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13 Cheerful Facts About Daniel Day-Lewis

1. Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship.

2. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years.

3. 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.

4. He is 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 roles.

5. He has also won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

6. Day-Lewis was born in London, the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon.

7. Living in Greenwich, Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London children, and, being partially Jewish and “posh”, he was often bullied.

8. His disdain for the school grew, and after two years at Sevenoaks, he was transferred to another independent school, Bedales in Petersfield, Hampshire, The transfer led to his film debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role.

9. He described the experience as “heaven”, for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church.

10. For a few weeks in 1972, he and his parents and sister lived at Lemmons, the north London home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard.

11. Cecil Day-Lewis had cancer and Howard invited the family to Lemmons as a place they could use to rest and recuperate.

12. Although he had excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre in London, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, but was rejected due to lack of experience.

13. During the early 1980s, Day-Lewis worked in theatre and television including Frost in May for the BBC.

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