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Biography for Daniel Day-Lewis


Date of Birth
29 April 1957, Greenwich, London, England, UK

Birth Name
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis

6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Biography
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.
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In-depth and exhaustive preparations for roles.
Frequently collaborates with directors Jim Sheridan and
Martin Scorsese.

Ranked #25 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997).
Moving to County Wicklow, Ireland, he assumed Irish citizenship (1993).
Lived together with
Isabelle Adjani, who gave birth to their son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis on 9 April 1995, from 1989 to 1994.
Younger brother of
Tamasin Day-Lewis.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world (1990).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#11) (1995).
Several times offered and turned down the role of Aragorn (Strider) in
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Son-in-law of playwright
Arthur Miller.
According to
Harvey Weinstein, Day-Lewis was taking time off to work as a cobbler in Florence, Italy when Weinstein, director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio lured him into coming back to New York "on false pretenses" so they could persuade him to accept lead role in Gangs of New York (2002).
Describes himself as "a lifelong study of evasion."
According to
Gangs of New York (2002) co-star John C. Reilly, he got sick during shooting in Italy, refusing to trade his character's threadbare coat for a warmer coat because the warmer coat did not exist in the 19th century; doctors finally forced him to take antibiotics.
Announced that he will star in Rose and the Snake, co-written and directed by his wife,
Rebecca Miller. The film was later renamed The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005). (25 February 2003).
Has three sons:
Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis (born on 9 April 1995), Ronan Cal Day-Lewis (born on 14 June 1998) and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis (born in May 2002).
Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world (2003).
Is a skilled woodworker in addition to being able to make his living as a cobbler.