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Daniel Radcliffe feels ‘really lucky’ for booking Broadway gigs after ‘Harry Potter’ success

Daniel Radcliffe is grateful that he transitioned from child star to Broadway legend.

“I got really lucky in the sense that a ton of people gave me opportunities to do stuff like ‘Equus’ and ‘How to Succeed in Business,’” the actor exclusively told Page Six at the Drama League Awards last week.

“And I took enough of those opportunities and enough of them turned out well.”

Daniel Radcliffe became a global star acting in the “Harry Potter” franchise. ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

He was first cast in the role at age 12. ©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

Radcliffe became an overnight sensation at age 12 when he was plucked to play the lead role of Harry Potter in the 2001 movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which was adapted from the popular fantasy novel by author J.K. Rowling.

After starring in all eight of the films from the franchise, Radcliffe, now 36, branched into stage acting in 2007 with “Equus,” followed by another role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

“I loved when I was ‘Potter,’ I loved it when I started doing stage, I loved it,” Radcliffe said of his ongoing passion for acting.

Radcliffe starred in London and New York productions of “Equus.” Corbis via Getty Images

He received raving reviews for his performance in “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Kevin Kane

“There’s a lot of people who started young, then find themselves in a position [where] they don’t actually like the job very much; they feel trapped in it. From quite young I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’”

The English actor is now nominated for a Tony this year for his role in the Stephen Sondheim revival, “Merrily We Roll Along.”

He opened up to Page Six about how he managed to learn the notoriously difficult song “Franklin Shepard, Inc.”

Radcliffe is currently performing in “Merrily We Roll Along.” Bruce Glikas/WireImage

He has been nominated for a Tony for his performance. Getty Images

“I knew I was doing the show for quite a long time before rehearsals,” he explained. “So I drove my girlfriend [Erin Darke] crazy with just the sound of me rehearsing that in the other room for months and months and months – and I still run it a lot during the day.”

Radcliffe joked that Darke, 39, probably knows the tongue-twister song by heart now and could easily fill in for him in a pinch.

“She’d probably do pretty well,” he said of the actress, whom he’s been dating since meeting on the “Kill Your Darlings” set in 2012. They welcomed their first child together in April 2023.

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