Damian Lewis
Actor, Dad, Redhead, and Ping Pong Champion
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Damian Lewis: Top of the Cops – June 27, 2011

Damian Lewis: Top of the Cops

He made his name playing troubled soldiers and driven detectives. Why has success left Damian Lewis so unsatisfied? He talks heroism and home life.

by with Maddy Costa – The Guardian – 27 June 27 2011

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 ‘I wasn’t humble enough’ … Damian Lewis. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

Subtlety and restraint are Damian Lewis’s hallmarks as an actor. His ability to convey a character’s innermost thoughts with just a flicker of an eyebrow is even more impressive when you discover how animated he is in real life. When we meet, in a chi-chi members’ club in west London, he has a pint of coffee working through his system, and that natural energy is comically amplified. His accent careens from Prince Charles to Jamie Oliver, as he talks about his guilt at not doing more theatre, the appeal of playing policemen and soldiers, and the satisfactions of domesticity; he alternates between supreme self-confidence and genuine horror at what he thinks is coming across as his own solipsism.

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Damian Lewis: I split my eye open while duelling with Ralph Fiennes, Metro, June 21, 2011

Original article at Metro, corrected here for many technical typos

Actor Damian Lewis talks to Metro about the worst job he’s ever had, starring in a musical and anti-ginger prejudice. The 40-year-old stars in the forthcoming BBC drama Stolen.

Continue reading Damian Lewis: I split my eye open while duelling with Ralph Fiennes, Metro, June 21, 2011

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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

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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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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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Damian Lewis Interview, The Times, June 1, 2010

The Pale, Skinny Englishman on Silly Dad Things

Damian Lewis

The star of The Forsyte Saga, 39, lives in London with his wife, the actress Helen McCrory, and their two children

I used to be a bit of a party animal. These days I can’t go out relentlessly and be a father as well. I have two children, aged 3 and 2, so instead I tend to do silly “dad” things such as going on 150-mile bike rides with my friends just to prove that we can do it. We did a ride in the Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons over three days at Easter out of a sense of adventure, but we’ve all been in physiotherapy ever since.

I’ve got my own five-a-side football team called the Tufnell Touch. It’s just me and a few mates: five fit, handsome men struggling with mid-life crises. There aren’t any other celebrities in the team: they can be temperamental, and you need a strong mind to play with me.

I started playing football aged 6, but back then, I was just banging footballs over the playground netting and getting into trouble with the nuns.

I’m naturally a pale, skinny Englishman, so if I need to get some muscles, I go on little fitness regimes. Sometimes I’ll get a personal trainer, other times it will be weights in the trailer. There are very few sports that I won’t do. Though you’ll never see me curling.

Maintaining my “girlish” figure is a constant worry. But really, if you’ve ever played competitive sport to a half-decent level, you get used to being in shape. I don’t do it for work, I do it to be healthy.

Continue reading Damian Lewis Interview, The Times, June 1, 2010

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  • Happy Birthday to Manon Lewis; she’s 3 years old today! ➡

    The above pictures of the Lewis Family (L to R: Damian Lewis, Gulliver, Manon, and Helen McCrory) were taken at the Barnardos Big Toddle charity event on May 21, 2009. Visit the Warehouse to view additional pictures and click here for the summer issue of Barnardos VIP Magazine.

  • Caution, do not copy! Photographer John Baucher took this image of Damian Lewis in Belfast’s City Centre on September 5, 2009. Damian was originally reticent about agreeing to be photographed due to concerns that the picture might be used for commercial purposes. After John explained that he is an artist and planned to use the photo in an exhibition, and that it wouldn’t be sold, and that the last 2 days of the exhibition are a “free giveaway” Damian allowed the picture.

  • Damian Lewis fans will be interested in the new fashion trend for “Bunny Ears”! Maybe we’ve started something?! 😆 Thanks to Kaz for the link!

  • Click here to enjoy “Colors of LIFE” picspam from sweet_revenge00’s livejournal.

