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Celebrity Foodies Take Lucy Hunter Johnston Out to Lunch – June 10, 2011

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at J Sheekey

by Lucy Hunter Johnston | The Evening Standard | June 10, 2011

Damian Lewis
I met Harold Pinter for the first time at J Sheekey. He was charming, undeniably rather gruff and imposing, but he adored Helen, so I was happy to let him flirt with her all night while I talked to his wife Antonia. It was in the very early days of our relationship, but I wasn’t jealous; I was proud.

I love being part of the legacy of Sheekey’s. It’s taken a while, though. I didn’t start coming properly until I was in my thirties. Trying to book a table when I was 25 would have felt pretentious; you need to earn your stripes. The Parisian/New York brasserie feel of the place is completely to my taste. They are so warm and welcoming here that they just gather up regulars, and always look after you and find you a last-minute table.

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Scene & Heard Charity Event – October, 2010

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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Sicily for Bambini: A Family Holiday with Damian and Helen – Aug 1, 2010

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.

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  • News from Damian Lewis! Melissa, Damian’s associate, has forwarded an update with lots of information about Damian’s current projects: ➡

    » Last night Damian Lewis attended the opening party for the “world largest Audi dealership” in West London; visit theWarehouse for pictures from the event.

    » 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!