Daniel Day-Lewis

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Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with dual British and Irish citizenship. Day-Lewis studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for portraying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood and Christy Brown for My Left Foot.


  • You don’t merely give over your creativity to making a film—you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night’s washing-up.
    • City Limits (London, April 7, 1988)
  • Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence—the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
    • City Limits (London, April 7, 1988)
  • The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
    • Rolling Stone (New York, February 8, 1990)

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