A Single Man
A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. The film premiered on September 11,2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, after it screened at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival, The Weinstein Company picked it up for distribution in the United States and Germany. An initial limited run in the United States commenced on December 11,2009, George dreams that he encounters the body of his longtime partner, Jim, at the scene of the car accident that took Jims life eight months earlier. After awakening, George delivers a voiceover discussing the pain and depression he has endured since Jims death, George receives a phone call from his dearest friend, who projects lightheartedness despite her being equally miserable. George goes about his day putting his affairs in order and focusing on the beauty of isolated events, there are flashbacks to George and Jims sixteen-year-long relationship. During the school day George comes into contact with a student, Kenny Potter, George forms an unexpected connection with a Spanish male prostitute, Carlos.
That evening George meets Charley for dinner, though they initially reminisce and amuse themselves by dancing, Charleys desire for a deeper relationship with George and her failure to understand his relationship with Jim angers George. George goes to a bar and discovers that Kenny has followed him and they get a round of drinks, go skinny dipping, and return to Georges house and continue drinking. George passes out and wakes up alone in bed with Kenny asleep in another room, George gets up and while watching Kenny discovers that he had fallen asleep holding Georges gun, taken from the desktop, to keep George from committing suicide. George locks the gun away, burns his notes and in a closing voiceover explains how he has rediscovered the ability to feel. As he makes peace with his grief, George suffers a heart attack and he is a cousin of Jim who phones George to inform him of his partners death. Fashion designer Tom Ford, as a director, financed the film himself. The film places emphasis on the culture of the 1960s, the design is by the same team that designed AMC televisions Mad Men.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm has a voice cameo as Georges lovers cousin. The actual house where the character George lives in the film was designed in 1948 by John Lautner, the film was shot in 21 days, according to The Making of A Single Man on the DVD. An early theatrical poster for A Single Man featured a shot of Colin Firth and Julianne Moore lying side by side, their arms. This led to speculation that the gay content and themes were being deleted or diminished in its marketing materials to improve its chances of success with a wider audience. A new poster with Moore relocated to the background was issued, speaking of the controversy, Moore said that director Tom Ford expressed concern that the original poster made the film appear to be a romantic comedy and that he ordered that the poster be changed
At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced of Capote novels and plays. Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, an absence from his mother. He had discovered his calling as a writer by the age of 8, Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood, a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home. Capote spent four years writing the book aided by his lifelong friend Harper Lee, a milestone in popular culture, In Cold Blood was the peak of Capotes literary career. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on talk shows. Born in New Orleans, Capote was the son of 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and his parents divorced when he was four, and he was sent to Monroeville, where, for the following four to five years, he was raised by his mothers relatives. He formed a fast bond with his mothers distant relative, Nanny Rumbley Faulk and her face is remarkable – not unlike Lincolns, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind, is how Capote described Sook in A Christmas Memory.
In Monroeville, he was a neighbor and friend of author Harper Lee, as a lonely child, Capote taught himself to read and write before he entered his first year of school. Capote was often seen at age five carrying his dictionary and notepad and he was given the nickname Bulldog around this age. Capote received recognition for his work from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 1936. In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born textile broker. However, Joseph was convicted of embezzlement and shortly afterwards, when his income crashed, of his early days, Capote related, I began writing really sort of seriously when I was about eleven. I say seriously in the sense that other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day. In 1935, he attended the Trinity School in New York City and he attended St. Joseph Military Academy. In 1939, the Capote family moved to Greenwich and Truman attended Greenwich High School, where he wrote for both the schools literary journal, The Green Witch, and the school newspaper.
When they returned to New York City in 1942, he attended the Franklin School, an Upper West Side private school now known as the Dwight School and that was the end of his formal education. While still attending Franklin in 1943, Capote began working as a copyboy in the art department at The New Yorker, years later, he reminisced, Not a very grand job, for all it really involved was sorting cartoons and clipping newspapers
Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE is a Scottish actor. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a role in the Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar. Camerlengo Father Patrick McKenna in Angels and Demons, Dr. Alfred Jones in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Lumière in an adaptation of Beauty. He received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy for both Moulin Rouge, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. McGregor has starred in productions of Guys and Dolls. He was ranked number 36 on Empire magazines The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list in 1997, in a 2004 poll for the BBC, McGregor was named the fourth most influential person in British culture. He has been involved in charity work and has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK since 2004, in 2016, he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award. McGregor was born in Perth and brought up in Crieff and his mother, Carol Diane, is a retired teacher of Crieff High School and latterly deputy head teacher of Kingspark School in Dundee.
