Claire Danes was a fresh face when she starred as angsty teen Angela Chase on the short-lived cult classic show ‘My So-Called Life.’ It was the quintessential 90’s teen drama, and Danes was the embodiment of emo before emo even entered the lexicon. Her talent was widely recognized, and she was the envy of many a teenage girl when she was chosen to star alongside teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s modernized film version of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ In 1998, Danes took a brief break from acting to focus on her studies at Yale University. Danes has always chosen roles from a diverse array of films, such as the 1999 drama ‘Brokedown Palace’ and the 2007 fantasy epic ‘Stardust.’ In 2010, she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance in TV film ‘Temple Grandin.’ These days, the actress stars as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime drama-thriller series ‘Homeland,’ one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows currently airing.
Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American television, stage, and film actress. She has appeared in roles such as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, as Cosette in Les Misrables, as Yvaine in Stardust, and as Temple Grandin in the HBO TV film Temple Grandin. She portrays Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland. Danes was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Carla (ne Hall), is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who later served as her daughter's manager, and her father, Christopher Danes (b. May 6, 1944 in Austin, Texas), is a computer consultant and former architectural photographer. Danes has described her background as being 'as WASPy as you can get'; her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes (- in Litchfield, Connecticut), was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She has an older brother, Asa (b. 1973).
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