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The lovely Daniel Radcliffe burst onto screens and into hearts in the Harry Potter series, but real fans know that there's so much to this smart, kind young star. Check out 9 facts about Dan that aren't even slightly related to Harry Potter...

1. Daniel Radcliffe has appeared in the Simpsons TWICE

Once as Edmund the vampire in the Twilight-spoofing Treehouse of Horror XXI, and then as the eponymous Diggs in 2014.

2. He's the youngest non-royal to have a portrait in NPG

The National Portrait Gallery holds artist Stuart Pearson Wright's portrait of Daniel Radcliffe, which was initially unveiled at the Royal National Theater in 2006.

3. Dan's been in some pretty random projects!

Sure, you've heard of Harry Potter and Horns, but did you know that Daniel Radcliffe has also lent his talents to TV show Robot Chicken, documentary The Standbys and even Ace of Cakes, where he made up the spell 'icingus icingus' for decorating cakes!

4. Daniel Radcliffe, published poet

As well as playing beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, Daniel has written and published poetry of his own. He wrote under the pseudonym Jacob Gershon - his middle name being Jacob and his mother's maiden name being the similar-sounding Gresham - and was printed in underground fashion mag Rubbish in 2007.

5. Daniel once designed a bed!

Daniel designed the Cu-Bed, a soft cubed structure for interior range Habitat, the proceeds of which went to Demelza House Children's Hospice in England.

6. Dan has Dyspraxia

Fortunately, Daniel Radcliffe only experiences a mild form of this neuorological disorder, but it still affects her his motor skills to the extent that he sometimes finds simple things like writing or tying his shoelaces difficult.

7. He crusades for charity

Daniel Radcliffe is a passionate advocate for charity, particularly children's charities, and those for HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights. He famously spoke of his frustration and dismay for 'anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals. Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it.'

8. He's a huge cricket fan

Like his Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton, Dan is a huge fan of cricket. Daniel Radcliffe's favorite cricket player is Sachin Tendulkar. He finally got his autograph at Lords 2007.

9. Daniel Radcliffe: the Godfather

Remember the cute kid who played Daniel Radcliffe's son in The Woman in Black? That's Misha Handley, and he's Daniel's godson in real life!


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Sources: Wiki, IMDB


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