Daniel Day-Lewis will retreat to his Wicklow farm for the next five years if he wins an historic third Oscar.

The London Sunday Times reports that the Irish based acting legend will take an extended break if Lincoln triumphs at the Oscars.

Set to make history as the first man to win a third best actor Oscar, Lewis has confirmed his plans for a sabbatical.

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The 55-year-old star, nominated for the role of Abraham Lincoln, has told friends he does not expect to appear in another movie before he turns 60.

Instead he plans to focus on family life at his remote 50-acre estate in Co Wicklow, south of Dublin.

He has told friends he wants to: ‘learn rural skills’ such as stonemasonry.

Previously awarded an Oscar for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis has reportedly told his agents that he is on ‘sabbatical.' He currently has no films officially in production.

A third Oscar win will see Day-Lewis make history and place him above several Hollywood legends.

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Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Fredric March and Sean Penn are the other eight actors to have won two Oscars.

The English born Day-Lewis who has Irish citizenship isn’t the only actor used to extended breaks according to the report.

The paper says George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt, who used to make two pictures a year, are now making a movie perhaps once every 18 months.

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The report adds that Pitt studied under Frank Gehry, the Los Angeles-based architect, before he built green homes in New Orleans. Martin Sheen studied literature, philosophy and oceanography at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Day-Lewis is the red hot favourite to win his third best actor award with Steven Spielberg tipped for best director for Lincoln.