Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress. She is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
Danes gained early recognition as Angela Chase in the acclaimed 1994 teen drama series My So-Called Life. The role won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She made her film debut the same year in Little Women (1994). Her other films include Home for the Holidays (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Rainmaker (1997), Les Misérables (1998), Brokedown Palace (1999), the 1999 English dub of Princess Mononoke (1997), Igby Goes Down (2002), The Hours (2002), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Shopgirl (2005), Stardust (2007), Brigsby Bear (2017), and A Kid Like Jake (2018).
From 1998 to 2000, Danes attended Yale University before dropping out to return to acting. She appeared in an Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues in 2000, and made her Broadway debut playing Eliza Doolittle in the 2007 revival of Pygmalion. In 2010, she portrayed Temple Grandin in the highly acclaimed HBO TV film Temple Grandin, which won her a second Golden Globe and her first Primetime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. Since 2011, she has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime drama series Homeland, for which she has won two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, two Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, and the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Danes at the 2015 PaleyFest
Claire Catherine Danes
April 12, 1979
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Lycée Français de Los Angeles|
Hugh Dancy (m. 2009)
Danes was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, the daughter of a sculptor and printmaking artist, Carla Danes (née Hall), and a photographer, Christopher Danes. She has an older brother, Asa, who is a lawyer. Danes' parents met when they were studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Danes' mother was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1945 and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and education from the Rhode Island School of Design (1967), an Associate of Applied Science in textile design from Fashion Institute of Technology (1971), a master's degree in early childhood education from Hunter College (1987), and a Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design (2002). During Danes' childhood her mother ran a small toddler day-care center called Danes Tribe out of the family's SoHo loft to supplement her work as a painter and textile designer, and later served as Danes' manager.
Danes' father was born in Austin, Texas, in 1944 and, after studying biology and civil engineering at Brown University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Rhode Island School of Design (1968), where he studied with Harry Callahan. During Danes' childhood her father worked as a general contractor for 20 years, working on residential buildings in a company he ran called Overall Construction in New York. He also worked as a photographer and computer consultant. He is the son of Gibson Andrew Danes, a former dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture from 1958 to 1968. Danes is named after her paternal grandmother, Claire Danes (née Tomowske), who died in 1953.
The family lived in an artist's loft on Crosby Street. Danes attended P.S. 3 and PS 11 for elementary school and Professional Performing Arts School for junior high school. Danes attended the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in New York City (the same school her Homeland co-star Morena Baccarin attended). She attended The Dalton School for one year of high school before moving with her parents to Santa Monica, California for the role in My So-Called Life. Danes said they moved two days after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Danes graduated from the Lycée Français de Los Angeles in 1997. In 1998, Danes began studies at Yale University. Director Oliver Stone wrote a letter of recommendation. After studying for two years as a psychology major, she dropped out to focus on her film career.
Danes started studying dance when she was six years old. Danes took dance classes from Ellen Robbins at Dance Theater Workshop and acting classes at HB Studiothe Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute at the age of 10. She appeared in theater and video productions in New York City. Although she continued to dance, Danes said that her focus shifted to acting by the time she was nine years old. Her audition with Miloš Forman when she was 11 led to roles in several student films. She signed with agent Karen Friedman at the Writers & Artists talent agency at age 12.
At age 13, Danes got her first big job working on the Dudley Moore TV sitcom pilot called Dudley, which was shot at Silvercup Studios in Astoria, Queens. Danes played a teenage murderer in a guest starring role on Law & Order in the season three episode "Skin Deep". She appeared in an episode of HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis entitled "The Coming out of Heidi Leiter". In March 1993, a pilot episode was shot, when she was 13 years old. It would be almost another year and a half before broadcast.
She then starred as the 15-year-old Angela Chase in the television drama series My So-Called Life, starring in the show and providing voiceovers for 17 of the series' 19 episodes, including the pilot episode. For her role, she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination. Despite being canceled after only 19 episodes, My So-Called Life has developed a large cult following. In 1995, she starred in the Soul Asylum music video for "Just Like Anyone".
In 2010, Danes starred in the HBO production of Temple Grandin, a biopic about the eponymous woman with autism. She won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award. The film was well received and Grandin herself praised Danes' performance.
