‘Pressure drove me to alcohol,’ Harry Potter star admits

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has spoken about how the pressure of worldwide fame caused him to become alcohol-dependent.

In an interview for a new Sky Arts programme, the 24-year-old said he turned to drink to help overcome the fear of being criticised by the public, and the reliance he developed caused him to become reclusive.

According to yahoo.com, the London-born actor, who played the leading role in all eight films of the Harry Potter series, went teetotal in 2010 after deciding that alcohol no longer made him "happy".

He was quoted by theguardian.com as saying: "I was living in constant fear of who I'd meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I'd stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic - it wasn't me. I'm a fun, polite person, and it turned me into a rude bore."

The last film in JK Rowling's hugely successful franchise, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' - was released in 2011 and Mr Radcliffe admitted to filming some of his parts while feeling the effects of the previous night's drinking.

Since giving up alcohol, however, he has gone on to feature in a number of other successful titles. In 2012, he starred in box office hit 'The Woman in Black' and also played Howl poet Allen Ginsberg in last year's independently released biopic 'Kill Your Darlings'.