From James Bond to The Old Vic, DANIEL CRAIG (Will Atenton) has proven himself
time and again in a wide range of roles in film, theater and television. The
multitalented actor received a BAFTA nomination and an Empire Award for Casino
Royale, his James Bond debut, which became the highest-grossing film in the
history of the 007 franchise.
Born in 1968 in Chester and raised near Liverpool, Craig was first introduced to
theater at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. When he reached his
late teens, he moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre, before
continuing his training at the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Craig
has since secured eclectic roles in television, theater and film, and is now
regarded as one of Britain's finest actors.
Craig received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination (for Best Supporting
Male) for his role in Douglas McGrath's Infamous, which also starred Sandra
Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow. His multiple film credits also include his second
outing as James Bond, in Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster; Sam
Mendes' Road to Perdition; Defiance, based on the true story of four brothers in
Nazi-occupied Poland, directed by Edward Zwick; The Golden Compass, co-starring
Nicole Kidman and Eva Green; Flashbacks of a Fool; Elizabeth; Hotel Splendide; I
Dreamed of Africa; Love & Rage; Obsession; The Power of One; The Mother; Sylvia;
The Jacket; Layer Cake; and Enduring Love.
Cowboys & Aliens marks Craig's third collaboration with film producer Steven
Spielberg, following their work on the OscarĀ®-nominated Munich and the upcoming
Spielberg-directed and Peter Jackson-produced adaptation of one of the world's
most beloved comic books, The Adventures of Tintin, in which he plays Red
As a highly accomplished stage actor, Craig's theater credits include leading
roles in Hurlyburly, with the Peter Hall Company at The Old Vic Theatre; in
Angels in America, at the National Theatre; and in A Number, at the Royal Court
Theatre, alongside Michael Gambon. In 2009, Craig trod the boards in a 12-week
Broadway run, opposite Hugh Jackman, in A Steady Rain, a contemporary American
play about two Chicago cops who recount their conflicting stories of a harrowing
Craig has numerous notable television credits including the BBC adaptation of
Michael Frayn's award-winning play Copenhagen, Our Friends in the North, Sword
of Honour, The Ice House, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, Kiss
and Tell, Sharpe's Eagle and the two-part BBC film Archangel, based on Robert
Harris' book of the same name.
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