Fast Facts

  • Began studying modern dance when she was 6.
  • Started acting on the off-off-Broadway stage, and choreographed a solo number for Kids on Stage when she was 11.
  • Appeared in the video for Soul Asylum's 1995 hit "Just Like Anyone."
  • Letter of recommendation to Yale was penned by Oliver Stone, who directed her in the 1997 thriller U-Turn.
  • Auditioned for the role of Lisa in Girl, Interrupted (1999), but lost out to Angelina Jolie.
  • Became the spokesmodel for Latisse eyelash growth treatment in 2010.
  • Several pop-punk bands have written songs about her, including the Ataris ("My So Called Life"), Size 14 ("Claire Danes Poster") and Five Mile Line ("Claire Danes").
  • Is a longtime supporter of the charity Afghan Hands, a literacy program for disenfranchised women in Afghanistan.

Awards

  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Carla Danes — Mother
  • Ben Lee — Ex-significant Other
  • Asa Danes — Brother
  • Christopher Danes — Father
  • Hugh Dancy — Husband
  • Billy Crudup — Ex-significant Other
  • Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy — Son

College

  • Attended Yale University, New Haven, CT