Highly acclaimed actor who won Academy Awards for Best Actor for portraying Christy Brown in 1989's My Left Foot, Daniel Plainview in 2007's There Will Be Blood and Lincoln '> Abraham Lincoln in 2012's Lincoln . He also received praise for his roles in Gangs of New York and The Last of the Mohicans.
Prior to his acting career, he applied for a five-year apprenticeship, hoping to become a cabinet-maker.
He is known for his complete immersion into the roles he's given; when he played Lincoln, he believed in his heart he was former US President Abraham Lincoln .
His sister, Tamasin Day-Lewis, is a documentary filmmaker and television chef. His father was Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis . He dated Isabelle Adjani from from 1989 to 1995 and married screenwriter Rebecca Miller in 1996. He has three sons named Gabriel , Ronan and Cashel.