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Damian Lewis: OBE a Compliment says Homeland Star, BT, June 14 2014

OBE a compliment says Homeland star

Last updated: 14 June 2014, 16:12 BST

Homeland star Damian Lewis said he decided to do “the very un-British thing” and accept his OBE awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Damian Lewis said: "I decided to do the very un-British thing of accepting the compliment"
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Sam Mendes and Damian Lewis praise inspirational music teachers

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Skyfall director Sam Mendes and Homeland star Damian Lewis surprised the Royal Albert Hall this evening with an appearance at the Music For Youth Schools Prom 2013. After watching the performances on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, they presented the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year Award 2013 to Claire Hennie, Private Music Teacher Of The Year and Matthew Tiffany, Peripatetic Music Teacher Of The Year.

“It is a really big thrill to give this away to one of the inspirational teachers,” Lewis said. “When I was roughly your age, 11 or 12, I sang in a chamber choir and had an inspirational teacher, Mr Woodgate, who rearranged Beatles tunes. And so, as an 11 year old I was able to sing Eleanor Rigby and I Love Her and other Beatles tunes in four-part harmony, and it’s a memory I treasure to this day.”

It’s not just Lewis who was touched by classical music from a young age – his wife was also hugely inspired by an inspirational teacher.

“Many of you won’t know this, but I’m in fact married to Narcissa Malfoy,” he said. “When she was your age she sang here at the Schools Prom – she remembers that evening clearly, treasures it, and remembers how inspirational it was to her that night. You’ve all been an inspiration here, inspired by teachers much like Claire and you’ve given us so much pleasure. Keep singing, keep playing from the heart.”

 

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Damian Lewis: “The Homeland Writers are Desperate to kill Brody”, The Guardian, October 12, 2013

Damian Lewis: ‘The Homeland writers are desperate to kill Brody’

As Homeland returns to our screens, the actor talks about failure, family, being caned at school – and his future on the hit TV show
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Damian Lewis: ‘I worried I would be one of those fruity, over-the-top actors who start playing wizards when they’re 50.’ Photograph: Andrew Woffinden for the Guardian. Click on image for full portrait

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