Zach Howell stars as a very grown-up Harry Potter for a new, seriously sexy boudoir shoot by Oklahoma City-based photographer Sarah Hester.  Howell is (just barely) dressed as everyone’s favorite wizard, complete with a forehead scar, those iconic spectacles, a wand and well, very little else.  Hester told The Huffington PostHowell was “all for it.” “We met and I couldn’t remember his name. I started calling him ‘Harry’ and joked about a boudoir shoot,” she said, adding, “We did the shoot a week later.” A perusal of the Hester’s website shows some beautiful maternity and wedding shots, but we’re going to go ahead and ...
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Donald Trump Gave Daniel Radcliffe Some Not-So-Magical Advice
Huffington Post - 5 months
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump once dished out some truly terrible advice to a young Daniel Radcliffe. The British actor said he was only 11 or 12 years old and about to promote the first Harry Potter movie on “The Today Show” when he met the brash businessman. “I’d never been on American morning TV before and I was quite nervous,” he said on “The Graham Norton Show,” which aired in the United Kingdom on Friday night. Radcliffe told Trump he was anxious about his upcoming television appearance and wasn’t sure what he would talk about ― to which the former reality TV personality replied: “You just tell them you met Mr. Trump.” “That is the Everest of self-confidence,” Radcliffe said. Thankfully, he didn’t heed Trump’s words of wisdom. Here’s how pop star Justin Timberlake and actress Anna Kendrick reacted to Radcliffe’s story: Check it out in the clip above. Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is ...
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19 Magical Accessories Only 'Harry Potter' Fans Will Understand
Huffington Post - 5 months
What better way to sneak in your love for all things Harry Potter than with some stylish accessorizing? You’ll want to add these wicked cool items to your Potterhead wish list.  You may also like... Only Trump’s Antics Could Make Daniel Radcliffe Give Voldemort A Backhanded Compliment  37 Magical Gifts For The Grown-Up ‘Harry Potter’ Fan The ‘Stranger Things’ Kids Got The Most Magical Compliment From Daniel Radcliffe -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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American Film Fans Abide: Six Small Movies Cutting Through the Mediocrity
Huffington Post - 5 months
Like the Stranger once said to the Dude, "Sometimes you eat the bear. And sometimes the bear eats you." Consumers of American film got to eat a lot of good bear meat back in 2015 (that is not in any way meant to be a reference to The Revenant.) But in 2016, damn, we've been served up to the bear on a big-ass platter. There has been so much mediocrity coming from American filmmakers this year that it's hard to even get worked up about it. So much pleasant, competent, boring crap. Whether it's the latest Bridget Jones (and I know that's a British/American co-production directed by a Welsh woman) or the newest remake (that would be The Magnificent Seven), finding something original and engaging seems like a tougher and tougher mission in 2016. I know that many times film-goers are just looking for a easy diversion for a few hours between dinner and - depending on your wont - sex, gaming, or a midnight sundae. No problem with that. Two of my favorite movies of the year, Popstar: Never ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel Radcliffe
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    He starred in the 2016 release Imperium playing Nate Foster, an idealistic FBI agent who goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy group.
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    In 2016, Radcliffe portrayed Manny, a talkative corpse, in the indie film Swiss Army Man.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred off-Broadway at The Public Theater in a documentary theatre piece called Privacy, playing the role of The Writer.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    He is set to star as American reporter Jake Adelstein in Tokyo Vice. In November 2015 he joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Tom Holland, Chloë Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Abraham Attah.
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    In September 2015, he endorsed Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 leadership contest to succeed Miliband.
    More Details Hide Details He is a supporter of a British republic. At the age of sixteen, Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal ever to have an individual portrait in Britain's National Portrait Gallery (NPG). On 13 April 2006 his portrait, drawn by Stuart Pearson Wright, was unveiled as part of a new exhibition opening at the Royal National Theatre; it was then moved to the NPG where it resides.
    In 2015, Radcliffe starred as Igor in a science fiction horror film Victor Frankenstein directed by Paul McGuigan and written by Max Landis, which was based on contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein.
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  • 2013
    Age 23
    In 2013, he portrayed American poet Allen Ginsberg in the thriller drama Kill Your Darlings, directed by John Krokidas.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in an Irish-Canadian romantic comedy film The F Word directed by Michael Dowseand written by Elan Mastai, based on TJ Dawe and Michael Rinaldi's play Toothpaste and Cigars and then he starred in an American dark fantasy horror film directed by Alexandre Aja Horns. Both of the films premiered at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. Radcliffe also performed at the Noël Coward Theatre in the stage play revival of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan as the lead, Billy Claven, for which he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play.
  • 2012
    Age 22
    In 2012, however, Radcliffe switched his allegiance to Labour, citing disappointment with the performance of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems in government, and approving of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.
