Claire Danes

Actor
Claire Danes was barely in her teens when she made a significant impact on primetime television with the startling authenticity, intelligence and complexity she brought to her starring role on the landmark drama "My ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1979 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Presenter

70th Annual Tony Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Homeland 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Catch My Disease 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dreams of Love 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

As Cool As I Am 2013 (Movie)

Lainee Diamond (Actor)

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Martha Stewart's Holiday Open House 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

Sonja Jones (Actor)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

Ann Grant (Actor)

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

Yvaine (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flock 2007 (Movie)

Allison Lowry (Actor)

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Shopgirl 2005 (Movie)

Mirabelle Buttersfield (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

Julie Morton (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

It's All About Love 2004 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

Stage Beauty 2004 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Rage in Placid Lake 2004 (Movie)

Girl at Seminar (Actor)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 (Movie)

Kate Brewster (Actor)

Igby Goes Down 2002 (Movie)

Sookie Sapperstein (Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Julia Vaughan (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Brokedown Palace 1999 (Movie)

Alice Marano (Actor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of San (Voice)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

Julie Barnes (Actor)

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

Cossette (Actor)

Polish Wedding 1998 (Movie)

Hala Pzoniak (Actor)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

I Love You, I Love You Not 1997 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Kelly Riker (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The ShoWest Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Juliet (Actor)

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 (Movie)

Rachel Lewis (Actor)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Kitt (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Young Glady Joe (Actor)

My So-Called Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

Beth Marsh (Actor)

Dead Man's Jack 1993 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

30 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Temple Grandin (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

("I See The Moon" - Traditional) (Song Performer)

Biography

Claire Danes was barely in her teens when she made a significant impact on primetime television with the startling authenticity, intelligence and complexity she brought to her starring role on the landmark drama "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95). Following the beloved show's early demise, Danes headed straight for dramatic feature films, maintaining her "thinking teen" persona in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo + Juliet" (1996) and the Academy Award-nominated "The Hours" (2002). While Danes branched out with comedies including "The Family Stone" (2005) and the fantasy "Stardust" (2007), it was character-driven dramas like "Shopgirl" (2005) that best showcased the actress' skillful embodiment of a vulnerable female on the verge of an empowered breakthrough. She once again found wide critical acclaim on television for her Emmy-winning performance in the title role of the biopic "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010), followed by a return to episodic series work as one of the stars of the espionage thriller "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011- ). Having successfully made the transition from small screen to feature films and back again, Danes remained one of the more impressive performers in either medium.

Relationships

Billy Crudup Actor

Companion
Began dating 2003; couple generated negative publicity due to rumors their relationship caused end of Crudup's relationship to then-pregnant Mary-Louise Parker Co-starred in "Stage Beauty" (2004) Split 2006

Matt Damon Actor

Companion
Briefly dated during filming of "The Rainmaker" (1997) No longer together

Hugh Dancy Actor

Husband
Met while appearing together in "Evening" (2006) Began dating December 2006 Announced engagement January 2009 Married September 2009 in a quiet ceremony in France

Cyrus Dancy

Son
Born Dec. 17, 2012; father, Hugh Dancy

Chris Danes

Father
Met wife, Claire's mother, at the Rhode Island School of Design

Carla Danes

Mother
Met husband, Claire's father, at the Rhode Island School of Design

Asa Danes

Brother
Born c. 1972 Worked as a litigation attorney for the law firm of Paul Hastings

Gibson Danes

Grandfather
Former dean of Yale's School of Art and Architecture Suffered from Alzheimer's disease and committed suicide in 1992

Andrew Dorff

Companion
Met 1995 No longer together

Ben Lee Actor

Companion
Dated from 1997-2003 No longer together

EDUCATION

Le Lycée Français

Los Angeles , California
Attended the private high school

Dalton School

New York , New York

Professional Performing Arts School

New York , New York
Attended during sixth and seventh grades

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

New York , New York
Began taking acting classes at age nine

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1998 - 2001
After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out to focus on her film career

Milestones

2011

Starred as CIA Agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime drama thriller "Homeland"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries ("Temple Grandin")

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("Temple Grandin")

2010

Portrayed the title role of an autistic woman in the HBO film "Temple Grandin"

2009

Co-starred with Zac Efron in the Richard Linklater-directed period film "Me and Orson Welles"

2007

Made her Broadway debut, playing Eliza Doolittle, in George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"

2007

Played a young Vanessa Redgrave in the ensemble drama "Evening"

2007

Cast in the Matthew Vaughn-directed fantasy epic "Stardust"

2005

Played Sarah Jessica Parker's younger sister in the holiday comedy "The Family Stone"

2005

Starred in Steve Martin's "Shopgirl" alongside Martin and Jason Schwartzman

2004

Co-starred with Billy Crudup in Richard Eyre's "Stage Beauty"

2003

Teamed romantically with Joaquin Phoenix in "It's All About Love"

2003

Played John Connors' love interest in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines"

2002

Had a small supporting role as Meryl Streep's daughter in the Academy Award-nominated "The Hours"

2002

Co-starred with Susan Sarandon, Kieran Culkin and Bill Pullman in "Igby Goes Down"

2000

Played one of Richard Gere's daughters in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"

1999

Co-starred with Kate Beckinsale in the gripping Thailand prison-set drama "Brokedown Palace"

1999

Played the female lead in the big screen version of the 1960s TV show "The Mod Squad"

1998

Portrayed Cosette in Bille August's take on the Victor Hugo classic "Les Miserables"

1998

Starred as an unmarried and pregnant young Polish-American girl in "Polish Wedding"

1997

Featured in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker" as an abused wife who falls for lawyer Matt Damon; adapted from the John Grisham novel

1997

Played Joaquin Phoenix's tarty lover in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn"

1996

Starred as a teenager whose father (Peter Gallagher) continues to struggle with the untimely death of her mother (Michelle Pfieffer) in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"

1996

Played Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in Baz Luhrmann's highly stylized update of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"

1995

Appeared in the music video for "Just Like Anyone" by Soul Asylum

1995

Cast as Holly Hunter's precocious daughter in "Home for the Holidays"; directed by Jodie Foster

1995

Played a young version of Anne Bancroft's character in "How to Make an American Quilt"

1994

Made feature acting debut playing Beth March in the remake of "Little Women"

1994

Starred as Angela Chase in the acclaimed but short-lived ABC series "My So-Called Life"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in 1995

1994

Appeared in "More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter," an installment of HBO's "Lifestories: Families in Crisis"

1993

Shot the pilot for "My So-Called Life"

1992

Made film acting debut at age 11 playing a molested child in the student short "Dreams of Love"

1992

Made her TV debut, playing a suspected murderer on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"

1992

Auditioned for the role of Angela in "My So-Called Life" (ABC) at age 13

1985

Began studying modern dance at age six

Turned down a role in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

Started acting career on the Off-Off-Broadway stage in productions of "Happiness" and "Kids on Stage"; choreographed a solo dance piece for the latter

Bonus Trivia

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The Danes family motto was, "You're not the only pebble on the beach."

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Danes was named 2012 Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University.

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