Daniel Day-Lewis Biography, Spouse, Movies, Awards, Net Worth

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is a retired English actor. He was an eminent actor of his generation. He is known for the onscreen intensity and exhaustive preparations for his roles. His career spanned over four decades, and he received many honors during his career.

Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor who received three Academy Awards for best actor performance in the leading role. He received a knighthood for services to drama in 2014. He was born and raised in London. He excelled in his acting skills at National Youth Theater. His major supporting role in a feature film was The Bounty. His remarkable performance in My Left foot as Christy  Brown won him numerous awards, including Oscar for best actor. To keep his private life, he rarely gives interviews and appears publicly.

Birth nameSir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis
Birth29 April 1957
Nick NameDDL
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Years Active1970- 2017
Spouse Rebecca Miller

Early Life:

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born on 29 April 1957 in the Kensington district of London. His father, Cecil Day-Lewis, was a poet. He was born to his second wife, Jill Balcon, who was a famous actress. His maternal grandfather Sir Michael Balcon was the head of Ealing Studios. The BAFTA for Outstanding Contributions to British Cinema is given in his honor.

After two years of Day-Lewis’s birth, his family moved to  Crooms Hills in Greenwich. At school, he was bullied for being Jewish and Posh. At a younger age, he indulged in minor crimes like shoplifting.


In 1968, his parents recognized his wild attitude and sent him as a boarder to Sevenoaks School in Kent. In school, he learned fishing, acting, and wood cutting. After two years, he was sent to another school Bedales in Petersfield, Hampshire.


Day-Lewis made his film debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday.  During the early 1980s, he worked in theater and television.  Day-Lewis gained public attention with the movie A Room with a View. He portrayed the upper-class fiance of the main character. He returned to the stage in 1989 to work in Hamlet at the National Theatre. He collapsed during his performance when he saw the ghost of Hamlet’s father appear before him. He refused to continue his work.

As An Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis starred in a number of successful films, including The Last of Mohicans as Natty Bumppo. After appearing in The Boxer, Day-Lewis took a break from acting and worked for a time as a cobbler’s apprentice in Italy. He has amassed a considerable fortune through his successful film career, with an estimated net worth of around $50 million.

Best Movies:

  • My Left foot
  • My Beautiful Laundrette
  • In The Name Of The Father
  • The Last Of Mohicans
  • Phantom Thread
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Lincoln
  • Gandhi
  • The Age of Innocence
  • The Box
  • Gangs of New York
  • A Room With A View
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Crucible
  • The Ballad of Jack and Rose
  • Nine

Daniel Day-Lewis Personal Life:

Day-Lewis had held dual British and Irish citizenship. He is also an ambassador for the Lir Academy, founded in 2011. Day-Lewis described his life as a “Life long study in evasion.” He is a supporter of the South East London Football Club.

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Day-Lewis had been in a relationship with french actress Isabelle Adjani for six years. They both have a son, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, who was born after few months after their breakup. He married the writer’s daughter Rebecca Miller on 13 November 1996. The couple has two sons, Ronan Cal Day-Lewis and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis.

Daniel Day-Lewis Awards:

  • New York Film Critics Circle Award For Best Actor (1989, 2007)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in Leading Role  (2003, 2008, 2013)
  • Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor (2008)
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Leading Actor (2013, 2008)
  • Satellite Award for Best Ensemble (2009)
  • AACTA Award For Best Actor (2013)
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award For Best Actor (2007)
  • Southeastern Film Critics Association Award For Best Actor (2007)
  • National Society of Film Critics Award For Best Actor (1990, 2008,2013)
  • Academy Awards for Best Actor In Leading Role (1990, 2008, 2013)

Daniel Day-Lewis Net Worth:

Daniel Day-Lewis’ net worth is estimated to be around $50 million. Daniel Day-Lewis is a highly acclaimed actor known for his exceptional performances in films such as “There Will Be Blood,” “Lincoln,” and “My Left Foot,” for which he won three Academy Awards for Best Actor

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