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Damian Lewis Receives CBE at Investiture Ceremony

FeedNHS: Sharing Honor With Helen

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 14, 2022

Damian was honored with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama and charity on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Windsor Castle, which was bestowed upon him by King Charles III. His daughter Manon and son Gulliver attended their father’s ceremony, as well as Helen’s parents Iain and Anne. And did you notice Damian wore his purple socks? 🙂

The recognition was previously announced during the Queen’s Birthday Honours in anticipation of her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and published in the official public record of The Gazette. Damian has quietly carried out philanthropic work for several charities over many years, some of it with the late Helen McCrory. Beginning in 2020, he and Helen helped raise over £1.2 million for the FeedNHS campaign, a coalition charity helping feed NHS staff and frontline workers during the CoVid-19 pandemic, which allowed over 40,000 meals a day to be served to 100 hospitals.

The Royal recognition comes after Damian was awarded an OBE by The Duke of Cambridge Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2014 for contributions to drama. In addition to CureEB, he is an Ambassador and Patron for a number of organizations, including youth charities Sir HvH Arts Foundation for The McCrory Award and The Prince’s Trust.

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An Investiture is the very special day when someone who has been awarded an honour receives their award in person from a Member of the Royal Family. The investee visits a Royal residence with members of their family to receive their insignia.

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London Jazz Festival Review: Damian Lewis

Four Out of Five Stars

by John Bungey | The Times | November 21, 2022

(★★★★☆)

Jazz in all its forms — from funky to free-form, catchy to headscratchy — enjoyed its 30th annual splurge in the capital with 300-plus festival gigs by assorted stars of the genre — and one gatecrashing film star.

On the final night, a festival debutant with an album out next year wowed the crowd at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill. Quite why the actor Damian Lewis’s show of rocking, rootsy Americana should be part of a jazz festival is anyone’s guess. But his own songs had real flair and if “the acting malarkey”, as he called it, ever fails, his Martin guitar will prove a useful fallback.

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Damian Lewis Performs Songs From Upcoming Debut Album at Tabernacle London

Closing Out the London Jazz Festival

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 20, 2022

Damian Lewis played an intimate performance to a sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle on closing night of the London Jazz Festival on Sunday, November 20, 2022 with special guest Hattie Whitehead.  Doors opened at 7:00 p.m. and he took the stage around 8:35 p.m. Band members remained the same from his Omeara performance including, Giacomo Smith, Will Cleasby, Will Sach, Kitty Liv, Dave Archer and Joe Webb. His opening song was Down in the Bowery and the remaining set list included Hole in My Roof, Soho Tango, Zaragoza, Little One, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon, Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella, Warren Zevon’s Werewolves in London, Tom Waits’ Little Trip to Heaven, I Wanna Grow Old in Paris, Makin’ Plans, Jelly Roll Morton’s Why?, She Comes, and JJ Cale/Eric Clapton’s After Midnight.

Damian’s brother Gareth Lewis was in the crowd, as well as his children Manon and Gulliver. Others spotted were friend Dominic West, Mark Strong, Ben Chaplin, Allie Esiri, Sharmila of CureEB and based on her tweet, apparently Elizabeth McGovern was in the audience! The show was again promoted by Neil O’Brien Entertainment, with Rhydian Roberts in attendance. View performance videos and more images in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis Guitar Shops in Nashville

Gruhn Guitars

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 3, 2022

While Damian was in Nashville, TN last week he stopped by Gruhn Guitars, the world’s premier guitar store specializing in vintage instruments since 1970, and picked up a new Martin Gruhn Special 28-style guitar. As their Instagram post indicates, “He’s clearly a fan of the Adirondack top and bracing. And, it didn’t cost him billions!” Damian shared a picture on his Instagram account of his new D28 Martin stating, “If it’s good enough for Neil Young, Dylan and the Beatles…” We couldn’t agree more, Damian!

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Damian Lewis New Orleans Airport Sighting

Good-Bye NOLA

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 31, 2022

Damian was spotted on the move again departing from a Louisiana airport on Sunday, October 30, 2022 after his recent Halloween celebrations in New Orleans. And he looks to be sporting a fresh haircut 🙂  We assume he’s headed back to London since the children’s half-term break is over and school is back in session.

Plus A Spy Among Friends should be hitting ITVX in November – we just need the trailer!

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Damian Lewis and Alison Mosshart Celebrate Halloween

From Music Row to Bourbon Street

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 30, 2022

Damian and Alison hit The Big Easy in matching costumes for some Halloween festivities and now we know the backstory of this pink suit!  Earlier this week Damian was in Nashville buying a new guitar based on his Instagram post and now he’s in New Orleans, no doubt checking out the jazz music scene in both cities. I hope he tried Nashville’s hot chicken and some crawdads or Beignets while visiting the French Quarter.

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