Birth Name: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Place of Birth: Fulham, Hammersmith, London, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 23 July, 1989
*Northern Irish, possibly English (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Daniel Radcliffe is a British actor. He is known for playing Harry Potter in the feature film series based on the popular book series.
Daniel is the son of Alan Radcliffe (Alan George Radcliffe), a literary agent, and Marcia Gresham (previously Marcia Gresham Jacobson), a casting agent.
Daniel’s father is from Northern Ireland, and is from a Protestant family; given the English surname “Radcliffe”, Daniel’s father likely also has English ancestry. Daniel has family in County Down.
Daniel’s mother was born in South Africa, to Jewish parents (their families were originally from Lithuania and Poland). Daniel’s maternal grandfather was from South Africa and Daniel’s maternal grandmother was born in England.
Daniel is an atheist, and has repeatedly stated that he self-identifies as Jewish, and is proud to be of Irish and Jewish origin. He has said:
Absolutely. I really do. My dad is Northern Irish and my mum is Jewish. That’s working blood. Though I am not religious in the least, I am very proud to be Jewish.
Daniel’s paternal grandparents were Teddy Radcliffe and Elsie May Crowther.
Daniel’s maternal grandfather was Wilfred Jacobson (the son of S. H. Jacobson). The Jacobson family in Johannesburg, South Africa, comes from Lithuania.
Daniel’s maternal grandmother is Muriel Jean Patricia Gresham (born Gershon; the daughter of Samuel Gershon and Rachel/Raie Diana Jacobs). Muriel was born in Rochford, Essex, England. Samuel was born in London, to Louis Gershon (born in Wrechen, Poland) and Jessie Lipman (born in Lurig, Poland). Rachel was also born in London, the daughter of Maurice Jacobs (the son of Yehuda Leib/Louis Krengel and Bessie Sara Marks) and Julia Jacobs or Millie Cohen (the daughter of Maurice Cohen).
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