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Arise Sir Daniel, as actor is knighted

Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth for his contribution to the arts.

The Oscar-winning star, who lives in Co Wicklow, was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge.

The 57-year-old My Left Foot legend is the only person to win an Academy Award for best actor three times. He received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

Day-Lewis was made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June, saying at the time he was "entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure".

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He won his first Oscar for his role as disabled Dublin writer Christy Brown in 1989's My Left Foot, and a second for his portrayal of a ruthless oilman in There Will Be Blood. He completed his hat-trick by playing US president Abraham Lincoln in 2012.

Other high-profile roles include Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon in the film In The Name Of The Father and a brutal butcher in Martin Scorsese's Gangs Of New York.

Day-Lewis grew up in south London and has dual British and Irish citizenship.

He is notoriously private and lives in Annamoe, Co Wicklow, with wife Rebecca Miller - the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller - and their two sons.

He led a high-profile campaign to help raise funds to build a hospice in Wicklow and managed to convince director Steven Spielberg to attend a gala dinner last year as part of the fundraising drive.

The foundation exceeded its €3m target thanks to the actor's support.

The son of former poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis and actress Jill Balcon, he has a reputation for taking his method acting very seriously, including staying in character off-screen during filming.

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