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Daniel Day-Lewis (born 29.04.1957)
Daniel Day-Lewis is an English actor who is the only known person to have won an Academy Award for Best Actor three times for his parts in 'My Left Foot', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'Lincoln'.

Childhood: Daniel Day-Lewis was born in London. His parents are former Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. His grandfather Sir Michael Balcon was the head of Ealing Studios. He grew up in Croom's Hill, Greenwich, London from the age of two. He was bullied at school for his Jewish ancestry and being 'posh' which resulted in his mimicking the local accent and behaviours and subsequently landed him in trouble often for petty crimes. He attended Sevenoaks School in Kent, a boarding school, which introduced him to his main interests; woodworking, acting and fishing. His first film role was an uncredited part in 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' where he was paid to vandalise some cars at age 14. He attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for three years after leaving Bedales.

Acting career: Daniel Day-Lewis' early roles include parts in BBC programs 'Frost in May' and 'How Many Miles to Babylon?'. In 1982, he had a small part in the biopic 'Gandhi'. His big theatre break came that year with 'Another Country'. In 1983, he had a supporting role in 'The Bounty' and he soon joined the Royal Shakespeare Company with roles such as Romeo in 'Romeo and Juliet' and Flute in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. In 1985, he won his first awards for acting including a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'My Beautiful Laundrette'. In the same year, he began filming alongside Helena Bonham Carter for 'A Room With A View'. His first leading role was in 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' in 1987 in which he played Czech surgeon who goes against his natural instincts and falls in love. He learned to speak Czech for the role and remained in character even off the set. His first Oscar for Best Actor came with his portrayal of cerebral palsy afflicted artist Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan's 'My Left Foot' in 1989. His propensity for method acting meant he had to be pushed around in a wheelchair with caused great difficult for crew members. In the same year, he played the lead role in 'Hamlet' at the National Theatre, London. However, he collapsed midway through the production at the point where Hamlet sees his father's ghost and refused to return to the stage after he was taken backstage in tears. He later said on 'Parkinson' that he had in fact seen the ghost of his own father and he has not appeared in theatre since. In 1992, he starred in 'The Last of the Mohicans'. To prepare for the role, he took up weight-training and began camping whereby he learned to live off the land. The movie landed him with a BAFTA Award nomination. He earned another BAFTA nomination as well as an Oscar nomination playing a wrongly convicted IRA bomber in 'In the Name of the Father' in 1993. The rest of the nineties saw him star in 1993's Martin Scorsese adapted movie 'The Age of Innocence', 1996's 'The Crucible' and Jim Sheridan's 'The Boxer' in 1997. He then didn't appear in another movie for five years; he move to Florence, Italy and apprenticed as a shoemaker. On his return, he appeared in 'Gangs of New York' and landed another Academy Award nomination and won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. His third Oscar came with 2007's 'There Will Be Blood'. He also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for the same flick. In 2012, Daniel portrayed the legendary US president Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'. The movie grossed more than $220 million worldwide and earned him his third Oscar for Best actor.

Personal Life: Daniel Day-Lewis has a son, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, with French actress Isabelle Adjani who he dated for six years. His birth came several months after the split. He married Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller in 1996, who he met while filming 'The Crucible'. They have two sons Ronan Cal Day-Lewis and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis. He has homes in both New York and Ireland and he became an Irish citizen in 1993. He is a fan of English soccer team Millwall. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol in 2010.



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Arise Sir Daniel Day-Lewis: Oscar Winning Actor Receives Knighthood At Buckingham Palace


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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been honoured with knighthood by the Duke of Cambridge, at a ceremony held in Buckingham palace on Friday (November 14th).

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The 57 year old was honoured for his acting career which has seen him become the only person to win the Academy Award for best actor three times. He was named during the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in June, after which he said he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure”.

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Scarlett Johansson To Star In 8-Part Drama Adaptation Of Edith Wharton's 'The Custom Of Country'


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Scarlett Johansson is making the jump from the big screen screen to the small when she stars in an adaptation of novelist Edith Wharton's The Custom of Country.

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Scarlett Johansson will star in The Custom Of Country.

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Lead Film Roles That Could Have Looked Very Different


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With Robert Downey Jr fitting so perfectly as likeable irritant Tony Stark, Christian Bale slipping so easily into the tortured billionaire psyche of Bruce Wayne and Daniel Day-Lewis transforming himself into the epitome of Abraham Lincoln, it's hard to believe that for all of the above roles, there were some serious previous contenders. But contenders there were and some of the not entirely savoury.