Since 2011, Danes has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland in which she plays an agent of the CIA who has bipolar disorder. Her character believes a United States Marine Corps war hero is planning a terrorist attack while being tapped for high-profile government service. The series costars Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis. She won the 2013 Golden Globe and the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series for her performance. She also won the 2012 and 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Homeland. In 2012, TIME magazine named Danes one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Danes played Beth March in the 1994 film adaptation of Little Women. Although ABC canceled My So-Called Life in 1995, the show helped her to receive more film roles, including 1995's Home for the Holidays and 1996's I Love You, I Love You Not and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.
Her first leading role on the big screen came in 1996, when she portrayed Juliet in the film Romeo + Juliet, inspiring director Baz Luhrmann to call her, at age 16, "the Meryl Streep of her generation". Later that year, it was reported that she turned down the female lead role in Titanic.
In 1999, she made her first appearance in an animated feature with the English version of Princess Mononoke. That same year, she played the role of Julie Barnes in the big screen adaptation of the 1970s TV show The Mod Squad. She also starred in Brokedown Palace.
Danes left her career temporarily to attend Yale, having made 13 films in five years. In 2002, she returned to film. She starred in Igby Goes Down. Later that year, she co-starred as Clarissa Vaughan's (played by Meryl Streep) daughter in the Oscar-nominated film The Hours. The following year, she was cast in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, followed by Stage Beauty in 2004. She earned critical acclaim in 2005 when she starred in Shopgirl and The Family Stone. In 2007, she appeared in the fantasy Stardust, which she described as a "classic model of romantic comedy". She appeared in the drama film Evening and The Flock. She was also featured in the film Me and Orson Welles.
Danes got her start in New York City theater appearing in performances of Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids Onstage, for which she choreographed her own dance. In April 2000, she appeared off Broadway in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. In November of that same year, she appeared as Emily Webb in a one night only staged reading of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. The production was staged by Bess Armstrong, who had played the mother of Danes' character on My So-Called Life.
In September 2005, Danes returned to New York's Performance Space 122, where she had performed as a child. She appeared in choreographer Tamar Rogoff's solo dance piece "Christina Olson: American Model," where she portrayed the subject of Andrew Wyeth's famous painting Christina's World. Olson suffered from muscular deterioration that left her weak and partially paralyzed. Danes was praised for her dance skills and acting in the project.
In January 2007, Danes performed in Performance Space 122's Edith and Jenny. Later in 2007, Danes made her Broadway theatre debut as Eliza Doolittle in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, directed by David Grindley at the American Airlines Theatre.
She has been in therapy since the age of six, and considers it, "a helpful tool and a luxury to self-reflect and get some insight".
Danes met Australian singer Ben Lee at her eighteenth birthday party in 1997. They dated for almost six years before their relationship ended in 2003. In 2004, Danes began a relationship with former Princess Mononoke and Stage Beauty co-star Billy Crudup that lasted until 2006. Prior to their relationship, Crudup had been dating Mary-Louise Parker, who was seven months pregnant with their son when he left her for Danes.
Danes met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of Evening in 2006 in Newport, Rhode Island. They began dating and announced their engagement in February 2009. They married in France in a secret ceremony in late August or early September 2009. Their first child, a son, was born in December 2012. Danes announced her second pregnancy on the Howard Stern Show in April 2018, and their second child, another son, was born August 27, 2018. They live in the West Village neighborhood of New York City.
Danes and her mother are supporters of the charity Afghan Hands, which helps women in Afghanistan gain independence, education, and livable wages. Danes is also a long time supporter of Donorschoose.org, a Web site that allows public school teachers to create project requests. Donors then choose what projects inspire them, and help to fund those projects.
