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Will Daniel Radcliffe have a movie career beyond 'Harry Potter'?

July 23, 2009 |  1:22 pm

Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie news 1357986 Despite starring in the most successful franchise in movie history, Daniel Radcliffe is worried about his career prospects after he wraps the final "Harry Potter" film next year.

Daniel Radcliffe knows that many of his contemporaries will just be graduating from drama school. As he explained to Esquire about his decision to take twice-weekly ballet lessons, "They’ve been learning dance or singing and all that stuff, and I’m going to need to compete with them because I won’t have 'Harry Potter' as my safety net anymore. I need to make myself as viable a choice for any part as I possibly can." 

Following filming of the current box office champ "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" last year, Radcliffe made his stage debut in a revival of the 1975 Tony-winning best play "Equus." He persuaded both the tough London and Gotham theater critics he could actually act. And for his efforts, Radcliffe earned a Drama Desk nod in New York and two WhatsOnStage Awards in the West End.

Radcliffe's only other major roles since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" shot him to worldwide fame in 2001 were in the 2007 telefilm "My Boy Jack," as well as the feature film "December Boys." He received good reviews in the former as the title character  –  the son of Nobel-winning author Rudyard Kipling – determined to fight in World War I. However, this small-screen success did not translate into any kudos recognition for the young actor. Similarly, his work in "December Boys" was well-regarded but left Radcliffe awardless.

Indeed, Daniel Radcliffe has reaped very little in the way of awards hardware. He has lost five successive Saturn Award bids for best performance by a younger actor.  He failed to win any of his three Broadcast Film Critics Assn. nods for best young actor for his performances in "Sorcerer's Stone," "Prisoner of Azkaban," and "Goblet of Fire." And he still doesn't have a MTV Movie Award on his mantle, despite four nominations in various categories.

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