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A Spy Among Friends Wins VLV Award for Excellence in Broadcasting 2023

Best TV Drama 2023

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 25, 2024

A Spy Among Friends won an VLV Award for Best TV Drama 2023. The Voice of the Listener and Viewer (VLV) Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting were held on April 24, 2024 at the Geological Society in central London presented by broadcaster Clive Myrie with VLV President Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE. Nick Murphy, director of A Spy Among Friends, accepted the award and attended the presentation.

Congrats to all the cast and crew. We are proud of the drama mini-series and its accolades.

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Damian Lewis Hosted the Annual McCrory Award in Private Exhibit

The McCrory Award Campaign 2024

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 26, 2024

Damian hosted a private viewing of the “DoNotDisturb” art exhibit on March 26, 2024 at the Alon Zakaim Fine Arts gallery in London, showcasing exclusive photography pieces and black and white sketches of Helen McCrory and other celebrities to support the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation and to honor The McCrory Award.

Funds raised from the charity event will sponsor three young HvH Arts Foundation artistic beneficiaries who will be bestowed The McCrory Award mentorship. The inaugural event launched back on June 15, 2022.

Debbi Clark, photographer and CEO/Founder of HvH Arts Foundation, and Sadie Frost also co-hosted the occasion, with a visit from the Mayor of Camden. The event was curated by stylist Marcella Martinelli. Others in attendance at tonight’s private exhibit were Damian and Helen’s children Manon and Gulliver.

Images of Helen, Damian, Cillian Murphy, Jude Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Billie Piper, James Purefoy, Andrew Scott, and many more were donated in support of the private viewing and some images were launched via the online catalogue to browse for purchase through donation and pledge to support the charity.

The pieces were donated by professional photographers Debbi Clark, Ray Burmiston, David Venni, Clive Arrowsmith, Ian Derry, Charlie Gray, Lorenzo Agius, Tony Vaccaro, John “Rankin” Waddell , Ram Shergill, Terry O’Neill, plus black and white sketches from artist Nina Mae Fowler.

The foundation – which Helen was the former Patron of and is now patroned by Damian – gives access to free art and media workshops for disadvantaged children “…so they can express their inner artist” and flourish.  This includes, but not limited to, photography, film making, sculpting, cooking, music production and song writing, drama, poetry, dance, crochet, fine art/painting, graffiti street art and much more. View more images from the event in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis To Host Annual McCrory Award in Private Exhibit

The McCrory Award Campaign 2024

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 5, 2023

Damian is scheduled to host a private viewing of the “DoNotDisturb” art exhibit on March 26, 2024 at the Alon Zakaim Fine Arts gallery in London, showcasing exclusive photography pieces and black and white sketches of Helen McCrory to support the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation and to honor The McCrory Award. Funds raised from the charity event will sponsor 3 young HvH Arts Foundation artistic beneficiaries who will be bestowed The McCrory Award mentorship. Sadie Frost will also co-host the occasion. More than likely there will be an online catalogue to browse for purchase through donation, typically via a prize draw and pledge to support the charity.  The inaugural event launched back on June 15, 2022.

The foundation – which Helen was the former Patron of and is now patroned by Damian – gives access to free art and media workshops for disadvantaged children “…so they can express their inner artist” and flourish. Like last year, we anticipate featured photographs will be donated by additional celebrities, all who have posed for Helen’s friend Debbi Clark, photographer and CEO/Founder of HvH Arts Foundation. To explore more about Debbi Clark Photography click here and here.

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A Spy Among Friends Wins Radio Times Screen Test Award

Best Box Set

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 7, 2023

The Radio Times Screen Test Awards 2023 voting results are in and A Spy Among Friends won Best Box Set on Tuesday, November 7, 2023! The public was able to vote for shows in seven key categories that made them feel good and improved their wellbeing over the past year.

Congrats to all the cast and crew. We are proud of the mini-series and its accolades.

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Blinded By the Lies with Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis Shines in A Spy Among Friends

by Benji Wilson | Emmy Magazine, Issue #7 | June 28, 2023

As the unwitting accomplice to one of Britain’s most notorious traitors, Damian Lewis shines in A Spy Among Friends.

When Alexander Cary, an executive producer on Homeland, called his old friend Damian Lewis, star of Homeland and Billions, and said he had the rights to Ben Macintyre’s nonfiction bestseller A Spy Among Friends, the question wasn’t, did Lewis want to do it —the question was, who might Lewis play?

The obvious answer was Kim Philby, the most notorious Soviet double agent in history, who rose high in the ranks of British intelligence in the 1940s and ’50s while funneling secrets to the Russians. But Lewis was more interested in playing Nicholas Elliott.

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For Sony Pictures Television, Championing Creatives Means Content That Stands Apart

A Spy Among Friends

by Karen Idelson | Variety | June 6, 2023

Contributions of talented artisans on both sides of the camera are valued at the studio and are set to be acknowledged this awards season.

Whether working fervidly in the development phase or creating boundary-pushing visuals to serve a project’s narratives, Sony Pictures Television’s storytellers and artisans consistently find new ways to engage audiences and set the gold standard of crafting impactful television.

With its roster of diverse series and multifaceted talent, the award-winning television production and distribution studio aims to dominate across categories during the 2023 Emmy® race. The growing Sony Pictures Television universe features standout performances across genres, offering a glimpse into different cultural experiences and drawing inspiration from everything from the most beloved comic books to real-life spy stories.

