Damian Lewis Called Me on My Smartphone
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 22, 2017
His voice. That distinguished, recognizable voice. Yes, THAT voice. Whether it’s soothing poetry reads, children’s bedtime stories or a narrated documentary, we know that voice! I’ve often said Damian could sell me a tube of toothpaste should he ever voice a commercial ad one day, whether Crest, Colgate, Rembrandt – hell, take your pick. And fans have often said he could read the phonebook to them and they’d listen.
Many of his U.S. fans think his British accent alone is dreamy, but combine that with his velvety tone, it’s Mozart to anyone’s ears – always with the right amount of inflection, emphasis and dramatic pause. And perfectly modulated to portray emotions of wrath, bewilderment or exhilaration. That is our beloved Damian Lewis.
Continue reading Damian Voices the Talking Statue of George Orwell, Part II – Dec 22, 2017
George Orwell Returns to Loom Over BBC and Damian Voices the Talking Statue
by Maev Kennedy – The Guardian – November 7, 2017
Source: Talking Statues London
George Orwell has returned to loom over the BBC. A larger-than-life statue of the author and former BBC employee has been unveiled outside Broadcasting House in London.
Orwell’s monument joins the regiment of talking statues, which can address any member of the public armed with a smart phone – his near neighbour, the sculpture of Ariel, by Eric Gill, over the main door of Broadcasting House, already talks back.
The Orwell statue is voiced by the actor Damian Lewis – who is, like the author, an Old Etonian. The school has also welcomed Orwell back, commissioning a replica of the portrait head to remind future generations of scholars that stroppy awkwardness is not necessarily a barrier to genius.
Read the rest of the original article at The Guardian
BBC’s Classic Documentary Now Available for Streaming
by Anton Spice | The Vinyl Factory Limited | August 21, 2017
Island Records is touted as “the most diverse and influential independent record label in history” and arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music.
Damian narrated BBC’s documentary Keep on Running: 50 Years Of Island Records in May, 2009 to coincide with the label’s 50th anniversary and concert. The BBC’s feature-length documentary has been uploaded to YouTube and available to watch online for the first time since August, 2017.
Originally aired on BBC Four, it follows the story of the label from humble beginnings in Jamaica, where a young Chris Blackwell released budding jazz and ska bands, before making for the UK with the island’s sound system hits under his arm. Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60’s, Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60’s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.
Watch the 90-minute documentary in full below:
Sources: Island Records and Vinyl Factory Limited
Damian Lewis is the Voice of Paul Bunyan in English Touring Opera’s New Production
by ETO.org – December 11, 2013
Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Damian Lewis has given his voice to the title character in English Touring Opera’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which tours England from February to May 2014.
The production, set in a lumber camp, brings to life the mythical lumberjack who is one of the most famous figures in North American folklore.
Paul Bunyan is a spoken role, and only ever portrayed off stage. Lewis, famous for his roles in Homeland and Band of Brothers, has pre-recorded the voiceover of his part, which will be played during performances.
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