Daniel Radcliffe wins his first Tony Award

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The Boy Who Lived has won his first Tony Award.

At the 77th Annual Tony Awards, Radcliffe won his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Merrily We Roll Along” for his role as Charley Kringas, the lyricist and best friend of Franklin Shepard (played by Jonathan Groff ). This was also Radcliffe’s first nomination.

It’s an extra special day for Radcliffe as he’s also celebrating Father’s Day after welcoming his son with his longtime girlfriend Erin Darke.

As he accepted his speech, he said, “My mom and dad are here somewhere – happy Father’s Day, dad, I love you both so much. Thank you for playing Sondheim in the car and, you know, loving me… and my love Erin – you and our son are the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you so much, thank you very much. Thanks to everyone.”

Radcliffe also thanked his cast. “Thank you so much to our cast, everyone on that stage, it’s an honor to be on that stage with you every night. I’ll miss you so much… speaking of missing things, Jonathan, Lindsay: I’ll miss you so much. I don’t really have to act on this show, I just have to look at you and feel everything I want to feel,” he said. “I will never have it this good again.”

After winning the Tony, Radcliffe told reporters what the transition was like from finding success in stage acting after his long career as Harry Potter. “When I was ready [Harry Potter] I had no idea what my career would look like. I had already started doing some stage stuff, but I didn’t know at all what the future had in store,” he said. “I think I’ve become a better actor. Every time I’ve gotten something on stage.”

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