Is Daniel Day-Lewis Jewish?

Daniel Day-Lewis is Jewish. The famous and well-accomplished actor Day-Lewis was born in London to a Jewish mother, the actress Jill Balcon. Daniel Day-Lewis's father, Cecil Day-Lewis, was of Anglo-Irish background.

Day-Lewis's Jewish mother's parents and their families emigrated to Britain from Latvia and Poland. His maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Balcon, was an important figure in the history of British cinema.

According to his Wikipedia entry, "Living in middle class Greenwich, Day-Lewis found himself among tough South London kids, and, being of part Jewish ancestry and 'posh', he was often bullied."

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most successful actors today, having won three Academy Awards, respectively for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007) and Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012). He is the only male actor in history to win three Oscars in the leading male actor category.

With French actress Isabelle Adjani, Day-Lewis has a son Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis who was born in 1995 in New York, several months after the relationship ended.

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