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Damian Lewis: Q&A, The Guardian – October 28, 2005

Damian Lewis: Q&A

by Rosanna Greenstreet | The Guardian | October 28, 2005

Damian Lewis was born in London in 1971. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in the second world war drama Band Of Brothers. He plays Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing, part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season, and next month stars in Ibsen’s Pillars Of The Community at the National Theatre. He lives in London and Wales.

Here is his Q&A:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Autumn, long walk, fire, bottle of red.

What is your greatest fear?


Which living person do you most admire?

Roger Federer – unearthly talent combined with killer instinct.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Not appropriate to mention here. I was 15 and had only one thing on my mind …

What makes you depressed?


What is your favourite smell?

Welsh air.

What is your most treasured possession?

A photograph of my mum.

What is your most unappealing habit?


What is your favourite word?


Radiator or airconditioning?


Cat or dog?


Is it better to give or to receive?


What is your guiltiest pleasure?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

‘I’m not going to do that again…’

What has been your biggest disappointment?

That I’m not a world-dominating sportsman of some kind.

What is your greatest regret?

That my mum died.

When and where were you happiest?

At 12, on the edge of Ashdown Forest, pinging golf balls at the cricket pavilion at sunset in my pyjamas.

Have you ever had a same-sex experience?

Do I count?

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?


What song would you like played at your funeral?

Burning Love, by Elvis.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

You only get out what you put in.

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