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Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at J Sheekey
by Lucy Hunter Johnston | The Evening Standard | June 10, 2011
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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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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The Pale, Skinny Englishman on Silly Dad Things
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.
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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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.
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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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.