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    Radcliffe is a supporter of the Labour Party. Until 2012 Radcliffe had publicly supported the Liberal Democrats, and before the 2010 general election Radcliffe endorsed Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader.
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    Radcliffe maintains a home in the West Village of Lower Manhattan in New York City. As of October 2012, Radcliffe has been dating American Erin Darke, whom he met on the set of Kill Your Darlings. There were rumours and stories of a possible engagement in mid-2014, but Darke's father Ian Darke denied there were any such plans in December 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Radcliffe is an atheist. He has been quoted as saying: "I'm an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation", and in a separate interview, he stated; "I'm very relaxed about it an atheist. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do. Anything he does on television, I will watch".
  • 2011
    Age 21
    He has contributed to many charities, including Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and The Trevor Project for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, which gave him its Hero Award in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Radcliffe was born in West London, England. He is the only child of Alan George Radcliffe, a literary agent, and Marcia Jeannine Gresham (née Marcia Gresham Jacobson), a casting agent who was involved in several films for the BBC, including The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Walk Away and I Stumble. His father, who was raised in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland, is from "a very working-class" Protestant background. His mother is Jewish, and was born in South Africa and raised in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Her family had originally come from Poland and Russia. Radcliffe's parents had both acted as children. In a 2012 interview, Radcliffe stated: "There was never religious faith in the house. I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English." He has stated: "We were Christmas tree Jews", and that he is "very proud of being Jewish".
  • 2010
    Age 20
    In February 2010 he was named the sixth highest paid Hollywood male star and placed at number five on Forbess December list of Hollywood's highest-grossing actors with a film revenue of US$780 million, mainly due to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being released that year.
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    After voicing a character in an episode of the animated television series The Simpsons in late 2010, Radcliffe debuted as J. Pierrepont Finch in the 2011 Broadway revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role previously held by Broadway veterans Robert Morse and Matthew Broderick.
    More Details Hide Details Other cast members included John Larroquette, Rose Hemingway and Mary Faber. Both the actor and production received favourable reviews, with USA Today commenting: "Radcliffe ultimately succeeds not by overshadowing his fellow cast members, but by working in conscientious harmony with themand having a blast in the process." Radcliffe's performance in the show earned him Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. The production itself later received nine Tony Award nominations. Radcliffe left the show on 1 January 2012. His first post-Harry Potter project was the 2012 horror film The Woman in Black, adapted from the 1983 novel by Susan Hill. The film was released on 3 February 2012 in the United States and Canada, and was released on 10 February in the UK. Radcliffe portrays a man sent to deal with the legal matters of a mysterious woman who has just died, and soon after he begins to experience strange events and hauntings from the ghost of a woman dressed in black. He has said he was "incredibly excited" to be part of the film and described the script as "beautifully written".
  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    Speaking out against homophobia, Radcliffe began filming public service announcements in 2009 for The Trevor Project, promoting awareness of gay teen suicide prevention.
    More Details Hide Details He first learned of the organisation while working on Equus on Broadway in 2008 and has contributed financially to it. "I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals. Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it," he said in a 2010 interview. In the same interview, he spoke of the importance of public figures advocating for equal rights. Radcliffe considers his involvement to be one of the most important things in his career and, for his work for the organisation, he was given the "Hero Award" in 2011. Radcliffe has supported various charities. He designed the Cu-Bed for Habitat's VIP Kids range (a cube made of eight smaller ones which can be made into a bed, chaise-longue or chair) with all the royalties from the sale of the bed going directly to his favourite charity, Demelza House Children's Hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent. Radcliffe has urged his fans to make donations, in lieu of Christmas presents to him, to the charity's Candle for Care program. In 2008 he was among several celebrities who donated their old glasses to an exhibit honouring victims of the Holocaust. During the Broadway run of Equus he auctioned off a pair of jeans and other items worn in the show, for New-York-based Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. and presenting at the 2011 Gypsy of the Year competition.
    In March 2009 he was ranked number one on the Forbes "Most Valuable Young Stars" list, and by April The Daily Telegraph measured his net worth at £30m, making him the 12th richest young person in the UK.
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  • 2008
    Age 18
    In 2008, Radcliffe revealed that he has a mild form of the neurological disorder developmental coordination disorder.
    More Details Hide Details The motor skill disorder sometimes prevents him from doing simple activities, such as writing or tying his own shoelaces. "I was having a hard time at school, in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent," Radcliffe commented. In August 2010, he stopped drinking alcohol after finding himself becoming too reliant on it. In November 2007 Radcliffe published several poems under the pen name Jacob Gershona combination of his middle name and the Jewish version of his mother's maiden name Greshamin Rubbish, an underground fashion magazine. He has a close friendship with his Harry Potter co-stars Tom Felton and Emma Watson, and is tight-knit with his family, whom he credits for keeping him grounded. Sources disagree about Radcliffe's personal wealth; he was reported to have earned £1 million for the first Harry Potter film and around £15 million for the sixth. Radcliffe appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List in 2006, which estimated his personal fortune to be £14 million, making him one of the richest young people in the UK.
