Daniel Radcliffe FactsEver since becoming a wizard at the age of 12, Daniel Radcliffe has been an international star.

Seemingly tailor-made for the role of Harry Potter, the young actor went from complete unknown to superstar overnight -- and he'd barely hit puberty. Since his days in the blockbuster franchise, Radcliffe has starred on Broadway and in indie movies, earning critical acclaim and shedding his child star image along the way. This fall, the (still) young actor stars in the devilish "Horns."

From "The Simpsons" to his connection to Charles Dickens, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Daniel Radcliffe.

1. Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born July 23, 1989 in West London, England to Marcia Gresham Jacobson and Alan George Radcliffe.

2. His mother is a casting agent born in South Africa and raised in Essex, England. His father is a literary agent from County Down, Northern Ireland.

3. Both of Radcliffe's parents acted as children.

4. Radcliffe expressed an interest in acting when he was only five years old.

5. At 10 years old, the young actor made his screen debut in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield" (1999), playing the titular character as a young boy.

6. The performance led to getting cast in the "Harry Potter" series. Chris Columbus, the director of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (2001), saw Radcliffe in "David Copperfield" and insisted the actor audition. Even J.K. Rowling added, "I don't think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry."

7. Radcliffe's parents were reluctant to let him audition because the contract required shooting all seven films in Los Angeles. They even turned down the offer!

8. Radcliffe ultimately signed up to play Harry Potter, though, after Warner Bros. offered a revised two-movie contract with filming in the UK.

9. After the success of "Harry Potter," Radcliffe became the youngest non-royal to have his portrait displayed in London's prestigious National Portrait Gallery. He was just 14 years old.

10. Before "Harry Potter" kicked off, however, the actor made his film debut in "The Tailor of Panama" (2001).

11. His next non-Potter film? 2007's period-piece "December Boys," which starred Radcliffe as an orphan vying for the attention of a family. In the six years between "The Tailor of Panama" and "December Boys," Radcliffe starred in five "Harry Potter" movies.

12. After the first "Harry Potter" was released, some of Radcliffe's classmates would make fun of the actor, though Radcliffe never took it personally. Eventually, due to his busy schedule, he stopped going to school and was educated on set by tutors.

13. Since his "Harry Potter" days, Radcliffe has worked consistently on screen and on the stage. In 2013, he won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as the lead in Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan."

14. That same year, he portrayed American poet Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings." He met his current girlfriend, Erin Darke, on the set of the film.

15. Radcliffe has also published poetry under the pen name Jacob Gershon. Jacob is his middle name, while Gershon is the Yiddish version of his mother's maiden name.

16. Radcliffe suffers from a mild form of developmental coordination disorder, which inhibits his motor skills. Sometimes it gets so bad he has trouble tying his shoes.

17. Bonus Fact: Radcliffe voiced a character on "The Simpsons" in 2010. The actor guest starred as Edmund in "Treehouse of Horror XXI."

[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]

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Horns
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