Rupert Grint beats Sir David Attenborough’s record for the fastest time to reach 1m Instagram followers

Rupert Grint has beaten Sir David Attenborough’s record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram, according to Guinness World Records.

The Harry Potter star, from Harlow, debuted on the social media platform on November 10 and reached the milestone in four hours and one minute.

After joining in September this year, veteran broadcaster Sir David, 94, secured seven digits in four hours and 44 minutes.

In his debut post the actor, who played Ron Weasley in the blockbuster films, cradled his daughter Wednesday and joked he was “10 years late” to Instagram.

His early follows included Sir David and Harry Potter co-stars Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, and Emma Watson, who portrayed his best friend Hermione Granger.

  • Prior to Sir David, the previous record holder was Friends star Jennifer Aniston, who joined on October 2019 and gained 1 million followers in five hours and 16 minutes.

  • Footballer David Beckham, Pope Francis and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have all also been record holders in the category.

Grint shot to worldwide fame after starring in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 as Ron Weasley, Harry’s loyal but accident-prone best friend.

He played the role in all eight films. Grint’s TV roles include Sky One comedy Sick Note, crime drama Snatch and Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders.

The actor announced in May that he and his partner Georgia Groome, known for starring in 2008 comedy Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, had welcomed their first child.

They have been together since 2011.