Sunday, August 17, 2008

Daniel Radcliffe Talks About His Brain Disorder

Best known for his role as Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about his brain disorder ahead of Broadway debut in Equus. The nineteen year old has trouble tying his shoelaces because he suffers from dyspraxia. Often the condition is associated with clumsiness and it is estimated 10% of people in Britain shows signs of having the condition with 2% severely affected.

'I was having a hard time at school in terms of being crap at everything, with no discernible talent,' Daniel said. He told how he wanted to be an actor from the age of five but ‘my mother said, “Oh no you don’t.”' When she finally allowed him to audition to play David Copperfield, in a BBC version of the Dickens classic when he was nine, he says it was because she could see he needed a confidence boost.

Daniel Radcliffe then went on to land the role as Harry Potter and became a world wide celebrity estimated to have earned £17m from his involvement with the films. The actor made the headlines when he decided to get naked for his role in Equus, as seen HERE.
Daniel’s spokeswoman said: ‘Yes, Dan Radcliffe does have dyspraxia. This is something he has never hidden. Thankfully his condition is very mild and at worst manifests itself in an inability to ties his shoe laces and bad handwriting.’

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