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Harry Potter star Radcliffe casts spell on Banbridge hotel

Daniel Radcliffe with staff at the Belmont House Hotel
Daniel Radcliffe with staff at the Belmont House Hotel
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe cast a spell on staff and guests at a Northern Ireland hotel as he stopped by for a spot of lunch.

Radcliffe was yesterday described as a "gent and incredibly humble" as he happily chatted away with staff and other guests at the Belmont Hotel in Banbridge, Co Down.

The 29-year-old actor even took time away from his lunch to pose for photos at the historic venue.

Staff said the Hollywood A-lister had cast a spell on them during his visit, saying that it wasn't a usual Thursday afternoon for everyone at the Belmont.

"He was an absolute gent and really humble. One of the nicest men you could meet," the hotel's marketing and events manager Julie-Ann Smart told the Belfast Telegraph. She said they had no idea he was visiting until he arrived for lunch on Thursday with a group of friends.

"We know he has family in the area but we've no clue why he stopped by with us.

"He was very obliging. He stopped and chatted with people and took photos. There was a real buzz and everyone was very happy. Hopefully he'll come back."

Radcliffe has Ulster roots, with his late grandmother Elsie hailing from Banbridge.

The star had been very close to his grandmother and made frequent visits to her at her Co Down home.

She always said she was his number one fan.

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

On Elsie's death over 10 years ago the actor was performing in Equus on Broadway in New York and dedicated a performance to her.

He was aged 18 at the time and was also filming a Harry Potter movie when his grandmother died.

Last month the star of stage and screen was in Australia to shoot an upcoming film, Escape from Pretoria, according to media reports.

The movie is inspired by a real-life escape from the brutal Pretoria Central Prison in South Africa in 1979.

It is set to tell the story of two white South Africans imprisoned in the notorious jail for working on behalf of the ANC.

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