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Daniel Radcliffe receives Tony Award for his role in ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

This marks the first major acting award for the ‘Harry Potter’ star.

Daniel Radcliffe, renowned for his iconic portrayal as the “Boy Who Lived” in the Harry Potter film series spanning his youth into young adulthood, has now added another illustrious title to his name: Tony Award winner.

Radcliffe clinched the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his portrayal of Charley Kringas in the Broadway revival of “Merrily We Roll Along.” This achievement marks Radcliffe’s maiden major acting accolade, alongside his first-ever Tony nomination and win.

During his heartfelt acceptance speech, Radcliffe, visibly moved, expressed gratitude and acknowledged the profound impact of his co-stars on his performance. “I’m going to talk fast and try not to cry… I don’t even have to act in this show,” he humbly remarked, underscoring the camaraderie that enriched his experience. Reflecting on his career trajectory post-Harry Potter, Radcliffe candidly shared, “When I finished ‘Potter,’ I had no idea what my career was going to be,” emphasizing his desire to explore diverse roles beyond the famed wizard.

Directed by Maria Friedman and featuring an acclaimed ensemble including Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez, the revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical breathed new life into a production that had initially faltered on Broadway in 1981, lasting a mere 16 performances. Radcliffe, now 34, has been deliberate in his career choices, seeking variety and growth beyond the enduring Potter legacy. “Harry Potter is going to be the first line of my obituary,” he remarked in a candid interview with The Atlantic earlier this year, expressing his aspiration to cultivate a multifaceted career.

Daniel Radcliffe accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

Radcliffe’s journey from child star to seasoned performer has been marked by a series of bold choices, including his Broadway debut in 2008 with “Equus,” a role that demanded raw vulnerability and included a controversial nude scene. He further showcased his versatility in the 2011 Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” where he impressed audiences with his singing prowess.

Beyond Broadway, Radcliffe has embraced a range of projects, from indie films to stage productions like “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and “The Lifespan of a Fact.” His involvement with “Merrily We Roll Along” began during its off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop, culminating in its successful transfer to Broadway in October, albeit with a scheduled closure in July.

As Radcliffe continues to evolve as an actor, he remains committed to challenging himself and exploring new horizons in the performing arts. His Tony win not only highlights his artistic growth but also underscores his enduring dedication to his craft beyond the enchanted world of Hogwarts.


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