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11/09/2015 17:45 BST | Updated 11/09/2015 18:59 BST

Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe Backs Jeremy Corbyn In Labour Race

Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn has notched up the endorsement of yet another celebrity backer.

Daniel Radcliffe, who made his name playing JK Rowling’s schoolboy wizard Harry Potter, has spoken warmly about the MP, claiming he reminds him of a favourite teacher.

Talking to the Big Issue, Radcliffe said: “In the only sit-down, casual interview I have seen with Jeremy Corbyn, he talks about his allotment and making jam, so he reminds me in the loveliest way of my English teacher, who is someone I am very, very fond of – so he has a fast track to my heart!”

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Jeremy Corbyn is the favourite to win the Labour leadership vote

Radcliffe also praised the left-winger for “energizing” politics, stating: “It is incredible. It is just so nice to have people excited about somebody. It seems to be more or less because they are excited about sincerity.

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“I think we all suddenly realized that we are so used to politicians lying. Even when they are being sincere, it feels so scripted that it is hard to get behind them.”

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Daniel Radcliffe has been spoken warmly about the Labour MP

Voting has now closed for the three-month contest and Corbyn is the favourite to win the ballot of 550,000 Labour members and supporters and succeed Ed Miliband on Saturday.

Further A-listers backing Corbyn include the comedian Russell Brand, singers Charlotte Church and Billy Bragg, actress Maxine Peake and Guardian columnist Owen Jones.

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