Documentary, Film
Oct 26, 2023

Daniel Radcliffe Reunites With ‘Harry Potter’ Stunt Double Who Was Paralyzed After ‘Deathly Hallows’ Accident for Documentary

‘David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived’ is an upcoming documentary that features interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, who also serves as an executive producer on the project.

Image: Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ COURTESY EVERETT COLLECTION

Daniel Radcliffe is stepping into a producer role, as he teams up with David Holmes, his longtime stunt double in the Harry Potter franchise, to create a documentary based on his life. David Holmes was brought onto the film franchise ahead of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and, over the course of 10 years, he and Radcliffe formed an “inextricable bond.” However, in the penultimate film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Holmes had a tragic accident on set that left him paralyzed with a spinal injury. 

“As Daniel and his closest stunt colleagues rally to support David and his family in their moment of need, it is David’s extraordinary spirit of resilience that becomes their greatest source of strength and inspiration,” Warner Bros. Discovery said in a statement about the documentary, which is directed by Dan Hartley (Lad: A Yorkshire Story).

The statement continued, “Featuring candid personal footage shot over the last decade, behind-the-scenes material from Holmes’ stunt work, scenes of his current life and intimate interviews with David, Daniel Radcliffe, friends, family and former crew, the film also reflects universal themes of living with adversity, growing up, forging identities in an uncertain world and the bonds that bind us together and lift us up.”

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived marks the most recent collaboration between the stunt double and the actor. The pair launched a podcast in 2020 called Cunning Stunts, in which they speak to notable stunt performers in the industry and break down some of the biggest action scenes in films.

The project is produced by HBO Documentary Films in association with Sky Studios and Lightbox/Ripple Productions. Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Vanessa Davies and Amy Stares serve as producers, with Radcliffe, Holmes, Hartley, Sue Latimer and Sarah Spahovic executive producing. HBO’s EP includes Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Tina Nguyen, and Poppy Dixon EPs for Sky Studios.