Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe warns celebrities who use social media 'cannot expect privacy'

Actor Daniel Radcliffe does not have either a Twitter or Facebook profile to keep fans up-to-date.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe does not have either a Twitter or Facebook profile to keep fans up-to-date. Photo: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Celebrities who use social media to tell fans what they are doing "moment to moment" can not expect to have a private life, according to Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

The 24-year-old actor said he stayed off sites like Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to keep a low profile.

There's certain things you can do to make it a lot easier on yourself.

If you don't, for instance, go to premieres that aren't for a film you're in, or don't just turn up at other events and stuff like that, then that's going to help to not fuel the interest.

Also, I don't have Twitter and I don't have Facebook and I think that makes things a lot easier because if you go on Twitter and tell everybody what you're doing moment to moment and then claim you want a private life, then no one is going to take that request seriously.

– Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe says he tries to keep a low profile by staying off social media.
Radcliffe says he tries to keep a low profile by staying off social media. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

But Radcliffe, whose new show A Young Doctor's Notebook starts on Sky Arts tonight, admitted he had resented the attention he got as the young star of the Harry Potter films.

He said: "When I was 18 or 19 there was definitely a level of frustration around...I did have to think where I went more than a lot of my friends and you do get a little frustrated around that age, but ultimately it's childish, petulant - oh I want that too.

"People always say to me, 'Do you feel like you missed out on a childhood? Do you feel like you had your childhood taken away?' And I'm like: 'No, what a ridiculous, like, kids who are abused have their childhoods taken away from them.'"

Radcliffe, whose wealth has been estimated at around £50 million, said "the only time" he spends a lot of money is in bookshops where he can buy as many as 20 books in one go.

Radcliffe admitted he had resented the attention he got as the young star of the Harry Potter films.
Radcliffe admitted he had resented the attention he got as the young star of the Harry Potter films. Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire/Press Association Images