Ace in the Hole
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 26, 2023
This weekend Damian was spotted in the Welsh countryside of Llandybie near Llandeilo, Wales at the Glynhir Golf Club, stopping in at the golf course’s Pro Shop. Is it me, or is his hair blonder? Perhaps some highlights for a new role or his current vampy role as the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will in the vampire comedy, The Radleys. Or maybe the lighter locks are a result from all that fun in the sun from his recent vacation in St Tropez.
Damian has shared many times over that he loves going to Wales. From history we know Damian’s North Walian father Watcyn and his grandparents were all Welsh, so he has links to the area having been a regular visitor since his youth. Holidays and weekends were spent either in Llandeilo or around the beaches of Porthmadog, celebrating St. David’s Day was a childhood event and the Welsh team was the only one to back in rugby. The family has a second home there, which they have occupied in Llandeilo for more than 40 years.
In a 2013 article about the opening of the recently restored Aberglasney Mansion at Llangathen near Llandeilo, Damian shared his family had a house down there in the area for more 30 years, so that would make it 40 years now!
In a recent July, 2023 interview with Weekend Magazine, Damian said:
“I feel very British. I’m half-Welsh, so I feel like a Briton – I feel Celtic, as well as Saxon. You’re going to be hardpressed to find a Welshman or a Scot who says they’re half-English. But I’m proud to be a mixture of it all. I’m truly a child of these islands.”
He’s previously been quoted as saying:
“I’m quite romantic about my Celtic roots. And although I went to school in England, grew up in London, we’ve always been made aware of Welsh roots by dad, who’s been very keen to stay in touch with his Welshness, even though he can’t speak more than five words of Welsh… It’s ‘London Welsh’, I guess!”
Damian and his brother Gareth collaborated on the movie The Baker and shot it entirely in Wales. Read more about filming on location for The Baker here.