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Damian to Appear at HemiHelp’s Children Helping Children Concert on Saturday

HemiHelp has announced that Damian Lewis will be appearing on stage at the 10th Anniversary Children Helping Children Concert at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 27 April at 6pm. Performers at the event will include Ronan Parke, 14, the fantastic finalist from Britain’s Got Talent.

Damian Lewis attended the inaugural HemiHelp Children Helping Children Concert at Cadogan Hall 10 years ago. Damian has a relative who has hemiplegia and he has seen at close hand the daily challenges that this young relative and her family have faced, with the condition affecting her schooling, friendships and her health and the extra pressure it has also put on her siblings, often the unsung heros in a family of a child with a disability. He would like to assist HemiHelp to raise awareness and much needed funds, the condition affects 1 in 1000 children and the impact on their lives of this very serious neurological condition can be mild to devastating.

Guests at the event will also include Al Murray, Scott Mills and Jacquetta Allsopp (nee Wheeler), as well as HemiHelp’s patrons.

The Children Helping Children Concert is known for spotting the international classical music stars of tomorrow. This is a concert for all the family, where talented young musicians (some as young as seven!) perform at one of London’s leading concert halls, Cadogan Hall, in order to raise money for HemiHelp, the national charity for children and young people with hemiplegia.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the concert! The very first concert featured Nicola Benedetti (before she went on to win BBC Young Musician of the Year) and another highlight was the UK debut performance of Hayley Westenra. Celebrities who have appeared at previous concerts include Alexander Armstrong, Damian Lewis, Natalie Klein and Ronnie Ancona.

The 2013 Children Helping Children Concert will showcase talented young musicians aged between 7 -17 years. This year¹s performers will include a tiny violinist, a 13-year old pianist and composer who will play a movement from his own concerto, a 17-year old clarinet player, the Junior Brass Band Group from the Centre for Young Musicians and some surprise celebrity guest appearances (to be announced).

Bring the family along and enjoy a wonderful evening of musical entertainment, whilst supporting this worthy cause.

The money raised from the Children Helping Children Concert will enable HemiHelp to continue to provide information and support to children and families affected by hemiplegia. HemiHelp relies on this event to provide a large proportion of its annual income, which is used to keep services running. These services include the helpline, conferences for parents and medical professionals, fun days, activity taster days for children, music and drama and dance workshops, a home visiting service and the production of a wide range of information and advice leaflets, as well as a popular quarterly magazine.

Childhood hemiplegia is an incurable condition, caused by damage to the brain, which may happen before, during or soon after childbirth. It is a form of cerebral palsy, and it is frequently caused by stroke occuring either before, during or after birth. The condition is relatively common and affects one in 1000 births. HemiHelp is a national charity offering information and support to children and their families affected by hemiplegia. More information is available at


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Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory Attend Prince’s Trust ‘Celebrate Success’ Awards

Celebrate Success

by Gingersnap | | March 26, 2013

(L-R) Tinie Tempah, Laura Whitmore, Idris Elba, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory and Victoria Pendleton attend The Prince’s Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at Odeon Leicester Square on March 26, 2013 in London, England.

To view more photos, please visit our Gallery here

More on the Awards:

Metro – Damian Lewis: Film inspired my Prince’s Trust role
USA Today – Prince Charles visits stars at Prince’s Trust awards

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Damian Lewis: Film Inspired My Prince’s Trust Role

Ambassador for Prince’s Trust Influenced by Keane Role

by Fred Attewill | Metro | March 25, 2013

Homeland star Damian Lewis’s role as a homeless man moved him to become an ambassador for a charity helping disadvantaged young people.

The 42-year-old star became involved with the Prince’s Trust after research for his 2004 film Keane, in which he played a man who suffered a nervous breakdown, showed him how easy it was for a comfortable lifestyle to fall apart.

