Frank Dillane, 22, son of actors Stephen Dillane and Naomi Wirthner, played Tom Riddle in the last three Harry Potter films. Last year, he starred opposite his father in the British film Papadopoulos and Sons. He has just graduated from Rada and recently made his theatre debut in Candida at Theatre Royal Bath.
"Harry Potter was my first job. I went along and auditioned with everyone else. Although I grew up around movies, I don't know that I assumed I was going to be an actor. But back in the day, if your father was a tailor then you would usually be a tailor, too.
I only appeared from the sixth film, so I wasn't too attached to it in the way Daniel Radcliffe was. I could do it, then leave, unburdened by all the other stuff. I've been recognised once, I think, but I look a lot different in the film. I was mainly locked away with Jim Broadbent [Professor Slughorn] while filming – an absolutely great person to be locked away with, but I didn't have scenes with anyone else and I don't keep up with any of them.
After the films, I took a gap year, during which I sat in a caravan in my back garden and did absolutely nothing. Then I went to Rada. Arriving in an establishment where everyone is better than you, you can't uphold any kind of arrogance for very long. My favourite part so far has been playing Peter Pan at Rada. I did a bit of flying and I loved it. Theatre's a whole different beast to film. It requires a lot more of you. Candida was difficult, stimulating but very wordy."