Claire Catherine Danes was born April 12, 1979 in New York, the son of Christopher Danes - a computer specialist and Carla Danes - artist and promdizaynera (later became the manager of Claire's mother). Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Danes, was the dean of the architectural school at Yale.
Danes attended the Dalton School and the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, then a public school Lycée Français de Los Angeles in Los Angeles. In 1998, the Danes entered the psychology department at Yale University, who left after two years of study, decided to focus on her acting career.
Danes became famous by playing Angela Chase in the television series "My So-Called Life" in 1994, for which she received the award "Golden Globe" and was nominated for the "Emmy". Then there was the role of Juliet in 1996 in the movie "Romeo + Juliet" Baz Luhrmann (Romeo played a young Leonardo DiCaprio). In 1999, she appeared in one of the main roles in "ruined palaces" with Kate Beckinsale and Bill Pullman.
She played the role of the daughter of Meryl Streep nominated for "Oscar" film "The Hours," with Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. In 2003, she starred in the movie "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" and "Beauty in English." It is very critical about her work in the 2005 film "Shopgirl" and "The Family." In 2007, the Danes appeared in the fantasy "Stardust" c Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro in the thriller "The flock" with Richard Gere, as well as in the film "Me and Orson Welles".
Danes played in various theater productions. She also wrote the foreword to the book, Neil Gaiman's Death: The Time of Your Life.
In 2007, the Danes made her debut on Broadway in the play by George Bernard Shaw, "Pygmalion" as Eliza Doolittle.
In 2010 came the film "Temple Grendin" where Claire played a woman with autism, which has become one of the leading scientists in the field of zoology. For this role, she received the award in 2010 Roma Fiction Festival.
In September 2009, Claire was married to British actor Hugh Dancy.