Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29
April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish
citizenship. Born and raised in London, he is the son of Poet
Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, and the
son-in-law of American playwright Arthur Miller. Despite his
traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is
considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion
to and research of his roles. He often remains completely
in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his
films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health.
He is known as being one of the most selective actors in the
film industry, having starred in only five films since 1998,
with as many as five years between each role.
One of the most acclaimed actors of his
generation, his work has earned him numerous awards, including
three Academy Awards for Best Actor, for his portrayals of
Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There
Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), a
feat which makes him to date one of three male actors to win
three Oscars (the other two being Walter Brennan and Jack
Nicholson), and the only male actor in history to garner three
wins in the lead actor category. Day-Lewis has also won
four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild
Awards, three Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and two Golden Globe
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