Daniel Craig Biography

Lauded by press to have a fine acting quality behind his stunning look, Daniel Wroughton Craig unquestionably possesses all that is needed to make a great example of an accomplished actor. A son of Timothy and Olivia Craig who was born on March 2, 1968 in Chester, Cheshire, England, Daniel briefly enjoyed the togetherness with both parents as they concluded to separate even before he turned five. Being afterwards raised together with his sister, Lea, under Carol's nurture in Prescot, he was often taken along by his artistic mother to the nearby city of Liverpool where she spent a lot of time at its Everyman Theater. It was during this period that he began to flourish his interest in acting, thus led him to the determination of becoming an actor following his departure from Hilbre High School, a bold decision Carol finally approved after the 16-years-old boy promised to get into a top drama school.

Headed for London to join National Youth Theatre, Daniel was successfully accepted in Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent his next four years to sharpen his skills under the guidance of Colin McCormack. In the meantime, he managed to earn a small role in a big-budgeted movie entitled "The Power Of One" (1992) while also took part in stage production of "No Remission" with Midnight Theatre Company at Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre. This charismatic blonde then was involved in several other features either big or small productions, but it was not until he was cast to play Geordie (George) Peacock in "Our Friends in the North" (1996) that his star began to glow. As this BBC2's miniseries was showered with critical praise, he subsequently received much public attention, but it apparently was not enough for leading him to widespread recognition he had aimed for.

Throughout the rest of 1990s Daniel starred in various film genres, among others the romantic thriller flick "Obsession" (1997), two period biopics entitled "Elizabeth" and "Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon" in 1998, an independent feature of "Love and Rage"(1998) and World War I drama "The Trench" (1999). To his surprise, "Elizabeth" made its way to earn huge acclaim from the critics, even garnered numerous honors at prestigious award events, particularly seven Oscar nominations in 1999 despite its fair commercial result in the domestic market of U.S. Although failed to enhance his status, the movie certainly had given him larger chance to break into Hollywood film industry as he later landed a supporting role in Simon West's adaptation of popular videogame, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001) opposite Angelina Jolie.

After waiting for almost a decade, Daniel ultimately encountered his breakthrough when he was billed as Connor Rooney, the psychotic son of mobster Paul Newman, in Sam Mendes' "Road to Perdition" (2002). Not only satisfyingly gained rave reviews from both critics and audience due to his brilliant enactment which brought passion to this deliberately dark picture, he also helped the film to reach commercial success as it wonderfully scored more than 181 million U.S. dollar worldwide. This achievement consequently propelled him to shine under the spotlight along with public acknowledgement and respect of his remarkable talent besides paved his way to receive more favorable film offers that surely would fill his pocket prosperously.

Not tempted by the enticement, Daniel kept staying true to his integrity plus dedication to acting and preferred to be involved in the project that he considered much challenging though less profitable, such as "The Mother" (2003), "Sylvia" (2003), and "Enduring Love" (2004). Once more delivered excellent portrayal in "Layer Cake" (2004) also "The Jacket" (2005) alongside Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, this charming man continued to shine more radiantly in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" (2005) and "Infamous" (2006) where he gave a chilling performance as Perry Smith. What's more, he satisfyingly was appointed to be the next 007 by October 14, 2005 in the 21st Bond movie of EON Productions "Casino Royale" (2006), replacing Pierce Brosnan who had played this British spy character for four times.

Though had to face vast controversy surrounding his casting as the famed fictional super-spy due to his looks, which is against what Bond author Ian Fleming had described, Craig wonderfully delivered a superb portrayal of the agent to not only gain critics' praise but also recognition from Bond fans who previously showed disapproval of his appointment. "Royale" itself became a huge success upon being released on November 11, 2006, grossing over $590 million worldwide and instantly boosting up the blue-eyed actor's career to the top, even bringing him a BAFTA Award nomination in best actor slot by early 2007. Lavish offers to star in high-profile movies subsequently flowed heavily for him, like those in "The Invasion" (2007), "The Golden Compass" (2007), "Defiance" (2008), and "Flashbacks of a Fool" (2008) as well as a deal to reprise his role as 007 in "Bond 22" (2008) and future installments of the British super-spy franchise up to the 25th.

Beyond his profession as a screen actor, Daniel also has developed another career in theatrical production as he had appeared on-stage quite frequently which included performances in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" in London, David Rabe's "Hurlyburly", and Caryl Churchill's "A Number." As for his love life, he once married to British actress Fiona Loudon who gave him a daughter named Ella in 1992, then lived together with a German film star, Heike Makatsch, for 3 years before breaking up in 2004. Other women the man was linked to included famous British model Kate Moss and notably Sienna Miller before he later announced dating film producer Satsuki Mitchell in September 2006.