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Daniel Day-Lewis

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

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Daniel Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is a retired actor of British and Irish citizenship. Often described as one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema, he received numerous accolades throughout his career which spanned over four decades, including three Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. The actor excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Despite his traditional training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. Protective of his private life, he rarely grants interviews, and makes very few public appearances. Day-Lewis shifted between theatre and film for most of the early 1980s, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Romeo Montague in Romeo and Juliet and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Playing the title role in Hamlet at the National Theatre in London in 1989, he left the stage midway through a performance after breaking down during a scene where the ghost of Hamlet's father appears before him—this was his last appearance on the stage. After supporting film roles in Gandhi (1982), and The Bounty (1984), he earned acclaim for his breakthrough performances in My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), A Room with a View (1985), and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). He earned Academy Awards for his roles in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012). His other Oscar-nominated roles were in In the Name of the Father (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and Phantom Thread (2017). Other notable films include The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), The Crucible (1996), and The Boxer (1997). He retired from acting from 1997 to 2000, taking up a new profession as an apprentice shoe-maker in Italy. Although he returned to acting, he announced his retirement again in 2017.


Daniel Day-Lewis : l'héritier Self (archive footage) 2021-10-10
Phantom Thread Reynolds Woodcock 2017-12-25
Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
And the Oscar Goes To... Self (archive footage) 2014-02-01
Lincoln: An American Journey Self 2013-01-16
Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 2012-11-09
Access to the Danger Zone Narrator (voice) 2012-06-01
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
Uncovering the Real Gangs of New York Self 2003-06-30
Abby Singer Daniel Day-Lewis (uncredited) 2003-10-28
Gangs of New York 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
Innocence and Experience: The Making of 'The Age of Innocence' Self 1993-09-01
In the Name of the Father Gerry Conlon 1993-12-12
The Age of Innocence Newland Archer 1993-09-10
The Last of the Mohicans Hawkeye 1992-08-26
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Christy Brown 1989-04-07
Eversmile New Jersey Dr. Fergus O'Connell 1989-09-11
Stars & Bars Henderson Dores 1988-03-18
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tomas 1988-02-05
Nanou Max 1987-02-27
The Insurance Man Kafka 1986-02-22
A Room with a View Cecil Vyse 1986-03-07
My Beautiful Laundrette Johnny Burfoot 1985-11-16
The Bounty John Fryer 1984-05-04
Dangerous Corner Gordon Whitehouse 1983-05-22
Gandhi Colin 1982-12-01
How Many Miles to Babylon? Alex Moore 1982-02-26
Artemis '81 Library Student 1981-12-29
Sunday Bloody Sunday Child Vandal (uncredited) 1971-07-01