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.
I was very influenced by Ken Loach's work from the moment I saw Kes (1969) when I was a kid. It still remains for me one of the most powerful pieces of work ever. Before that, there was Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), This Sporting Life (1963) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), which all expressed a new British social realism. Undoubtedly, they opened up the possibility of examining British life in a new way. That was probably the most important film experience I had.
(On accepting the best actor Oscar for 'There Will be Blood') This sprang like a sapling out of the mad, beautiful head of Paul Thomas Anderson.
I have no illusion about the fact that I'm an Englishman living in Ireland. Even though I do straddle both worlds and I'm very proud to be able to carry both passports. But I do know where I come from. I particularly miss south-east London - the front-lines of Deptford and Lewisham and New Cross and Charlton - because that's my patch.
|Song Title||Year Released *||Song Rank|
|I Can't Make This Movie||-|
|Guido’s Song (OST Nine)||-|
|Full Name at Birth||Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis|
|Date of Birth||April 29, 1957|
|Birthplace||Greenwich, London, England, UK|
|Height||6' 1¼" (186 cm)|
|Hair Color||Salt and Pepper|
|High School||Bedales School, Hampshire, England|
|University||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Claim to Fame||My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans and In The Name of the Father.|