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7 Roles Featuring Damian’s Real Accent – June, 2016

7 Roles Featuring Damian Lewis’ Real Accent

by Brigid Brown – BBC America’s Anglophenia – June, 2016

There are some Homeland viewers who didn’t even know Damian Lewis was, in fact, British. But then they heard his acceptance speeches from the Emmys and Golden Globes, and all of a sudden fans were asking themselves, “What! Who? He is…?

It takes a moment to sink in.

Now that you’ve gotten a good feel of his actual accent, check out Lewis performing various roles with various British accents, all of them fabulous.

1. Heart and Bones, 2000-2001 
This soapy, Thirtysomething-esque drama — which also featured Sarah ParishDervla KirwanAmanda Holden, and The Full Monty‘s Hugo Speer — starred a fresh-faced Lewis as a teacher with a troubled young marriage.

2. The Forsyte Saga, 2002-2003 
This wasn’t your grandmother’s Forsyte Saga: the modern update of the John Galsworthy novels, which were previously adapted into a heralded 1967 miniseries, featured Lewis as the villainous Soames Forsyte, a man capable of disturbing brutality.

3. Friends and Crocodiles, 2006
Lewis played a sort of British Jay Gatsby—a wealthy, eccentric bon vivant in 1980s Britain—in this Stephen Poliakoff drama that aired on BBC AMERICA. Perhaps Baz Luhrmann was taking notes for his Gatsby update?

4. The Baker, 2007 
Before he wielded a gun in the quirky, short-lived U.S. series Life, Lewis played an assassin who goes into hiding in a small Welsh town and takes up a life as a baker. Yes, it’s a comedy, as evidenced by this memorable love scene.

5. Phineas and Ferb, 2009 
Think Mr. Lewis would make a crackin’ 007? Well, at least we know he has the vocal delivery down. He provided voice-over for super-spy Agent Double-00 in this animated series.

6. The Sweeney, 2012
Right after ’80s cop drama 21 Jump Street became a blockbuster film in the U.S., Britain released their update of the popular ’70s crime series The Sweeney, which cast Lewis as a tough detective. Lewis’s appearances in this trailer are blink-and-you-missed-him, but you can see his full performance on Netflix.

7. Wolf Hall, 2015
Lewis played a swaggering Henry VIII in this miniseries based on Hilary Mantel‘s novel. Though future Oscar winner Mark Rylance received most of the accolades thrown at the saga, Lewis had his share of praise. The Independent‘s Neela Debnathwrote, “Damian Lewis is so good as the capricious monarch that at times you want to slap some sense into him and remind him to stop being such a prima donna. But you’d probably get your head lopped off.”

Read the rest of the original article at BBC America’s Anglophenia

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‘The Sweeney’ Available for Pre-order in the UK

The Sweeney is now available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray and is set for release in the UK on January 21, 2013!

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The “Best British action movie in years” (XFM) – The Sweeney – is available to pre-order now in advance of its release in January 2013.

An adrenaline-pumping UK action blockbuster that took cinema audiences by storm, The Sweeney will be the focus of heavyweight marketing activity and a comprehensive PR campaign reflecting key themes of high-octane London action.

As befits a best of British title, The Sweeney will also come complete with slick O-ring packaging on the DVD and Blu-ray, perfect for banishing those post-Christmas blues. The DVD and Blu-ray release will also include over 1 ½ hours of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes action and brand new featurettes! Entertainment One will also be releasing a Blu-ray Steelbook® exclusive to Amazon and Play.com.

Follow the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad’s Detective Inspector Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his partner George Carter (Ben Drew) as they navigate their way through London’s criminal abyss. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad have their own way of operating, and when an old enemy makes a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan and Carter will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Directed by Nick Love (The Firm), co-written by BAFTA winning John Hodge (Trainspotting) The Sweeney boasts an all-star British cast including not only Winstone and Drew, but also Damian Lewis (Homeland), Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), Kara Tointon (The Football Factory and) Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

Source: Geek Syndicate

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‘The Sweeney’ is a dream role for Damian Lewis


Damian Lewis is in the thick of the action on Homeland, starring as the Marine Sergeant rescued after years in an Iraqi prison who is revealed to have been turned by the enemy.

But playing DCI Haskins in The Sweeney, who has the thankless task of trying to keep in Ray Winstone’s Jack Regan in check, he was strictly office bound while the rest of the cast were out playing cops and robbers.

“I wasn’t allowed out. I think Haskins was learning some Samba moves somewhere on his own,” he laughs. “Passing the time of day with a banana daiquiri on the corner.”

Despite his disappointment at missing out on the gunfights, he says the experience of being in the film was worth it.

“I just wanted to be in The Sweeney. I just thought it sounded like a right laugh – and it turned out to be! It was a treat. I got to spend a couple of weeks hanging out, working with Ray who I hadn’t worked with before.”

Instead of meeting in rehearsals, the two actors bonded with a day out at the races.

“We got off our t**s,” he says. “We were chucking money away. It was a very expensive day!”

At 41, Damian is a little too young to have watched the original series – where Haskins was played by Garfield Morgan – but was persuaded to take the role by director Nick Love.

“He sat me down and said ‘this is my vision for it’ and I said ‘that sounds fantastic’. It all happened so quickly.”

It also gave Damian, who is married to actress Helen McCory, a chance to return to his “homeland” to work, following his success in the States – and to compare working practices.

“The process of filming is pretty much the same.

“Catering is a bit better over there but only marginally. We did have quite a lot of sushi in on this. It wasn’t pie, mash and beer on The Sweeney, it was sushi and saki, which was very in keeping with the modern Sweeney.

Read the full article at Coventry Telegraph.