Damian Lewis
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Damian Lewis Reads Excerpt from “The Deep” by Anthony Doerr

Flame-Haired Ruby

by WordTheatre | YouTube | February 13, 2012

Damian Lewis performs “The Deep” by Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See) at WordTheatre®, part of the lead up to the announcement of the winner of The Sunday Times EFG Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize in the world for a single short story at £35,000.

Synopsis: Set in Detroit during the Depression, Doerr tells the affecting story of Tom, meant to die of a weak heart before he is 18, who is cossetted by his mother, but shown a world of possibilities by the flame-haired Ruby.

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Red Hot: The Fiery-Haired Brits Taking Over the World – Jan 17, 2012

Investigating Redheads Making a Splash in Showbiz

by Laura Pledger – RadioTimes – January 17, 2012

With Benedict Cumberbatch and Karen Gillan riding high, Laura Pledger investigates the redheads making a splash in showbiz. It’s like London buses: you wait ages for one to come along and then a stream of them arrive at once. And, just like London buses, these stars are big (names), red (haired) – and they’re going places…

Source: The Times Magazine UK

Damian Lewis
The London-born actor’s new US drama series, Homeland, picked up a Golden Globe on Sunday night for best television series – drama. He was pipped to the post by Kelsey Grammer in the best performance by an actor in a television series – drama category, but British viewers will soon be in a position to judge whether or not he wuz robbed – the mystery thriller series is coming soon to Channel 4. In it he plays an American soldier missing in action in Iraq who, years later, returns home a hero – but is he? With a fine body of work behind him – including leading roles in Band of Brothers and The Forsyte Saga, as well as numerous theatrical productions – Lewis’s upcoming projects include The Sweeney alongside Ray Winstone.

Paul Bettany
The red-blond star stole every scene he was in as Geoffrey Chaucer in Brian Helgeland’s A Knight’s Tale, and scared the living daylights out of audiences as murderous albino monk Silas in The Da Vinci Code. Clearly a man who doesn’t frighten easily himself, Bettany also starred twice alongside Russell Crowe, in critically acclaimed biographical drama A Beautiful Mind and sea-faring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In Margin Call (see trailer below), currently showing in UK cinemas, he joins an all-star cast including Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto in a drama about the financial crisis that has garnered praise from the critics. You won’t see him in Joss Whedon’s forthcoming The Avengers – but you will hear him as he returns to voice Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robot assistant in Iron Man – and he’s then slated to star in crime thriller Blood.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Admittedly, Cumberbatch is most recognisable when he’s sporting the dark locks of Conan Doyle’s consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, playing the title role in BBC1 drama Sherlock. But given the success of that series and the attention (adulation?) it has brought him, the actor is probably grateful for any camouflage his natural hair colour might bring him. Fans mourning his absence from their TV screens after Sunday night’s shocker The Reichenbach Fall can currently see him in cinemas as the blustering and competitive Major Jamie Stewart in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Reunited with Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman to film Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Cumberbatch not only voices but, thanks to the magic of motion capture, plays the dragon, Smaug. Not content with playing the baddie in one major sci-fi franchise, he’ll reportedly then challenge Chris Pine’s Kirk as the arch villain in JJ Abrams’s Star Trek sequel. In this clip he matches wits with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop:

Karen Gillan
She shot to fame in Doctor Who as Amy Pond, the flame-haired companion with an even hotter temper. The next run of the perennially popular sci-fi series will be her last – showrunner Steven Moffat promises fans a “heartbreaking” exit for Amy; the actress herself says, “I’d like to see her go out in flames of glory”. She starred in critically acclaimed play Inadmissible Evidence late last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and has spoken of her desire to do more work on stage, but her latest project took her into the rather more glamorous world of modelling. She plays 60s cover girl Jean Shrimpton in We’ll Take Manhattan, which charts her adventures in New York with photographer David Bailey.

Catherine Tate
The Doctor famously hopes for one regeneration to be ginger. Maybe that’s why he’s invited two redheads aboard the Tardis in recent years? Catherine Tate was yet another red-haired time traveller who broke fans’ hearts when she left Doctor Who. The Doctor was forced to wipe Donna Noble’s memory and return her to Earth following an epic run-in with the Daleks. Best known up till then for comedy performances in series such as Wild West and The Catherine Tate Show, Tate is currently enjoying success in the US, where she has joined the cast of the long-running American version of The Office in the role of Nellie Bertram.

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Damian Singing “White Wedding”

Brody Idol

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 4, 2011

Enjoy this clip of Damian singing “White Wedding” at the Homeland wrap party in 2011.

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Liverpool Fan Damian Lewis on Starring with His Anfield Heroes in New Film – Oct 30, 2011

Liverpool fan Damian Lewis on starring with his Anfield heroes in new film

EXCLUSIVE: MOVIE star Damian Lewis has revealed how he persuaded Kenny Dalglish to make his big-screen debut.

MOVIE star Damian Lewis has revealed how he persuaded Kenny Dalglish to make his big-screen debut.

The Scotland legend was going to kick the offer of a movie role into touch until he was urged to get on board by the Band Of Brothers star.

Liverpool boss Kenny had been invited to play a crucial role in Will, a film about an 11-year-old boy trekking from Kent to Istanbul for the 2005 Champions League Final between the Reds and AC Milan.

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Damian Lewis on the Misery of Human Trafficking Exposed in New Manchester TV Drama – July 4, 2011

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Damian Lewis on the misery of human trafficking exposed in new Manchester TV drama

Damian Lewis stars in Stolen a distressing new TV drama filmed in Manchester and Salford which is based on the work of a police unit combating human trafficking.

by Ian Wylie – Manchester Evening News – 4 JUL 2011

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Once upon a time, each and every day in fact, children are being trafficked into the UK and put to work. Unpaid, unprotected, unseen. So begins a shocking, disturbing and sometimes distressing TV drama. Filmed in Manchester and Salford, Stolen is a gripping thriller based on a reality hidden away from our everyday view.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” reflects Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, who plays Det Insp Anthony Carter, head of a human trafficking unit racing against time to save child slaves.

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Stolen: Damian Lewis Investigates the UK’s Secret Slave Trade – June 30, 2011

A Gripping Thriller Based on the Real-Life Child Slaves Still Being Smuggled into Britain

by Olly Grant | The Telegraph | June 30, 2011

Ultimately, every fictional drama gets its inspiration from something real. In the case of BBC One’s new thriller, Stolen, it was a 60-second radio bulletin, way back in 2003. “I was listening to the news on 5 Live,” explains writer Stephen Butchard, “and they had a report about an African child who had been trafficked into the country to work as a domestic slave.”

It made him do a double-take. “I thought, ‘Surely that can’t be happening in this country?’” he recalls. “But they said it wasn’t a one-off; it happens again and again. So I fired off an email to the BBC drama department…”

Eight years on, the result of Butchard’s email is about to make it to the screen. Stolen, starring Damian Lewis, takes the idea behind that report and spins it into a multi-stranded thriller about the scandal of modern-day slavery.

Thematically, it’s treading similar ground to Channel 4’s Bafta-nominated 2010 drama, I Am Slave. Yet Stolen broadens the canvas by following three children in very different forms of British-based slavery – an African girl and two boys from Vietnam and Ukraine – with Lewis as an anti-trafficking detective and a kind of lynchpin character, drawing their stories together.

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