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Meryl Streep, left, presents the award for best actor in a leading role to Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln" during the Oscars. Picture: AP

Daniel Day-Lewis is taking an extended break from movies following his historic Oscar win on Sunday (local time).

The British-born star made Academy Awards history by becoming the first man to win the Best Actor trophy three times, scooping gold for his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

However, Day-Lewis now admits he has no plans to step in front of the camera again in the near future.

"I can't think of anyone right now (I would like to play) because I need to have to lie down for a couple of years," he said.

"It's really hard to imagine doing anything after this."

Day-Lewis landed Oscars for My Left Foot in 1989 and again in 2007 for There Will Be Blood.