Dan Radcliffe has come a long way since his first screen outing as David Copperfield. After growing up famous with Harry Potter, he’s since taken on a variety of unusual roles, seemingly in an attempt to shake his association with the wizarding franchise. As he graces NME’s cover to celebrate his role in new blockbuster Victor Frankenstein (in cinemas December 3), we trace his key roles.
You may have heard of it. Had some wizards in it. Made Radcliffe reasonably famous. There were eight films. All did pretty well, really, all told.
A young man wakes up after a terrible night to find that he has some devilish horns sprouting from his head, which cause anyone nearby to confess their darkest thoughts. It’s based on an excellent book by Joe Hill. The film isn’t a match for the book, failing to find a way to translate its jumpy timeline into a workable screenplay, but it has some memorable imagery.
A cute rom-com in which Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan play best friends who have never quite managed to make the jump to romance. Very mainstream by his usual standards.
Radcliffe, a massive Simpsons fan, has appeared in the series twice. In Treehouse of Horror XXI he played Edmund, a vampire schoolboy in a Twilight parody. In Diggs he played a transfer student with a pet falcon. There’s range for you.
A BBC TV movie about the genesis of the Grand Theft Auto videogame series and a court case brought against Rockstar Games, GTA’s publisher, and the game’s creator Sam Houser (Radcliffe) when a young man who was a keen player of the games murdered several policemen. Not particularly well reviewed but an interesting choice.