Daniel Day-Lewis

Unpredictable and famously reserved about his private life to the point of being secluded, actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved time and again his considerable onscreen talents in roles befitting the highly complex actor ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1957 in London, England, GB


Actor (31)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Abraham Lincoln (Actor)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

Guido Contini (Actor)

Golden Globe Winner Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


The 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


There Will Be Blood 2007 (Movie)

Daniel Plainview (Actor)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Jack Slavin (Actor)

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

William Cutting/"Bill The Butcher" (Actor)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

Danny Flynn (Actor)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

John Proctor (Actor)

The History of Hamlet 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


1993: A Year at the Movies 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

Gerald Conlon (Actor)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Newland Archer (Actor)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

Nathaniel Poe/Hawkeye (Actor)

Red, Hot & Blue 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Eversmile, New Jersey 1989 (Movie)

Fergus O'Connell (Actor)

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

Christy Brown (Actor)

Nanou 1988 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Henderson Dores (Actor)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

Tomas (Actor)

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

Cecil Vyse (Actor)

My Beautiful Laundrette 1986 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The Bounty 1984 (Movie)

Fryer (Actor)

The Insurance Man 1984 (Movie)

Mr Kafka (Actor)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)
Music (2)

Nine 2009 (Movie)

"Guido's Song" (Song Performer)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose 2005 (Movie)

Original Score Producer (Music Producer)


Unpredictable and famously reserved about his private life to the point of being secluded, actor Daniel Day-Lewis proved time and again his considerable onscreen talents in roles befitting the highly complex actor. Though often compared to fellow Brit Laurence Olivier, Day-Lewis instead took his cues from the raw, aggressive loners of 1970s American cinema, namely Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro, in adapting a Method-style of acting. After gaining notice with his performances in "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985) and "The Unbearable Likeness of Being" (1988), Day-Lewis developed a reputation for fully delving into his characters, often to the point of making their experiences his own - like staying in a wheelchair all day and being spoon fed like the real-life Christy Brown, the Irish writer and painter with cerebral palsy, in "My Left Foot" (1989). While he may have learned to track animals to play a frontiersman in "Last of the Mohicans" (1993) and lived in a prison cell to play an accused IRA bomber in "In the Name of the Father" (1993), it was highly doubtful Day-Lewis turned into a savage murderer for his Oscar-nominated turn as Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York" (2002). Nonetheless, Day-Lewis' focus on craft was palpable onscreen - again evidenced in his acclaimed leading performance in "Lincoln" (2012) - earning him yet another Oscar and the respect of all actors for being one of the most deeply committed thespians of his generation.


Isabelle Adjani Actor

Met c. 1989 Carried on intermittent relationship for about five years until c. 1994; split when Adjani became pregnant with their son Gabriel

Michael Balcon Producer

Born May 19, 1896; Jewish and Baltic; key figure in the history of British cinema; founded Gainsborough Pictures and Bryanston Films; at various times headed Gaumont-British, MGM-British, Ealing and British Lion Pictures Died 1977 at age 81

Jill Balcon Actor

Born Jan. 3, 1925

Juliette Binoche Actor

Had brief affair during filming of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988)

Saffron Burrows Actor

Involved during the filming of "In the Name of the Father" (1993) No longer together

Cecil Day-Lewis

English Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death 1972

Cashel Day-Lewis

Born May 2002; mother, Rebecca Miller

Gabriel Day-Lewis

Born April 9, 1995; mother, Isabelle Adjani

Tamsin Day-Lewis

Born Sept. 17, 1953

Ronan Day-Lewis

Born June 14, 1998; mother, Rebecca Miller

Arthur Miller Actor

Father of Rebecca Miller; wrote award-winning plays such as "All My Sons," "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible" Died Feb 10, 2005 of heart failure

Rebecca Miller Actor

Married Nov. 13, 1996 in Vermont

Deya Pichardo

Together c. 1995-96

Julia Roberts Actor

Dated c. 1994-95 No longer together


Sevenoaks School

Sevenoaks , Kent
A private school

Bristol Arts Centre

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Attended for three years

Bedales School

Petersfield , Hampshire
A public school



Portrayed the 16th U.S. president in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"


Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy ("Nine")


Played film director Guido Contini in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of Broadway musical "Nine," which was inspired by Federico Fellini's autobiographical film "8½"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor


Gave award-winning performance as a Texas oilman in Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," a loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil!


Starred opposite Catherine Keener in "The Ballad of Jack and Rose"; directed and written by wife Rebecca Miller


Returned acting to star in Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance


Third film with Jim Sheridan, "The Boxer"


Starred opposite Winona Ryder in "The Crucible"


Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"; first screen pairing with Winona Ryder


Reteamed with Jim Sheridan for the IRA drama "In the Name of the Father"; nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award


Starred in Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans"


Earned accolades, including a Best Actor Oscar, for his performance as quadriplegic Christy Brown in "My Left Foot"; also first film with director-writer Jim Sheridan


Played "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in London; withdrew from the play in mid-performance with only seven more shows to go; London papers cited 'nervous exhaustion'


Confirmed leading man status as the playboy Tomas in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"


American film debut, starring role in the little-seen "Stars and Bars"


Breakthrough screen roles, as a gay punk in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and an Edwardian dandy in "A Room With a View"


Starred for nine months in the West End production of "Another Country"


First adult role (bit part) in "Gandhi"


Made creen debut at age 13 in "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"

First lead role for British TV, "How Many Miles to Babylon?"

Took a leave of absence from acting by putting himself into "semi-retirement"

Landed first stage role in a Sevenoaks production of "Cry, the Beloved Country"

Acted with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Company

Bonus Trivia


From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February 1988):SG: So when you're playing a role, are you really entering into this...do you really feel it's another character outside of yourself?DDL: You undergo a transformation in some respects. You can change your metabolism. You can change the speed of your thoughts. You change the process of your thoughts. You change, if you can, your stance, your movement and so on. I mean, there's no end to the possibilities. Human beings are very, very adaptable. But what goes on at the center is always you.


From "My Date With Daniel Day-Lewis" by Spaulding Gray in Elle (February 1988):DDL: It's just an illusion. I mean what you're aiming for is to create an illusion for other people. But what you also have to create is an illusion for yourself. An illusion that you cherish.


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