25. Daniel Radcliffe
Best projects: The Harry Potter movie series (2001 – 2011), The Woman in Black (2012)
Theater fiends have known for years now that Daniel Radcliffe is much more than Harry Potter, due to his acclaimed stretches in London’s Equus play and New York City’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying musical. But for those who’ve never paid to see live stage acting, Radcliffe’s post-Potter career was a big question mark after the release of last summer’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
The answer arrived in January with The Woman in Black, an old-school dose of Victorian supernatural frights that opened to an impressive $20 million its opening weekend in the States. More importantly, though, The Woman in Black demonstrated to Harry Potter supporters that Radcliffe’s talents have darker complexities than had previously been seen. Next year’s heady Kill Your Darlings, which will find Radcliffe playing infamous Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg, should add to that significantly.