Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he is the son of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. 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. He is known as being 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 each role.
1. A VOICE IS SUCH A DEEP, PERSONAL REFLECTION OF CHARACTER.
2. I’M A WARRIOR WHEN IT COMES TO PURSUING ROLES.
3. I LIKE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GRIT YOUR TEETH. I LIKE TUCKING MY CHIN IN AND SORT OF LEADING INTO THE STORM. I LIKE THAT FEELING. I LIKE IT A LOT.
4. I LIVE IN A LANDSCAPE, WHICH EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE IS ENRICHING.
5. PERHAPS I’M PARTICULARLY SERIOUS, BECAUSE I’M NOT UNAWARE OF THE POTENTIAL ABSURDITY OF WHAT I’M DOING.
6. IRELAND WAS A PLACE FOR THE RENEWAL OF HOPE AND I STILL SEE IT LIKE THAT.
7. I LOVE WHAT I DO.
8. EVERYBODY HAS TO KNOW FOR THEMSELVES WHAT THEY’RE CAPABLE OF.
9. THERE MUST’VE BEEN SOME PART OF ME THAT WANTED TO MAKE MY MARK. BUT THERE WAS NEVER A DEFINING MOMENT.
10. IF YOU REMAIN UNSETTLED BY A PIECE OF WRITING, IT MEANS YOU ARE NOT WATCHING THE STORY FROM THE OUTSIDE; YOU’VE ALREADY TAKEN A STEP TOWARDS IT.