Daniel Radcliffe does not have the coronavirus! The former Harry Potter actor confirmed the news today, though he's unsure of how the rumour ever got started. A false report that he was the first celebrity with the coronavirus had circulated earlier this week.
Unfortunately, that title went to actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, who are currently battling the disease in Australia.
Daniel Radcliffe addresses coronavirus rumour
According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, Radcliffe was asked about the coronavirus rumour during an interview with an Australian radio show. He related how he learned of the rumour while preparing for his role in the stage play, Endgame.
"I walked into the hair and makeup room on the play yesterday and the makeup artist was like, my niece has just texted me and told me you've got corona. I was like, 'What?' He showed me a tweet and it was like, 'Daniel Radcliffe becomes the first famous person to contract coronavirus,'" Radcliffe said.
He had a sense of humour about it all, though: "I think it's just because I look ill all the time so you can believably say it about me 'cause I'm very pale. That's the internet. Flattered they chose me," he joked.
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Radcliffe, a stage and screen actor, is currently performing in a London production of the play Endgame by Samuel Beckett. The actor also most recently appeared in Guns Akimbo, a violent action-comedy, and Escape from Pretoria, a prison thriller film.
The Harry Potter alum also confirmed that it seems he's finished with the popular franchise. They are onto the sequel series, Fantastic Beasts, but he sees little reason to re-enter his "Harry Potter" role at this time.
But fans can take comfort in knowing that Radcliffe is doing well! The no more Harry Potter rumours are true, but the Radcliffe-coronavirus rumours are very false.