Daniel Wroughton Craig was born on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road, Chester, Cheshire, England. His father, named Tim Craig, was a merchant seaman turned steel erector, then became landlord of 'Ring O' Bells' pub in Frodsham, Cheshire. His mother, named Carol Olivia Craig, was an art teacher. His parents split up in 1972, and young Daniel Craig was raised with his older sister, Lea, in Liverpool, then in Hoylake, Wirral, in the home of his mother. His interest in acting was encouraged by visits to the Liverpool Everyman Theatre arranged by his mother. From the age of 6, Craig started acting in school plays, and his mother, Carol, was the driving force behind his artistic aspirations. He was also a good athlete and was a rugby player at Hoylake Rugby Club.
At the age of 14 Craig played roles in 'Oliver', 'Romeo and Juliet', and 'Cinderella' at Hilbre High School in West Kirby, Wirral, UK. He left Hilbre High at 16 to audition at the National Youth Theatre's (NYT) troupe on their tour in Manchester in 1984. He was accepted and moved down to London. There his mother and father watched his stage debut as Agamemnon in Shakespeare's 'Troilus And Cressida'. As a struggling actor with the NYT, he was toiling in restaurant kitchens and as a waiter. Craig performed with NYT on tours to Valencia, Spain, and to Moscow, Russia, under the leadership of director Edward Wilson. He failed at repeated auditions at the Guildhall, but eventually his persistence paid off, and in 1988, he entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican. There he studied alongside Ewan McGregor and Alistair McGowan, then later Damian Lewis and Joseph Fiennes, among others. He graduated in 1991, after a three-year course under the tutelage of Colin McCormack, the actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company. From 1992-1994 he was married to Scottish actress Fiona Loudon, their daughter, named Ella, was born in 1992.
Craig's film career began with 'The Power of One' (1992) and continued in TV movies, notably the BBC2 serial 'Our Friends in the North' (1996). He shot to international fame after playing supporting roles in 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' (2001) and 'Road to Perdition' (2002). He was nominated for his performances in the leading role in 'Layer Cake' (2004), and received other awards and nominations. Craig was named as the sixth actor to portray James Bond, in October of 2005, weeks after he finished his work in 'Munich' (2005), where he co-starred with Eric Bana under the directorship of Steven Spielberg.
Craig's reserved demeanor and his avoidance of the showbiz-party-red-carpet milieu makes him a cool 007. He is the first blonde actor to play Bond, and also the first to be born after the start of the film series, and also the first to be born after the death of the author Ian Fleming in 1964. Four of the past Bond actors: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan have indicated that Craig is a good choice as Bond.
Lived in London with German actress Heike Makatsch. [April 2001]
He has a daughter, who lives with his ex-wife in London.
2000: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
He was nominated for a 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Number at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs.
One of the many actors considered to take over James Bond from Pierce Brosnan. He officially accepted the role in October, 2005.
The first blond actor to portray James Bond.
Was the last actor considered for the role of "Rorschach" in the doomed movie adaptation of Alan Moore's comic-book mini-series, Watchmen (2006).
Father: Tim Craig
Mother: Olivia Craig
Older sister: Lea Craig
Step-father: Max Blond
He is a good friend of supermodel Kate Moss.
Visited Sarajevo Film Festival (in post-war Bosnia) in 2005.
Esquire magazine's "Best dressed male" in 2006