British actor Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing young wizard Harry Potter in the blockbuster movie series. But few actors are limited to one role, and he’s not eleven anymore. Radcliffe has grown up. He’s had a successful career on stage in London and in New York City. He now won his first Tony Award, this for Best Featured Actor in a musical performance in Merrily We Roll Along.

The way critics and theatrical journalists refer to it as his first Tony implies they expect him to win more. Some theater critics think he should have won a Tony in 2011, when he starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to rave reviews.

Radcliffe was, however, nominated for a Grammy, for the cast recording of that play in 2012. His successes have piled up over the years: in 2001, Radcliffe won the Golden Apple Award for Youth Male Discovery of the Year (that was the year Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released). Between 2002 and 2008, he was nominated for five Saturn Awards. In 2023 he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for starring in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story and he was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance for the same role. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

Radcliffe has been nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, and between 2009 and 2024 he was nominated for four Drama League Awards. Although only 34, this young actor has won the respect of critics, colleagues, and fans alike. I would not be surprised if in a few years, King Charles announces Sir Daniel Radcliffe among his birthday honors. Certainly an Oscar or another BAFTA are likely to be in his future, and quite possibly a second Tony Award.

Congratulations to Daniel Radcliffe. He’s going to need a bigger trophy case.

Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.