Who is ‘Harry Potter’ stuntman David Holmes?


David Holmes, known as Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt double in the Harry Potter film series, encountered a life-altering accident on the set of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, leaving him paralyzed. His story is the focus of HBO’s documentary, “David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived.” Radcliffe, deeply connected to Holmes’ journey, expressed interest in directing the documentary to share Holmes’ remarkable story with the world.

Holmes, despite his challenges, remains committed to the stunt industry and continues to inspire others facing similar difficulties. At 41 years old, his estimated net worth as of 2023 is approximately $1.5 million, significantly less than what his co-stars amassed due to the tragic accident that ended his career as a stunt performer. Fortunately, the film series’ insurance policy covered his expenses following the incident.

The accident deeply affected Holmes and his mentor, Greg Powell, who felt responsible for what happened. The documentary captures a poignant reunion where Powell admits his role in the accident. However, Holmes, while acknowledging the impact of the incident, expresses understanding and compassion towards Powell, recognizing the inherent risks in their industry.


Despite the challenges, Holmes maintains a positive outlook, refusing to let his disability define him. He enjoys racing modified cars and dedicates his time to helping others facing similar challenges. He co-founded Ripple Productions, produces podcasts with fellow tetraplegics, and actively assists individuals with similar injuries.

Holmes remains resilient, refusing to be held back by his disability. He embraces life, cherishing moments with friends, enjoying track days racing cars, and looking forward to embarking on a new career. His story reflects a warrior’s spirit, demonstrating unwavering determination and resilience in the face of adversity.