Daniel Day-Lewis has won three Oscars during his career, but he can now add a knighthood to his list of achievements, after being presented with the honour today by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
The actor, 57, was named during the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in June, when he said he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure”.
Day-Lewis was bestowed the accolade for his services to drama.
He is the only actor in history to have won three Oscars – first in 1989's My Left Foot, when he played a disabled writer; second for his role as early 20th century oilman in 2007's There Will Be Blood; and third in 2012 for his turn as assassinated US president Abraham Lincoln.
He was also Oscar-nominated for his performances in Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father.
Day-Lewis is known for his method approach to acting, adopting extreme measures in order to get into the role.
Queen's Birthday Honours 2014
Queen's Birthday Honours 2014
1/14 Angelina Jolie
Recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours list for exceptional service to Britain overseas as an anti-sexual violence campaigner
2/14 Stephen Sutton
Teenage Cancer Trust charity fundraiser who raised £4 million before losing his battle to bowel cancer last month is awarded an MBE
3/14 Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis will receive a knighthood for services to acting after becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars
4/14 Hilary Mantel
Author Mantel is to become a dame after winning the Booker in 2009 for 'Wolf Hall'
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5/14 Zandra Rhodes
Fashion designer Rhodes is to be made a dame
6/14 Lizzy Arnold
Arnold celebrates winning gold in the women's skeleton competition at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and is awarded an MBE
7/14 Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith is made a Companion of Honour for services to acting
8/14 Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans
Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans are awarded MBEs after winning Britain's first ever gold metal in the Winter Paralympics
9/14 Warren Gatland
Wales rugby head coach Gatland is awarded an OBE for sporting services
10/14 John Barrowman
The man with the pearliest whites in showbiz is awarded an MBE
11/14 Charlotte Edwards
England cricketer Edwards, here with the Women’s Ashes trophy, is awarded a CBE
12/14 Jenny Gunn
Edwards' deputy captain Gunn is awarded an MBE
13/14 Dario Franchitti
Scottish racing driver Franchetti is awarded an MBE
14/14 Cerys Matthews
Singer songwriter Cerys Matthews is awarded an MBE
When he was playing the womanising brain surgeon in The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, he taught himself Czech (even though the film was in English). For his role the frontiersman in The Last Of The Mohicans, he learned how to build canoes. In Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot, in which he acted as Irish artist Christy Brown, he spent almost the entire shoot in a wheelchair - allegedly asking crew members to carry him around the set.
For 1993’s In The Name of the Father, when he portrayed a wrongly convicted prisoner, Day-Lewis spent several nights at a time in solitary confinement in the abandoned prison they were filming in.
“All you're trying to do is lay the groundwork, which might allow the imagination to free itself,” he said.
“When the imagination frees itself, you have no goddamn idea what's going to happen. So it's not a constrictive or restrictive way of working - quite the opposite.”Reuse content