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  • The region 1 (US/Canada) DVD of The Escapist featuring Damian Lewis is now available for rental exclusively from Blockbusters.com. ➡

    The Escapist will screen at The Harbor Theater in Muskegon, Michigan on October 10, 11, and 12 for the IFC International Film Festival.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis opens in Portland, Oregon on October 23rd at the
    Living Room Theatres.

  • Helen McCrory recently gave an interview to Rotten Tomatoes that mentions the “epic” ending planned for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Helen plays Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

    Helen gave the interview during the filming her new movie 4.3.2.1.

  • Click here to listen to Helen performing in “Words and Music Feasting with Panthers” on BBC Radio 3.

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  • Thanks to squidney for sharing this great photo of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at the Cartier International Polo Day on July 26th. Check out the Warehouse for this picture and more photos from the event.

  • What are your favorite Damian Lewis performances? Click here to read the list compiled by doihearawaltz.

  • IFC Films has announced that The Escapist starring Damian Lewis is “Coming Soon” to DVD in region one (US and Canada).

  • Congratulations to Sarah Shahi (Damian’s co-star on Life) and her husband Steve Howey on the July 9th birth of their son William Wolf Howey. He must be a very beautiful baby! ➡

Categories Band of Brothers The Baker The Escapist Your Highness

  • Author Carrie Lofty uses specific examples from the Band of Brothers mini-series to illustrate this interesting essay about the various forms of address used by males.

  • Lucky White Rabbit has been hired as an Extra in Your Highness. The comedy features Damian Lewis and is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland. Here’s her intriguing description of the role:

    Just got a call from the extras company there. They would like to have me as an extra in James Franco’s movie. Happy days you say? Yes I say.

    Essentially I’m an albino tribeswoman who, along with her tribesy friends, kidnaps the princes and does terrible things to them. I can’t say I’m overly thrilled about wandering around Belfast in an animal skin bikini in the middle of September but I’m sure it’ll be a laugh.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis now appears in the schedule for September’s Kansas International Film Festival, date and time information to follow.

  • Click here and here for fan reviews of The Escapist with Damian Lewis.

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  • The Escapist with Damian Lewis will broadcast on Film4 in the UK on Sunday, August 2nd at 9pm and will also air that same night on Film4 Plus 1 at 10pm.

  • Click here for “press highlights” for The Escapist including these comments about Damian Lewis’s portrayal of the evil Rizza:

    The film punches well above its clearly low budget weight, thanks to some fine acting – notably from Cox, who dominates the film, Damian Lewis’ chilling psycho and Joseph Fiennes’s scarily pumped-up con. Accept the verdict and serve time with Cox and company and you won’t be disappointed – and you’ll be rewarded by an ingenious and unexpected twist, too. EIGHT OUT OF TEN Daily Star

    An excellent British crime film with none of the embarrassing ‘cor blimey’ caper of previous Brit outings… Brian Cox is outstanding as an aging screw with nothing to loose, while Damian Lewis simmers as the prison boss…The Escapist proves that British actors and film makers don’t need to rely on SFX to get your blood pumping. Josh Woodfin – FHM

    …an impressively pumped up Joe Fiennes, while Damian Lewis is icily threatening as the prison’s calculating big shot. Red

  • The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis is currently running on ITV3 in the UK. The network will begin airing The Forsyte Saga Series 2 on August 6th.

  • This article in the Mirror mentions that Damian Lewis is interested in participating in future “Bunbury” cricket games organized by David English to raise money for charity. Click here to read about Damian’s participation in a Bunbury game that took place in September, 2006.

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  • Click above to watch a video interview with Damian Lewis discussing one of his passions – playing golf! 😀

    Damian will be featured in next issue of Today’s Golfer magazine that will be released in the UK on August 13th.

    In the interview Damian talks about taking part in the Northern Rock All Star Cup at the Celtic Manor in Wales in August, 2006. Click here and scroll down to download clips from the event (thanks to Kaz!) and click here to view photos from the charity tournament.

  • Damian Lewis is currently filming Your Highness in Northern Ireland and lucky blogger simonf spotted him today and posted this comment:

    Damian Lewis walked past us this afternoon carrying a Next bag. First proper Hollywood actor I’ve ever seen in Belfast.

    How come that never happens to me?! 😥

  • The Guardian has published a clip from Cartier’s International Polo Day on July 26th and there’s a brief glimpse of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory at 3:59 minutes. Thanks to Ryanne for the link!


  • Click here to access the “Press Kit” for The Escapist including these comments from Damian Lewis about his sinister character Rizza:

    “It’s an important but small role,” admits Damian of his character. “I see Rizza as the evil centre of the prison. He’s a self styled prison boss, he’s running the prison from the inside. He has to control his younger brother who’s a loose cannon.”

    “Rizza is an unusual kind of figure in the prison: the prison and the people inside the prison were his boys and that’s how he wanted it to be. He never wanted his authority challenged; he’d do anything to maintain that status quo. It’s quite an effeminate role and that ties in nicely with the brother. There’s malevolence but effeteness at the same time.”

