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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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Daniel Day-lewis' Son Shows Off Soulful New Sound


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The model and musician, 20, hit headlines in the past year with his hip-hop sound, but his new single True suggests Gabriel-Kane has a soul side.

"True is about self discovery and learning," he told Billboard. "(The song is) about how I've learned to let go of my hardships and some of the resentments I used to have. Writing it was extremely therapeutic and it allowed me to move forward in my life."

And the young star admits he's coming to terms with being the son of famous parents - Day Lewis and French actress Isabelle Adjani - after previously rapping, "Call me Gabe Day and not Gabe Day-Lewis, because if you're trying to call me out, I'm 'bout to Gabe Day-Lose-It!"

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Sylvester Stallone Lands Film Festival Honour


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The Rambo star has been named the recipient of this year's (16) Montecito Award for his contribution to film, and the festival's director praises Stallone for winning over critics with his turn in acclaimed Rocky spin-off Creed.

"Sylvester Stallone's performance in Creed has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created," explains the festival's executive director Roger Durling. "Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes.

"He is a true legend in our field, and it is our privilege to present him with the Montecito Award, and to continue to honour his legacy."

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Mark Rylance Inspired To Act By Daniel Day-Lewis


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Mark Rylance was inspired to make films by Daniel Day-Lewis.

The 55-year-old actor - who will appear in the forthcoming movie of the Roald Dahl novel 'The BFG' - used to feel inadequate when making films because other stars around at the time were so talented.

He explained: ''A few years ago I decided I didn't really want to do film any more. I certainly didn't want to be involved in going off round the world to promote films. I was really happy in the theatre.

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David Oyelowo's Accent Challenge


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David Oyelowo stayed in character throughout the filming of 'Selma'.

The 38-year-old British actor - who put on an American accent for his role as Dr Martin Luther King in the biographical drama - has revealed how he kept the accent at all times even when he wasn't in front of a camera.

He shared: ''We were shooting in Atlanta, Dr King is from Atlanta, revered in Atlanta - Martin Luther King boulevard, this, that and the other.

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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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Sir Daniel Day-Lewis Has Been Knighted


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Sir Daniel Day-Lewis was knighted by Prince William today (14.11.14).

The three-time Oscar winner, who was named during the Queen's Birthday Honour's List in June, received the prestigious accolade and his new title during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London in recognition of his services to drama.

The 'Lincoln' star declined to comment after the festivities, but previously said he was ''entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure'' after being informed he would be bestowed with the honour.

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Daniel Day-lewis Receives Knighthood


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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis was knighted by Prince William on Friday (14Nov14).

The Oscar-winning star was honoured at Buckingham Palace in London for his services to drama by the British royal, who took on the investiture ceremony on behalf of Queen Elizabeth Ii.

The Duke of Cambridge dressed in his ceremonial Royal Air Force uniform while Day-Lewis donned a traditional black morning suit.

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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.

Tom Cruise as Iron Man

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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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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Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Doris Kearns Goodwin and actor Daniel Day-Lewis - 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th February 2013

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The 85th Annual Oscars At Hollywood & Highland Center

Rebecca Miller and Daniel Day-Lewis - The 85th Annual Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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The 85th Annual Oscars At Hollywood & Highland Center

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz - The 85th Annual Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center - Press Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party At Sunset Tower

Daniel Day-Lewis - 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower - West Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 24th February 2013

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Daniel Day Lewis

Date of birth

29th April, 1957

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.87


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Lincoln Movie Review

Lincoln Movie Review

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Lincoln - Teaser Trailer Trailer

Lincoln - Teaser Trailer Trailer

'Lincoln' will show the last four months of President Abraham Lincoln's life as he campaigned...

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The Ballad of Jack and Rose Movie Review

The Ballad of Jack and Rose Movie Review

For some people isolation means happiness. Such is the case of Jack and Rose, father...

Gangs of New York Movie Review

Gangs of New York Movie Review

Because Martin Scorsese's blood runs Big Apple red, it's a remarkable coincidence his first project...

The Ballad of Jack & Rose Movie Review

The Ballad of Jack & Rose Movie Review

"The Ballad of Jack and Rose" concerns several strange characterswho just scream for something strange...

Gangs Of New York Movie Review

Gangs Of New York Movie Review

In the opening moments of Martin Scorsese's American history epic "Gangs of New York," a...

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