Daniel Radcliffe endorses Jeremy Corbyn

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says he's impressed by the sincerity of Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leadership ballot may have closed, but that hasn’t stopped Jeremy Corbyn securing some magical new backing.

The favourite to take over the Labour party has had an endorsement from Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

Jeremy Corbyn buys The Big Issue from a vendor in Newcastle in 2015

The actor told The Big Issue that he warmed to Corbyn because he reminded him of a favourite teacher. However, despite the beard and an attachment to old ways of doing things it’s not Dumbledore Radcliffe is thinking of.

“In the only sit-down, casual interview I have seen with Jeremy Corbyn, he talks about his allotment and making jam,” said Radcliffe, “so he reminds me in the loveliest way of my English teacher, who is someone I am very, very fond of – so he has a fast track to my heart!”

It is just so nice to have people excited about somebody

Corbyn has energised politics, he added.

“It is incredible. It is just so nice to have people excited about somebody. It seems to be more or less because they are excited about sincerity. I think we all suddenly realised that we are so used to politicians lying. Even when they are being sincere, it feels so scripted that it is hard to get behind them.

“I feel like this show of sincerity by a man who has been around long enough and stuck to his beliefs long enough that he knows them and doesn’t have to be scripted is what is making people sit up and get excited. It is great.”

Radcliffe is back in the UK to promote a new BBC2 drama, The Gamechangers, in which he plays Sam Houser, videogame producer and one of the creative forces behind the Grand Theft Auto gaming phenomenon. He also stars alongside James McAvoy in a new film version of Victor Frankenstein.

For a full interview with Radcliffe, more on Corbyn, Trump and living with the legacy of Harry Potter, see The Big Issue on Monday (September 14).