Rupert Grint, better known as Ron Weasley from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter film series, is a British film and television actor who learned his trade through theatre productions.
The one-time ice-cream vendor wanna-be has also featured on Broadway appearing alongside Matthew Broderick. He spends most of his time otherwise doing charity work for organizations such as Cancer Research UK and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Rupert Grint Biography
Rupert Grint was born Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint in Harlow, Essex, England, on August 24, 1988, to his parents; Joanne (née Parsons), a homemaker, and Nigel Grint, a racing memorabilia dealer. He is the first of five siblings. The others are James, Georgina, Samantha, and Charlotte.
Grint attended Richard Hale School, in Hertfordshire. He was very popular in school due to his bright red hair which earned him the nickname Ginge, short for ginger. His great-grandfather also nicknamed him “Copper Knob” because of his hair color.
During his time in school, Grint took interest in theatre and was staged in a number of plays. It was said that his ambition to become an actor was fueled by the presence of the Leavesden Film Studios which was located near his home. He performed in his school’s production of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, featuring Rumplestilskin. He further joined a local theatre group called Top Hat Stage and Screen School where he was cast as a fish in Noah’s Ark and a donkey in another nativity play.
Rupert Grint continued performing well into his secondary school days until one day while watching a BBC children’s news program, he saw that his favorite book, Harry Potter, was being made into a film and that there was open casting for the roles. He quickly made a video of himself talking about how the role of Ron was best suited for him and why he deserved to be given a chance. His attempt was successful and Grint was further invited for additional auditioning before he was given the role, despite never having acted professionally before.
Grint, along with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson had to put a pause to school to shoot the Harry Potter films. They were, however, tutored for four hours every day on set which is the minimum legal requirement for child actors. In the summer of 2004, just after the release of the third installment of the Harry Potter film series; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Grint took his General Certificate of Secondary Education exams (GCSE) and completed his formal education.
Since starting his acting career as an aspiring wizard, Grint has featured in a number of other films, including Thunderpants in 2002, Driving Lessons in 2006, Cherrybomb in 2008, and Wild Target in 2010 among many others. After the Harry Potter series ended, he went back to his roots by doing some stage acting, as well as narrating, voice-over and TV roles. He has also won a couple of awards for both his Harry Potter roles and other works.
Rupert Grint’s Net Worth
Rupert Grint has spent a considerable portion of his life, since he began acting, on Forbes Magazine’s Top young earner’s list having reportedly earned around $4 million annually during that time. It is estimated that he is currently worth around $50 million. This is thanks to the investments he made in real estates business, owning a multi-million-pound housing empire in Hertfordshire.
Family – Girlfriend, Is He Related To Ed Sheeran?
Rupert Grint is very private about his personal life. Apart from the names of his family members, not much is known about them. Popular British musician, Ed Sheeran, who shares similar features, most notably the red/ginger hair, has been rumored to be a cousin of Grint’s. However, that story is false. One time Grint announced that Sheeran was his alias/alter ego which he used to pursue a singing career after the end of the Potter series. That was a hoax too.
Like his family members, Grint has managed to also keep his relationships away from the spotlight. He has, however, in the past reportedly dated Katie Lewis, Lilly Allen, Kimberley Nixon, and Georgia Groome. Rumors of him being in another relationship have surfaced in recent years but the identity of the girl is unknown.
Other Facts (Height)
Birth Name: Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint
Place of Birth: Harlow, Essex, England
Date of Birth: August 24, 1988
Occupation: Actor, Stage Performer
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.73m)
Weight: 72 kg (158lbs)
Net Worth: $50 Million