With a record of three Oscar awards in the Best Actor category, Daniel Day-Lewis is undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s male legends. He is a versatile actor whose career spanned the media of stage, film and television for over four decades. His acting career began on the stage where his amazing performance ensured his entry into Hollywood. His rich dramatic voice, method acting and thorough devotedness to characters made him a unique actor to behold as the majority of the films and TV series he starred in are both critically and highly acclaimed including In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, to mention but a few. Learn more as we unravel the details about Daniel Day-Lewis including his height.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Background
The dexterous actor was born as Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis on 29th April 1957 in Kensington, London, United Kingdom to Cecil Day-Lewis, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and Jill Balcon, a film and radio actress who was also known for her stage and TV works. He is the grandson of the distinguished Sir Michael Balcon who was one of the pioneers of the British film industry and the president of the famous Ealing Studios. His elder sister, Lydia Tamasin Day-Lewis is a TV chef and food critic who has published a dozen books about food, restaurants, recipes, and places and also writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He also has two older half-brothers from his father’s first wife.
For his academics, Daniel Day-Lewis acquired his primary education from Invicta and Sherington Primary Schools. Due to his stubbornness and wayward behavior while growing up which includes shoplifting and minor crimes, his parents sent him to a highly selective coeducational independent school, Sevenoaks School situated in Sevenoaks, Kent as a boarder. There, he learned how to do woodworks, acting, and fishing but later disdained the school after two years which prompted his parents to transfer him to the school his elder sister was attending, Bedales School, in Petersfield, Hampshire.
However, Daniel Day-Lewis made his first movie appearance at the age of 14 when he was featured in an uncredited role as a Child Vandal in the 1971 Penelope Gilliatt’s drama film, Sunday Bloody Sunday. He reminisced about the experience as ‘heavenly’ for being paid £2 to damage expensive cars in the course of the movie.
Despite his exploits at National Youth Theatre, London, his application for a five-year apprenticeship as a woodworker was rejected due to his inexperience. He further enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he honed his acting skills for three years and went on to perform at the Bristol Old Vic.
He made his first TV appearance in 1980 by appearing as DJ in an episode of the drama series, Shoestring. Daniel Day-Lewis continued starring in bit roles in both film and television including Artemis 81, and Frost In May. After eleven years of making his first motion picture debut, he made a cameo appearance as Colin in the 1982 Oscar-winning film, Gandhi.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ Big Break
The multi-award-winning actor first found fame as Johnny in the 1985 romantic comedy film, My Beautiful Laundrette. He has additionally starred as Cecil Vyse in the 1985 romantic comedy movie, A Room With a View which was also a box office success as well as critically acclaimed. He was then ushered to limelight and gained global recognition with his striking portrayal of Christy Brown, a man born with cerebral palsy who learned to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot in the 1989 movie, My Left Foot directed by Jim Sheridan.
His excellent character depiction in the movie won him many accolades as he stayed in character throughout the entire period of the movie shoot which includes being spoon-fed on a wheelchair on and off-screen and making regular visits to Sandymount School Clinic, Dublin, getting acquainted with many disabled people in order to fully understand Christy Brown’s character.
Following his three-year break from the spotlight which he took in order to work as a shoemaker in Florence, Italy, Daniel Day-Lewis came back with another brilliant portrayal of William ‘Bill the Butcher’ Cutting in the 2002 film, Gangs of New York. His most memorable performance has been his enactment of Daniel Plainview on the movie, There Will Be Blood which was critically and highly acclaimed.
Other critically and commercially successful movies he has starred in include The Last of the Mohicans, In The Name of the Father, and Lincoln, Phantom Thread. As an actor who practices method acting, Day-Lewis is fond of staying in character throughout the period of the film shoot. As a result, he is highly selective when it comes to choosing roles as he has rejected many movie roles including the Aragon role in Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the main role of Steven Soderbergh’s film, Solaris which later went to George Clooney.
Daniel Day-Lewis has won many accolades with his method acting and unique character depiction including winning a record of three Oscar awards in the Best Actor category, two Golden Globes Awards, four BAFTA Awards, four ACAA (Awards Circuit Community Awards) Awards, two BFCC (Black Film Critics Circle) Awards, among many others.
The There Will Be Blood star is quite tall as he is taller than an average English man. Daniel Day-Lewis stands at a towering height of 6 feet 1.62 inches (1.87 m). He additionally has a body mass of about 79 kg (174 lb).