Daniel Craig is an English actor.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about him!
1. Daniel Wroughton Craig was born 2 March 1968 in Chester, Cheshire.
2. His mother, Carol Olivia (née Williams), was an art teacher, and his father, Timothy John Wroughton Craig, was the landlord of the pubs Ring o’ Bells in Frodsham, Cheshire and the Boot Inn in Tarporley, Cheshire, having served as a midshipman in the Merchant Navy.
3. Craig has distant French Huguenot ancestry.
4. Huguenot minister Daniel Chamier is among his ancestors, as is Sir William Burnaby, 1st Baronet.
5. Craig’s middle name, Wroughton, comes from his great-great-grandmother, Grace Matilda Wroughton.
6. Raised on the Wirral Peninsula, Craig attended primary school in Frodsham and Hoylake, Merseyside.
7. Later, he attended Hilbre High School in West Kirby, Merseyside, along with his older sister Lea (born 1965), after failing his Eleven plus.
8. When his parents divorced, Craig and his sister lived with their mother, moving to Liverpool, Merseyside.
9. Upon finishing his compulsory secondary school education at the age of 16, he briefly joined Calday Grange Grammar School as a sixth form student. He played rugby union for Hoylake RFC.
10. Craig began acting in school plays at the age of six, and was introduced to serious acting by attending the Everyman Theatre in nearby Liverpool City Centre with his mother.
11. At the age of 16, Craig was accepted into the National Youth Theatre, leaving school and moving to London, where he worked part-time in restaurants to finance his training.
12. Later on, after multiple attempts at auditioning for drama schools, he was accepted at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican, where he graduated in 1991 after three years of study under Colin McCormack.
13. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage.
14. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One (1992).
15. Other early appearances were in the Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995) and the biographical film Elizabeth (1998), as well as in the historical war drama television series Sharpe’s Eagle (1993) and the action-adventure drama series Zorro.
16. Cast as the fictional British secret agent James Bond in October 2005, his first film in the role, Casino Royale, was released internationally in November 2006.
17. Craig’s appearances in the British television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), the indie war film The Trench (1999), and the drama Some Voices (2000) attracted the film industry’s attention.
18. This led to roles in bigger productions such as the action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), the crime thriller Road to Perdition (2002), the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004), and the Steven Spielberg historical drama Munich (2005).
19. Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond in the official film series, taking over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005.
20. Although his casting was initially greeted with scepticism, his debut was highly acclaimed and earned him a BAFTA award nomination, with Casino Royale becoming the highest-grossing in the series at the time.
21. Quantum of Solace followed two years later.
22. Craig’s third Bond film, Skyfall, premiered in 2012 and is currently the highest-grossing film in the series, was the highest-grossing film in the UK until 2015 and the fifteenth highest-grossing film of all time.
23. Craig’s fourth Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015. In 2006, he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since taking the role of Bond, he has continued to star in other films, including the World War II film Defiance (2008), science fiction Western Cowboys & Aliens (2010), and the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
24. Craig also made a guest appearance as Bond in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.
25. As of 20 February 2017, Craig is the second longest serving James Bond, surpassed only by Roger Moore.
26. In 1992, Craig married actress Fiona Loudon, with whom he had a daughter. The marriage ended in divorce in 1994.
27. After his divorce, he was in a seven-year relationship with German actress Heike Makatsch, ending in 2001. He subsequently dated film producer Satsuki Mitchell from 2005 until 2010.
28. Craig and actress Rachel Weisz had been friends for many years, and worked together on the movie Dream House. They began dating in December 2010 and married on 22 June 2011, in a private New York City ceremony, with four guests in attendance, including Craig’s 18-year-old daughter and Weisz’s 5-year-old son.
29. In October 2008, Craig paid £4 million for an apartment in a converted old house in Primrose Hill near Regent’s Park, London.
30. He also has a house in Sunninghill outside Ascot. He is an avid fan of Premier League football club Liverpool F.C., as well as a rugby fan and former player, having travelled to Australia in 2013 to watch the British & Irish Lions tour.
31. Daniel Craig made a unique place for himself in the history of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising 8 December 2009, when it was announced that they had raised $1,549,953 in the 21st annual Gypsy of the Year competition, from six weeks of curtain appeals at their hit Broadway drama, A Steady Rain.
32. He is involved with multiple charities including S.A.F.E. Kenya, which uses street theatre to address social issues.
He is also involved with the Opportunity Network, which provides access to education for low-income students in New York.
33. In 2011, he collaborated with Dame Judi Dench to highlight gender inequality for International Women’s Day.
34. In August 2014, he added his name to a letter to British broadcasters calling for better representation of ethnic minorities.
35. In April 2015, the United Nations appointed Craig the first global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.
36. The role will involve raising awareness for the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and political and financial support for the cause. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Craig: “You have been given a licence to kill, I’m now giving you a licence to save.”
37. With regard to his religious beliefs, Craig has been reluctant to discuss the matter.