Claire Danes

as Temple Grandin

Actor Bio

Claire Danes (Temple Grandin) has performed on stage, screen and television, making an impressive mark with her starring role in the acclaimed series 'My So-Called Life,' which earned her a Golden Globe Award (Outstanding Actress) and an Emmy┬«; nomination.  Her extensive list of films includes the upcoming 'Me & Orson Welles,' plus 'Shopgirl,' 'The Family Stone,' 'Evening,' 'Stardust,' 'William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet,' 'Igby Goes Down,' 'The Hours,' Bille August's 'Les Miserables,' 'Stage Beauty,' 'Brokedown Palace,' 'Polish Wedding,' 'The Rainmaker,' 'To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,' 'Home for the Holidays' and 'Little Women.'  She made her Broadway debut starring as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' opposite Jefferson Mays.  She is also an accomplished dancer and received critical acclaim for 'Edith and Jenny' and 'Christina Olson:  American Model,' both choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122.

Character Bio

When Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child, there was little known of the condition and one of the recommended treatments was institutionalization. With the support of her mother, aunt and a few key teachers and friends along the way, Temple not only finished high school, she went on to college and graduate school for her Master of Science in Animal Science. Undaunted by educational, social and professional roadblocks, Grandin turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education.