More Daniel Craig Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Quantum of Solace)Hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation on stage, screen and television, Daniel Craig is 007 agent James Bond of the British Secret Service MI6. Craig returns to the role following his highly acclaimed debut in CASINO ROYALE, the highest grossing film in the history of the 007 franchise. Daniel Craig was born in Chester and brought up in Liverpool, leaving there to join the National Youth Theatre in London at the age of seventeen. He continued his training at the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991.
Craig made his film debut in 1992 in the South African boxing drama THE POWER OF ONE but came to the attention of critics and casting directors in the much lauded 1996 television drama serial Our Friends in the North, playing the role of Geordie Peacock.
In 1998 he played the role of George Dyer, painter Francis Bacon's working class boyfriend in John Maybury's powerful biopic LOVE IS THE DEVIL In 2000 he was recognised as one of European Films' Shooting Stars. This was followed by roles in the Hollywood blockbuster LARA CROFT, TOMB RAIDER in which he played Lara Croft's boyfriend, the ensemble black comedy HOTEL SPLENDIDE and THE TRENCH, written and directed by acclaimed author William Boyd.
In 2002, Craig starred in Sam Mendes' film, THE ROAD TO PERDITION , receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Connor Rooney, the troubled son of crime boss John Rooney, played by Paul Newman. The following year he starred in THE MOTHER, a powerful drama directed by Roger Michell in which he played a young man who has an affair with a sixty year-old woman. This was followed by the role of Ted Hughes, starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in SYLVIA about the lives of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. In 2004, Craig took leading roles in ENDURING LOVE, directed by Roger Michell, adapted from Ian McEwan's novel, and LAYER CAKE, Matthew Vaughn's successful directorial debut about the contemporary criminal drug scene.
A role in John Maybury's thriller THE JACKET, starring alongside Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, was followed by the lead in the television adaptation of Robert Harris' best selling novel ARCHANGEL, and a leading role in Steven Speilberg's Oscar nominated MUNICH.
In 2006, Craig played Perry Smith in INFAMOUS opposite Toby Jones as Truman Capote (writer of the best-selling novel In Cold Blood) based on the murders committed by Smith and Dick Hickock and then starred opposite Nicole Kidman in THE INVASION a horror thriller, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. After CASINO ROYALE, Daniel Craig teamed again with Kidman to star in THE GOLDEN COMPASS a film based on the first novel in the Philip Pullman trilogy. Followed by FLASHBACKS OF A FOOL written and directed by Baillie Walsh and, most recently, DEFIANCE directed by Edward Zwick - both are due for release in 2008.
Alongside his film work, Craig is acknowledged as a highly accomplished stage actor. His credits include leading roles in Hurlyburly, with the Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic, Angels in America at the National Theatre, and in 2002 he was nominated for a London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Number, playing three roles opposite Michael Gambon.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Quantum of Solace" (15-Nov-2008)
Biography #3 (for Infamous)Born in Chester and raised in Liverpool, England, Daniel Craig is regarded as one of Britain's finest actors who is now also one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men.
Daniel Craig's lengthy list of critically acclaimed performances in feature films, television and on stage led to his selection to play the iconic secret agent James Bond in the latest 007 film, Casino Royale, to be released in November 2006.
He will also star opposite Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman in The Visiting, the highly anticipated remake of the classic sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Craig was most recently seen in Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated Munich and received rave reviews as the star of Matthew Vaughn's indie smash hit Layer Cake.
His other film credits also include the Hollywood blockbuster hit Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring opposite Angelina Jolie, and the Academy Award?-nominated drama Elizabeth. In 2002 he garnered critical acclaim co-starring with Tom Hanks in Road to Perdition, directed by Sam Mendes. The following year he starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia, about the life and death of poet Sylvia Plath. Craig has also worked with director John Maybury in both The Jacket, with Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley, and Love is the Devil, opposite Derek Jacobi as the brilliant and tortured painter Francis Bacon.
Bio courtesy Warner Independent for "Infamous" (25-Nov-2006)
Biography #4 (for Sylvia)Already well-known to audiences in his native England, Daniel Craig won American acclaim in 2002 for his performance as Connor Rooney, the conniving son of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), in Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition.
Mr. Craig won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as a schizophrenic in Simon Cellan Jones' Some Voices. He had been nominated in the same category once prior, for his performance as a WWI sergeant in William Boyd's The Trench. His performance as George Dyer, opposite Sir Derek Jacobi as Francis Bacon, in John Maybury's Love is the Devil, brought him an acting award at the 1998 Edinburgh Film Festival.
His other feature film credits include Simon West's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; Hugh Hudson's I Dreamed of Africa; Shekhar Kapur's Academy Award-winning Elizabeth (his first project with Sylvia producer Alison Owen); and John Avildsen's The Power of One. He also starred in Michael Radford's short film Addicted to the Stars, which was part of the Ten Minutes Older series.
Mr. Craig has starred in several notable miniseries that have been seen in both the U.S. and the U.K. These include The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (starring opposite Alex Kingston and directed by David Attwood); the BAFTA Award-winning Our Friends in the North (with Christopher Eccleston and Gina McKee); Sword of Honour (directed by Bill Anderson); and The Ice House (directed by Tim Fywell). He was most recently seen in Howard Davies' telefilm version of Copenhagen, adapted by Michael Frayn from the latter's original play.
He is also an accomplished stage actor, having joined London's National Youth Theatre while still in his teens. He recently starred in multiple roles (opposite fellow Sylvia actor Sir Michael Gambon) in Stephen Daldry's West End world premiere staging of Caryl Churchill's play A Number (for which he received an Evening Standard Theater Award nomination as Best Actor). He previously starred in the Peter Hall Company's Old Vic staging of David Rabe's Hurlyburly; and in the London National Theatre production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.
Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Sylvia" (18-Oct-2003)