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Daniel Day-Lewis to retire from acting

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood

Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Day-Lewis is to retire from acting, according to his spokeswoman.

The 60-year-old British actor, who has won three Oscars, will make his final screen appearance in Phantom Thread, a keenly-anticipated fashion drama that reunites him with Paul Thomas Anderson, director of There Will Be Blood (one of the films for which Day-Lewis won an Oscar).

A statement issued to Variety by his spokeswoman Leslee Dart read: “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 may be one of the most revered names in the industry but he has seldom been prolific, picking his roles with care and taking extended breaks from the profession at several points. Indeed, he once worked as an apprentice shoemaker in Florence during the 90s.

However, after making his breakthrough in the acclaimed 1985 drama My Beautiful Laundrette, Day-Lewis won his first Oscar for his role as an artist with cerebral palsy in My Left Foot.

In the 90s, he worked with Martin Scorsese in The Age of Innocence, Michael Mann in Last of the Mohicans and again with the My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan for In The Name of The Father and The Boxer.

The following decade, he reunited with Scorsese for Gangs of New York and won two further best actor Oscars for There Will Be Blood and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

His final film, Phantom Thread, will be released this Christmas. It is set in London’s fashion scene in the 50s and he will play a dressmaker catering to high society.