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WHAT IS IT THAT KEPT YOU IN LEEDS?
Because of Harry Potter it was important to me to fgure out
who I knew and for what reasons. Te friends I’ve got here
are the friends I had before. I’ve always been quite a homeboy.
Even when I was flming, I’d come home every weekend.
WHERE DOYOU LIVE NOW?
I live in Horsforth, not far from my parents. I lived with friends
in Burley Park when I was 18. Tey had a spare room in a
student house. A year was defnitely enough. Te worst thing was
the mess, it was awful – and
most of it was mine!
DO YOU INTEND TO
STAY HERE?
I like being here, because
people aren’t as fussed. My
agent says if you’re happy
to be in Leeds rather than
London, then stay. At the
end of the day, nobody wants
a miserable actor. I’m not
interested in being a celebrity,
I just want to be happy. And
Leeds is where I’m happy.
I’m very keen to stick to my
roots – I still support Leeds
Rhinos, Leeds United, so my
life hasn’t changed too much.
DO YOU GET
RECOGNISED?
I went to a drive-thru
McDonald’s recently and the
guy behind the counter must
have told a group of girls that
I was in the car in front.Tey
came over to say hello. I don’t
ever get used to it.
DO YOU HAVE A
FAVOURITE MEMORY OF
YOUR HOME CITY?
It has to be when Leeds won the rugby Grand Final. I know
the team, so I was really chufed for them. It was probably the
best rugby I’ve ever seen. I knew they could do it.To see them at
Headingley stadium after they got the trophy back, to sit there
with them all and share a few drinks, it was great. Another great
memory is my 21st birthday in Headingley last year. I invited
everybody from work, and didn’t expect them to come all the
way from London. It was the frst time that my friends from
Leeds had met friends from Harry Potter. I’d been worried,
wondering how these groups were going to mingle, would there
be scraps, what’s going to happen? But everyone got on like a
house on fre. Tere was Dan Radclife at the bar, and Rupert
Grint checking into his room – it was surreal, but great.
WHERE’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TOGOOUT?
Call Lane is pretty good. And I love a night out at HiFi. Tere
is so much diversity in Leeds, you can go anywhere and have a
good time –it’s not always about where you are, it’s about who
you’re with.
WHAT WAS THE BEST
PART OF THE HARRY
POTTER EXPERIENCE?
Te things I learnt and the
people I was around. I picked
up so much. I learnt much
more than I would have at
university. Dan Radclife is
great too, he doesn’t get as
much credit as he deserves
from his peers. If you saw
him on set, how hard he
works... I’ve never seen
anyone work as hard as that.
He’s got a great energy to be
around.We’re good friends.
WHATDOYOUPUTYOUR
SUCCESS DOWN TO? IS
IT ALL HARDWORK?
You’ve no idea how lazy I am!
Any success is 100% because
of the people I have around
me. My friends and family,
mum and dad, were amazing.
And I couldn’t have hoped for
a better cast and director.
HOWDO YOU DEAL WITH
THE SUCCESS?
Te success blags my head
a little. With the last flm, I was nervous because I’d always
been in the background. And suddenly I had a much more
prominent role. It was pretty nerve-wracking. Ten it came
out and the reviews were amazing. It was very overwhelming
and I didn’t anticipate it.
IT’S STRANGE TO THINK OF ALL THE
PEOPLE WHO MUST HAVE AUDITIONED
FOR THAT ROLE. I HAD A ROUND FACE
AND I WAS A LITTLE CHUBBY, WHICH IS
HOWTHEYWANTEDNEVILLETOLOOK.
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