Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born July 23, 1989) is a British actor best known for playing the main character, Harry Potter, in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and its sequels.
Radcliffe's parents, Alan Radcliffe and Marcia Gresham, discouraged their only child from showbusiness when, at age 5, he said he wanted to perform. However, they must have soon changed their minds, as in December 1999, he made his first on-screen appearance as the young David Copperfield in David Copperfield, the BBC's televised version of the Dickens novel David Copperfield. This was followed in 2001 by his first film appearance, as Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama. He is currently being educated at the City of London School in London.