How Daniel Radcliffe Feels About All Those Unfounded Coronavirus Rumors

No, Daniel Radcliffe does not have the coronavirus. But anyone scrolling through social media last week may have caught a glimpse of a fake report claiming he was the first famous person to contract it. Now, Radcliffe is responding to the unfounded rumors and reassuring fans that he’s perfectly fine. 

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Why Daniel Radcliffe is so beloved by fans

It’s sad to hear bad news about anyone, let alone someone you really admire. And Daniel Radcliffe is just one of those celebrities who’s adored by millions all over the world, with a fandom that spans generations.

Radcliffe is most known for playing the lead role in all eight Harry Potter films. The movies, which were adapted from J.K. Rowling’s popular book series, came with a built-in global fanbase. And after seeing Radcliffe play the boy wizard for over a decade, Harry Potter fans now just consider him part of the family.

After playing Harry Potter, Radcliffe went on to work on films like The Woman in Black, Victor Frankenstein, and Now You See Me 2. The actor also appeared in popular Broadway plays including Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Lifespan of a Fact. Currently, he plays Craig/Prince Chaucely in the TBS comedy, Miracle Workers.  

The fake coronavirus rumor

In the era of social media and fake news, it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s made-up. Last week, a fake BBC Twitter account posted a false report claiming Radcliffe was the first celebrity to contract the coronavirus.

The account is now inactive. But as reported by Buzzfeed News, its creators (who remain anonymous) explained that they spread the fake news so people would become more “tech-savvy.” 

When asked why they chose to make Radcliffe part of their hoax, the group cited his huge fan base and lack of social media presence. “We [found] a celebrity that people care about but [didn’t] really have relevant fame,” they told the outlet. “People love Daniel Radcliffe as a childhood star, but he isn’t popular on social media.”

Daniel Radcliffe confirms he’s okay

In a recent interview with the Australian radio show, Smallzy’s Surgery, Radcliffe addressed the fake news report and confirmed he’s in perfectly good health. The actor, who is currently starring in the London theater production of Endgame, revealed that he first heard about the false rumor backstage at his show. 

 “I walked into the hair and makeup room on the play yesterday and the makeup artist was like, my niece has just texted me and told me you’ve got corona,” Radcliffe said. “I was like, ‘What?’ He showed me a tweet and it was like, ‘Daniel Radcliffe becomes the first famous person to contract coronavirus.’”

Trying to make sense of the hoax, Radcliffe went on to poke some fun at himself. “I think it’s just because I look ill all the time so you can believably say it about me ’cause I’m very pale,” he told the outlet. “That’s the internet. Flattered they chose me.”