After appearing in the first Potter flick, Grint made inroads into the comedy realm with the 2002 British film "Thunderpants." He took a more serious turn in the 2006 coming-of-age story "Driving Lessons," in which he acted in alongside Laura Linney. Grint opted for a further departure from Harry Potter with the 2008 thriller "Cherrybomb," playing a bad boy who stops at nothing to get the girl he covets.
While he commands a star's salary -- according to Forbes, he makes $4 million a year -- Grint's off-screen life is decidedly run-of-the-mill. He takes pride in the ice cream truck he bought with his Harry Potter earnings and he recently got sidelined by a mild bout of swine flu that, at the London premiere of "The Half Blood Prince," he described as "just like any other flu I've had before."