Lewis said: ‘It’s alarming how few steps I trod in the film from a successful life to a breakdown into homelessness – and many kids are closer than adults to this because they don’t have support networks.

Continue reading Damian Lewis: Film Inspired My Prince’s Trust Role

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Homeland star Damian Lewis backing calls to help West Africa food crisis

ACTOR Damian Lewis has backed calls to help millions of children caught up in West Africa’s food crisis.

The British-born star of Homeland and his family sponsor 11-year-old Marie in Burkina Faso, one of the countries affected, through Plan UK. Aid workers for the global children’s charity warn 13 million people are at risk across the region as food supplies run out.

“It’s hard to get a grip on the sheer scale of this crisis,” says Damian. “What we do know is that in Burkina Faso alone, more than two million people are at risk.

“Poor rains have decimated the cereal crop on which families depend for meals – the last harvest only produced half the amount they’d normally expect.

“Sadly, things will get worse over the coming months as food stocks run low and families struggle to feed themselves.”

Sponsorship helps fund projects to benefit entire communities, including schooling and preparing for droughts.

But the severity of the current food crisis, stretching thousands of miles from Senegal to Chad, is affecting even the best prepared.

“As ever, children are the most vulnerable. Marie’s family has been hit hard by the poor harvest,” says Damian.

“Child sponsorship helps with long-term projects to help families stave off hunger – like school feeding and rainwater harvesting schemes – but families need help now to survive.”

Plan is also hoping to help children and their families in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali and Niger with grain and other emergency supplies.

“Our work so far has focused on providing food and supplies for school canteens to ensure children are getting the nutrients they need,” says Plan’s country director in Burkina Faso, Mark Wentling.

“But families’ supplies are fast running out and they need help now to avert a catastrophe over the coming months.”


Plan UK

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‘A Night Out With The Millennium Network’

Update: Due to his Homeland filming schedule, Damian has had to pull out of the event. 🙁

Damian Lewis will co-host a big fundraising event to benefit the Clinton Foundation and The Reuben Foundation in London on May 22nd. Read more about the event at the The Clinton Foundation website or from the Telegraph.

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At Marie Curie’s Carols in the City concert

Peace on earth and goodwill to all men was the order of the evening at Southwark Cathedral for the Marie Curie Carol in the City concert. Mary Nightingale played host to 600 guests who enjoyed an evening of festive philanthropy with Christmas readings from Damien Lewis and Helen McCrory and a champagne party in the Cathedral’s Millennium Courtyard marquee. The festive themed canapés were delicious (especially the sausages and cranberries) and over £40,000 was raised – tis a reason to be jolly!

Source: Tatler

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At the Guards Chapel Carol Concert

Damian Lewis attended the Guards Chapel Carol Concert on Tuesday, an event in benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support. (Source: @GF__website) He’s also scheduled to attend the Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking Auction on December 7th.

Also scheduled for December 7th: The Band Of Brothers Cast ‘Round Table’ Reunion Show starting at 3:30pm EST on Black Sky Radio. Damian is scheduled for the first hour, although according to the site “may be on at a later time”. Click here at Ros Owen’s Band of Brothers Cast Interviews for more details.

And scheduled for December 14th: A reading for “Carols in the City” at Southwark Cathedral in benefit of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Tickets only £35.

All this, of course, if commitments allow!

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New ‘Will’ Still

  • New still from Will added to the gallery here.

  • Damian has given his support to the London to Lisbon bike ride to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research saying ““Louis, Archie, Harry and Tom – The Four Cycleteers… Best wishes and congratulations of taking on the enormous challenge of cycling from London to Lisbon. Could not be for a better cause.” More info here on the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research website.

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‘Number 10′ update + Fundraiser pics

  • Reminder: The 2nd episode of the Afternoon Play Number

    10 broadcasts on Monday from 2:15pm – 3:00pm and may be listened to live and later again at the BBC Radio 4 page. Damian plays the part of PM Simon Laity.