    Damian especially enjoyed the moral ambiguities of Rizza. “He’s very affectionate about his brother – he’d do anything to protect him but he’s utterly ruthless. You have to be to remain at the top in this setting. He does business daily through violence and intimidation, but I liked the idea that there was something effeminate about him – something preening and self-regarding. He’s a thug but also a weird feminine sophistication.”

  • The Escapist was recently released in Australia and Rialto Distribution and Vertigo Films ran a promotion offering students at the
    University of Technology in Sydney chances to win “25 Double Passes” to see the film. Keep your eyes open for opportunities like this in your area!

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  • Visit the Warehouse for more pictures of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory taken yesterday at “Cartier International Polo Day 2009.”

  • Click here and
    here for videoclips from the Cartier polo event that include Damian and Helen. Thanks to Ann and Ryanne for the links!

  • The Escapist with Damian Lewis aired on UK television tonight on Film4; keep looking for the film in theatres and on television in your area!

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the animated film featuring the voice talent of Helen McCrory will open the “Times BFI London Film Festival” on October 14, 2009. 😀

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  • Visit the Warehouse for photos of Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory attending “Cartier International Polo Day 2009” at the Guards Polo Club on July 26, 2009 in Egham, England.

  • Jonathan Dawson shared this review for the Australian release of The Escapist with Damian Lewis. He described the film as…

  • …one of the great and most convincing prison escapes of them all, the more powerful because of its quietness and the seesawing and jump cut structure that cuts between the planning and the actual dig and final dash for freedom along sewers and subway tunnels.

  • Click here for a review of Benjamin Wallfisch’s musical score for The Escapist that is now available on CD.

  • A blogger named Ruth has posted a photo of the recent filming of Your Highness at Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.

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  • Click above to view a fan-made “pre-trailer” for Damian Lewis’s new film titled Your Highness that is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland. The video was posted on YouTube by TheTop5ive with this description:

    Pre-trailer. First look at the upcoming movie “Your Highness” starring Danny McBride, star of “Eastbound and Down” and “Pineapple Express.” “Your Highness” pairs McBride up with sexy James Franco and hot Natalie Portman. Your Highness is a stoner comedy in the vein of those 1980s fantasy, swords-and-sorcerors movies. Pack a bowl, put on your ren faire costume and check it out.

  • Click here and here for articles about the July 23rd theatrical release of
    The Escapist in The Netherlands. Thanks to Ryanne for the links and for this quote and translation from NRC Handelsblad:

    Een speciale vermelding verdient Damien Lewis als dreigend-charismatische boevenbaas Rizza.

    Translation:

    Damian Lewis deserves a special mention as the menacing-charismatic prison boss Rizza.

    Personally, I didn’t find Rizza at all charismatic. I thought that he was creepy and scary. 🙁 But Damian Lewis is a great actor! 🙂

  • Click here for an Oxford Times article about photographer Cambridge Jones and his new book Inspired By Music that profiles Damian Lewis and other celebrities. Sales of the book will benefit disadvantaged young people through the Prince’s Trust.

  • The Irish Film and Television Network reports that principal photography has begun in London for Helen McCrory’s new film The Special Relationship and in Northern Ireland on Damian’s current project Your Highness.

Categories Band of Brothers Life Richard Winters The Escapist Your Highness


  • Congressman Holden of Pennsylvania has introduced a new resolution in the U.S. House of
    Representatives to award Major Richard Winters the Medal of Honor. If you’ve seen Damian Lewis’s portrayal of Major Winters in Band of Brothers then you understand why he deserves this recognition. U.S. citizens are asked to contact their Congressional Representatives to request support for H.R. 3121.

    Click here to read the text of H.R. 3121 and click here for letter-writing suggestions. Thanks to Connie and Linda from the MajorDickWinters site for the information!

    Click here to access the above composite image of Damian Lewis and Major Winters that was created by Ryoko.

  • Information posted on IMDb (click on the links below) suggests that Damian Lewis will play the “Evil Wizard Leezar” in his new film titled Your Highness. The production is currently filming on location in Northern Ireland.
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  • According to VideoETA the region 1 (US and Canada) DVD for The Escapist with Damian Lewis is estimated for release in September 2009.

  • Penne Hackforth-Jones’s review of The Escapist includes this comment:

    I loved Damian Lewis in another fantastic variation of himself…the first I have seen since the telly production of ‘Life’. A very loathsome reptile he can be too.

  • Kaz shared this Times Online article titled “Why Brits rule on US TV” that states:

    And why did Damian Lewis (Eton, RSC) win roles in two series of Life?

    So grim is this state of affairs that America’s National Public Radio interrogated the makers of Life, who confessed: “What we found out about English actors is that they’re funny. We had a hard time finding an American tough guy who will be the butt of the joke, whereas Damian has no problem doing it. He’s like half Stan Morrow and half Steve McQueen.” It turns out that slightly imperfect looks and even British bad teeth are more convincing. The Life producers added: “You could argue that in our system, if you’re a young actor who isn’t leading-man handsome, you’re probably not going to get nurtured the way that you would in England, just based on talent.

