Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint (born 24 August 1988) is an English actor and producer. He rose to prominence for his portrayal of , one of the three main characters in the . Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11, having previously acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 to 2011, he starred in all eight Harry Potter films.
Beginning in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, playing a co-leading role in . He has had starring roles in , a dramedy released in 2006, and , a drama film of limited release in 2010. Grint co-starred with and in , a comedy. His first film project following the end of the Harry Potter series was the 2012 film, , in which he has a supporting role. In 2013, Grint's new film was released and he was cast in 's new show Super Clyde. Grint made his stage debut in Jez Butterworth's in October 2013 at the in London. In 2014 he voiced the character of Josh in , and in 2017, he starred in and was executive producer of the television series , based on the film of the same name.
Grint was born in , , England, to Nigel Grint (b. 1963), a dealer in racing memorabilia, and Joanne Grint (née Parsons; b. 1967).Grint is the eldest of five siblings, the others being James (b. 1990), Georgina (b. 1993), Samantha (b.1996), and Charlotte (b.1998). He has stated that his earliest goal in life was to become an ice cream man. He attended , in .
While in school, Grint took an avid interest in . He started performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theatre group that cast him as a fish in and a donkey in another nativity play. He continued performing in school plays as he moved into secondary school. However, Grint had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series.
At the age of 16, he left school to focus on his acting career. "I didn't really like school that much," he later commented.
Starting in 2000, casting began for the of , the best-selling novel written by author . Rowling personally insisted that the cast be British and assisted Susie Figgis and director in casting the roles.Grint chose to audition for the role of , one of 's best friends at , and was a fan of the book series. Having seen a report about the open casting, he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the role. His attempt was successful as the casting team asked for a meeting with him. On 8 August 2000, , , and an 11-year-old Grint were selected to play the roles of Harry, , and Ron, respectively.Grint is the oldest member of the trio. The release of in 2001 was Grint's debut screen performance. Breaking records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings, it was the highest-grossing film of that year. With a total of US4 million in its theatrical run, Philosopher's Stone stands as the second most commercially successful entry in the series. It was also critically well-received, scoring mainly positive reviews from critics. However, a number of critics found the adaption staying faithful to the book to be both its best and worst quality.Grint won a in the category of "Outstanding New Talent", and a for "Most Promising Young Newcomer".
A year later, Grint again starred as Ron in (2002), the second instalment of the series. The film opened to positive reviews and critics generally enjoyed the lead actors' performances. Both and observed that Grint and his peers had matured between films, with the latter pointing out that Grint had become "more proficient" and said they missed "the amateurish ardour" the actor and Watson carried in Philosopher's Stone. (2004) was released on 31 May in the UK. The film sees all three of its lead characters hover on the brink of adolescence, "and while they look braver and more capable than before, the dangers they face seem far more grave and their own vulnerability more intense." Then -nominee took over direction for Prisoner of Azkaban which remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film with US5 million in revenue. Nonetheless it was the second highest-grossing movie of 2004 behind .
In 2005, Grint reprised his role for the fourth film in the series – . The adaptation, unlike previous films, explored romantic elements and included more humour. In a 2005 interview with , all three lead actors singled out the humour as being a reason for the film's success. This project was directed by . According to the actor, the director was "really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was really cool."Goblet of Fire stands as one of the best reviewed instalments within the series, and is noted for the maturity and sophistication of its characters, darker and more complex plotline, writing and performances of the lead actors., the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, was released to cinemas in 2007. A huge financial success, Order of the Phoenix set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of US4 million, superseding as the title holder. This entry was directed by a new filmmaker, , who would continue to direct all of the following movies. Grint said the laid back director was "really good" and helped keep the material fresh. As the fame of the actor and the series continued, Grint and fellow Harry Potter cast members left imprints of their hands, feet and in front of in Hollywood.