    A summary of Episode 2 from the BBC website:

    Written by Jonathan Myerson. A leaked consultation document has the PM suggesting the armed forces budget should

    be cut in half. The Chief of General Staff declares war on the PM.

    It’s a minority Tory government and they need Lid Dem support to get their Health Bill through – Whitman (LD

    Whip) wants imposed industry regulation, whilst the Tories want it to be voluntary.

    The good news is that they have just signed a huge armaments deal with Saudi Arabia- securing factories and jobs

    – which Hugo, the Deputy Prime Minister, did all the hard work on. But suddenly a journalist says that Hugo took a

    bribe while there – in the form of a prostitute….

    But obscuring all this is the news that the new Sheriff of Essex – controlling police and prisons – is cutting

    costs by getting convicted criminals to stand outside the Lakeside Thurrock wearing placards proclaiming their

    crime such as ‘Thief'”. She is determined to stick to it putting her in direct confrontation with the PM.

    A summary of Episode 3 from the BBC website:

    Written by Jonathan Myerson. The PM has recalled Hugo – his secret task is to open negotiations with the Lib

    Dems to form a permanent alliance. Hugo isn’t keen but….

    Meanwhile the Scottish Parliament is bringing in a ban on burqas and Number 10 wants the Prince of Wales to

    soften the blow by bringing Islam into his all-Faith Conference. But a Muslim millionaire announces he will pay all

    anti-burqa fines..

    And Nathan is proposing a universal DNA database..

    But everything goes up into the air when Princess Eleanor, seventeenth in line to the throne, goes missing,

    maybe kidnapped…. Is the Home Secretary to blame for cutting his bodyguarding bill? How furious is the Prince of

    Wales – just as they are asking him for a favour?

  • Gallery Update: Click here at the gallery for pictures of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at the Scene & Heard’s Gala Fundraiser earlier this month. Thanks to

    Chantel for the headsup!

    Scene & Heard is an organization that pairs inner city children with theatrical professionals to teach them

    the theatre arts. Click here on the

    Audio page to listen to Damian reading Beauty & Death, a play written by 11 year-old Promi Chowdhury which aired on

    BBC Radio back in 2006.

Categories Supported Causes The Escapist Theatre

  • The site features photographs by Donald Cooper including pictures of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory in a number of stage productions. Available images of Damian Lewis include pictures from Cymbeline, Pillars of the Community, Five Gold Rings (with Helen) and several photos from the 1996 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing that have been added to the Warehouse.

  • Kaz reports that Ambassador Tickets have released additional seats in February and March for The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis.

  • The region 1 (US and Canada) DVD for The Escapist with Damian Lewis will be released on January 26, 2010 and is now available for pre-order.

  • In this review of The Escapist DVD, Sam J Turner’s comments about Damian Lewis’s performance include:

    Prior to its almost-perfect conclusion, two things stand out in The Escapist; Brian Cox and Damian Lewis…Lewis’ role amounts to hardly anything more than a cameo. As Rizza, the quiet and calculated, gangland style, leader of the inmates, he is the perfect antithesis to Perry (Brian Cox). Where Perry answers problems with philosophy and considered actions, Rizza, as you would expect, takes quiet delight in exacting violence and intimidation. The stand-offs between the two are short but there is enough subtle excellence from Lewis in Rizza to let us know who’s boss, without needing to see him shouting and swearing front and centre.

  • Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, and other celebrities have donated items of clothing to support an environmental awareness initiative co-sponsored by the Camden Council and TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) to raise public awareness and reduce the amount of textile waste dumped in landfills. “Wardrobe Re-Vamping Workshops” will be held at the Swiss Cottage Library and Gallery on November 12, 2009 to provide tips for restyling and updating used clothing items. Celebrity clothing, including the jackets donated by Damian and Helen, “will be restyled and turned into high street fashion pieces and fashion accessories.” Click here and here for more information.