Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor with both British and Irish citizenship. He was born and grew up in London, 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 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.
One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, his work has earned numerous awards, including five nominations for the Academy Awards, in which he won three Oscars, respectively, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), a feat which makes him the only male actor in history to gather three wins in the leading category.Lewis has also been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, with four wins, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Critic's Choice Awards, as well as garnering seven Golden Globe nominations, winning twice.
Daniel has tattoos of his two sons’ handprints going up his body to his shoulders, as a classic method actor Day-Lewis etched a small cross tattoo on his own left hand for the part of John Proctor (1996 The Crucible), two Polynesian tribal style armband tattoos on his right arm and one on his left bicep, a star tattoo on his right forearm.