  • The HeyUGuys site is featuring photos from Cambridge Jones’s new book Inspired By Music including images of Damian Lewis that are available in the Warehouse.

    Damian Lewis is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust; profits from sales of the book will benefit this charitable organization. The volume can be purchased at Starbucks stores in the UK or it may be ordered online from Amazon (UK) and
    Tower Books (US).

  • Thanks to Linda for the news that Flemish channel 2BE will broadcast Stormbreaker with Damian Lewis in Belgium on Saturday July 18, 2009 at 20h40.




  • Click above to enjoy a new Life music video titled “Life – Charlie Crews – Mercy” by 07ransom.

  • Vote for Sarah Shahi, Damian’s Life co-star, in TV.com’s “Brunette vs Brunette” contest. Thanks to Katreniah for the link!

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  • Click above to watch a Screenrush video clip from the July 7th London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. You will see Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis at 1:12 minutes and again at 6:10 minutes.

  • There’s an interview with Helen McCrory at 3:20 minutes in this video clip from The Daily Snitcher.
  • Both The Scotsman and the Times Online are featuring extensive interviews with Helen McCrory that include her comments about life, living abroad, acting, motherhood, children, and her marriage to Damian Lewis.

  • The Australian is running an interesting interview with Brian Cox for the July 16th release of The Escapist with Damian Lewis.

  • The dates/times for upcoming episodes of The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis on ITV in the UK are:

    ITV3 July 16th at 10:00pm

    ITV3 Plus 1 July 16th at 11:00pm

    ITV3 July 23rd at 10:00pm

    ITV3 Plus 1 July 23rd at 11:00pm
    ITV3 July 30th at 10:00pm
    ITV3 Plus 1 July 30th at 11:00pm

  • An Unfinished Life with Damian Lewis will broadcast on TV in the US on July 22nd at 8am ET on FX.
  • The Moving Picture has a “first look” at the Fantastic Mr. Fox, the upcoming, stop-motion animated children’s film featuring the voice talents of Helen McCrory as “Mrs. Bean.”

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  • Click here at the gallery for pictures of Damian and Helen at the world premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ in London.

  • New project news! According to the latest message from Damian’s UK associate Melissa: Damian starts
    filming the David Gordon Green-directed Your Highness in Belfast next week! James Franco and Natalie Portman will star in the comedy film that’s described by IMDb as “a fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father’s kingdom.”

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    Click here for the site’s Your Highness project page.


  • Thanks to bluegreensmoke for these scans of Damian and Sarah Shahi from the May 2009 issue of Emmy magazine.

  • Click here at the charmingways lj for a fantastic Damian wallpaper and Life icons from nyaza. You can also download the wallpaper here at our
    wallpaper section in our Gallery.

  • The Australian has a good interview with Escapist star Brian Cox here. The Escapist opens in Australia on July 16.

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  • Thanks to Sandra and Ann for the link to vote for Damian Lewis and Life in Television Without Pity’s “Tubey Awards”. The relevant polls include:

    Group 1-4:
    » Best Sidekick: Ted Earley (Life) or Bobby Stark (Life)
    » Best Villain: Roman (Life)
    » Best Badass: Charlie Crews (Life)

    Group 5-8:
    » Best American Accent by a Non-American Actor: Damien Lewis (Life) (misspelled!)

    Group 9-12:
    » Best On-Screen Death Scene: Roman (Life)
    » Best Season Finale: Life

    Group 17-20:
    » Most Painful Series Cancellation: Life
    » Broadcast Network Show Most In Need of a Move to a Cable Network: Life
    » Best Dream / Hallucination / Vision Sequence: Charlie is hallucinating that he’s back in the prison (Life)

    Group 21-24:
    » Most Welcome New Character: Jane Seever (Life)
    » Best Smackdown (Non-reality Show): Charlie Crews vs. Roman (Life)

  • British actor James Purefoy, the star of NBC’s new series The Philantrhopist, told the New York Daily News about the advice he received from colleagues Damian Lewis and Kevin McKidd about working in Hollywood on a network television series:

    I spoke to Damian and Kevin because they both worked with NBC. I said, “Tell me the truth, how do they treat you.” They told me it’s tough, the scheduling is punishing. You have to really fight for creativity because you’re actually spending most of your life learning lines…”

  • In the US June 30th is the last day to view The Escapist with Damian Lewis as a satellite/cable “Video On Demand” pay-per-view feature under “IFC In Theaters”.

  • The Escapist will screen in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 11th for the “Charlotte Film Society’s Saturday Night Cine Club”.

  • Inspired By Music, the new book of celebrity photographs (including Damian Lewis) by Cambridge Jones, will be released on July 1, 2009 and Tower Books is offering the volume at the discounted price of $24.99 (US). Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit
    The Prince’s Trust charity. Thanks again to Ann for the link!

  • Helen McCrory’s new film The Special Relationship will start filming in London on July 20th under the direction of Richard Loncraine; click here for more information.
  • Alan Sepinwall of the New Jersey Star Ledger has published two more articles in his series on “revisiting Band of Brothers; click on the links below for “The Last Patrol” and “Why We Fight”. Thanks to Leah for the links.