Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is now officially SIR Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis. He joins the ranks of notable British film titled persons including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Kenneth Brannagh and well he is in very good company as you can see, and deservedly so.
Day-Lewis is the only person in film history to win the Oscar award for Best Actor three times. He was anointed for his services to the dramatic arts by HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge who administered the traditional two shoulder taps with the sword to the kneeling and beautifully tuxedoed actor.
Day-Lewis was confirmed to be receiving a knighthood back in June as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In a report by London’s The Telegraph, Day simply said at the time he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure,”
Other recipients on the Birthday Honours List this year included late teenage cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton and actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie.
The 57 year old actor has added the knighthood to a slew of honours for his esteemed cinema and stage career; He has also won four Best Actor BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globes.
His most stand out roles include playing Irish writer Christy Brown in My Left Foot, the monstrous Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, and more recently the slain US president in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Day-Lewis, who actually holds British-Irish dual citizenship won his first Oscar back in 1990 for portraying paraplegic artist Christy Brown in My Left Foot. After two more nominations – for 1993’s prison drama In the Name of the Father and 2002’s Martin Scorsese-directed Gangs of New York – his next statuette would come in 2008 for playing an ominous oil man in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. Most recently he was awarded for his titular role in Lincoln.
This comes as no surprise to his many fans, as he is infamous for his intense preparation and method-acting approach to all his characters. In fact during the shoot for Gangs of New York filming, he was diagnosed with pneumonia, however he refused to wear a warmer coat or to take treatment because it was not in keeping with the period; however, he was eventually persuaded to seek medical treatment.
Daniel Day-Lewis is currently taking a hiatus from acting as he announced shortly after his Oscar win that he feels it would be difficult to top his performance in Lincoln.