Claire Danes, who recently picked up a Best Actress Golden Globe for the TV drama Homeland, has come a long way since first winning the award 17 years ago.
Born in New York on April 12th 1979, Danes is the daughter of Chris & Carla Danes, a computer consultant and day care provider. Describing herself as a very confident child who knew that she wanted to be an actress from the age of five, Danes began studying modern dance at six and was taking acting class at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute a few years later. Her first film role was in the 1990 film Dreams of Love.
Her big break was the role of Angela Chase in the cult teen TV show My So Called Life. Her performance got her an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award. Moving from TV to film, she starred alongside Winona Ryder in How to Make an American Quilt. then joined Holly Hunter and Robert Downet Jr in the Jodie Foster directed Home for the Holidays.
She was Juliet to Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo in Baz Luhrman's 1996 film-adaption of the famous Shakespeare play. Luhrman called Danes, "the Meryl Streep of her generation."
A string of film roles followed. Danes even turned down the part of Rose in James Cameron's Titanic because she had recently finished working with Leonardo DiCaprio and didn't want too much of a good thing.
She took a break from acting in 1998 and enrolled at Yale to study psychology. Her letter of recommendation came from Oliver Stone. She had appeared in his film U-Turn.
She never completed her studies though and she returned to acting. A varied range of roles followed. She appeared with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep in The Hours. She trained in martial arts for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. She also joined Steve Martin in his 2005 film Shop Girl.
Danes, who married the British actor Hugh Dancy in 2009, won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for HBO's Temple Grandin. She won the 2012 Best Actress Golden Globe for Homeland.