    The production then transferred to Broadway in September 2008, with Radcliffe still in the lead role.
    More Details Hide Details Radcliffe stated he was nervous about repeating the role on Broadway because he considered American audiences more discerning than those in London. Radcliffe's performance was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    Also in 2007, Radcliffe co-starred with Carey Mulligan in My Boy Jack, a television drama film shown on ITV on Remembrance Day.
    More Details Hide Details The film received mostly positive reviews, with several critics praising Radcliffe's performance as an 18-year-old who goes missing in action during a battle. Radcliffe stated, "For many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book. But I've always been fascinated by the subject and think it's as relevant today as it ever was." At age 17, in a bid to show people he was prepared for adult roles, he performed onstage in Peter Shaffer's play Equus, which had not been revived since its first run in 1973, at the Gielgud Theatre. Radcliffe took on the lead role as Alan Strang, a stable boy who has an obsession with horses. Advance sales topped £1.7 million, and the role generated significant pre-opening media interest, as Radcliffe appeared in a nude scene. Equus opened on 27 February 2007 and ran until 9 June 2007. Radcliffe's performance received positive reviews as critics were impressed by the nuance and depth of his against-type role. Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph wrote that he "displays a dramatic power and an electrifying stage presence that marks a tremendous leap forward." He added: "I never thought I would find the diminutive (but perfectly formed) Radcliffe a sinister figure, but as Alan Strang... there are moments when he seems genuinely scary in his rage and confusion."
    In 2007 he appeared in the film December Boys, an Australian family drama about four orphans that was shot in 2005 and released to theatres in mid-September 2007.
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  • 2002
    Age 12
    In 2002 he made his stage debut as a celebrity guest in a West End theatre production of The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branaghwho also appeared with him in the second Harry Potter film.
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  • 2001
    Age 11
    Radcliffe made his film debut in The Tailor of Panama, an American 2001 film based on John le Carré's 1996 spy novel, and a moderate commercial success.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 10
    In 2000, producer David Heyman asked Radcliffe to audition for the role of Harry Potter for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling book by British author J. K. Rowling.
    More Details Hide Details Rowling had been searching for an unknown British actor to personify the character, and the movie's director Chris Columbus recalled thinking, "This is what I want. This is Harry Potter", after he saw a video of the young actor in David Copperfield. Eight months later, and after several auditions, Radcliffe was selected to play the part. Rowling also endorsed the selection saying, "I don't think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry." Radcliffe's parents originally turned down the offer, as they had been told that it would involve six films shot in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. instead offered Radcliffe a two-movie contract with shooting in the UK; Radcliffe was unsure at the time if he would do any more than that. The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) took place in 2001. Radcliffe received a seven figure salary for the lead role, but asserted that the fee was "not that important" to him; his parents chose to invest the money for him. The film was highly popular and was met with positive reviews, and critics took notice of Radcliffe: "Radcliffe is the embodiment of every reader's imagination. It is wonderful to see a young hero who is so scholarly looking and filled with curiosity and who connects with very real emotions, from solemn intelligence and the delight of discovery to deep family longing," wrote Bob Graham of the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • 1999
    Age 9
    Radcliffe first expressed a desire to act at the age of five, and in December 1999, aged 10, he made his acting debut in BBC One's televised two-part adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, portraying the title character as a young boy.
    More Details Hide Details He was educated at two independent schools for boys: Sussex House School, a day school in Chelsea's Cadogan Square, and the City of London School, a day school on the North Bank of the River Thames in London's financial district (known as the City of London). Attending school became difficult for Radcliffe after the release of the first Harry Potter film, with some fellow pupils becoming hostile, though he says it was people just trying to "have a crack at the kid that plays Harry Potter" rather than jealousy. As his acting career began to consume his schedule, Radcliffe continued his education through on-set tutors. He admitted he was not very good at school, considering it useless and finding the work "really difficult." He achieved A grades in the three AS-level exams that he took in 2006, but decided to take a break from education and did not go to college or university. Part of his reasoning was that he already knew he wanted to act and write, and that it would be difficult to have a normal college experience. "The paparazzi, they'd love it," he told Details magazine in 2007. "If there were any parties going on, they'd be tipped off as to where they were."
    He made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One's 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001's The Tailor of Panama.
    More Details Hide Details At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for 10 years until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011. Radcliffe began to branch out to stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of Equus, and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. His recent films include the horror film The Woman in Black (2012), playing beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the independent film Kill Your Darlings (2013), science fiction fantasy Victor Frankenstein (2015) and comedy-drama Swiss Army Man, heist thriller film Now You See Me 2 and thriller Imperium (all 2016).
  • 1989
    Born
    Born on July 23, 1989.
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