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Daniel Day-Lewis

1957-04-29 Greenwich, London, England, UK

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Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an actor with both British and Irish citizenship. His portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007) and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012) won Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, and Screen Actors Guild as well as Golden Globe Awards for There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. His role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York (2002) earned him the BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Day-Lewis, who grew up in London, is the son of actress Jill Balcon and the Anglo-Irish Poet Laureate, Cecil Day-Lewis. He is a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Often, he will remain completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedule of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is known as one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only seven films since 1997, with as many as five years between roles. Throughout his career Day-Lewis has received numerous accolades and remains the only actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor three times. In 2012, Time magazine named Day-Lewis "The World's Greatest Actor". In 2017, Day-Lewis announced his retirement from acting, with Phantom Thread (2017) being his final film role.


Daniel Day-Lewis : l'héritier Self (archive footage) 2021-10-10
Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
Phantom Thread Reynolds Woodcock 2017-12-25
And the Oscar Goes To... Self (archive footage) 2014-02-01
Lincoln: An American Journey Self 2013-01-16
Access to the Danger Zone Narrator (voice) 2012-06-01
Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 2012-11-09
A Man's Story Self 2011-10-08
Making The Last of the Mohicans Self 2010-10-03
Nine Guido Contini 2009-12-03
There Will Be Blood Daniel Plainview 2007-12-26
The Ballad of Jack and Rose Jack Slavin 2005-02-25
Abby Singer Himself 2003-10-28
Gangs of New York William "Bill the Butcher" Cutting 2002-12-14
Forever Ealing Narrator (voice) 2002-12-05
The Boxer Danny Flynn 1997-12-31
The Crucible John Proctor 1996-11-27
The Age of Innocence Newland Archer 1993-09-10
In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon 1993-12-12
The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye 1992-08-26
Innocence and Experience: The Making of 'The Age of Innocence' Self 1992-09-01
Eversmile, New Jersey Dr. Fergus O'Connell 1989-09-11
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Christy Brown 1989-04-07
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas 1988-02-05
Stars & Bars Henderson Dores 1988-03-18
Nanou Max 1987-02-27
The Insurance Man Kafka 1986-02-22
A Room with a View Cecil Vyse 1985-12-13
My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny Burfoot 1985-11-16
The Bounty John Fryer 1984-05-04
Dangerous Corner Gordon Whitehouse 1983-05-22
Gandhi Colin 1982-11-30
How Many Miles to Babylon? Alex Moore 1982-02-26
Artemis '81 Library Student 1981-12-29
Sunday Bloody Sunday Youth vandalizing car 1971-07-01