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The pint-sized action hero made it his mission impossible to kick ass as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, but could he have romanced Pepper Potts in quite the same way as Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man? It seems like we very nearly found out with Cruise at one point in serious contention to play the arrogant but entertaining genius.

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Why Daniel Day-Lewis Deserves His Knighthood


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Few actors impart an intensity and dedication to the process of characterization as relentlessly as Daniel Day-Lewis. The 57 year-old occupies a position in the acting world that accumulates esteem akin to the likes of legendary Hollywood ‘method’, a calibre of which includes the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Harvey Kietel. These are the great actors who immerse themselves in roles to dizzying extents, adopting accents, traits and idiosyncrasies for the entirety of the shooting schedule, both in front of the camera, on set and even amongst friends and family.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Has Won More Best Actor Oscars Than Any One Else

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Angelina Jolie, Daniel Day Lewis & Dame Maggie Smith Receive Queen's Birthday Honours


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The Queen's Birthday Honours List consists of 1149 people including Angelina Jolie and Daniel Day-Lewis. Day- Lewis has received a knighthood and Jolie has been made an honorary dame. Whilst Maggie Smith has received another honour in addition to being a Dame, namely Companion of Honour. 

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Daniel Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor were mentioned in the List.

Day-Lewis has received a knighthood for his services to the performing arts and his long, successful and prolific career. In the statement, released alongside the list on Friday (13th June), Day-Lewis' three Oscars for Best Actor are mentioned in addition to his performances for which he received the awards: My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. The statement also mentioned his role in My Beautiful Launderette which "began a reputation for fully exploring his characters, engaging himself physically, psychologically and emotionally."

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Daniel Day-Lewis To Present An Oscar, But Who Is Most Likely To Win It?


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Daniel Day-Lewis is joining the presenters’ lineup at the coming Oscars. The 56-year-old actor has been announced to present an award, among other Hollywood big-timers like Jennifer Lawrence, who have already had a few moments of Oscar glory. While it hasn’t been announced officially, the overall hunch online is that DDL will present the Best Actor award this year, having won it himself three times in the past – for My Left Foot in 1990, There Will Be Blood in 2008 and again last year for his performance in Lincoln.

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DDL and the Oscars go way back.

This year, the nominees’ list is packed with talent and with each nominee having won a couple of Best Actor awards at various shows, the competition is unpredictable. Most recently, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is nominated for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, won the BAFTA for Best Actor, placing him as the frontrunner for the Oscar this year. On the other hand, the Golden Globe, which is typically considered a solid indication of the Academy’s leanings, went to Matthew McConaughey for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

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Daniel Day-Lewis' Son Gabriel Releases Rap About Weed, Being Bipolar And His Father's Fame [Video]


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Daniel Day-Lewis's son, Gabriel, has released a rap under the name Gabe Day, entitled 'Green Auras.' The single is accompanied by a music video in which we see Gabe, who looks a lot like his father, clad in a baseball cap and wooden Africa necklace singing about his experiences amongst a supporting cast of college buddies.

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Daniel Day-Lewis' Son, Gabe, Ventures Into The Competitive World Of Rap.

Now he may look and seemingly act like Josh Peck's sincere stoner from The Wackness but hear Gabe Day out: his new single was produced by hip hop hitmaker J. Cole and the lyrics clearly came from the 18 year-old's heart as he assesses life under the shadow of his father's career and turning to marijuana after learning he was bipolar.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Will Not Play James Bond. And William Boyd Never Said It.


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The internet went into overdrive yesterday with news that three-times Oscar winner and the greatest actor on the planet, Daniel Day-Lewis, would play 007 himself, James Bond. Ok, so there wasn't anything like confirmation, but judging by the way both the tabloid and broadsheets span a couple of comments from Bond author William Boyd, the whole thing seemed bizarrely nailed on.

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So let's take a quick look at what was said at the press conference in London, where Boyd was launching his new 007 book Solo. Asked by one of the gathered journalists which actor would play 'his' Bond, the author innocuously replied, "I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond Fleming described," which is fair enough, given Ian Fleming described his creation as "tall" and "rangy."

