Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis won the lead actor Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln".
Daniel Day-Lewis is a two-time Academy Award winning English method actor who is currently in contention for a record breaking third Oscar honor for his epic role depicting revered American President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biopic “Lincoln”. Daniel started his acting career in the television industry and gradually worked his way up in Hollywood by doing bit parts in movies. His big break came with an award winning performance in the movie “My Beautiful Laundrette” and the actor cemented his position among Hollywood legends by winning the Academy Award in the “Best Actor” category for the film “My Left Foot”. The intensely media shy method actor is known for his unconventional, often fanatical methods to get into the skin of the characters he portrays and is notoriously choosy about the movies he acts in.
Daniel Day-Lewis’s status as an A-list Hollywood actor has ensured a total transformation in his financial fortunes and today the actor is worth above $40 million. All of this wealth has come in the form of acting fees received from the movies Daniel has acted in. Press reports suggests that the actor charges in the range of $8 million to $10 million to appear in a film.
The actor’s considerable financial muscle has ensured that he and his family can enjoy a very high standard of living. Daniel owns luxury homes in his native Ireland and in the town of Roxbury in Connecticut, USA. The Oscar winning actor prefers to spend a sizeable chunk of his free time with his family and often takes them out to exotic holiday destinations like Rome on vacations. The actor loves to watch football and is a committed fan of London club, Millwall F.C. Day-Lewis also devotes a lot of effort to charity work. He has donated money raised by auctioning of memorabilia of his movie “Lincoln” to the Irish NGO, Wicklow Hospice Foundation, which counts the actor as its chief patron. The star has also lent his star appeal to benefit the Canadian philanthropic organization, “The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation”.
Daniel was born in London in a family of film actors. The actor is very private about his personal life and rarely talks about it in public. Day-Lewis was in a committed relationship with actress Isabelle Adajani which eventually ended after 6 years. The couple's son was born in New York several months after the relationship ended. In 1996 while working on a play he started dating Rebecca Miller and the pair eventually tied the knot later that year. The marriage has produced two sons till date and the happily married couple constantly shuttle between their American and Irish residences.