Best known for his method acting, Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood who is noted for garnering Academy Award for best actor thrice till date. Being born as Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis, he holds both English and Irish citizenship, as a Northern Irish and English descendent. Best known for his extraordinary acting skills in movie “Lincoln”, he debuted in British drama film “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at the age of fourteen and has been acting since.
Born on April 29, 1957, in Greenwich, London to father Cecil Day-Lewis, a poet of the United Kingdom and his mother, Jill Balcon was an English actress. Talking about his family lineage, his maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon was the head of “Ealing studios” who also served as the chairman of the British Institute’s Experimental Film Fund.
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Born as the second child after his sister, Tamasin, currently a documentary filmmaker and celebrity chef, Daniel was a very wild child. He was also found to have been involved in petty crimes like shoplifting and others. Due to his behavior, he was sent to different schools like Seven Oaks School and Bedales. Being interested in performing arts from his childhood, he started seeing himself as a good actor and started focusing more on bettering his acting skills.
Movies and Oscars
Following his passion for acting, he acted in movies like “Gandhi”, “The Bounty”, “My Beautiful Laundrette” etc., in the early 80s. Being a method actor, he likes to learn in depth about the character he is playing. For his out-of-the-world acting skills, he has won three Oscar awards for leading roles in the movies “My Left Foot” (1989), “There will be blood” (2007) and “Lincoln” (2012).
Daniel acts in very few movies as often remain on hiatus for as long as five years, as he has done only five movies since 1998. Nevertheless, he is one of the A-listed Hollywood actors. This prolific actor has made all his works worthwhile for his fans and at the same time, he has used his talent to increase his wealth extensively.
Reluctant to discuss his personal life, Daniel dated French actress, Isabelle Adjani and ended their relationship after 6 years. Their son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis born several months after the couple split up. In 1996, he married to Rebecca Miller, daughter of play writer Arthur Miller. The couple has two sons Ronan Cal Day-Lewis (1998) and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis (2002). As for his hobbies, he follows football and mostly, the football club “Millwall”.
Day-Lewis’ career has been rewarded with a handful of Academy Awards. He won the best actor for his role in “My Left Foot” in 1990. He would wait for thirteen years before he won anoher Oscar, this as the best actor for his role in “The Gang of New York”, although in between these, he was nominated in 1994 for his performance in “In the Name of the Father”. In 2008 and 2013, he won the Oscar for his roles in “Lincoln” and “There Will be Blood”.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Financial Standing
Daniel is also very much active in charity and on a recent note; he donated money to an Irish NGO, “Wicklow Hospice Foundation”, by auctioning his memorabilia from the movie Lincoln. Acting in only a few movies, Daniel charges $8-$10 million for each role. He splits time in two countries, Ireland and USA where he owns two luxury homes. Even though he is not an extravagant spender, Daniel does enjoy all the luxuries that he deserves for his great work as he has accumulated a hefty $50 million as his current assets.
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Quick Facts about Daniel Day-Lewis
Full Name: Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis
Height: 6ft 2 in
Ethnicity: English, Irish
Date of Birth: April 29, 1957
Place of Birth: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
Marital status: Married to Rebecca Miller
Astrological sign: Taurus