|1994||Little Women||Beth March|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Glady Jo Cleary|
|1995||Home for the Holidays||Kitt Larson|
|1996||I Love You, I Love You Not||Daisy / Young Nana|
|1996||To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday||Rachel Lewis|
|1996||Romeo + Juliet||Juliet Capulet|
|1997||The Rainmaker||Kelly Riker|
|1999||The Mod Squad||Julie Barnes|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Alice Marano|
|1999||Princess Mononoke||San||Voice (English dub)|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Sookie Sapperstein|
|2002||The Hours||Julia Vaughan|
|2003||It's All About Love||Elena|
|2003||The Rage in Placid Lake||Girl at seminar|
|2003||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||Kate Brewster|
|2005||The Family Stone||Julie Morton|
|2008||Me and Orson Welles||Sonja Jones|
|2013||As Cool as I Am||Lainee Diamond|
|2018||A Kid Like Jake||Alex Wheeler|
|1992||Law & Order||Tracy Brandt||Episode: "Skin Deep"|
|1994||Lifestories: Families in Crisis||Katie Leiter||Episode: "More Than Friends: The Coming Out of Heidi Leiter"|
|1994–1995||My So-Called Life||Angela Chase||Lead role (19 episodes)|
|1997||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Claire Danes/Mariah Carey"|
|2010||Temple Grandin||Temple Grandin||Television film|
|2011–present||Homeland||Carrie Mathison||Lead role|
|2015||Master of None||Nina Stanton||Episode: "The Other Man"|
|2017||Portlandia||Joan||Episode: "The Storytellers"|
|2000||The Vagina Monologues||Westside Theatre|
|2005||Christina Olson: American Model||Christina Olson||Performance Space 122|
|2007||Edith and Jenny||Edith||Performance Space 122|
|2007||Pygmalion||Eliza Doolittle||American Airlines Theatre|
|2016||Dry Powder||Jenny||The Public Theater|
|1995||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||My So-Called Life||Nominated|
|2010||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie||Temple Grandin||Won|
|2012||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Won|
|2013||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Won|
|2014||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2015||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2016||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|1994||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||My So-Called Life||Won|
|2010||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Temple Grandin||Won|
|2011||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Won|
|2012||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Won|
|2014||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Nominated|
The Screen Actors Guild Award is an accolade given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to recognize outstanding performances in film and primetime television.
|2003||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||The Hours||Nominated|
|2011||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Temple Grandin||Won|
|2013||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Homeland||Won|
|2013||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2014||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2014||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2015||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2015||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2016||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2016||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2012||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Won|
|2013||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Homeland||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Shopgirl||Nominated|
|2011||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Won|
|2012||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Won|
|2015||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Homeland||Won|
|2015||Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress||Homeland||Nominated|
|2016||Favorite Premium Series Actress||Homeland||Nominated|
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A Kid Like Jake is a 2018 American drama film directed by Silas Howard and written by Daniel Pearle, based on his own 2013 play of the same name. The film stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd, and Octavia Spencer.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2018. Distributed by IFC Films, A Kid Like Jake had a limited release on June 1, 2018. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of its cast.Brokedown Palace
Brokedown Palace is a 1999 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, and starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Pullman and Lim Kay Tong. It deals with two American friends imprisoned in Thailand for alleged drug smuggling. Its title is taken from a Grateful Dead song written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter from their 1970 album American Beauty.Homeland (TV series)
Homeland is an American spy thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War (Original title Hebrew: חטופים, translit. Hatufim, literally "Abductees"), which was created by Gideon Raff.The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison had come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was "turned" by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States. The series focuses on a storyline that evolves from this premise, together with Mathison's ongoing covert work.
The series is broadcast in the U.S. on the cable channel Showtime, and is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios (formerly Fox 21). It premiered on October 2, 2011. The first episode was made available online, more than two weeks before the television broadcast, with viewers having to complete game tasks to gain access.The series finished airing its seventh season on April 29, 2018, and has been renewed for an eighth and final season, which will premiere in late-2019.The series has received generally positive reviews, with its first two seasons gaining near universal praise. It has won several awards, including the 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama for its first two seasons, and the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for its first season. Claire Danes has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice (from five nominations) and Damian Lewis has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series once (from two nominations). Supporting cast members Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend, and F. Murray Abraham have also received Emmy acting nominations.Homeland (season 1)
The first season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on October 2, 2011 on Showtime and concluded on December 18, 2011, consisting of 12 episodes. The series is loosely based on the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The first season follows Carrie Mathison, a CIA operations officer who has come to believe that Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and now poses a significant risk to national security.The season received universal acclaim, scoring a Metacritic rating of 91 out of 100 from 28 critics. TV Guide named it the best TV show of 2011 and highly applauded the performances by Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. Metacritic determined Homeland to be the second-best TV show of 2011 according to major TV critics, by aggregating the critics' year-end top ten lists. The series won both the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for this season.
