One of the most respected actors of his generation, he has also been hailed as one of the greatest actors in cinematic history.
His numerous awards include three Academy Awards for Best Actor, making him the only actor to have three wins in that category and one of only three actors to win three Oscars.
He won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
In June 2014, Day-Lewis received a knighthood for services to drama.Born and raised in London, Day-Lewis excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years.
Despite his traditional training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles.
Displaying a "mercurial intensity", he would often remain completely in character throughout the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health.
He is one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only six films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles.
Protective of his private life, he rarely grants interviews, and makes very few public appearances.Day-Lewis shifted between theatre and film for most of the early 1980s, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company and playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Playing the title role in Hamlet at the National Theatre in London in 1989, he left the stage midway through a performance after breaking down during a scene where the ghost of Hamlet's father appears before him—this was his last appearance on the stage.In 1984 he made his first film appearance in The Bounty.
He gained critical attention for his performances in Stephen Frears' My Beautiful Laundrette , and James Ivory's A Room with a View .
He then assumed leading man status in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being , My Left Foot , receiving his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor, Michael Mann's historical war film The Last of the Mohicans and Jim Sheridan's courtroom drama In the Name of the Father, and Martin Scorsese's period romance The Age of Innocence .
Following his performance in The Boxer , Day-Lewis retired from acting for three years, taking up a new profession as an apprentice shoe-maker in Italy.
He returned to acting in 2000, reuniting with Scorsese in the historical crime film Gangs of New York , winning a BAFTA and receiving an Oscar nomination.
He won Oscars and BAFTAs again for Paul Thomas Anderson's period drama There Will Be Blood and Steven Spielberg's biographical drama Lincoln .
After a decade, Day-Lewis reunited with Anderson for Phantom Thread , for which he was also nominated for the Oscar.
He then announced his retirement following the completion of the film.Read more