He has won the ultimate accolade from his industry, an unrivalled third best actor Oscar, and few would deny that he deserves it. Daniel Day-Lewis does not merely act a role, but totally immerses himself in the character. Anyone who has seen his latest film Lincoln will recognise the master of method acting in action.
He may be an intensely private man as far as the media is concerned but those who have met him regard him as friendly and down-to-earth. He has been spotted at motorcycle races in Northern Ireland and, of course, one of his most celebrated roles was as Gerry Conlon, a Belfast man facing terrorism charges in In The Name Of The Father. So we can claim a little part of the credit for the making of the greatest actor of his generation.