A Controversial Courting
Danes begins shooting the film adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play Stage Beauty opposite Billy Crudup (left). While on set, Crudup and Danes are reportedly linked. Around that time, Crudup and his pregnant girlfriend, actress Mary-Louise Parker, split. After three years together, Danes and Crudup also split.
Danes stars as Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman's love interest in Shopgirl, a film adapted from the novel written by Martin. The New York Times' Dana Stevens says, "Ms. Danes' mysterious face gets a full workout, registering shifts of emotion so subtle that she seems, at times, to understand more about the story's moral and emotional complexities than the script itself does." That December, Danes appears in the holiday comedy The Family Stone with Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams.
Danes & Dancy's 'Evening'
Danes films Evening with Vanessa Redgrave and Meryl Streep. While shooting on location in Rhode Island, she falls for costar Hugh Dancy (left). "I think we just happened upon each other because we were friends," Danes later tells PEOPLE. The following year, she appears opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in Stardust.
Danes Does Broadway
Danes perfects a cockney accent for her Broadway debut as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, the theater classic that inspired My Fair Lady. "It's a very vocal role," she tells PEOPLE. "Eliza is in hysterics, yelping and hollering." But she admits that she has never seen the film immortalized by Audrey Hepburn. "There's no way I can compete with Audrey. But that's not my intention."
An Emmy Victory
Danes' transformative performance as autistic animal science expert Temple Grandin in HBO's synonymous film earns the actress her first Emmy award. During her acceptance speech, Danes thanks the real-life Grandin: "You are the most brave, intrepid person I've ever known, and you've dedicated your life to helping those who are misunderstood and underrepresented. This is in service of your work." In January, the actress also wins a best actress Golden Globe and SAG Award for her performance.
Returning to her TV roots, Danes plays unstable C.I.A. agent Carrie Mathison on Showtime's new series, Homeland. "She's rigorous. She's curious. She's passionate. And she's a little crazy," Danes tells the New York Times of her new role. "She's the ultimate unreliable narrator."
For her gripping portrayal of an obsessed CIA agent in Homeland, Danes earns the best dramatic TV actress Golden Globe award. "I first won this award when I was 15 for My So-Called Life and I was utterly stunned and overwhelmed as one is, and the first thing I did is when I left the stage was burst into tears because I realized I had forgotten to thank my parents," Danes says onstage, before thanking her parents and husband Hugh Dancy, "who keeps me sane and happy."
Baby On the Way
The Homeland star, 33, and husband Hugh Dancy, 37, are expecting their first child, her rep confirms. "There's definitely a chance, no plans yet," Danes previously told PEOPLE last fall when asked about parenthood. "But yeah, that'd be fun."
Winning her second Emmy, Danes takes home the statuette for best actress in a drama series for her role in Showtime's Homeland, 17 years after being nominated in the category for her work in My So-Called Life. During her acceptance speech, the mom-to-be gives a big thanks to Dancy: "My husband, my love, my life, my baby daddy. I couldn’t do anything without you. I love you so much and I am so grateful."
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- Claire Danes
- Date of Birth
- April 12, 1979
- Birth Place
- New York, N.Y.
Hugh Dancy, husband (2007 to present)
Billy Crudup, ex-boyfriend (Nov. 2003 to 2006)
Ben Lee, ex-boyfriend (1997 to 2003)
Andrew Dorff, ex-boyfriend (1995)
- Cyrus Michael Christopher, son (12/17/12)