The original broadcast of the pilot episode on October 2, 2011 received 1.08 million viewers, becoming Showtime's highest-rated drama premiere in eight years. The episode received a total of 2.78 million viewers with additional broadcasts and on demand views. The finale episode of season one received 1.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched season finale of any first-year Showtime series. The series also performed well in the UK, where it aired on Channel 4, with the pilot episode drawing 3.10 million viewers, and the finale drawing 4.01 million viewers.Homeland (season 8)
The eighth and final season of the American television drama series Homeland is scheduled to premiere in fall 2019 on Showtime and consist of 12 episodes.Hugh Dancy
Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as criminal profiler Will Graham in the NBC television series Hannibal (2013–2015), as Thomas Novachek in the stage play Venus in Fur (2011–2012), and as Adam Raki in the film Adam (2009). Dancy began his career with the title roles in the TV film David Copperfield (2000) and the miniseries Daniel Deronda (2002). He gained prominence as Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted and Galahad in King Arthur (both 2004). His portrayal of courtier Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex in the Channel 4 miniseries Elizabeth I (2005) earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. From 2016 to 2018, he played Cal Roberts in the Hulu original series The Path.
He is married to American actress Claire Danes, with whom he has two children.Igby Goes Down
Igby Goes Down is a 2002 American comedy-drama film that follows the life of Igby Slocumb, a rebellious and sardonic New York City teenager who attempts to break free of his familial ties and wealthy, overbearing mother. The film was written and directed by Burr Steers, and stars Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet, Ryan Phillippe, Bill Pullman and Jared Harris. It was given a limited theatrical release through United Artists on September 13, 2002 in the United States, and received generally positive reviews from critics.Les Misérables (1998 film)
Les Misérables is a 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name, directed by Bille August. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes.
As in the original novel, the storyline follows the adult life of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict (paroled following 19 years of hard labor, for stealing bread) pursued by police Inspector Javert. It was filmed at Barrandov Studios in Prague.List of awards and nominations received by Homeland
Homeland is a drama/thriller series developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and based on the Israeli series Hatufim (English title: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff. The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and now threatens the United States.
The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel Showtime, and is produced by Fox 21. It premiered on October 2, 2011. The first episode was made available online, more than two weeks before broadcast, with viewers having to complete some tasks to unlock access. The series has received critical acclaim, as well as several industry awards, including winning the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, respectively. Showtime renewed the series for a second season of twelve episodes, which premiered on September 30, 2012.My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to January 26, 1995, and was distributed by The Bedford Falls Company with ABC Productions.
Set at the fictional Liberty High School in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it follows the emotional travails of several teenagers in the social circle of main character Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes. The critically acclaimed but short-lived show ended in a cliffhanger with the expectation that it would be picked up for an additional season, but it was officially canceled on May 15, 1995. The show was praised for its portrayal of adolescence and the commentary of its central character, Angela.Shopgirl
Shopgirl is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Anand Tucker and starring Steve Martin, Claire Danes, and Jason Schwartzman. The screenplay by Steve Martin is based on his 2000 novella of the same title. The film is about a complex love triangle between a bored salesgirl, a wealthy businessman, and an aimless young man.
Produced by Ashok Amritraj, Jon Jashni, and Steve Martin for Touchstone Pictures and Hyde Park Entertainment, and distributed in the United States by Buena Vista Pictures, Shopgirl was released on October 21, 2005 and received positive reviews from film critics. The film went on to earn $11,112,077 and was nominated for four Satellite Awards, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.Temple Grandin (film)
Temple Grandin is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.The Flock (film)
The Flock is a 2007 American thriller film directed by Andrew Lau, the co-director of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The film, which marks his first English-language film, stars Richard Gere and Claire Danes.The Mod Squad (film)
The Mod Squad is a 1999 American mystery film directed by Scott Silver and starring Claire Danes, Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi. It is based on the popular television show of the same name. Peggy Lipton and Clarence Williams III who played Julie and Linc in the original series, make cameo appearances.The Rainmaker (1997 film)
The Rainmaker is a 1997 American legal drama film based on John Grisham's 1995 novel of the same name, and written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It stars Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Roy Scheider, Mickey Rourke, Virginia Madsen, Mary Kay Place and Teresa Wright in her final film role.To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a 1996 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Pressman and starring Peter Gallagher and Claire Danes as a father and daughter struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of wife and mother, Gillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). The original score was composed by James Horner.
The screenplay was adapted by David E. Kelley from the play of the same name by Michael Brady.U Turn (1997 film)
U Turn is a 1997 American western neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Powers Boothe, Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Nick Nolte. It is based on the book Stray Dogs by John Ridley.