His father, James Charles Stewart Jim McGregor, is a physical education teacher and careers master of Morrisons Academy. He has a brother, who is a former Tornado GR4 pilot in the Royal Air Force. He is the nephew of actor Denis Lawson and actress Sheila Gish, McGregor attended the independent Morrisons Academy in Crieff. In 1993, six months prior to his graduation from Guildhall, the same year, he starred in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black with a young Rachel Weisz, and made his film debut in Bill Forsyths Being Human. In 1994, McGregor performed in the thriller Shallow Grave, for which he won an Empire Award, and his international breakthrough followed in 1996 with the role of heroin addict Mark Renton in Boyles Trainspotting, an adaptation of Irvine Welshs novel of the same name. McGregor played the romantic lead role in the 1998 British film Little Voice. While the prequels received criticism from Star Wars fans, McGregors performance was widely acclaimed and his uncle, Denis Lawson, had played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy.
In 2001, he starred in Moulin Rouge, as the young poet Christian, who falls in love with the terminally-ill courtesan Satine, played by Nicole Kidman. McGregor reprised his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for the subsequent prequel Star Wars, in 2003, he starred alongside Renée Zellweger in Down With Love. He portrayed the younger Edward Bloom in the acclaimed film Big Fish alongside Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian-American western film starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo, directed by Simon Wincer. Matthew Quigley is an American cowboy and sharpshooter with a specially modified 1874 Sharps Buffalo rifle with which he can shoot accurately at extraordinary distances. When he arrives in Australia, he gets into a fight with employees of the man who hired him, after he identifies himself, he is taken to the station of Elliot Marston, who informs Quigley his sharpshooting skills will be used to eradicate the increasingly elusive Aborigines. Quigley turns down the offer and throws Marston out of his house, the aborigine manservant knocks Quigley over the head and Marstons men beat him and Cora unconscious and dump them in the outback with no water and little chance of survival. However, they are rescued by Aborigines, Cora now reveals that she comes from Texas. When her home was attacked by Comanches, she hid in the cellar and her husband had put her alone on a ship to Australia.
Now Cora consistently calls Quigley by her husband’s name, much to his annoyance, when Marstons men attack the Aborigines who helped them, Quigley kills three. Escaping on a horse, they encounter more of the men driving Aborigines over a cliff. Quigley drives them off with his shooting and Cora rescues an orphaned baby she finds among the dead Aborigines. Leaving Cora and the infant in the desert with food and water, there he obtains new ammunition from local German gunsmith Grimmelman, who hates Marston for his murdering ways. Quigley learns that he has become a hero among the Aborigines. Marstons men are in town and recognize Quigleys horse, when they attack, cornering him in a burning building, he escapes through a skylight and kills all but one of them. He sends the survivor back to Marston to tell him that Quigley is coming. Quigley returns to Cora and the baby, which she has just saved from an attack by dingoes, at first she had tried to stop it crying, but told it to make as much noise as it liked as she gunned the animals down.
Back in town, she gives the baby to Aborigines who have arrived to meet up with them after Quigley tells her that the child has a right to happiness, the next morning, Quigley rides away to confront Marston at his station. At first he shoots the defenders from his location in the hills but is shot in the leg. Marston, who has noticed that Quigley only ever carries a rifle, as the two face off, Marston makes the first move, but is beaten to the draw by Quigley, who shoots Dobkin and OFlynn as well. As Marston lies dying, Quigley refers to a conversation, telling him, I said I never had much use for one
Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, one Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award and he won an Emmy Award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the television film Into the Storm. He is the father of actors Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson, Gleeson was born in Dublin, the son of Pat and Frank Gleeson. Gleeson has described himself as having been a reader as a child. He received his second level education at St. Josephs CBS in Fairview, after training as an actor, he worked for several years as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English at the now defunct Catholic Belcamp College in North County Dublin, which closed in 2004. He was working simultaneously as an actor while teaching, doing semi-professional and professional productions in Dublin and he left the teaching profession to commit full-time to acting in 1991. In an NPR interview to promote Calvary, he revealed that he was abused by a Christian Brother, saying and it wasn’t very traumatic and it wasn’t at all sustained, it was just one of these things where something odd happened.
