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Daniel Craig

Highest Rated:   94% Casino Royale (2006)
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Birthplace:   Chester, England
British actor Daniel Craig became known to audiences the world over when he was revealed as the new James Bond, slated to cement his role as the suave spy in 2006's Casino Royale. His status as an action star was quite sudden, and many were surprised at the announcement, thinking of him as an unknown. Ironically, the classically trained actor had put nearly 50 roles under his belt over the previous 15 years, from star-studded Hollywood features to highly respected independent ventures. Before Craig was a working actor, much less a famous one, he didn't just want to be an actor, he wanted to be a good one. At the age of six he was appearing in school plays in Liverpool, at 14 he was acting on his high school stage in West Kirby, and by 16 he auditioned for and joined the National Youth Theater's troupe for their tours of Manchester, Spain, and Russia. He went on to toil through low-paying jobs as he repeatedly auditioned for the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, determined to get in and undergo the classical training that would help him excel at his craft. Finally in 1988 at the age of 20, he was accepted and proceeded to study there for the next three years under the tutelage of Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Colin McCormack. After graduating in 1991, Craig had a whirlwind of activity to keep up with. In 1992 he began his career on screen, appearing in the film The Power of One. He also married Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, who gave birth to their daughter Ella that same year. He would appear in over ten films, TV movies, television shows, and failed pilots over the next two years, until his marriage to Louden came to an end in 1994. He got back in the game in 1995 with a role in the Disney film A Kid in King Arthur's Court, returning to England soon afterward to star in the acclaimed BBC2 miniseries Our Friends in the North and the four-part series Moll Flanders. It seemed that the actor couldn't stay busy enough, working on several projects a year that ranged from highly respectable drama to trash TV horror. In 1997 he worked with German director Peter Sehr on Obsession where he met his future girlfriend, German actress Heike Makatsch. His first leading role in the U.K. came in 1998 with his portrayal of George Dyer, the intimate friend of painter Francis Bacon (played by Derek Jacobi) in John Maybury's Love Is the Devil. He was developing an impressive resumé and a great skill at taking on an entirely new persona with each new role. He would play a 19th century Irish refuge in Love & Rage, a young soldier in the WWI film The Trench, a framed Jesuit priest in the royal biopic Elizabeth (Starring Cate Blanchett), a Kenyan gamekeeper in the Kim Basinger film I Dreamed of Africa, and the manager of a run-down hotel and health-spa in the satirical comedy Hotel Splendide. American audiences finally got a real taste of Craig's acting when he took a part in an action-packed summer blockbuster, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Playing Angelina Jolie's present rival and former lover, Craig was so effective at his trademark immersion into his role that audiences hardly recognized him when he appeared the next year in The Road to Perdition as the spoiled son of an Al Capone-era mob boss, complete with a perfect American accent. His skill for blending so adeptly into his character and environment gave him the odd combination of being wildly praised but seldom recognized. He would appear in many more challenging and thought-provoking roles over the next few years, most notably as Ted Hughes, poet and husband to Sylvia Plath (Played by Gwyneth Paltrow) in the biopic Sylvia (2003). In 2004, he took British audiences on a thrill ride as a coke dealer without a name in Layer Cake, which became a sleeper hit in the U.S. as well. The following year found him playing significant roles in American films like The Jacket and Steven Spielberg's Munich. The script that would mark his debut in the franchise would be Casino Royale, t

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bond 25
  • Actor
2020
10% Kings
  • Obie
2018
92% Logan Lucky
  • Joe Bang
$27.7M 2017
63% Spectre
  • James Bond
  • Producer
$208.8M 2015
90% One Life
  • Narrator
2013
92% Skyfall
  • James Bond
$299.4M 2012
74% The Adventures of Tintin
  • Rackham/Sakharine
$75.3M 2011
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Mikael Blomkvist
$102.6M 2011
6% Dream House
  • Will Atenton
$21.4M 2011
44% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Jake Lonergan
$100.3M 2011
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North
  • Actor
2010
57% Defiance
  • Tuvia Bielski
$28.7M 2009
65% Quantum of Solace
  • James Bond
$168.4M 2008
38% Flashbacks of a Fool
  • Joe Scot
  • Executive Producer
2008
42% The Golden Compass
  • Lord Asriel
$70.2M 2007
19% The Invasion
  • Dr. Ben Driscoll
$15.2M 2007
94% Casino Royale
  • James Bond
$167.1M 2006
73% Infamous
  • Perry Smith
$1.1M 2006
49% Renaissance
  • Barthélémy Karas
2006
92% Fateless
  • American Soldier
2006
77% Munich
  • Steve
$47.4M 2005
80% Layer Cake
  • XXXX
$2.3M 2005
No Score Yet Archangel
  • Fluke Kesko
2005
44% The Jacket
  • Rudy Mackenzie
$6.3M 2005
58% Enduring Love
  • Joe
$0.4M 2004
78% The Mother
  • Darren
$0.8M 2004
37% Sylvia
  • Ted Hughes
$1.3M 2003
No Score Yet Copenhagen
  • Werner Heisenberg
2002
No Score Yet Ten Minutes Older
  • Actor
2002
81% Road to Perdition
  • Connor
$104.1M 2002
No Score Yet Sword of Honour
  • Guy Crouchback
2001
20% Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
  • Alex
$129.6M 2001
No Score Yet Hotel Splendide
  • Ronald Blanche
2000
10% I Dreamed of Africa
  • Declan
2000
No Score Yet Some Voices
  • Ray
2000
No Score Yet The Trench
  • Sergeant Telford Winter
1999
82% Elizabeth
  • John Ballard
1998
68% Love Is the Devil
  • George Dyer
1998
No Score Yet Love And Rage
  • James Lynchehaun
1998
No Score Yet Ice House
  • Sergeant McLoughlin
1998
No Score Yet Obsession
  • John MacHale
1997
No Score Yet The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
  • Jemmy
1996
5% A Kid in King Arthur's Court
  • Master Kane
1995
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
  • Actor
1992
39% The Power of One
  • Sergeant Jaapie Botha
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 1993
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2012
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Hunger
1997-1999
  • Actor
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
  • McLoughlin
  • 1998
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
  • Jemmy
  • 1996
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • Actor
  • 1996
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North
1996
  • Actor

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