Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress of television, stage and screen. She is best known for her roles as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and as Yvaine in Stardust.
Claire Danes got her start as a guest star on Law and Order in an episode called "Skin Deep". She also appeared in an episode of HBO's Lifestories: Families in Crisis entitled "The Coming out of Heidi Leiter". In 1994, 15-year-old Danes starred as the 15-year-old Angela Chase in the television drama series My So-Called Life, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination. The show was cancelled after only 19 episodes. However, the show has developed a large cult following in the years since it was cancelled.