Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke have been dating since 2012
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The couple initially connected while playing love interests in Kill Your Darlings where they say they quickly realized that their chemistry continued offscreen as well. Although Radcliffe, 32, and Darke, 37, have been very private about their relationship since then, their admiration for one another is clear in the support they have shown for each other’s projects through the years. (In fact, Darke made a rare appearance with Radcliffe Sept. 8, above, to support him at the TIFF premiere of Weird: The Al Yankovic story.)
For Darke, her projects include roles in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Good Girls Revolt and the Oscar-nominated film Still Alice. She’s even had the chance to collaborate with Radcliffe again on an episode of his show Miracle Workers, which he called “incredibly special.”
“I’ve got a really nice life. I’ve been with my girlfriend for a decade pretty much. We’re really happy,” Radcliffe told PEOPLE.
So who is Radcliffe’s girlfriend? Here’s everything to know about Darke.
Darke is an actress who has appeared in series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Dietland
Darke kicked off her acting career in 2009 when she first appeared in a short film titled Obelisk Road. Since then, she’s been featured in numerous films and television series, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Good Girls Revolt, and Dietland. She also acted in the Oscar-nominated film Still Alice and the Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy.
She grew up in the Midwest and attended the University of Michigan-Flint
Darke was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up in the Midwest before enrolling in the University of Michigan-Flint when she was just 16. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance in 2005, which she says helped her hone her acting skills and successfully begin her career.
“Particularly because I was so young when I started, the small and very personal nature of the theatre department at UM-Flint was incredibly helpful for me to grow as both a person and a performer. They were patient and kind, but also constantly pushed me to challenge myself, explore, and work hard. These are all things that are essential to a career in this industry and I’m grateful to have learned them early,” Darke said in an interview with her alma mater.
Darke worked in a casting office after moving to New York City, but decided to pursue acting full-time
After graduating from college, Darke headed to the Big Apple to pursue acting and ended up getting cast in a few small scale plays. When she realized that she still had a lot to learn about the entertainment industry, she got an internship at a casting office — and was soon working there full time. She went on to serve as a casting associate on numerous projects including The Carrie Diaries, The Wolverine and Noah.
“I really enjoyed the job. I learned so much about the industry and auditioning and I got to work with these amazing directors on incredible projects,” Darke recalled in that same interview. It was great, but I knew my heart was still in acting, so I am back to pursuing that full-time.”
She met Radcliffe on the set of their film Kill Your Darlings in 2012
Not long after Darke re-dedicated herself to her acting career, she was cast in Kill Your Darlings, where she met Radcliffe for the first time on set. There was an instant connection for the duo, who happened to be playing love interests on screen; Radcliffe later told PEOPLE he wasn’t acting when they filmed together because the flirting he was doing was actually real.
“It’ll be a hell of a story to tell our kids one day because of what our characters do with each other,” Radcliffe told PEOPLE, referencing their love scene. “Our characters are meeting and flirting with each other, so there is this kind of sweet record of us just meeting for the first time and flirting.”
The couple both enjoy the same kind of “nerdy” things
After connecting on set, Radcliffe and Darke bonded over the same “nerdy” things. Radcliffe explained that he had always thought he would have to hide his nerdy side from women, but actually felt completely comfortable around Darke.
“I grew up doing lots of things where I thought, ‘This is super nerdy. I’ll never be able to do this around a girl.’ But that’s the wonderful thing about the moment you find the relationship you’re meant to be in. It’s like, ‘Oh, I can do all of that stuff and you don’t mind. And you actually think it’s fun, too. This is fantastic!'” Radcliffe said in an interview with Metro.
During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show in March 2022, Radcliffe explained that Darke is also the reason he “unironically” watches reality TV.
“Erin got me into it initially, but now I have to own the fact that I’m also like, ‘Hey, you wanna put on Love Is Blind?’ ” he said.
Radcliffe and Darke share similar viewpoints about fame and being in the spotlight
Both Radcliffe (who was just 11 when he was cast in the blockbuster Harry Potter movies) and Darke have chosen to live very private lives, choosing to mostly stay out of the public eye when they’re not promoting something.
