Born on April 12, 1979 in New York City, New York, Claire Danes is a film, television, and theater actress known for her role in Romeo + Juliet, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Stardust. The daughter of a day-care provider and a computer consultant, Danes' grandfather was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She attended the Dalton School, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, the Professional performing Arts School, and eventually Yale University as a psychology major. She dropped out on her second year to focus on her film career.
Claire Danes' foray in the entertainment industry started off with the television drama series My So-Called Life, which won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination. Her film credits include the 1994 adaptation of Little Women, Home for the Holidays, and starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1996 version of the Shakespeare classic William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. In the same year, she turned down the female lead in what would be the biggest movie of all time, Titanic. She also took the lead in Brokedown Palace, alongside Kate Beckinsale and Bill Pullman. Danes' other film credits include Igby Goes Down, The Hours, Stage Beauty, Shopgirl, and The Family Stone.
Danes had also appeared in Off-Broadway plays such as Happiness, Punk Ballet, and Kids On Stage, where she choreographed her own solo dance. She auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in Superman Returns but the role went to Kate Bosworth. She made her Broadway debut in 2007 in the revival of Pygmalion.
After filming Brokedown Palace in Manila, Philippines in 1998, Claire Danes was caught in a controversy when she was quoted as calling the capital “ghastly and weird.” As a result, her film was banned from screening in the Philippines and Danes was declared persona non grata. She later issued an apology.
Her later work included roles in Me and Orson Welles co-starring Zac Efron, and the TV movie Temple Grandin. She was then cast in the Showtime series Homeland in 2011.
2011: Homeland (TV series) - Carrie Anderson
2011: A Child's Garden of Poetry (TV movie) (voice)
2010: Temple Grandin (TV movie) - Temple Grandin
2008: Me and Orson Welles - Sonja Jones
2007: Stardust - Yvaine
2007: The Flock - Allison Lowry
2007: Evening - Ann Grant
2005: The Family Stone - Julie Morton
2005: Shopgirl - Mirabelle
2004: Stage Beauty - Maria
2003: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - Kate Brewster
2003: The Rage in Placid Lake - Girl at Seminar
2003: It's All About Love - Elena
2002: The Hours - Julia Vaughan
2002: Igby Goes Down - Sookie
1999: Brokedown Palace - Alice Marano
1999: The Mod Squad - Julie
1998: Les Misérables - Cosette
1998: Polish Wedding - Hala
1997: The Rainmaker - Kelly Riker
1997: U Turn - Jenny
1997: Princess Mononoke - San (voice: English version)/Princess Mononoke (voice: English version)
1996: Romeo + Juliet - Juliet
1996: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday - Rachel Lewis
1996: I Love You, I Love You Not - Daisy/Young Nana
1995: Home for the Holidays - Kitt Larson
1995: How to Make an American Quilt - Young Glady Jo Cleary
1994-1995: My So-Called Life (TV series) - Angela Chase
1995: The Pesky Suitor (short) - Lisa
1995: Dead Man's Jack (short)
1994: Little Women - Beth March
1994: Lifestories: Families in Crisis (TV series) - Katie Leiter
1993: Geoffrey Beene 30 (short) - Girl
1993: No Room for Opal (TV movie) - Gail
1992: Law & Order (TV series) - Tracy Brandt
1990: Dreams of Love (short)