inspired by his father.
He likes to immerse himself completely in his roles, staying in costume and in character for the entire shooting period, something that has earned him notoriety and awe in equal measures in his 30-year-old career. If not acting, Day-Lewis spends his time in carpentry, which is another great passion of his.
Day-Lewis made his debut with a small part in John Schlesinger's "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" (1971). He followed it with an acting training at Bristol Old Vic.
After working in theatre for almost a decade, he made his second appearance as a street thug in "Gandhi" (1982).
There was no looking back for the actor after that. He made the critics sit and take notice with his two completely different roles -- as a gay street punk in "My Beautiful Laundrette" and stuffy Edwardian suitor in "A Room With a View".
Two years later, he was cast in Philip Kaufman's adaptation of Milan Kundera's celebrated novel "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", which he capped with his Oscar-winning performance of the cerebral palsy-stricken Christy Brown in Jim Sheridan's "My Left Foot" (1989).
He returned to stage again but his second theatre stint was not successful. The Richard Eyre's National Theatre production of "Hamlet" ended abruptly when Day-Lewis walked off the stage one night, mid-performance, due to nervous exhaustion. He never returned to stage after the incident.
The incident also saw him taking a break from movies until 1992. He made a successful return with "Last of the Mohicans". He reunited with director Sheridan for "In the Name of the Father" to play an Irish man wrongly convicted of taking part in an IRA bombing. His third film with Sheridan was "The Boxer" in 1996.
Day-Lewis starred in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence" in 1993 before taking up Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" in 1996. He met his wife, Rebecca Miller, the author's daughter during this film.
After "The Boxer", Day-Lewis went on another self-imposed acting exile apparently. Not much is known about this period of his life but it is believed that he took up cobbling after