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Daniel Radcliffe | Source: Getty Images
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Daniel Radcliffe, 34, Makes Rare Appearance with Partner before Winning His 1st Tony Award, Sparking Mixed Reactions

Naomi Wanjala
Jun 17, 2024
11:15 A.M.

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke's red carpet appearance at the Tony Awards sent shockwaves through the crowd; not just for their dazzling looks, but for the whirlwind of reactions it ignited. Amidst the opinions, Radcliffe delivered a surprise that melted hearts.

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"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe celebrated a major career milestone at the Tony Awards. He previously earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role for his portrayal of Charley Kringas in the musical "Merrily We Roll Along," but this time, he snagged a win.

Daniel Radcliffe, winner of the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical award for “Merrily We Roll Along,” poses in the 77th Annual Tony Awards Press Room at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe, winner of the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical award for “Merrily We Roll Along,” poses in the 77th Annual Tony Awards Press Room at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Dressed in a sharp purple tuxedo, Radcliffe exuded confidence on the red carpet. Darke, who stood beside him turned heads in a dazzling sequin gown adorned with intricate beading and an illusion neckline.

Erin Darke and Daniel Radcliffe attend The 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Erin Darke and Daniel Radcliffe attend The 77th Annual Tony Awards on June 16, 2024, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Her '90s-inspired updo and subtle makeup perfectly complemented her glamorous look. Their joint appearance sparked a flurry of reactions online, with a range of opinions from fans and critics alike.

Some netizens couldn't resist drawing comparisons, with one commenter joking, "I thought that was his mum," and another adding, "Like mother and son !!!!!!!!!"

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke attend The 77th Annual Tony Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke attend The 77th Annual Tony Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Someone else humorously chimed in, "I first thought he brought his Mom 😮😂." Amidst the jests, others debated the couple's compatibility. One skeptic noted, "They don't look suited, but love is love."

Despite the harsh criticism online, there were also uplifting comments. Many were from fans who admired Radcliffe and Darke's appearance at the Tony Awards. One admirer praised Darke's beauty with a simple but heartfelt comment. "She's Beautiful!"

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Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke at The 13th annual Tony's After-Party Hosted by Rick Miramontez and John Gore at the The Carlyle on June 16, 2024, in New York | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke at The 13th annual Tony's After-Party Hosted by Rick Miramontez and John Gore at the The Carlyle on June 16, 2024, in New York | Source: Getty Images

Another fan applauded Radcliffe's confidence and his relationship with Darke and wrote, "Love men that confident with themselves & their gf height doesn't bother them(sic)😍." A third supporter simply declared them the "Best couple 🤗💕💞✨."

Amidst the buzz of the awards ceremony, Daniel Radcliffe took a moment during his acceptance speech. He acknowledged his parents, who were in attendance. He expressed his love for them and wished his dad a Happy Father's Day.

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Also, he didn't forget to honor his girlfriend Darke and their son. He described them as the most important parts of his life. "My love Erin — you and our son are the best thing that has ever happened to me," he declared.

Adding to the significance of the day, it was Radcliffe's first Father's Day as a parent himself. In a brief interview, the actor shared his plans for celebrating the occasion. The father of one mentioned he intended to spend quality time with his son after the festivities.

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Radcliffe also shared that his young son is "the best" and is now at the stage where he speaks "very charming nonsense."

Radcliffe and Darke love being parents, and it is progression of their love story began on the set of "Kill Your Darlings" in 2012. Their relationship has remained strong ever since. The actor fondly recalled their initial meeting on set, musing that it would be a tale worth sharing with their children someday.

Daniel Radcliffe, Erin Darke, and their son in the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York in July 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe, Erin Darke, and their son in the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York in July 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Their family grew with the arrival of their first child in April 2023, although they kept the exact date private. Shortly after the birth, the couple was spotted in New York City. Radcliffe was seen proudly pushing their son in a stroller while Darke walked alongside.

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The pair chose to keep their child's gender under wraps for several weeks before Radcliffe openly shared the news of their son's birth and his excitement about fatherhood.

Daniel Radcliffe, Erin Darke, and their son in the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York in July 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe, Erin Darke, and their son in the SAG-AFTRA picket line in New York in July 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Radcliffe spoke candidly about adjusting to parenthood, describing it as intense yet incredibly fulfilling. The talented actor took time off work to bond with Darke and their newborn, prioritizing family during this special time.

When discussing his career, Radcliffe emphasized that his son's well-being would influence his role choices. He aims to balance work and family life.

Daniel Radcliffe on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in March 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" in March 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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Looking ahead, Radcliffe expressed a desire for his children to experience the film industry but not at a young age. He hopes they can enjoy a normal childhood away from the early fame he experienced. He also suggested that visits to film sets might be part of their exposure when they are older.

Through it all, Radcliffe and Darke continue to navigate parenthood with love and consideration for their growing family. They cherish both their private moments and public milestones together.

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