Rupert Grint is an English actor, best known for starring as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born on 24 August 1988 in Harlow, Essex, to Nigel Grint (born 1963), a dealer in racing memorabilia, and Joanne Grint (née Parsons; born 1967). Grint is the eldest of five siblings. He has said his earliest goal in life was to become an ice cream man. He grew up in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire and attended Richard Hale School, in Hertford.
While in school, Grint took an avid interest in theatre. He began performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theatre group that cast him as a fish in Noah's Ark and a donkey in another nativity play. He continued performing in school plays as he moved into secondary school. However, Grint had never acted professionally prior to the Harry Potter series. He left school at age 16 to focus on his acting career, stating he "didn't really like school that much".
Starting in 1999, casting began for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling novel by author J. K. Rowling. Rowling personally insisted that the cast be British and assisted Susie Figgis and director Chris Columbus in casting the roles. Grint chose to audition for the role of Ron Weasley, one of Harry Potter's best friends at Hogwarts, and was a fan of the book series. Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting, he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the role. His attempt was successful as the casting team asked for a meeting with him.
Grint has been in a relationship with actress Georgia Groome since 2011. The couple have a daughter, who was born in May 2020.