Daniel Radcliffe reunites with paralyzed stunt double for heartfelt documentary
Daniel Radcliffe has teamed up with his former Harry Potter stunt double, David Holmes, to create a compelling documentary that delves into David’s life following a life-altering on-set accident.
David Holmes began his journey as Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The dynamic duo collaborated closely for the next decade, bringing thrilling stunts to life on the silver screen. However, tragedy struck in 2010 while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, as David suffered a broken neck and severe spinal injuries during a stunt, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
HBO has commissioned a documentary titled “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived,” which offers a poignant exploration of David’s life before and after the accident. Described as a “coming-of-age story,” it paints a vivid picture of David’s journey from a teenage gymnast in Essex, England, to being selected as Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double at the age of 11.
The documentary promises candid personal footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Holmes’ stunt work, scenes from his present life, and intimate interviews with David, Radcliffe, friends, family, and former crew members. It delves into universal themes of resilience, identity, and the unbreakable bonds that emerge in the face of adversity.
Since the accident, Daniel and David have maintained their friendship, even co-hosting a podcast, “Cunning Stunts,” in 2020, aimed at demystifying the world of stunt actors. The documentary showcases their enduring connection and admiration for the unsung heroes of the film industry.
“David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived” will be available for viewing on Sky Documentaries and streaming on NOW starting November 18, offering viewers a heartwarming glimpse into the life of a true hero who, like the boy who lived, overcame the odds in the face of adversity.