Harry Potter actor’s documentary about paralysed stunt double

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived is an upcoming documentary about the Harry Potter stunt double who suffered a tragic accident on set.

Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular character in the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, is looking to tell the story of his on-set stunt double, David Holmes, who became paralysed following an accident at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, UK.

David Holmes, who is now 42, was left paralysed while rehearsing for a flying scene for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which came out in 2010. 

In comments he made to The Mirror newspaper in 2014, Holmes revealed that he broke his neck when he was pulled backwards by a wire to replicate the effects of an explosion and hit a wall. He then spent six months in hospital, and was told that he would have limited mobility in his arm and hands, as well as complete paralysis from the chest down.

David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived seeks to tell the story of Holmes from the moment the accident happened onwards, and will include candid footage from the past 10 years, intimate interviews, and more information about Radcliffe and Holmes’ joint podcast, Cunning Stunts, which they launched in 2020.

In the US, the documentary will premiere on HBO on Wednesday, November 15, while in the UK, it will be made available on Sky Documentaries and NOW come Saturday, November 18. 

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