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Daniel Day-Lewis The Next Bond? 'Lincoln' Actor Is Hot Favourite After Being Hand-Picked By Author


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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is rumoured to succeed Daniel Craig as the new James Bond after the author of the latest Bond books picked him out as having the perfect look. The interesting choice for the brand new 007 has come from author William Boyd who has said that Day-Lewis is the closest living representations of IAN FLEMING's original envisagement of his spy hero.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Has Been Given The New Bond Author's Vote Of Cofidence To Play 007.

"I think Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond Fleming described," Boyd said. "He described Bond on at least three occasions, I think, as looking like Hoagy Carmichael." The author added the Day-Lewis' specific characteristics "He is a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man. Almost swarthy. And there is a sense in which that image was what he saw Bond looking like. So that's why I'd choose him."

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'Solo' Author William Boyd Touts Daniel Day-Lewis For James Bond


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British novelist William Boyd launched the latest James Bond novel at London's Dorchester Hotel on Wednesday (September 25, 2013). The book, called Solo, sees a 45-year-old Bond travel to worn-torn Africa in the late 1960s.

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Boyd is the latest novelist to write a new Bond book since the death of its creator Ian Fleming in 1964 and follows the likes of Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks.

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Brits Take The Lead! 2013 Sees America Ship In Overseas Talent


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It used to be that British actors were traditionally cast by Hollywood filmmakers as villains; in endless kids' Disney flicks we'd hear exaggeratedly posh English voices coming out of the most evil of witches ('Snow White'), scary giant octopuses ('The Little Mermaid') and murderous lions ('The Lion King'), and even the creators of some of the biggest blockbusters such as 'Die Hard' and 'The Silence Of The Lambs' scoured the UK for the perfect sinister accent.

However, now the Brits are playing the good guys with a surge of overseas talent showcasing their well-practised foreign accents over the past few years - even one of the most American flicks of 2012, Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' cast London born Daniel Day-Lewis as the iconic US President. Here are our four biggest British stars that have been making their mark in Hollywood with seminal roles over the past and coming months.

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Danny Dyer To Play Contract Killer in 'Brilliantly Slick' 'Assassin'


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Danny Dyer has teamed up with noted action movie producers Jonathan Sothcott and J.K Amalou for the hitman thriller Assassin. Sothcott - a ridiculously prolific producer of action flicks - recently worked with Dyer on Vendetta, though there appears to be a heightened buzz surrounding their latest effort.

Described as a "glossy action film", the movie will see Dyer play a professional contract killer who compromises himself when he realizes that his latest victim is the estranged father of the girl he has fallen in love with, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"JK [Amalou] has written a brilliantly slick script and I cannot wait to start work with him, he's a force of nature of a filmmaker," producer Sothcott said. "I look forward to continuing building the new Danny Dyer brand with Assassin and Vendetta." Shooting on the movie is scheduled to begin in August with the filmmakers aiming to have a promo ready for the American Film Market in the fall. 

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Is Daniel Day-Lewis In Method Training For The Herbie Franchise? Not Quite... [Pictures]


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Well, well, well, if it isn't multiple Oscar best actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis getting up to ... whatever it is he does when he isn't putting in seminal acting performances on the silver screen. It seems that the Lincoln actor enjoys nothing more than a good afternoon on his down time - well he is 56 now after all - however this is no ordinary ride around country lanes, readers, this is the 2013 Mille Miglia Road Race.

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DDL preparing for the Italian road race

'What in chuff's name is that?' We hear you cry. Well, cry no longer: the Mille Miglia road race is a vintage car race that starts right up in the northern Italian town of Brescia and tours the bulk of the country, the circular route going as far south as the country's capital of Rome. 

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Daniel Day-Lewis takes on the 2013 Mille Miglia road race

Daniel Day-Lewis - Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis prepares to take part in the 2013 Mille Miglia road race driving a 1953 Jagaur XK 120, starting from Brescia to Rome and back again covering 1000miles in three days - Brescia, Italy - Thursday 16th May 2013

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Martin Scorsese To Create A New Show, Based On His Own 'Gangs of New York'


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TV Geeks everywhere will have something to look forward to, as Martin Scorsese is teaming up with Miramax to bring Gangs of New York to the small screen.

The series will be based on the eponymous 2002 big screen drama, which was directed by Scorsese and starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo Dicaprio, and Cameron Diaz. From the initial report, there’s a lot to get excited about. Set in the late 1800s, the TV show will explore the period far beyond the scope of the original film. It will focus not only of gangs in New York, but also Chicago, New Orleans and other cities around the US.

"This time and era of America's history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film," Scorsese explains his decision, quoted by Entertainment Weekly. “A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life.”

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