Rupert Grint
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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  August 24, 1988

Rupert Grint is an actor. He rose to fame for his role as Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” film series, for which he was cast at 11 years old, having previously acted primarily in school plays and his local theatre group. He played Weasley in all eight movies in the series, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and concluding with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” Since then, he has continued his work in theatre, television, and film.

Starting in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the “Harry Potter” franchise with a co-leading role in “Thunderpants.” He starred in “Driving Lessons” and the dramatic “Cherrybomb” and co-starred in “Wild Target.” After the “Harry Potter” series ended, he appeared in movies like “Charlie Countryman,” “Into the White,” “CBGB,” and “Moonwalkers.” He made his stage debut in 2013 in “Mojo” at the Harold Pinter Theatre. He starred and executive-produced the TV series “Snatch,” based on the film of the same name. Grint has also starred in the comedy series “Sick Note,” the mystery miniseries “The ABC Murders,” and the horror series “Servant.”

Grint was born in 1988 in Harlow, Essex, to Nigel and Joanne Grint, the eldest of five siblings. He said that his earliest life goal was to become an ice cream man. Grint grew up in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire and was educated at Richard Hale School in Hertford. While in school, he took an avid interest in theatre and started performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theatre group that cast him as a fish in Noah’s Ark and a donkey in a nativity play. Grint continued participating in school plays as he moved into secondary school. Nonetheless, he never acted professionally before the “Harry Potter” series. He left school at 16 years old to focus on his acting career, saying he “didn’t really like school that much.”

In 1999, casting started for the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling. Rowling insisted the cast be British and helped Susie Figgis and director Chris Columbus with casting the roles. Grint, a fan of the book series, chose to audition for the role of Ron Weasley, one of Harry Potter’s best friends at Hogwarts. Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting, Grint sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the role, and the casting team asked for a meeting with him. In August 2000, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Grint were selected to play Harry, Hermione, and Ron, with Grint being the oldest of the trio. The release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001 was Grint’s debut screen performance.

Breaking records for opening day sales and opening weekend takings, it was the year’s highest-grossing film. With a total of $974 million in its theatrical run, it stands as the series’ second most commercially successful entry. It was critically well-received, scoring mainly positive reviews. However, several critics found the adaptation’s faithfulness to the book both its best and worst quality. Grint won a Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent and a Young Artist Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

What religion is Rupert Grint?

Rupert Grint was raised in a Catholic home and said he “feared God” as a child. In an interview with The Guardian, Grint said, “I feared God as a kid. I went to a Hertfordshire Catholic school. The stories were very powerful, and I took them all on board even though I’m from a very secular family. I knew I wasn’t one of them, but I was quite anxious and worried about religion and the dogma attached to it.”

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