As a member of the Dublin-based Passion Machine, Gleeson appeared in several of the companys early and highly successful plays such as Wasters, Brownbread. He has written three plays for Passion Machine, The Birdtable and Breaking Up, both of which he directed, and Babies and Bathwater in which he acted, among his other Dublin theatre work are Patrick Süskinds one-man play The Double Bass and John B. Keanes The Year of the Hiker, Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty, a film broadcast on RTÉ One. He has acted in films as Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain,28 Days Later, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid. Artificial Intelligence, Impossible II, and The Village and he won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boormans 1998 film The General. In 2003, Gleeson was the voice of Hugh the Miller in an episode of the Channel 4 animated series Wilde Stories, Gleeson went on to portray Winston Churchill in Into the Storm.
Gleeson won an Emmy Award for his performance, Gleeson played Hogwarts professor Mad-Eye Moody in the fourth and seventh Harry Potter films. His son Domhnall played Bill Weasley in the seventh film, Gleeson starred in the short film Six Shooter in 2006, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. This film was written and directed by Martin McDonagh who wrote, the film, and Gleesons performance, enjoyed huge critical acclaim, earning Gleeson several award nominations, including his first Golden Globe nomination. In the movie, Gleeson plays a figure for Colin Farrells hitman
Hugh John Mungo Grant is an English actor and film producer. Grant has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César for his work and his films have earned more than US$2.4 billion from 25 theatrical releases worldwide. Grant used this role as a frequent cinematic persona during the 1990s, delivering comic performances in films such as Mickey Blue Eyes. By the turn of the 21st century, Grant had established himself as a leading man, Grant has expanded his oeuvre with critically acclaimed turns as a cad in Bridget Joness Diary, About a Boy, and American Dreamz. Grant played against type with multiple roles in the epic sci-fi drama film. Hes known for appearing in period pieces such as The Remains of the Day and Sensibility, within the film industry, Grant is cited as an anti-star who approaches his roles like a character actor, and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his skills include a nonchalant touch of irony/sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms, as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery.
The entertainment medias coverage of Grants life off the big screen has often overshadowed his work as an actor, Grant has been outspoken about his antipathy towards the profession of acting, and in his disdain towards the culture of celebrity and hostility towards the media. In a career spanning 30 years, Grant has repeatedly claimed that acting was not his true calling, Grant was born at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, the second son of Fynvola Susan MacLean and Captain James Murray Grant. Grants grandfather, Colonel James Murray Grant, DSO was decorated for bravery, genealogist Antony Adolph has described Grants family history as a colourful Anglo-Scottish tapestry of warriors, empire-builders and aristocracy. Grants father was trained at Sandhurst and served with the Seaforth Highlanders for eight years in Malaya and Scotland. He ran a firm, pursued hobbies such as golf and painting watercolours, and raised his family in Chiswick, west London. In September 2006, a collection of Capt, Grants paintings was hosted by the John Martin Gallery in a charity exhibition, organised by his famous son, called James Grant,30 Years of Watercolours.
His mother worked as a schoolteacher and taught Latin and she died at the age of 65,18 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Grants accent is an inheritance from his mother, and, on Inside the Actors Studio in 2002, both his parents were children of military families, despite his parents backgrounds, Grant has stated that his family was not always affluent while he was growing up. Grant spent his childhood summers shooting and hunting with his grandfather in Scotland, Grant has an older brother, living in Portugal. Grant started his education at Hogarth Primary School in Chiswick but moved to St Peters Primary School in Hammersmith, from 1969 to 1978, he attended the independent Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith on a scholarship and played 1st XV rugby and football for the school. He represented Latymer on the quiz show, Top of the Form
Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide, Firth has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Volpi Cup. Firths most notable and acclaimed role to date has been his 2010 portrayal of King George VI in The Kings Speech and this led to roles in films such as The English Patient, Bridget Joness Diary, Shakespeare in Love, and Love Actually. In 2009, Firth received widespread acclaim for his leading role in A Single Man, for which Firth gained his first Academy Award nomination. Firth starred in the spy movie Kingsman, The Secret Service in 2014. In 2011, Firth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Winchester in 2007, and was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2012. He has campaigned for the rights of tribal peoples, and is a member of Survival International. Firth has campaigned on issues of asylum seekers, refugees rights, and he commissioned and is credited as a co-author on a scientific paper on a study into the differences in brain structure between people of differing political orientations.
