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Net Worth:
$35 Million
$5.5 Million
Apr 12, 1979 (45 years old)
New York City
5 ft 5 in (1.66 m)
Actor, Voice Actor, Television producer
United States of America
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Claire Danes is an American actress who has a net worth of $35 million. Claire Danes has been in the public eye for years it seems.  She began her acting career onstage in New York, appearing in various productions around the city.  She then transitioned to television in the early 90s, appearing as a guest star on an episode of "Law and Order", and then on HBO's "Lifestories: Families in Crisis".  Just two years after beginning her on-camera careeer, she booked two jobs, back-to-back, that would make her a household name.  "My So-Called Life" was a short-lived, but much beloved drama, that only ran for nineteen episodes.  Her performance on the show, however, which was completely believable and unaffected, garnered her a Golden Globe, and an Emmy nomination.  That same year, she starred opposite Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in a well-received adaptation of "Little Women".  From there, she began to gain more high-profile roles, including starring in Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet", "The Rainmaker", "Les Miserables", "Igby Goes Down", "The Hours", "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines", and "Stardust", among other projects.  She took some time off to attend Yale University, but ultimately decided to focus on her acting career.  In 2010, she won an Emmy for her performance in "Temple Grandin", followed by a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for the same performance in 2011. In October of 2011, she began starring on the hit Showtime series, "Homeland", and won another Golden Globe for her work.

Early Life

Claire Catherine Danes was born in New York City on April 12, 1979. She started dance lessons when she was six-years-old and acting classes when she was 10. She kept going to her dance classes but, by the time she was nine years old, she started to focus more on acting than dancing. When she was 11, she auditioned for acclaimed director MiloŇ° Forman. She signed with a talent agent when she was 12.

Early Career

Danes booked her first big acting job at 13, on "Dudley," the sitcom pilot from actor Dudley Moore. The show only aired for six episodes on CBS in 1993. She was on an episode of "Law & Order" called "Skin Deep," playing a teenage murderer. In 1994, Danes played Beth March in "Little Women." That same year, she got rave reviews for her role as Angela Chase on "My So-Called Life." That show only aired 19 episodes but has a large cult following to this day. After "My So-Called Life" ended, Danes booked film roles in "Home for the Holidays, the Baz Lurhmann adaptation of "Romeo + Juliet," "The Rainmaker," "The Family Stone," and "Terminator 2: Rise of the Machines," to name just a few.


In 2010, Danes starred in the title role of the HBO production of "Temple Grandin," a biopic about a woman with autism. She received great acclaim for her role, including from Temple Grandin herself. She also won the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie in 2011 for her performance as Temple Grandin.

Danes played the lead, a CIA agent with bipolar disorder named Carrie Mathison, in the Showtime drama "Homeland" from 2011 to 2020. She won the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Television Series for her role. She also won the 2012 and 2013 Emmys for her role in "Homeland."

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Personal Life

Danes is a big believer in therapy and has been in it since she was six.

In 1997, Danes met Ben Lee, an Australian singer and actor, at her 18th birthday party. Danes and Lee broke up after six years of dating.

Danes was banned from the entire country of the Philippines in 1998. Her films are also banned. This is because Danes once publicly said that the city of Manila "smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewage system, and the people do not have anything ‚Äď no arms, no legs, no eyes." Danes has repeatedly apologized for the remarks. However, authorities in that country refuse to lift the ban.

In 2003, Danes and Billy Crudup started dating. At the time, he left his partner, Mary-Louise Parker, who was seven months pregnant, for Danes. They broke up in 2006.

In 2006, Danes met Hugh Dancy on the set of "Evening." They got engaged in early 2009 and married in a secret ceremony in France later that year. Their son Cyrus was born in 2012. Their son Rowan was born in 2018.

Danes met actor Hugh Dancy on the set of the film Evening in 2006 in Newport, Rhode Island. They began dating and announced their engagement in February 2009. They married in France in a secret ceremony in late August or early September 2009. Their first son was born in 2012. Their second son was born in 2018.

Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals named Danes their 2012 Woman of the Year. Time magazine named Claire Danes one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012.

Danes is a feminist and has been critical of the underrepresentation of women in Hollywood.

Homeland Salary

Beginning in 2011, Claire Danes starred on the hit Showtime series Homeland. In 2014 her salary per episode of Homeland was $250,000. In 2017 her salary per episode was raised to $450,000 which made her one of the highest-paid actors on TV. The series typically films around 12 episodes per season which means she earned around $5.5 million per year from Homeland.

Real Estate

Danes and her husband Hugh Dancy purchased a four-story, four-bedroom, four and a half bathroom 3,166 square foot Manhattan townhouse in the  West Village for $6.876 million. The four-story Greek revival townhouse built in the 1880s and has generous outdoor space. Prior to buying the townhouse, the couple lived in a 4,000 square foot loft in SoHo, which they reportedly sold for $5.85 million. Danes bought the Soho loft for $4.633 million.

Claire Danes Career Earnings

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