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Today's birthday, August 24

AAP logoAAP 23/08/2016

Today's Birthday, August 24: American movie star Rupert Grint (1988-)

Shooting to worldwide stardom as Ron Weasley in the box office smash hit series Harry Potter, the green-eyed, red-haired boy from England's Essex kicked off his career as a precocious 10 year old.

For his audition, he recorded himself rapping about how badly he wanted the role.

"Hello there my name is Rupert Grint. I hope you like this and don't think I stink."

The cheeky-faced Grint laughed as he relayed some of the lyrics to an American talkshow host years later.

The producers loved his three-part audition taped series. They quickly signed him up for the role, which catapulted him from the starry-eyed boy seen in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001) to the mature man on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2011).

Recalling the emotional ending on-set in the final film, Grint spoke of his connection to the main character, whose life ran parallel to his own coming-of-age.

"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," Grint said.

Despite the film's success, Grint has not let the Harry Potter series define him. His voracious appetite for acting has seen him star in the British comedy Thunderpants (2002), Driving Lessons (2006), Cherry Bomb (2010) and Wild Target (2010).

Since the final Potter film wrapped up, Grint has also starred in Into the White (2012), Charlie Countryman (2013), CBGB (2013), Foosball (2013) and Postman Pat: The Movie (2014) to name a few.

Born the oldest of five siblings, Grint distinguished himself by acting for his local theatre where is mother once costumed him in bubble-wrap to portray a fish.

In his spare time Grint enjoys drawing expressive caricatures within 60 seconds, building model aeroplanes and playing the guitar.

He will next star as David Glass in a six-part TV series scheduled for British release in 2017.

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