Daniel Radcliffe: ‘I’m excited about Eddie Izzard running for London mayor’

Eddie Izzard has a new supporter in his bid to become London mayor – Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

The 51-year-old comedian is seeking the Labour nomination for mayor of London in 2019 .

Daniel, 24, currently starring in Sky Arts drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook And Other Stories, told the Radio Times that he was disillusioned by party politics.

“I’m not an affiliate of any party. I do vote – I think it’s important. The first time I voted, I felt I had graduated as a full member of society,” he said.

“But politics is disillusioning; it’s just bickering, it’s exhausting. I think the next thing I’m going to get excited about is Eddie Izzard running for London mayor.

“He’s really interesting, super-smart and brings a huge amount of integrity – something that we definitely don’t have today.”

When Daniel, at 18, said he would vote for the Liberal Democrats, he received a letter from Nick Clegg and the pair later met.

“He asked me to come and help out with youth policy and I was like ‘No, no, no, I do not speak for my generation!'” he told the magazine.

Daniel, who mentioned voting Labour a few years later, added: “You know what? Like everybody else, I change my mind.”

The Kill Your Darlings actor, who became teetotal at 21 after he began drinking every night and having blackouts, drew a little on his own fears to play a morphine-addicted character in A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

“I think you can definitely find elements of psychology that are the same – not that I ever was as bad, but I walked away (from alcohol) for a reason,” he said.

Daniel, who is in a relationship with actress Erin Darke, said he was now more protective of his private life.

“There was a time when I thought that the closer the public perception of me was to the real me, the happier I would be, so I tried to put as much information out there as I felt safe doing.

“But what I learnt is, more information just leads to further speculation.”

He added: “The one piece of advice I would give to anybody getting into any sort of situation where they’re recognised is: at all costs retain your sense of humour.

“Try to have fun even if you’re in a very mad situation. Premieres and stuff, having people scream at you… it’s quite overwhelming. It’s lovely in one way, but at the same time it’s intimidating.”

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