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Inspired by Music – July 1, 2009

Music Remains a Constant Force of Inspiration in All Our Lives

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 1, 2009

The Prince’s Trust released a book compilation titled, Inspired by Music that includes a personal reflection by Damian Lewis and many other celebrities like Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more. Each portrait subject is accompanied by lyrics of a song that inspired them. The Foreward was written by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and the Introduction was written by Phil Collins.  All photography is by Cambridge Jones and the book was published in 2009 by Shoehorn Publishing. View images of the book here
By sharing their own thoughts and musical choices, the celebrities and young people featured in this book offer a unique insight into how one piece of music became their inspiration to survive, to excel, to remember or simply to be happy. The aim of The Prince’s Trust has always been to change the lives of young people in the UK whose music might tell a different story. The sale of every copy of this book will provide the vital funding needed to help more young people turn their lives around and realize their own inspiration.
Purchase a copy of the book here or here

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  • The Lewis Family (Damian, Helen McCrory, Manon, and Gulliver) were photographed out walking in Marina Del Rey, California on Thursday, April 2, 2009; click here to read the entry at Celebrity Baby Blog. 😀

  • Listen to Rupert Wyatt, director of The Escapist, discussing the film with Dan Persons on Mighty Movie Podcast.

  • Laemmle Theatres is sponsoring a special $6.00 screening of The Escapist in West Hollywood on April 14th at 7:30 pm (PT); click here for more information.

  • In the Sunday edition of the London Times Stephen Armstrong writes about doing voice-overs for Disney’s hit, animated series Phineas and Ferb; and he talks about the large number of British actors that have contributed to the series, including Damian Lewis.

    If you are in the UK, watch Phineas and Ferb and hear Damian Lewis as Agent 00 0 in “Elementary My Dear Stacy” on the UK Disney Channel on April 12th and 13th at 11:20 am.

  • Listen online to Helen McCrory on BBC Radio 4 in the second and final part of “Something Fresh” by PG Wodehouse.

  • Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker with Damian Lewis will air on HBO2e at the dates and times shown below:

    » HBO2e Wed, Apr 8, 1:30 PM Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
    » HBO2e Thu, Apr 16, 7:30 AM Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

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Interview: This Much I Know – April 4, 2009

Carrot Tops and Fishing Turds Out of the Bathtub

by Tony Horkins | The Guardian | April 4, 2009

Damian Lewis, actor, 38, Los Angeles

I’ve got Wikipedia insight. I used to be able to sit at dinner parties and talk at length about a novel, having just read the jacket in a bookshop. Now it’s like I’ve got the jacket and the inside cover as well, but nothing more.

Boarding school gives you precocious social skills for life. You’re separated from your parents and you learn about peer groups and gain confidence. When I was in my 20s people would remark on it, which I now realise was them remarking on your awful precociousness. I’m undecided as to the damage it possibly does to an eight-year-old, especially learning not to cry.

Being with Americans is a bit like hanging out with a teenager. They haven’t quite developed the confidence to have a sense of humour about themselves, which just comes with age. And they also have that forward-thrusting energy a teenager has.

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The Public-School Psychopath – June 15, 2008

The Public-School Psychopath

Damian Lewis on villains, typecasting and living in an earthquake zone

by Ally Carnwath 


Actor Damian Lewis rose to fame playing a US soldier in the Second World War drama Band of Brothers. He is married to actress Helen McCrory and has two children (Manon, 1, and Gulliver, 7 months).

You spend half your year in LA. How is it?

LA is like an eccentric beach town. Next to London, it feels utterly provincial but remains fascinating. My wife says she doesn’t like living in a town where you may get swallowed up by an earthquake at any moment. But it’s fantastic for our children to be able to walk on Hampstead Heath one half of the year and on Santa Monica beach the other.

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Culture Clinic: Damian Lewis, The Telegraph, March 22, 2008

Age: 37
Job: Actor
Last book read: Independence Day by Richard Ford
Last film seen: The Baker
Last music heard: Mozart, on my children’s musical caterpillar
Last dose of live culture: Women of Troy by Euripides at the National Theatre. A superb production by Katie Mitchell

Continue reading Culture Clinic: Damian Lewis, The Telegraph, March 22, 2008