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Born: Mar. 2, 1968 Chester, England, UK
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Daniel Wroughton Craig was born on March 2, 1968 in Chester, England. When he was only sixteen years old, Craig moved to London to study at the National Youth Theatre. He would later graduate from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Craig’s screen debut was with Stephen Dorff and Morgan Freeman in 1992’s The Power of One. That same year, he also appeared in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert. After many guest-starring roles on television, Craig appeared in A&E’s Genghis Cohn in 1993. He then played a commoner in love with King Arthur’s daughter in the 1995 children’s film A Kid in King Arthurâ€™s Court.
Craig then played a musician who loses everything and becomes homeless in the nine-part 1996 BBC2 mini-series Our Friends in the North. His television work continued with The Fortunes of Moll Flanders and 1997’s Kiss and Tell and The Ice House.
Daniel then made the feature films Obsession, Love and Rage, and Elizabeth, which saw him working opposite Cate Blanchett, Christopher Eccleston, Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes. He won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a schizophrenic man learning to live in the real world after being institutionalized in Some Voices in 2000. That same year, he starred with Kim Basinger in I Dreamed of Africa.
Audiences really began to notice him after he worked with Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and then played Paul Newman’s son in Road to Perdition, which also starred Tom Hanks and Jude Law. In 2003, he played Ted Hughes to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sylvia Plath in Sylvia. Craig also appeared in The Mother, Enduring Love (with Rhys Ifans) and Layer Cake, a role which earned him a few nominations from European awards.
Daniel once again played a man with a mental condition in The Jacket starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley in 2005. That same year, he worked with Eric Bana on Steven Spielberg’s Munich, the true story of the Israeli revenge killings for the terrorist attack on the 1972 Olympics. He played Perry Smith, one of the convicted murders Truman Capote befriended while writing In Cold Blood in the 2006 film Infamous.
2006 also marked the year that Daniel took on the iconic role of James Bond in Casino Royale, a film that critics felt put new energy into the series. Critical raves did not greet his next two films, 2007’s remake of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Invasion which starred Nicole Kidman and The Golden Compass, again with Kidman.
Craig returned to Bond again in 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
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