US film, television, and stage actor. A highly accomplished teenage performer, Danes first rose to celebrity as the young star of the US television series My So-Called Life in 1994, a role for which she won a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a television drama. She went on to earn further acclaim for her performances as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's contemporary rendering of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996), Temple Grandin in the television biopic of the same name (2010), and the CIA officer Carrie Mathison Cosette in Homeland (2011– ).
Her first feature-film role was playing Beth March in Little Women (1994) and she appeared in another female ensemble piece, How to Make an American Quilt, in 1995. Among her other films are Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker (1997), Richard Eyre's period drama Stage Beauty (2004), and Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles (2008).
Danes was born in New York and began studying dance at the age of six. She enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute at the age of nine, and later studied at the Professional Performing Arts School. She appeared on the stage, on television, and in short films before landing the role of a high-school sophomore in My So-Called Life.