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David Holmes

David Holmes is a British podcast host and former actor and stunt performer. Holmes was the stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in the first six films of the Harry Potter film series. In January 2009 Holmes was seriously injured and left partially paralysed after an accident during the filming of a stunt test for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. With two friends who are also paralysed, Holmes started Ripple Productions, which in 2020 launched a podcast with Daniel Radcliffe (Cunning Stunts) interviewing other stunt actors to raise awareness about the risks they face.

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David Holmes

About David Holmes

David Holmes is a former British stunt performer best known for his work in the Harry Potter film series. Born on February 9, 1981, in Essex, England, Holmes was drawn to the world of stunt work from a young age. His passion for gymnastics and martial arts paved the way for a promising career in the film industry, where he became renowned for his athleticism and daring performances.

Holmes’s big break came when he was cast as Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the Harry Potter films. Starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001, Holmes performed many of the dangerous stunts that brought the magical world to life on screen. His work was instrumental in creating some of the most memorable and thrilling scenes in the series, and he quickly became a trusted and respected member of the production team.

Tragically, Holmes’s career as a stunt performer was cut short in 2009 when he suffered a life-changing injury while rehearsing a flying scene for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Despite this life-altering event, Holmes has shown remarkable resilience and determination.

Since his injury, Holmes has transitioned to a new role as a motivational speaker and advocate for spinal cord injury awareness. He co-founded the charity “Ripple Productions” to support others facing similar challenges and to promote safety within the stunt industry. His journey from stunt performer to inspirational speaker has been marked by his unwavering positivity and commitment to helping others.

David Holmes continues to inspire audiences worldwide with his story of courage, adaptability, and perseverance, proving that even in the face of adversity, one can find new ways to make a profound impact.

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