Date of Birth : Mar 2nd 1968
BAFTA-nominated English actor best known as the sixth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the official film series from EON Productions. He made his debut as the character on 14 November 2006, in the 21st official Bond film, Casino Royale, to much critical acclaim.
He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991, and appeared in some minor roles including Sharpe’s Eagle and an episode of Drop The Dead Donkey in 1993, with his first major leading role on screen being as a co-star in the 1996 BBC Television serial Our Friends in the North. He continued his relationship with the BBC by starring in the 1997 Francis Bacon biopic Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, portraying Bacon’s jilted lover George Dyer. In the latter movie, Craig agreed to be shot in the nude, including full-frontals.
Following an introduction to international audiences as Angelina Jolie’s rival and love interest in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), he continued his career in the United States in Sam Mendes’s movie Road to Perdition (2002), with Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Craig played Connor Rooney, the son of an Irish mob boss (played by Newman) and a conniving murderer who hides behind his mobster father’s shadow. Other leading film roles include The Mother (2003) with Anne Reid, Layer Cake (2004) with Sienna Miller, Sword of Honour (2001), Sylvia (2003) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Enduring Love (2004) with Rhys Ifans, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich (2005).
In 2006, after playing James Bond in Casino Royale, Craig moved on to portraying the character of Lord Asriel in the forthcoming film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass. Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale will also star in the film. In a stage version of the book Asriel had previously been played by Timothy Dalton, one of Craig’s predecessors in the role of James Bond.