“Across the studio’s slate, viewers have every type of story at their fingertips and can anticipate each series being crafted at the highest level of quality by the best artisans working in television today,” says Katherine Pope, president of Sony Pictures Television Studios.

A Spy Among Friends — Eyewitness to Reality

Damian Lewis applauds the writers behind the espionage thriller “A Spy Among Friends” for crafting dialogue that is detailed and authentic to the true story of a British spy for the Soviet Union.

“Alex Cary has this brilliant way of writing histories,” the actor says of the show’s writer and creator. “They read like capers and thrillers. We have photographic evidence of what these people looked like. We want to be true to who they are without doing impersonations.”

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How the A Spy Among Friends Score Creates Audible Paranoia for Its Spy Characters

Craft Considerations: Composer Dustin O’Halloran Layers Paranoia and Heartbreak Into an Experimental Score

by Staff | IndieWire | May 23, 2023

The story of Kim Philby, the high-ranking British intelligence official who turned out to be one of the biggest double agents in U.K. history (and a hero of the Soviet Union, if you take the Russian point of view), is well known at this point. Dozens of books, fiction and nonfiction, have been written about how Philby took in the great and the good of MI6 and the CIA for decades before he finally had to flee across the Iron Curtain in 1963.

This version of Philby, played with the kind of rumpled fatalism only Guy Pierce can muster, spends a lot of time keeping those friends close at the cost of his own soul, particularly Nicholas Elliott (Damian Lewis). But MGM Television’s “A Spy Among Friends,” which traces Philby and Elliott’s relationship from World War II to the ramifications of Philby’s defection (though not necessarily in that order) has no interest in spelling out how genuine the friendships of spies can be. It is interested in giving us the clues, hidden (among other places) in the adrenaline and emotion of the miniseries’s remarkable score.

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Damian Lewis, Guy Pearce and A Spy Among Friends Up For a National Television Award

A Spy Among Friends: Best New Drama and Drama Performance

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 23, 2023

Both Damian and Guy Pearce have been nominated for best Drama Performance by the National Television Awards (NTAs) for its first round of long list contenders. Also A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for best New Drama. Voting is now open so be sure to vote so Damian and ASAF advance to the next round of short list contenders. Simply view the list of contenders and tick one in each of the 16 categories to select who you think should win. All votes must be in by 11:00 p.m. BST on Friday, June 2, 2023. The shortlist of contenders will be announced in August.

Who wins is down to you, so vote for Damian here and A Spy Among Friends here before it’s too late! VERY IMPORTANT: you must go through EACH category to the very end, but you can skip categories you don’t want to vote for. When you are finished you must submit your name and email address for the vote to count.

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Damian Lewis Attends BAFTA Television Awards for A Spy Among Friends and Also Presents

A Spy Among Friends: Best Mini-Series

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 14, 2023

Damian, looking super suave in his suit, attended the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards this evening on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Royal Festival Hall in London. In usual fashion Damian hammed it up for photographers with a series of very animated poses at the step and repeat board, at times taking videos of the onlookers to document the experience. View the most hilarious photos from tonight’s event in our Gallery here.

His ITVX drama A Spy Among Friends was nominated for best TV mini-series of 2022 but lost to Mood. Damian was also a presenter at the evening’s ceremony, presenting the Leading Actress Award to Kate Winslet. According to Huffington Post, Damian jokingly told the audience:

“I’m surprised you’re all still here. It’s a brilliant bar out there, I’ve been in a couple of times.”

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Attendees Confirmed for this Sunday’s BAFTA Television Awards

Damian Lewis: A Spy Among Friends

by Staff | BAFTA | May 12, 2023

As previously reported A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award as one of the very best TV mini-series of 2022. Other contenders in the same category are Mood, The Thief and This is Going to Hurt, which has received 6 nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards will be hosted by comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 7:00 p.m.

Broadcaster and creator of Chicken Shop Date Amelia Dimoldenberg completes Sunday’s hosting line-up in a new backstage position, interviewing stars as they come off stage, as part of the BBC One broadcast. Audiences will be able to tune into the action from 3pm via @BAFTA with Clara Amfo and Michelle Visage leading the red carpet coverage.

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Contenders Television Panel Showcasing Buzziest Shows of Awards Season: A Spy Among Friends

Informed and Entertaining Conversations with Key Creatives and Talent

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 16, 2023

Damian joined Peter White (Deadline) and Alexander Cary via videolink as they spoke onstage at the A Spy Among Friends panel during the Deadline Contenders television event at Directors Guild of America on April 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. View more images in our Gallery here.

Deadline’s Contenders Television, where the top networks and streamers are showing off their wares and Emmy hopefuls, continued this Sunday with 20 more panels after a chock-full Saturday featuring some of the best and brightest series this awards season. View the 15-minute video of the panel discussion here.

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A Spy Among Friends Receives BAFTA TV Nomination

Best Mini-Series

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 22, 2023

A Spy Among Friends has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award as one of the very best TV mini-series of 2022.  Other contenders in the same category are Mood, The Thief and This is Going to Hurt, which has received 6 nominations. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards will be hosted by Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan and will take place on Sunday, May 14, 2023, and will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer at 7:00 p.m. The Awards are the biggest celebration of excellence across British and international television production and broadcasting. Congratulations to actors Guy Pearce, Anna Maxwell Martin and Stephen Kunken, Director Nick Murphy, Alexander Cary who created the series for television based off of Ben Macintyre’s book, and last but not least, Damian who served dual roles on the project: actor and executive producer through his Ginger Biscuit Entertainment.

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