65 Facts About Daniel Craig


Daniel Craig began acting with the drama The Power of One, and had his breakthrough role in the drama serial Our Friends in the North.


Daniel Craig gained prominence for his supporting roles in films such as Elizabeth, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake, and Munich.


In 2006, Daniel Craig played Bond in Casino Royale, a reboot of the Bond franchise which was favourably received by critics and earned Daniel Craig a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.


In 2011, Daniel Craig made his Broadway debut in the revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal opposite his wife, the actress Rachel Weisz.


Daniel Wroughton Craig was born in Chester, Cheshire on 2 March 1968, the son of an art teacher, Carol Olivia, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, a midshipman in the Merchant Navy and steel erector.


Daniel Craig is of part Welsh and distant French descent, counting the French Huguenot minister Daniel Chamier and Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet among his ancestors.


When Daniel Craig's parents divorced in 1972, he and his sister moved to the Wirral Peninsula with their mother, where he attended primary school in Hoylake as well as school in Frodsham.


Daniel Craig's parents watched his stage debut as Agamemnon in Troilus And Cressida.


Daniel Craig performed with the National Youth Theatre on tours to Valencia and Moscow under the leadership of director Edward Wilson.


Daniel Craig entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1988, and graduated in 1991 after a three-year course under the tutelage of Colin McCormack, an actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Daniel Craig appeared in his first screen role in 1992, playing an Afrikaner in The Power of One.


Also in 1993, Daniel Craig was featured in two episodes of the American television shows Zorro and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and British shows Heartbeat, in which he played Peter Begg; Between the Lines; Drop the Dead Donkey and Sharpe's Eagle.


In 1994, Daniel Craig appeared in The Rover, a filmed stage production and Les Grandes Horizontales, a stage production at the National Theatre Studio, where he first met Rachel Weisz, who would become his second wife.


Daniel Craig was featured in the poorly received Disney film A Kid in King Arthur's Court.


In 1996, Daniel Craig starred in the BBC drama serial Our Friends in the North as the troubled George 'Geordie' Peacock.


Daniel Craig gave a lead performance in the Franco-German drama Obsession in 1997, about a love triangle between Daniel Craig's character and a couple.


Daniel Craig played a schizophrenic man who falls in love with a woman after being discharged from psychiatric hospital in the drama Some Voices.


Also in 2000, Daniel Craig co-starred alongside Toni Collette in the dark comedy Hotel Splendide and was featured in I Dreamed of Africa, based on the life of Kuki Gallmann.


Daniel Craig played the love interest of Angelina Jolie's character Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, based on the video game series Tomb Raider.


Daniel Craig later admitted to having taken on the role in the poorly-reviewed yet commercially successful film only for the money.


In 2001, Daniel Craig starred in the four-part Channel 4 drama Sword of Honour, based on the trilogy of novels of the same.


Daniel Craig appeared in the anthology film Ten Minutes Older: The Cello, starring in the segment "Addicted to the Stars", directed by Michael Radford.


Daniel Craig then portrayed German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg in the BBC television drama Copenhagen, which depicts Heisenberg's involvement in the German nuclear weapon project during World War II.


On stage, Daniel Craig starred opposite Michael Gambon in the original production of Caryl Churchill's play A Number from September to November 2002 at the Royal Court Theatre.


Daniel Craig received a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor nomination for his role as a man who is cloned twice by his father.


Daniel Craig next starred as a man who is stalked by a stranger after they witness a deadly accident together in Enduring Love.


Daniel Craig appeared in three theatrical films in 2005, all of which were supporting roles.


Daniel Craig then made a brief appearance in the Hungarian film Fateless as a United States Army Sergeant who takes a liking to a teenage boy who survives life in concentration camps.


Daniel Craig's third and final role of the year was in Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg, as a South African driver who is a part of a covert Israeli government assassination mission against 11 Palestinians allegedly involved in the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.


In 2005, Daniel Craig was contacted by Eon Productions to portray James Bond.