“Dating a famous person teaches you very quickly that s–t is weird sometimes. People are weird with fame sometimes,” Darke told Vulture, in an interview in which she and Radcliffe discussed being the subject of an internet hoax. “You do start to dismiss things you read about your partner if you’re pretty sure they’re not true. We’re boring to [the paparazzi]. Ninety percent of the paparazzi photos of us are getting coffee…We’ve been photographed twice waiting for an Uber. Dan is not the most exciting celebrity.”
Radcliffe told Newsweek that he “doesn’t” want fame for his kids. Instead, he’d like to see them enjoy a role behind the scenes.
“I want my kids, if and when they exist…I would love them to be around film sets,” he said. “A dream would be for them to come onto a film set and be like ‘God, you know, I’d love to be in the art department. I’d love to be something in the crew.’ Film sets are wonderful places. I think a lot of the time it can be wonderful for kids. But it’s really the fame side of it that should be avoided at all costs.“
They most recently worked together on TBS’s Miracle Workers
In 2021, Radcliffe got the chance to collaborate with Darke on an episode of his comedy series Miracle Workers. While Radcliffe says they enjoyed working together, it’s not something they plan on doing often.
“We definitely like [working together], but it’s not something we want to do all the time,” he told PEOPLE. “We obviously met on film and so getting to do stuff on Miracle Workers with her last year was incredibly special and felt lovely. Hopefully we’ll get to do more in the future, but we also both write, so maybe we’d write something together at some point, and that would be cool.”
Radcliffe and Darke are each other’s biggest supporters
After dating for nearly a decade, Darke and Radcliffe have become each other’s biggest fans, supporting all of the projects they individually decide to take on.
“One of the first things we bonded over was how much we really love what we do and there’s something that’s really beautiful and really lovely about being with someone who just innately understands that about you,” Darke shared with PEOPLE. “He helps me make self-tapes [for auditions] sometimes. He’s a great reader, by the way. We’re both incredibly supportive of the other person’s career.”
Her family are big fans of Weird Al
Darke is a big fan of the quirky singer, whom Radcliffe portrays in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. But she isn’t the only one in her family with an affinity for Yankovic — her dad and brother are also avid fans.
“Actually, after [director] Eric [Appel] and Al [Yankovic], the people I’m most concerned about their reaction is probably my in-laws — Erin’s dad, [Ian Darke], and [her] brother, because they’re massive fans as well,” Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly. “Erin’s seen the movie but I’ll be interested in what Ian thinks. I really hope he likes it.”
Daniel Radcliffe single after splitting with gal pal Rosie Coker
October 19, 2012
The magic between Daniel Radcliffe and Rosie Coker is gone.
The “Harry Potter” star and his long-time girlfriend have ended their relationship. Coker’s father confirmed the breakup news to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, adding, “Rosie’s not in this country at the moment. She’s trying to move on. She won’t want to talk about it.”
A rep for Radcliffe tells omg!, “We don’t comment on his personal life.”
Radcliffe and Coker, both 23, met in 2007 on the set of “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince” and started dating three years later. Radcliffe wasn’t shy about his feelings for the production assistant. Earlier this year, he told Parade that he was “absolutely” in love with Coker, who lived with Radcliffe in his luxury Manhattan pad. “When Rosie’s here, every day seems better,” he gushed. “Ultimately, I think, it comes down to that — having somebody in your life who makes you happier than you thought you could be.”
However, Radcliffe did admit that he’s “not an easy person to love.” He told Parade, “There are lots of times when I’m a very good boyfriend, but there are times when I’m useless. I mean, I’m a mess around the house. I talk nonstop. I become obsessed with things. This year it’s fantasy football, which means Rosie has to listen to me talking 24 hours a day about this team. ‘Should I take this player out, do you think, darling?’ And she listens to it, and she loves me for my oddness, my awkwardness, all of those things that I hate about myself. She finds them cute. I guess that’s love.”
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Radcliffe previously dated Irish actress Laura O’Toole, who was his co-star in Broadway’s “Equus,” as well as Olive Uniacke, the stepdaughter of a “Harry Potter” producer. Since his split from Coker, several reports link him to Erin Darke, who is one of his co-stars in the upcoming film “Kill Your Darlings.” However, there is no official confirmation of a romance between the two.