Claire Catherine Danes was born in New York City, New York, on 12 April 1979. She is an American actress. She is the daughter of Carla Danes who is a sculptor and printmaking artist and Christopher Danes who is a photographer. She has an older lawyer brother named Asa Danes. Her parents met at the Rhode Island School of Design when they were both studying. She is named after her paternal grandmother, Claire Danes.
At her six years old Claire Danes started studying dance and took dance classes at Dance Theater Workshop to Ellen Robbins. At her ten years old she took acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She turned her focus to acting when she was nine years old.
Claire Danes attended PS 3 and PS 11 for elementary school and also attended Professional Performing Arts School for junior high school. Then she attended the New York City Lab School in New York City for Collaborative Studies. Claire Danes attended Dalton for one year before moving to Santa Monica, California. She attended Yale University to study psychology in 1998 but dropped out after two years to concentrate on her acting career. Danes completed her graduation from the Lycee Francais de Los Angeles in 1997.
Claire Danes met at her birthday party in 1997 to Australian singer Ben Lee. They dated for six years and ended in 2003. She began a relationship with Billy Crudup in 2004 and ended in 2006. She and actor Hugh Dancy met on the set of "Evening" and began dating and announced their engagement in February 2009. They married in France in September 2009 and they have a son.
Claire Danes gave her first audition at the age of eleven in a student film and this work helps her to perform several student films. She made her big screen debut the same year 1994 in "Little Women". She caught the major public attention when she portrayed the character Angela Chase in the film "My So-Called Life" in 1994 and she won an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe award for this performance. Her acting career followed, including the role of "Juliet", opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, in "Romeo + Juliet" in 1996. She continued acting in "The Hours" (2002), "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003) and "Stardust" (2007). She led as Temple Grandin the title character in the HBO Production, "Temple Grandin" in 2010. This role was received huge critical acclaim and Claire Danes won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her unforgettable performance. She has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series "Homeland" for which she has won two Emmys and two Golden Globes.