Daniel Day-Lewis Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

Daniel Day-Lewis Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Daniel Day-Lewis. Check it out!

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Cecil Day-Lewis), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios. His older sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a documentarian. His father was of Northern Irish and English descent, and his mother was Jewish (from a family from Latvia and Poland). Daniel was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent, which he despised, and the more progressive Bedales in Petersfield, which he adored. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic School. Daniel made his film debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), but then acted on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Companies and did not appear on screen again until 1982, when he landed his first adult role, a bit part in Gandhi (1982). He also appeared on British television that year in Frost in May (1982) and BBC2 Playhouse: How Many Miles to Babylon? (1982). Notable theatrical performances include Another Country (1982-83), Dracula (1984) and The Futurists (1986).

Interesting Facts about Daniel Day-Lewis

  • His performance as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007) was listed as third in TotalFilm’s “150 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time”. [December 2009]
  • Was considered for the role of Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ (2004), but director Mel Gibson thought he looked “too European”. The role instead went to Jim Caviezel.
  • His performance as Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Gangs of New York (2002) is ranked #53 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Became a father for the third time at age 45 when his wife Rebecca Miller gave birth to their son Cashel Blake Day-Lewis in May 2002.
  • After Heath Ledger’s sudden death in January 2008, Day-Lewis dedicated his 2008 SAG Award to Ledger, who was one of his favorite actors.
  • Considered doing an adaptation of “Rose and the Snake” in the early 1990s, but the project fell through. After marrying Rebecca Miller, she convinced him to take the lead role and directed him in the adaptation The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005).
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars” in film history (#11). [1995]
  • Has appeared in the novel “That Must Be Yoshino”.
  • Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where colleagues included Miranda Richardson and Greta Scacchi.
  • While filming The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005) on Prince Edward Island, Canada, he lived alone in a hut on the beach, away from his wife, director Rebecca Miller, and their children.
  • Turned down the lead role in a film based on mass murderer Dennis Nilsen.
  • Turned down the lead role in Mary Reilly (1996), which went to John Malkovich.

Personal Quotes by Daniel Day-Lewis

I’m not sure you learn anything on film sets.

- Daniel Day-Lewis

The one thing that I appear to have been given, bearing in mind that I am capable of being very, very scatty and extremely lazy, is the ability to concentrate on something I choose to give my time to.

- Daniel Day-Lewis

One of the great privileges of having grown up in a middle-class literary English household, but having gone to school in the front lines in Southeast London, was that I became half-street-urchin and half-good-boy at home. I knew that dichotomy was possible.

- Daniel Day-Lewis

I’m a warrior when it comes to pursuing roles.

- Daniel Day-Lewis

I hate the domestic life.

- Daniel Day-Lewis