Happy Birthday to Damian Lewis who turns 39 today! Thank you for brightening our lives with your amazing talent. May you have another wonderful year of continued success! ➡
Congratulations to production of The Misanthrope for their 3 Laurence Olivier Award nominations: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Keire Knightley), Best Revival, and Best Costume Design. The awards will be presented March 21 in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Click here, here, and here for more information.
Gallery update: Click here at the gallery for a couple pictures of Damian Lewis leaving the Comedy Theatre on Thursday, February 4th.
New download: Click here on our Events page to download a video interview with Damian at the South Bank Awards Show. Many thanks to Kaz! ➡
- Matt Wolf of Broadway.com published this terrific interview with Damian Lewis about his current role as Alceste in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre in London’s West End.
Paul Levy praised Damian’s portrayal of Alceste in his review for the Wall Street Journal.com.
Visit the Warehouse for photos of Damian leaving the theatre on January 2, 2010.
- Damian Lewis is scheduled to make a guest appearance on the Jonathan Ross show on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday January 16, 2010. The programme will run from 10am to 1pm and will be available for online listing live during the broadcast and on demand for 7 days after the broadcast. Thanks to Ann for the info and links!
- The Wimbledon Film Club will screen Chromophobia starring Damian Lewis at the Odeon Wimbledon on January 14, 2010. Director Martha Fiennes will attend to present the film and answer questions; click here for more information.
- In the US HBO is currently repeating Band of Brothers starring Damian Lewis. Episode 2 “Day of Days” will air on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET. HBO subscribers can also access episodes on HBO On Demand at no additional charge through March 29, 2010.
Two companion programs are also available on HBO On Demand, the documentary “We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company” and a featurette titled “The Making of Band of Brothers”.
- Additional Damian Lewis performances available on US television this month include Dreamcatcher, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe; click here for more information and remember to check your local listings for accurate viewing information.
Metro.co.uk has a pretty picture to go along with their new interview with Damian Lewis:
He’s just got back from two years in the US filming NBC show Life, in which he played a policeman newly released from prison after serving 12 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s the latest British actor to make it big in America but he found the experience culturally dislocating.
‘I enjoyed it enormously but it was never my intention to be an LA TV actor jumping from one show to the next. It’s a luxurious living but it’s also rather deadening.’
And so he and his family (he has two small children with the actress Helen McCrory) swapped sunshine for the rain and now Lewis is about to appear in an updated Martin Crimp version (opposite Knightley) of Molière’s 17th-century satire The Misanthrope.
‘I just called up a bunch of people and asked whether anyone wanted to do a play with me,’ he says, which sounds both sweet and staggering.
Is that really how actors get work? He laughs awkwardly.
‘No no, not really. But you have to seek variety, particularly if you want to do theatre, which is the thing that drives me and which is somehow lacking when I’m doing these other things.’
Read the rest of the interview here.
- Click here at the livejournal apple grass icons for a gorgeous and detailed picspam of Charlie’s various outfits, minus tie, in Life. 💡
Gallery updates: Thank to Kaz for uploading scans from The Sunday Times Magazine (Dec 13th).
Click here for a scan from The Times Playlist (Dec 5th). The Playlist interview with Damian Lewis has this cute anecdote:
In terms of learning the lines, the rhymes are a blessing and a curse. Can you improvise a rhyme if you lose your way? Actually my first job was a Moliere, School for Wives, with Ian McDiarmid. I dried twice. The words had gone, so I had to bluff my way, just making sure I rhymed the end of each line. I’ll never forget the sight if Ian, so hot in his costume that steam was coming off his face, convulsing when he realised what I was doing.
Click here to listen online to “Immortality at Last”, the last episode of Number 10, the BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play with Damian Lewis as Simon Laity. Download it in mp3 format here from our Multimedia section. (Thanks again to Kaz!) Damian appears in all but episode no. 2.