Daniel Radcliffe ‘had no idea where life would go’ after Harry Potter films

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘had no idea where life would go’ after Harry Potter films

The actor, who shot to fame aged 11, has spoken about about his relationship with fame and the fears he had for his career

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe opened up about his relationship to fame and the “lonely” and “frightening” period filming the final films.

The 30-year-old Jewish actor sat down with LBC’s James O’Brien on Tuesday to discuss his new film, the apartheid-era thriller Escape From Pretoria, currently out in cinemas.

Radcliffe, who shot to fame after being cast in the leading role at the age of 11, admitted he felt “lonely” towards the end of the franchise.

“Looking back, I was coming to the end of something massive and I had no idea how my life was going to go after that. I think that was probably really frightening for me at that point,” he said.

Among those in his entourage advising him about life after the series was the “hugely influential” actor Gary Oldman, who plays Potter’s enigmatic godfather in the films, Sirius Black.

Oldman was “one of the few people that talked to me about the position I was going to be in”, he said.

But Radcliffe, who since appeared both on stage and on-screen in indie projects such as The Woman In Black (2012) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), made it “okay and relatively sane … and healthy” – a feat he chalks up to “a lot of luck.”

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