Daniel Radcliffe was mobbed by fans while he was in the toilet at the Venice Film Festival.

The actor arrived in Italy to promote his latest film, 'Kill Your Darlings', and although overexcited fans pushed past bodyguards and police to get to him while he was in the bathroom, he remained calm and laughed the incident off.

He said: ''I've been dealing with it in various ways since I was 11. I don't take it seriously, actually I think it's funny.''

The 24-year-old star has been a megastar since he was a boy thanks to his role as the titular wizard in the 'Harry Potter' franchise, but is now making the transition to more adult roles and 'Kill Your Darlings' - in which he plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg - tackles issues of homosexuality and drug abuse.

He added: ''I love poetry and it was fantastic to get the part and have the opportunity to dive into Ginsberg's life.

''The diaries he made when he was young gave me an amazing insight into his character.

''I'm incredibly grateful for the swirl of support behind me. My fans seem excited by the unconventional path I am taking.''