Daniel Craig stated he "was aware of the challenges" of the Bond franchise, which he considered "a big machine that makes a lot of money".


Daniel Craig aimed at bringing more "emotional depth" to the character.


Daniel Craig's casting as Bond caused some controversy due to his physical appearance.


Connery notably shared his thoughts on Daniel Craig's casting as Bond in 2008, describing him as "fantastic, marvelous in the part".


Daniel Craig lent his voice and likeness as James Bond for both the Wii game GoldenEye 007, an enhanced remake of the 1997 game for the Nintendo 64, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone.


In 2006, Daniel Craig was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Daniel Craig starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the science fiction horror film The Invasion in 2007, the fourth film adaptation of the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, which was met with a negative reception.


Daniel Craig portrayed Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass, the 2007 film adaptation of Philip Pullman's novel.


In March 2007, Daniel Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show.


In 2008, in addition to Quantum of Solace and its accompanying video game, Daniel Craig starred in the drama Flashbacks of a Fool alongside Emilia Fox, as a washed-up Hollywood actor who reflects on his life; although the film was received negatively, Daniel Craig's performance was praised.


Daniel Craig co-starred with Hugh Jackman in a limited engagement of the drama A Steady Rain, on Broadway, which played in autumn 2009 at the Schoenfeld Theatre, for which he gained positive reviews.


Daniel Craig made an uncredited cameo appearance as a stormtrooper in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Daniel Craig appeared in a modern production of William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello at the Off-Broadway New York Theatre Workshop throughout late 2016 and early 2017.


In 2017, Daniel Craig co-starred in Steven Soderbergh's comedy Logan Lucky, about two brothers who pull off a heist during a NASCAR race.


Daniel Craig starred alongside Halle Berry in the drama Kings set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.


In 2019, Daniel Craig starred in Rian Johnson's black comedy murder-mystery Knives Out as Benoit Blanc, a detective investigating the sudden death of a family patriarch.


In 2020, it was announced the Daniel Craig had signed on to reprise the character in an upcoming sequel.


Two days before the film's release in the US, Daniel Craig was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which is located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, and next to the star of fellow Bond actor Roger Moore.


In 2022, Daniel Craig starred in a contemporary revival of Macbeth opposite Ruth Negga on Broadway.


Daniel Craig starred in Glass Onion, the sequel to Knives Out.


Daniel Craig has reportedly signed on for a third film, with Rian Johnson to direct again.


Daniel Craig made a cameo appearance as himself in a sketch with Catherine Tate who appeared in the guise of her character Elaine Figgis from The Catherine Tate Show, for the BBC Red Nose Day 2007 fundraising programme.


Daniel Craig starred in 2011 in a short film narrated by Judi Dench, which was produced for International Woman's Day.


The next year, Daniel Craig worked with Orbis International in Mongolia to raise support and awareness of the Orbis medical team and their Flying Eye Hospital.


Daniel Craig is involved with the Opportunity Network, which provides access to education for low-income students in New York.


In 2015, Daniel Craig appeared in the film Comic Relief: Behind the Bond for the BBC Red Nose Day 2015 fundraising programme.


Daniel Craig has been particularly scathing about Tony Blair, going as far as comparing Blair's penchant for befriending celebrities to the book Mephisto.


Daniel Craig supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections.


Daniel Craig was outspoken about his opposition to Brexit before the 2016 EU membership referendum.


In 1992, Daniel Craig married actress Fiona Loudon; they had a daughter before divorcing in 1994.


Daniel Craig later began a relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, which lasted for seven years.


In January 2018, Daniel Craig purchased a house in Brooklyn, New York, for an amount in excess of $6 million.


Daniel Craig is an avid fan of Liverpool FC, and is a fan of rugby, having travelled to Australia in 2013 to watch the British and Irish Lions tour.


In 2019, Daniel Craig announced he had obtained an American citizenship.


Daniel Craig was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to film and theatre.