Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor, Film actor

1957 –


Who is Daniel Day-Lewis?

Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he is the son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, and the son-in-law of American playwright Arthur Miller. Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is known as being one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only five films since 1998, with as many as five years between each role.

One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, his work has earned him numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot, Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, a feat which makes him to date the only male actor in history to garner three wins in the lead actor category. Day-Lewis has also won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.

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Apr 29, 1957
Also known as
  • Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis
  • Daniel Day Lewis
  • DDL
  • Jewish people
  • Black Irish
  • Irish people in Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Sevenoaks School
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Bedales School
Lived in
  • London

on July 23, 2013


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