Daniel Radcliffe likes to shock people by asking them for cigarette lighters.

The 27-year-old actor - who shot to fame as Harry Potter, the saviour of the wizarding world, in the 'Harry Potter' franchise - admitted he ''gets a kick out of'' surprising strangers by smoking.

He said: ''I do smoke and I like roll-ups.

''I get a kick out of asking people for a light - I'm always losing lighters.

''They fumble in their pockets, look up and realise they've committed the crime of giving Harry Potter cancer.''

Daniel is currently dating New York based actress Erin Darke, 30, and says the pair have a romantic trans-Atlantic love.

He explained: ''I live in both London and New York. My girlfriend and I hop back and forth, so we're constantly saying goodbye but looking forward to seeing each other. It's quite a romantic state to be in.''

And although Daniel loved working on the 'Harry Potter' movies, he is happy to have moved on from the role of the young wizard.

He told The Sun: ''I'm not Harry Potter any more, but I don't regret a day of it. I had the time of my life.

''People look at me with pity sometimes. I know it's because they think I didn't have a childhood, that I was like a slave to the 'Potter' set.

''But it was fun hanging out with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, and the most fascinating grown-ups like Alan Rickman, Julie Walters and Maggie Smith.

''You don't meet those characters every day and they were like family to me.''