Firth was born in the village of Grayshott, Hampshire, to parents who were both academics and teachers, Firth is the eldest of three children, he has a sister, Kate, an actress and voice coach, and a brother, Jonathan, an actor. Both of his parents were raised in India, because his grandparents, Congregationalist ministers, and his paternal grandfather. As a child, Firth travelled a lot due to his parents work and he lived in St. Louis, Missouri when he was 11, which he has described as a difficult time. On returning to England, he attended the Montgomery of Alamein Secondary School and he was still an outsider and was the target of bullying. To counter this, he adopted the working class Hampshire accent. By the time he was 14, Firth had already decided to be a professional actor, until further education, he was not academically inclined, saying in an interview, I didnt like school. I just thought it was boring and mediocre and nothing they taught me seemed to be of any interest at all, after his sixth form years, Firth moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre.
There, he made contacts in the acting world, from which he got a job in the wardrobe department at the National Theatre. From there, he went on to study at Drama Centre London, in 1984, Firth made his film debut in the role of Tommy Judd, Guy Bennetts straight, Marxist school friend in the screen adaptation of the play. This was the start of longstanding public feud between Firth and Everett, which was resolved and he starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in Lost Empires, a TV adaptation of J. B
Emma (1996 theatrical film)
Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Scripted and directed by Douglas McGrath, the film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy Northam. The film describes a year in the life of Emma Woodhouse, when her governess, Miss Taylor, gets married and goes to live with her new husband, Mr Weston, Emma proudly takes the credit for having brought the couple together. As a close friendship develops between Emma and Harriet, it clear that Harriet is being courted by Robert Martin. When Mr Martin proposes to Harriet, she is inclined to accept, but she has come to rely heavily on Emmas advice, and Emma persuades her to reject the proposal. Meanwhile, Mr Elton has been expressing a desire for Emma by taking an interest in a picture she drew of Harriet and by giving her a riddle for a book of riddles being compiled by Harriet. Emma misinterprets this as interest in Harriet, but when Mr Elton and Emma are alone, he declares his love for Emma herself.
She harshly rejects his pleas, and he marries another woman. Over the next few months, various gatherings show who loves whom among Emmas friends, Emma is briefly attracted to a charming, gallant young man named Frank Churchill, Mr Westons son who comes to visit from London, but Emma soon decides to set him up with Harriet. However, Frank is revealed to have an engagement with a shy. Harriet states that she has no interest in Frank, preferring Mr Knightley, Mr Knightley only danced with Harriet out of politeness and has started to fall in love with Emma. The conclusion of the story begins when Emma ridicules a poor woman named Miss Bates during a picnic, after which Mr Knightley angrily scolds Emma and she finds herself thinking about him while hes away, but does not realize she loves him until Harriet expresses interest in him. When Mr Knightley returns, he and Emma cross paths in a meadow and have a conversation that begins awkwardly but ends with him asking her to marry him and her gladly accepting.
The news of their engagement upsets Harriet, who avoids Emma for a while, the film ends with Emma and Mr Knightleys wedding. Douglas McGrath fell in love with Jane Austens 1815 novel Emma and he believed the book would make a great film, but it was not until a decade that he was given a chance to work on the idea. McGrath had initially wanted to write a version of the novel. Miramaxs co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, liked the idea of a take on the novel. McGrath was unaware that Amy Heckerlings Clueless was already in production plans for Emma were well underway
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and his first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. L. OHara in An Awfully Big Adventure, Dr. Rickman died of cancer on 14 January 2016 at the age of 69. His final film roles are as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky, and the voice of Absolem, Rickman was born in West London, to a working-class family, the son of Margaret Doreen Rose, a housewife, and Bernard William Rickman. Rickmans father was a worker, house painter and decorator. His ancestry was English and Welsh, his father was Catholic, Rickmans family included brothers David and Michael, and sister Sheila.
