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Daniel Day-Lewis Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Daniel Day-Lewis worth? $50 million

How did Daniel Day-Lewis earn his money and wealth?

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor born on the 29th of April in 1957 in Kensington of London as the second child of poet Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon. His sister Tamasin Day-Lewis is a well-known television chef and food critic. His maternal grandfather Sir Michael Balcon was the head of Ealing Studios. His family moved to Croom’s Hill in Greenwich a couple of years after his birth. He completed his schooling in Sevenoaks School of Kent and in Bedales in Petersfield Hampshire. Day-Lewis stepped in to acting as early as at the age of 14 in Sunday Bloody Sunday. His initial payment was reported to be $2.81.  He has performed and excelled at the National Youth Theatre in London during his teen age days. He went on to be enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where he studied for a good 3 years and even ended up performing there.

It was in the early 1980s that Lewis seriously considered acting as his profession. He began working in theatres and in television shows like Frost and How Many Miles to Babylon? for the British Broadcasting Company. In 1982, he got to play a minor role in the film Gandhi as one of the antagonists. The same year, he got his theatre breakthrough role in Another Country following which he landed the supporting role in the 1984 film The Bounty. Meanwhile, he enrolled with the Royal Shakespeare Company and played the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and of Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A critical break came in Lewis’ film career in the year 1985 with the role of a young gay English man romancing a Pakistani girl in the Stephen Frears’ film My Beautiful Laundrette. The film appeared in the list of BFI’s 100 greatest British films of the 20th century. The good days in Day-Lewis’ career just began then. He further was seen as Cecil Vyse in the 1985 movie A Room With a View. Lewis’ gained much popularity after this film. In 1987, he appeared as the hero in Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being based on the novel by Milan Kundera.

Another much-acclaimed role of Day-Lewis was in the 1989 Jim Sheridan film My Left Foot. He played the role of writer and painter Christy Brown born with cerebral palsy and needless to say, nailed the performance going on to win many awards including the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Other major films in Daniel Day-Lewis’ acting career include Lincoln, Gangs of New York, The Crucible, The Last of the Mohicans and In the Name of the Father.

What are the highest grossing movies of Daniel Day-Lewis?

  1.       Lincoln (2012) – $182,207,973
  2.       Gangs of New York (2002) – $77,812,000
  3.       The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – $75,505,856

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