Daniel Radcliffe’s Paralyzed Stunt Double In ‘Harry Potter’ To Star In His New Documentary

Though a children’s book, “Harry Potter” has so many action-packed scenes that, during the making of the films, stunt doubles had to cover up for those risky scenes, such as those involving Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. 

However, unexpectedly, his stunt double, David Holmes, who did stunts for Radcliffe on the first six “Harry Potter” movies suffered a tragic accident on set, leaving him paralyzed with a debilitating spinal injury.

Now, Holmes is starring in an upcoming documentary executive-produced by Harry Potter himself, Radcliffe. 


Holmes was left paralyzed after an accident on the set of the first part of the movie adaptation of the last installment in the novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” 

According to a report on Deadline, HBO Documentary Films and Sky are producing the documentary, titled “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived,” which will narrate the story of Holmes, a talented teen gymnast who stunt-doubled for Radcliffe in the movies, but became a victim to an accident that left him paralyzed. 

Deadline’s Max Golbart wrote that the documentary will share about the stuntman’s experiences “living with adversity” and growing up,” showcasing “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, Radcliffe, friends, family, and former crew”.

‘The day has come’

Holmes took to Instagram to express how happy he is to star in this documentary. 

He posted, “Finally, the day has come. I can now share with you all the secret project and four years’ hard work that has gone into creating this film: THE BOY WHO LIVED.”

He added how being a stuntman was his “calling in life,” and how “doubling Harry was the best job in the world.”

This film tells the story of, not just my achievements in front of camera, but also the challenges I face every day, and my overall attitude to life after suffering a broken neck,” Holmes further said.

Lindley Agustin

Lindley Agustin

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