When he was eight years old, Rickmans father died of cancer, leaving his mother to raise him. She married again in 1960, but divorced Rickmans stepfather after three years, before he met Rima Horton at 19, he stated that his first crush was at 10 years old to a girl named Amanda at sports day. As a child, he excelled at calligraphy and watercolour painting, after leaving Latymer, he attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. He wrote to request an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, while there, he studied Shakespeare and supported himself by working as a dresser for Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson. In 1978, he performed with the Court Drama Group, gaining parts in Romeo and Juliet and A View from the Bridge, while working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was cast in As You Like It. He appeared in The Barchester Chronicles, the BBCs adaptation of Trollopes first two Barchester novels, as the Reverend Obadiah Slope. Rickman was given the lead, the Vicomte de Valmont, in the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hamptons adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
After the RSC production transferred to Broadway in 1987, Rickman received both a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance, Rickmans career was filled with a wide range of roles. Alfred Blalock in HBOs Something the Lord Made and the mad monk Rasputin in the HBO biopic Rasputin, Dark Servant of Destiny, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy. His performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves earned him praise as one of the best actors to portray a villain in films, Rickman took issue with being typecast as a villain, even though he was known for playing unsympathetic characters. His portrayal of Severus Snape, the master in the Harry Potter series, was dark
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre and his performance as Count Almásy in The English Patient garnered him a second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. He voiced Rameses in The Prince of Egypt and Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie, in 2011, Fiennes made his directorial debut with his film adaptation of Shakespeares tragedy Coriolanus, in which he played the title character. Fiennes won a Tony Award for playing Prince Hamlet on Broadway, since 1999, Fiennes has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK. One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Fiennes was born in Ipswich, on 22 December 1962. He is the eldest child of Mark Fiennes, a farmer and photographer, and Jennifer Lash and he has English and Scottish ancestry. His surname is of Norman origin and his grandfathers were industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes and Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash.
His great-great-uncle was Edward Pomeroy Colley, a Civil Engineer and first class passenger who died in the sinking of RMS Titanic, Fiennes is an eighth cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes. He is the eldest of six children and his siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes, Martha Fiennes, a director, Magnus Fiennes, a composer, Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker, and Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist and his nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork, Fiennes was educated at St Kierans College for one year, followed by Newtown School, a Quaker independent school in County Waterford. They moved to Salisbury in England, where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworths School and he went on to pursue painting at Chelsea College of Art before deciding that acting was his true passion.
Fiennes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art between 1983 and 1985 and he began his career at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park and at the National Theatre before achieving prominence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiennes first worked on screen in 1990 and made his debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights opposite Juliette Binoche. He had a role in Peter Greenaways film The Baby of Mâcon with Julia Ormond. Later that year he became known internationally for portraying the amoral Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Göth in Steven Spielbergs Schindlers List, for this he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He did not win the Oscar, but did win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for the role and his portrayal of Göth earned him a spot on the American Film Institutes list of Top 50 Film Villains. Fiennes gained weight to represent Göth, but shed it afterwards, Fiennes stated that playing the role had a profoundly disturbing effect on him
Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he 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 to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the schedules of his films. He is one of the most selective actors in the industry, having starred in only five films since 1998. Protective of his life, he rarely gives interviews and makes very few public appearances. He starred in My Beautiful Laundrette, his first critically acclaimed role and he assumed leading man status with The Unbearable Lightness of Being. He was nominated in category for In the Name of the Father. He has won four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, in November 2012, Time named Day-Lewis the Worlds Greatest Actor.
In June 2014, he received a knighthood at Buckingham Palace for services to drama, Day-Lewis was born in Kensington, the son of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and English actress Jill Balcon. Day-Lewiss mother was Jewish, and his maternal great-grandparents Jewish families emigrated to England from Latvia and his maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon, was the head of Ealing Studios. Living in Greenwich, Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London children and he mastered the local accent and mannerisms and credits that as being his first convincing performance. Later in life, he has known to speak of himself as very much a disorderly character in his younger years, often in trouble for shoplifting. In 1968, Day-Lewiss parents, finding his behaviour to be too wild, at the school, he was introduced to his three most prominent interests, woodworking and fishing. The transfer led to his debut at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday in which he played a vandal in an uncredited role. He described the experience as heaven, for getting paid £2 to vandalise expensive cars parked outside his local church, for a few weeks in 1972, he and his parents and sister lived at Lemmons, the north London home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard.
Cecil Day-Lewis had cancer and Howard invited the family to Lemmons as a place they could use to rest, Cecil died there in May that year. Leaving Bedales in 1975, Day-Lewiss unruly attitude had diminished and he needed to make a career choice, although he had excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre in London, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, but was rejected due to lack of experience