Claire Catherine Danes is an American actress from Manhattan, New York.
She is of English, German, Scottish, Irish, and Austrian ancestry. Claire first came to prominence with her role as Angela Chase in the series My So-Called Life. The role won her the first of four Golden Globe Awards. She made her film debut in Little Women. Her other films include Romeo + Juliet, The Rainmaker, Les Misérables, Brokedown Palace, Igby Goes Down, The Hours, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Shopgirl, and Stardust.
From 1998 to 2000, Danes attended Yale University before dropping out to return to acting. In 2010, she portrayed Temple Grandin in the HBO TV film Temple Grandin, which won her a second Golden Globe and the first of three Emmy Awards. Since 2011, she has starred as Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland, for which she has won two Emmys and two Golden Globes.