Monday 20 November 2017

Soon it will be Sir Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis.
Daniel Day-Lewis.

WICKLOW'S most famous resident is to be knighted by the Queen.

Wicklow's most famous resident is to be knighted by the Queen.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis was named on Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honours list at the weekend.

The multi award winning actor, who is also in the spotlight this week for his continuing support of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, is famous for his roles in films such as My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Lincoln and Gangs of New York.

Following the announcement, Day Lewis said he was 'entirely amazed' to hear he will become a Sir. 'I'm entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure,' he said.

The English-born actor is married to Rebecca Miller and they live in Annamoe with their children. He is often described as a recluse but the 55-year-old actor said he needs peace and quiet to prepare for the roles. 'I couldn't work or get ready for a piece of work from a city base, from city life. I need deep, deep quiet and a landscape too that I can be absorbed into,' he said.

In 2010 when he was given the Freedom of Wicklow he spoke of his love of Wicklow.

'This is the place that sustains me, the place where I planted myself. When the work is done, it's to this place that I return to as a refuge. It's a place where I feel the freedom to lie fallow if I need to for a period of time. Living in this place I've always felt, more than any other place that I've been, that Wicklow is in harmony, complete harmony, with the demands that life has made.'

Meanwhile, actress Angelina Jolie is to receive an honorary dame hood for her fight against sexual violence in war zones as will Stephen Sutton, the internet campaigner and fundraiser (19), who died from bowel cancer last month. His MBE was awarded before his death on May 14.

There are 95 names on the Northern Ireland list. Northern Ireland-born born Kelly Gallagher, the first Briton to win a skiing gold medal at the Paralympics, receives an MBE.

Warren Gatland, British and Irish Lions rugby coach, gets an OBE while Laura Davies, star of British and Irish golf teams, becomes a dame.

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