Daniel Wroughton Craig (born 2 March 1968) is an English actor. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One (1992). Other early appearances were in the historical television war drama Sharpe’s Eagle (1993), Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995), the drama serial Our Friends in the North (1996) and the biographical film Elizabeth (1998).
Craig’s appearances in the British television film Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), the indie war film The Trench (1999), and the drama Some Voices (2000) attracted the film industry’s attention. This led to roles in bigger productions such as the action film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), the crime thriller Road to Perdition (2002), the crime thriller Layer Cake (2004), and the Steven Spielberg historical drama Munich (2005).
Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play Ian Fleming’s British secret agent James Bond in the eponymous film series, taking over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005. His debut film as Bond, Casino Royale, was released internationally in November 2006 and was highly acclaimed, earning him a BAFTA nomination and becoming the highest grossing in the series at the time. Quantum of Solace followed in 2008. His third Bond film, Skyfall, premiered in 2012 and is currently the highest-grossing film in the series and the 27th-highest-grossing film of all time; it was also the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom until 2015. He reprised his role in Spectre (2015), and will return for the fifth and final time as Bond in No Time to Die (2020).
Outside of Bond, Craig has continued to star in other films, including the fantasy film The Golden Compass (2007), historical film Defiance (2008), science fiction western Cowboys & Aliens (2011), the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the heist film Logan Lucky (2017), and dark comedy Knives Out (2019) for which he earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.