LONDON (Reuters) - The three young stars of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise started out as unknown British school children, and nine years later are wealthy, famous young adults with the rest of their careers ahead of them.
With filming finally over, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” getting its world premiere in London on Thursday, following are brief portraits of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).
DANIEL RADCLIFFE - Now 21, Radcliffe was cast as the bespectacled boy wizard in 2000. He previously played the young David Copperfield in a British TV adaptation of the Dickens classic and made his film debut in 2001 in “The Tailor of Panama.” Perhaps the least changed physically of the young trio, Radcliffe sought to break out of his Potter persona after leaving school at age 18. He won critical praise for the 2007 London and Broadway stage revivals of “Equus,” which required him to be nude. He also appeared in the 2007 Australian indie movie “December Boys” and the British TV war film “My Boy Jack.”
Radcliffe, who has an estimated fortune of around 40 million pounds ($65 million), is currently working on a movie version of ghost story “The Woman in Black” and is cast in the 2011 Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
EMMA WATSON - Now 20, was cast at age nine after having only acted in school plays. Like her brainy, sensible screen character, she chose to focus on academic work as a student at the prestigious U.S. university Brown rather than work full time as an actress. She recently caused a stir by cutting off her long, wavy brown hair to celebrate the end of her role as Hermione. In 2007, she appeared in the British TV adaptation of the novel “Ballet Shoes” and did voice-over work for the 2008 animated movie “The Tale of Despereaux.”
Watson, who has an estimated fortune of about 20 million pounds ($32 million), is currently working on a small part in the 2011 British movie “My Week with Marilyn.” She is also a creative advisor for the fair trade fashion brand People Tree.
RUPERT GRINT - At 22, the eldest of the trio and perhaps most outwardly changed. Red-haired Grint, whose previous experience was limited to school plays, was the first to branch out from “Harry Potter,” shooting the 2002 British comedy movie “Thunderpants” which had limited success. His 2006 coming of age movie “Driving Lessons” was better received and he released two movies in Britain earlier this year — the edgy drama “Cherrybomb” in which he appears shirtless, and comedy “Wild Target.” The laid-back Grint left school as soon as he could, at age 16, to focus on acting and voice-over work.
Grint, who has an estimated fortune of more than 9 million pounds ($15 million), is next due to play the unlikely British 1988 Olympic ski jumping marvel Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a movie.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Paul Casciato