t had been announced in July 2013 that Rupert would give his professional stage debut as Sweets in Jez Butterworth’s play Mojo. The first show took place on 26 October, and Rupert also promoted the play at the Press Night on 19 November and on the Andrew Marr Show and Lorraine in December 2013.
On 23 February 2014, Rupert attended the WhatsOnStage Awards and was announced the winner of the Dewynter Awards as Best Newcomer.
It was a great pleasure to help Starlight grant Callum’s wish before Christmas and I really look forward to doing more to support this wonderful charity. I have seen first hand just how much of an impact a Starlight Wish can have on a seriously ill child – it really makes a huge difference to them and their family – so I am delighted to become a Starlight Ambassador. (Rupert, on becoming Starlight Ambassador, April 2014)
On 9 December 2013, Rupert had attended the Christmas Party for Starlight Children’s Foundation, surprising many happy young guests. In January, Rupert promoted Starlight’s Get Well Soup Campaign, being given a soup of his own.
On 8 April, it was announced that Rupert had become an official ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation.
In April, promotion for the animated film Postman Pat – You know you’re the one began, and Rupert was featured on the film’s soundtrack with the song Struck by Lightning. The premiere took place at Leicester Square, London, on 11 May, and Rupert was joined on the red carpet by Stephen Mangan and Ronan Keating.
No, he’s a good guy, he’s just a bit unlucky and, um, kind of, he’s one of those people that tries really hard to kind of succeed and just always ends up making the wrong choice and bad decisions and just kind of screws everything up. And yeah, he’s kind of a guy managing a band and kind of out of control and huge egos and he’s definitely trying to get them signed on an album and that desperation kind of gets him into kind of a lot of trouble with the CIA. (Rupert, about his character in Moonwalkers, June 2014)
On 11 April, it was announced that Rupert would star in the film Moonwalkers as Jonny alongside Ron Perlman, and filming took place in May and June in Belgium.
On 24 June, it as announced that Rupert had designed a mask for Daphne’s Charity on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. On 5 July, Rupert once more attended the Formula 1 Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone.
In addition to Postman Pat, Rupert lent his voice to the lead character Amadeo in the English version of The Unbeatables (originally Metegol), which was released in the UK on 15 August.
It kind of happened really quickly. I was in the middle of Moonwalkers and yeah, I just kind of got a call and got sent the script and Skype’d with Jack O’Brian, the director, who’s amazing, so I’m just really surprised that I got the part. So yeah, I’m really looking forward to it and it’s going to be good fun. (Rupert, about It’s Only A Play, June 2014)
In June, it was announced that Rupert would give his Broadway debut in It’s Only A Play alongside Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Murray F. Abraham and Megan Mullaly. With previews starting on 29 August, the play opened on 10 October. Due to other commitments, Rupert was unable to continue for the extension and gave his final performance on 4 January 2015.
For his performance, Rupert won two Awards at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards; as Favorite Featured Actor in a Play and Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male).
On 24 December, BBC2 aired a special documentary called Julie Walters: A Life on Screen. Rupert was interviewed to talk about his on-screen Harry Potter mom and friend in Driving Lessons. On 8 February, Pix11 aired an episode of Celebrity Taste Makers, which Rupert took the time to film during his stay in New York for It’s Only A Play. The documentary Tom Felton meets the Superfans aired on BB3, a documentary in which Harry-Potter co-star Tom Felton interviewed fans as well as celebrities about their experiences with one another, amongst them J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and Rupert Grint.
On 14 March, Rupert joined his co-stars Ron Pearlman and Robert Sheehan at the World Premiere of Moonwalkers at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
Rupert joined his brother James at several racing games throughout the summer,and they appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again.
Recording the Tom Gates audiobooks with Bolinda audio was a brilliant experience. It was great fun bringing the cast of characters to life, particularly Tom and his annoying sister Delia. I hope Tom Gates fans enjoy them! (Rupert, about Tom Gates Audio Books, July 2015)
On 24 July it was announced that Rupert had narrated the audio version of the Tom Gates children’s comedy book series by Liz Pinchon.
As part of the japanese promotion for the movie Moonwalkers, Rupert participated in a Q&A Live Stream on 14 August, answering questions that fans had submitted via Twitter. A few days later, the first trailer for Moonwalkers was released.
In September, Rupert joined Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps at the Fan Expo Canada for the Harry Potter Reunion.
Rupert continued supporting several good causes, among them the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25 September. He attended the Pride of Britain Awards on 28 September and celebrated at the Starlight Children Christmas Party at Downing Street on 15 December.
To promote Moonwalkers, Rupert answered fan questions in a Live Twitter Q&A with IMDb.com, and participated in several interviews both in the US and France.
In late January, Rupert joined his former co-stars at the Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. He also took time to visit the Give Kids the World village that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
After starting his carreer on the big screen and his first experiences on stage, Rupert began to explore a new type of media: Television!