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Rise, Sir Daniel Day-Lewis: Star of big screen is knighted

By Claire Williamson

Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is no stranger to awards - but now he can add a knighthood to his collection.

The Anglo-Irish actor received the honour yesterday from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

The 57-year-old star was included in the Queen's birthday honours list in June when he said he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure".

The Lincoln leading man is the only thespian in history to have won three Best Actor Academy Awards. He received this latest accolade for his services to drama.

Sir Daniel's first Oscar success came in 1989's My Left Foot when he played a disabled writer; secondly for his role as an early 20th century prospector in 2007's There Will Be Blood, and latterly in 2012 for his turn as assassinated US president Abraham Lincoln.

Among his other high-profile roles was his part as a member of the Guildford Four, Gerry Conlon, in the film In The Name Of The Father.

Sir Daniel immortalised on the silver screen the true story of Gerry Conlon's wrongful conviction for the 1974 IRA bombing of two Surrey pubs.

The actor is known for adopting extreme measures in order to get into the role.

For In The Name of the Father, he spent several nights at a time in solitary confinement in the abandoned prison they were filming in.

Other high-profile roles included an adopted native American in The Last Of The Mohicans and a brutal butcher in Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York.

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