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Daniel Day-Lewis

Birth Name: 
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis
Birthday: 
Monday, April 29, 1957
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Birth Place: 
Greenwich, London, England
Height: 
6' 1"

 Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born in London, England, the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (aka Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema, head of the famous Ealing Studios. His older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a documentary filmmaker. Daniel was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent, which he despised, and the more progressive Bedales in Petersfield, which he adored. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic School. Daniel made his film debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), but then acted on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Companies and did not appear on screen again until 1982, when he landed his first adult role, a bit part in Gandhi (1982). He also appeared on British TV that year in "Frost in May" (1982) and How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982) (TV). Notable theatrical performances include Another Country (1982-83), Dracula (1984), and The Futurists (1986).

His first major supporting role in a feature film was in The Bounty (1984), quickly followed by My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and A Room with a View (1985). The latter two films opened in New York on the same day, offering audiences and critics evidence of his remarkable range and establishing him as a major talent. The New York Film Critics named him Best Supporting Actor for those performances. In 1986, he appeared on stage in Richard Eyre's The Futurists and on television in Eyre's production of "Screen Two: The Insurance Man (#2.7)" (1986). He also had a small role in a British/French film, Nanou (1986). In 1987 he assumed leading-man status in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), followed by a comedic role in the unsuccessful Stars and Bars (1988). His brilliant performance as "Christy Brown" in Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot (1989) won him numerous awards, including The Academy Award for best actor.

He returned to the stage to work again with Eyre, as Hamlet at the National Theater, but was forced to leave the production close to the end of its run because of exhaustion, and has not appeared on stage since. He took a hiatus from film as well until 1992, when he starred in The Last of the Mohicans (1992), a film that met with mixed reviews but was a great success at the box office. He worked with American director Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence (1993) in 1994. Subsequently, he teamed again with Jim Sheridan to star in In the Name of the Father (1993), a critically acclaimed performance that earned him another Academy Award nomination. His next project was in the role of John Proctor in father-in-law Arthur Miller's play The Crucible (1996), directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Awards and Nominations

2013 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Lincoln)
2008 - Won - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (There Will Be Blood)
2003 - Nominated - Best Actor in a  Leading Role (Gangs of New York)
1994 - Nominated - Best Actor in a  Leading Role (In the Name of the Father)
1990 - Won - Best Actor in a Leading Role (My Left Foot)

News

Sally Field to Play Abraham Lincoln's Wife in Steven Spielberg Movie

Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of the 16th president of the United States, in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis has already been cast to play the president. Spielberg and DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider announced the casting Wednesday. ... Read more
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Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is considered one of the greatest presidents of the United States so it’s fitting that one of the greatest actors of our time should play him on screen.... Read more
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Nine

In 1973 Maury Yeston began working on the music for what would be the Tony Award Winning play Nine, inspired by his obsession with Fredrico Fellini’s film 8 ½ (the title referring to this being an extra half credit to Fellini’s body of work ending with 8 ½).... Read more
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Lincoln: Unite TV SPOT

Lincoln: Unite TV SPOT

 Missed it during the debates? Check out a special look at Lincoln ... Read more
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Lincoln TRAILER

Lincoln TRAILER

 During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery. ... Read more
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Nine TRAILER

Nine TRAILER

“NINE” is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Pen... Read more
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