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Friday 27 November 2015

Harry Potter star mourns Banbridge granny

Published 06/10/2008

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is mourning the loss of his Ulster-born gran.

Elsie Radcliffe — the teenager’s biggest fan — died on Thursday after a long battle against illness.

The 79-year-old Banbridge woman had been suffering from heart-related problems.

Daniel (19) had been very close to his grandmother and had made frequent visits to her at her Co Down home.

The young actor, currently filming the latest Harry Potter movie and starring in a play in New York, is expected to fly into Northern Ireland tomorrow for the pensioner’s funeral.

Elsie, who had been living with her daughter Linda and son-in-law Drew, told friends she was her grandson’s number one fan.

Last year, the retired hospital worker flew to London to see him on stage in the controversial play Equus.

Said a family friend: “She just lover her grandson so much and was so proud of him. Elsie was his number one fan and loved all the Harry Potter movies.”

Daniel was born in west London, the son of Elsie’s son Alan Radcliffe, a literary agent, and his wife, Marcia, a casting agent.

Elsie Radcliffe’s funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian Non-Subscribing Church on the Downshire Road, Banbridge this afternoon.

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