On 15 July 2009, the series's sixth instalment, , was released and set box office records. In its total theatrical run, Half-Blood Prince totalled in US3 million ticket sales. Also, Half-Blood Prince remains one of the most positively reviewed entries within the series among film critics, who praised the film's "emotionally satisfying" story, direction, cinematography, visuals and music.Grint observed a change in Ron in this entry, pointing out that his once insecure, often overshadowed character started to become more secure and even began to show a dark side of himself. The actor found it fun to personify a more emotional Ron. Between 2009 and 2010, his work received three nominations, including one win – an Otto Award from the German magazine .
Despite the success of the past films, the future of the franchise was put into question as all three lead actors were unsure about signing on to continue their roles for the final two films. However, by March 2007, Grint agreed to return for the last instalments. For financial and scripting reasons, the last book was divided into two films which were shot back to back, with filming concluding in June 2010. After completing the final film he said: "I mean it literally has been my childhood and suddenly it all came down to really just one random scene, with us jumping through a fireplace, and then it was over. [...] But because you shoot out of sequence, it's often just 'Turn left, cross the room, okay, that's a wrap.' And you're done. [...] Yeah, it's very odd. Because suddenly it was all over, just like that. It was really emotional for all of us, realising that we're never going to be doing this again. Grint at the film premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at the Alice Tully Center in on 15 November 2010
(2010) was released in November and made over US0 million. It set several box office records and opened to mostly favourable reviews in the media. His portrayal of Ron again earned him critical praise. Reviewing the adaption in , Dana Stevens called all three of the leads "terrific." Despite giving Deathly Hallows – Part 1 a negative rating, Joe Morgenstern of publication stated "Grint has grown up to be a skilful actor who knows the value of a slow burn". writer , however, observed that both Grint and Radcliffe had grown weary of playing the same characters and expressed it in their performances.Grint's performance scored him nominations from the MTV Movie Awards and National Movie Awards for and Performance of the Year in 2011.Grint reprised his role for the eighth time, in , the last Harry Potter instalment. This film picked-up from where the previous film left-off and included a lot of action, whereas the first part had focused more on character development.Rupert, along with the film, was critically acclaimed: Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post asked, "Who could have predicted that Radcliffe, Grint and Watson would turn out to be good actors?". The film broke several box office records, including biggest midnight release, biggest first-day opening, and biggest opening-weekend.Deathly Hallows – Part 2 got up to the , and is the second highest-grossing non- film with more than US.3 billion worldwide (behind ).
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling gave a speech during the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on 7 July 2011 in , England. She announced that there are seven Harry Potter film series cast members, to whom she refers as "The Big Seven," and she named Grint as one of the seven members, alongside , , , , and .
In 2002, Grint starred in his first non-Harry Potter film, , which revolves around Patrick (played by Bruce Cook) whose remarkable capacity for flatulence scores him a job as an astronaut. In this film, Grint portrayed the co-lead role of Alan, an boy who is Patrick's only friend. It was generally ignored by critics and audiences alike. Most of the critics that did take notice of Thunderpants did not respond well to it, with one writing: "This film should be shown in prisons so that inmates have a good reason to never return." Another film he appeared in was , a comedy-drama released in 2006, where he starred opposite . The film was met with a mixed reception by critics, but his portrayal of an oppressed teenaged boy was generally praised. "Grint, on the other hand, is a revelation", who "displays an innate naturalness mixed with personal charisma that turn a potentially pathetic Christian freak into a humorous, thoroughly likable – if more than a little awkward – young man", wrote Alt Film Guide's Andre Soares.
