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Damian and Helen Onstage for Children’s Charity
by Stephen Einhorn Blog | October, 2010
At the beginning of October, the children’s charity Scene & Heard played host to a star studded event held at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill. The evening included champagne, canapés, the performance of plays written by Scene & Heard’s child playwrights, and an auction.
Famous faces included patrons Damian Lewis (the host), Helen McCrory, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Goodman- Hill, Twiggy Lawson and Jonathon Pryce.
Scene & Heard is a unique mentoring project that partners the inner-city children of Somers Town, London with volunteer theatre professionals. They give children intensive, one-to-one adult attention, enabling them to write plays which are then performed by professional actors. For many years, this vibrant charity has created astonishing and extraordinary theatre.
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Playtime, Pampering and Pasta
by Helen McCrory | British Airways Highlife | August 1, 2010
Damian and children practice sword fighting in the castle ruins, Caltabellotta (Courtesy of Helen McCrory)
Actors Helen McCrory and husband Damian Lewis plus their two children head to Sicily for playtime, pampering and pasta.
‘Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen, that’s a wrap!’ It’s 1am and I’m standing in a disused industrial park in London in the rain. We’ve been filming the same ten lines for hours now and even the writer has fallen out of love with the scene. But who cares. In 12 hours, I shall be sitting by the pool in Rocco Forte’s Sicilian Verdura Golf & Spa Resort for a week of pampering, peace, pasta and a bit of good old-fashioned shuteye.
My husband Damian and I both know Italy well, but I have never visited Sicily. Damian went there some years ago with a mate on an Edwardian-style grand tour, when he’d quickly learnt the all-important phrase ‘Posso avere una camera con due letti, per favore’ — which translates as ‘a single room with two separate beds, please’ — after they had been presented with a luxurious double bed on their first night. But they stayed in the northern part of the island and Verdura is on the southwest coast between Sciacca, a fishing port, and Agrigento, home to some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. The resort also has a children’s crèche, and we have a three-year-old, Manon, and a two-year-old, Gulliver, with energy levels that would put even the Sicilians’ famous love of children to the test. It sounds perfect.
We fly to Catania, where we pick up our car to drive across the island east to west. What a way to see Sicily. Spring has definitely sprung as we drive past orange groves, goatherds and vineyards all under a bright blue sky. With the aid of my superb map reading, we arrive three hours later at the resort’s gate, from which you look down over the golf courses onto the spa, the hotel and the sea. We don’t leave the resort for three days. Our suite has its own entrance with steps leading down to a private, secluded courtyard (perfect for drying wet swimming costumes and nude sunbathing), which in turn opens up into a large elegant sitting room overlooking the ocean, a butler’s kitchen and two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom.
» Damian was seated next to Chef Gordon Ramsay at the party. They will both play football (soccer) for UNICEF in a charity match that is scheduled to take place in late June 2010.
» Melissa said that Damian was very pleased to hear that many fans plan to see his new play The Misanthrope which opens at London’s Comedy Theatre on December 7th!
» New Damian Lewis project! 😀
Damian just finished recording the 3rd series of Number 10 for BBC Radio 4’s “Afternoon Play”. He will play the “1st gay Tory Prime Minister” and will be taking over from Sir Anthony Sher who played the Labour Prime Minister in the previous 2 series. Click here for information about the serial program.
» Damian said that filming for Your Highness has ended and confirmed that the movie is scheduled for release on October 1, 2010.
» Damian said that his thoughts are with Stephen Gately’s friends and family upon his untimely death and especially with Ronan Keating, Damian’s close friend, who has lost both a friend and colleague.
» Damian is excited by the news that his brother Gareth Lewis’s concept for a new television program “Life and Stuff” has been commissioned for development by a major US network (CBS or NBC?)
» Sadly, the rumors that Damian Lewis will make a guest appearance as Vincent Van Gogh in an upcoming episode of Dr. Who are not true, but Helen McCrory may be able to make an appearance on the show if she fit it into her Harry Potter filming schedule.
Thanks so much to Damian and Melissa for all the news!
There’s lots of reasons for celebration and congratulations!
Gareth Lewis, writer and director of The Baker and Damian Lewis’s brother and business partner, is currently working on the script for a new feature film called “Father Figure” for Picture Farm. Gareth and Phil Traill have co-written a sitcom called “Life and Stuff” that has been picked up for development by NBC. Gareth is also currently creating and directing a webseries, called “The Fantasist” for Pure Grass Films and the BBC.
Click here for more information and congratulations best wishes to Mr. Gareth Lewis! 🙂
Adrian Sturges, producer of The Escapist and Damian Lewis’s Picture Farm business partner, has been featured in Variety as one of “10 Producers To Watch”. Sturges is currently attending the Toronto International Film Festival with his new film The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Congratulations and good luck to Mr. Adrian Sturges! 😀
Helen McCrory (and husband Damian Lewis?) will attend the world premiere of The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the new animated movie featuring Helen as the voice of “Mrs. Bean”. The film will open the “London Film Festival” on October 14th at 7 pm (19:00) at the Odeon Leicester Square; click here and here for more information. Congratulations and best wishes to Ms. Helen McCrory! ➡
Congratulations to Ioan Gruffudd and his wife Alice Evans on the recent birth of their daughter Ella Betsi Evans Gruffudd! Ioan and Damian Lewis are long-time friends and co-stars in The Forsyte Saga and Warriors. 😀