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English actor and son of actress Jill Balcon

  • Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English film actor.
  • He was born on 29 April 1957.
  • He has both British and Irish citizenship.
  • He grew up in London.
  • He is the son of actress Jill Balcon and Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis.
  • His mother was Jewish, and his maternal grandparents' families had emigrated to Britain from Latvia and Poland.
  • He took training in the classical presentational acting style at the Bristol Old Vi.
  • He is known to remain completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedule of his films
  • He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989) and Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007).
  • He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors' Guild Award for his role as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York (2002).
  • He won his fourth BAFTA Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012).
  • He is also nominated for the 85th Academy Award for Best Actor.

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