Daniel Day-Lewis announces his retirement from acting
Daniel Day-Lewis has announced that he is retiring from acting.
The actor, who is 60, issued a statement last night (June 20th) saying that he would be retiring after the release of his new movie Phantom Thread later this year.
A statement issued to Variety by Day-Lewis's spokesperson Leslee Dart said: "Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject."
Day-Lewis, made his screen debut as a teenager in 1971 in Sunday Bloody Sunday and would go to star in movies like Gangs Of New York, Last Of The Mohicans and My Beautiful Laundrette.
He is the only actor to win the Best Actor Award three times, winning first for My Left Foot, then subsequently for There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, and has become widely known for his total approach to method acting, a devotion that has seen him, among other things, learning to speak Czech and catching pneumonia because he refused to change out of period costume.
His final movie Phantom Thread sees him reunite with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson for a thriller set in the fashion world of 1950s London.