DANIEL CRAIG is hailed as one of the finest actors of his
generation on stage, screen and television. Last summer, Craig starred in
Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau and also starring Harrison Ford and
Olivia Wilde. Craig played Red Rackham in director Steven Spielberg's The
Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the animated adventure with a
cast including Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Simon Pegg. Craig also starred in
Dream House, by the multi award-winner Jim Sheridan and in The Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, he played lead character Mikael
Blomkvist opposite Rooney Mara.
In 2009, Craig returned to the stage for a twelve week Broadway run of "A
Steady Rain." Craig played opposite Hugh Jackman in this contemporary American
play based on two Chicago cops who recount their conflicting stories of a
harrowing experience. The same year, Craig starred on the big screen in Edward
Zwick's critically acclaimed Defiance, based on the true story of four brothers
in Nazi occupied Poland. In 2008, Craig made his second outing as James Bond in
Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster and co-starring Judi Dench, Olga
Kurylenko, and Gemma Arterton.
Born in 1968 in Chester and raised near Liverpool, Craig was first introduced
to theatre at The Liverpool Everyman. 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 and Drama. Craig has since secured a
variety of roles in television, theatre and film, and is now regarded as one of
Britain's finest actors.
Craig's earlier film credits include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Elizabeth,
Hotel Splendide, I Dreamed of Africa, Love and Rage, Obsession, and The Power of
One. In 2002, Craig garnered critical acclaim for his role in Sam Mendes' Road
to Perdition, and the following year, he was seen in The Mother, based on the
screenplay by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell. In 2004, Craig
starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia, which tells of the lives of poets
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. In 2005, he was seen supporting Adrien Brody and
Keira Knightly in The Jacket, in Matthew Vaughn's directorial debut Layer Cake,
and in Roger Michell's critically acclaimed Enduring Love (based on the
bestselling novel by Ian McEwan).
The following year, audiences saw him in Steven Spielberg's Oscar -nominated
film Munich, and he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best
Supporting Actor for his role in Douglas McGrath's Infamous, which also starred
Sandra Bullock and Gwyneth Paltrow. In 2006, he made his James Bond debut in
Casino Royale, for which he received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor and
an Empire Film Award in the same category; the film became the highest grossing
in the history of the 007 franchise. In 2007, audiences saw Craig in The Golden
Compass, co-starring Nicole Kidman and Eva Green, and the following year in
Flashbacks of a Fool, directed by Baillie Walsh.
A highly accomplished stage actor, Craig's theatre credits include leading
roles in "Hurlyburly" with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, "Angels in
America" at The National Theatre, and "A Number" at the Royal Court alongside
Craig has numerous notable television credits, including the BBC adaptation
of Michael Frayn's award-winning "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 in the two-part BBC film
"Archangel," based on Robert Harris' book of the same name.
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