In July 2008, it was announced that Grint would star in the drama film with and . Grint found shooting this film very different from the Harry Potter films since he had to adjust to doing a dozen scenes per day.Grint's character – Malachy, a worker at – goes to great lengths to impress his boss's daughter, with whom he is infatuated. This film, like his next project, would involve him playing violent roles. Despite premiering at the 2009 , the film was initially unable to find a distributor. An online campaign by Grint's fans was credited with helping to secure a deal for distribution in the UK in 2010.
directed Grint in , a 2010 comedy thriller film, which he starred in alongside and . A remake of the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante, Wild Target was made on a relatively small production budget of US million. However, it was a commercial failure, only earning back US.4 million. It also garnered mostly negative reviews in the media, which criticised it for dishonouring the original film and wasting the comedic potential of its cast, but Grint also attracted some positive notice: "It’s nice to see Rupert Grint perform well in a role other than that of Ron Weasley, and it’s clear that he’s got a career ahead of him."
In January 2011, Grint made a in popular comedy show starring comedy duo and (). In March 2011, Grint was cast as the lead character in the small-budget Norwegian film , which was directed by . started in April, and the project, which was shot on location, was released in 2012. Into the White is based on a real incident that took place on 27 April 1940, when German pilot Horst Schopis’s bomber was shot down at Grotli by a , which then crash-landed. The several German and British crew members found shelter by chance during a harsh winter there.
In August 2011, Grint did a photo shoot with his friend and Harry Potter co-star in Los Angeles for the autumn/winter collection of the fashion label Band of Outsiders. In September 2011, it was announced that Grint would voice a character in the along with , and ; the film was released in May 2014.Grint also appears in the music video for 's song ""; the video was released on 20 October 2011.
In March 2012, the "Visit Britain" TV ad was released, which features Grint alongside , and . The TV ad promotes holidaying at home in the UK.
On 14 March 2012, reported that Grint had been cast alongside in The Drummer, a biopic film about drummer of . On the same day, confirmed this and announced filming was scheduled to begin on 15 June 2012 in California and
On 25 July 2012, Grint carried the 2012 London Olympic torch during the , which is part of in London. In interviews, Rupert told the that it was an "overwhelming" experience that he hoped to remember forever, and told "It was amazing, it was really overwhelming. It's just such an honour to be a part of this. I'm really proud".
In October 2012, Grint narrated We Are Aliens, a 25min 3D Planetarium Fulldome film about the possibility of other intelligent life in our Universe.
On 13 February 2013, 's Live Feed announced that Grint would star in a television show on called Super Clyde. "Grint will play the title role of Clyde, the well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never feels like he really fits in. The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild to severe anxiety issues who wishes he were a super hero himself. When Clyde inherits a 0,000 a month inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill, he decides that the cash will be his secret super power and will use it only for good and reward the good-hearted."
In July 2013, it was confirmed that Grint will be making his stage debut in 's second run of his black comedy, Mojo, playing the role as a minor hood called Sweets who pops amphetamines like Smarties and does a sort of double act, full of comic menace. Grint will be starring alongside actors , and . The play is based on real-life events and ran from 26 October 2013 until 8 February 2014 at the in London. He won the for Best London Newcomer for his role in this play.
In September 2013, confirmed that in an adaptation of called Enemy of Man, Grint will be starring with , , , , and , directed by . The filming production began in January 2014 in the United Kingdom.
In June 2014, it was announced that Grint would make his Broadway debut as Frank Finger in the play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, appearing alongside , , , and . Grint's first performance was on 28 August 2014 and his last performance was on 4 January 2015.
Grint is involved with charity, having donated items such as clothes to charity auctions, as well as participating in the Wacky Rally in 2010 with , which raised money for Britain's . He was one of more than forty participants to produce designs for Chrysalis Collection for Keech Hospice Care in London. His piece, a painted butterfly, was auctioned on in March 2010.
In May 2011, along with other celebrities, Grint took part in the ad campaign for "Make Mine Milk" to promote daily milk drinking. His ads could be seen on thousands of bus sides and posters across the United Kingdom.Grint supports Little Star Award since 2011 in support of Cancer Research UK. "I think that it's wonderful that Cancer Research UK is helping to bring a little bit of magic to the children's lives in this way", said Grint.
In 2012 as part of the London Olympics, Rupert participated in the Olympic torch relay and carried the torch through in outside