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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be Mine

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

Cookie Gingersnap made during the ’51 Birthday Cakes for Damian Lewis’ bakeoff 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the fandom! Hope you’re surrounded by loved ones and treat yourself to a dessert today! Might we tempt you with some poetry? Listen to Damian Lewis read She Walks in Beauty on The Love Book poetry app. You can read, listen, even record your own poem and share it with a loved one – send a recording to a grandparent, friend, lover or mother.  There are many poems with over seventy read aloud by Damian, Helen McCrory, Tom Hiddleston, Helena Bonham Carter,  Emma Watson and Gina Bellman. Download the interactive app from the Apple Store for iOS and Android devices.

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30 Best PBS Masterpiece Series (And Where to Stream Them) – Oct 15, 2020

Forsyte Saga

by Allison Keene & Staff | Paste Magazine | October 15, 2020

The Forsyte Saga (2002)

Available on Amazon here via a PBS Masterpiece Subscription (7-day free trial available)

Created by: John Galsworthy, Stephen Mallatratt
Stars: Damian Lewis, Rupert Graves, Gina McKee, Corin Redgrave, Ioan Gruffudd

Before Downton Abbey, there was The Forsyte Saga. Chronicling the lives of three generations of a wealthy family from the late 1800s through early 1900s, The Forsyte Saga is based on the John Galsworthy trilogy of the same name. It is, in some ways, a British version of Dynasty. The 2002 version is fantastically dramatic and heartbreaking, full of schemers and dreamers and a grandly charming cast as it spins its dizzying tale of romance and woe. Lushly produced, it should not be mistaken for high art so much as engrossing melodrama. While it may drag a little as it goes, including the repetition of a number of relationship quandaries, not enough can be said about Damian Lewis’ lead performance as the jealous, difficult Soames. If series about the scandals and foibles of the uppercrust appeal to you, you cannot go wrong with Forsyte. —Allison Keene

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Binge Worthy Series and Movies Featuring Damian Lewis – March 18, 2020

Self-Quarantine with Damian

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 18, 2020

Coronavirus. CoVid-19. Pandemic. Social Distancing. Self-Isolation. Quarantine. Flatten the Curve. Stop the Spread. Stay the F Home. These words and phrases are flooding our everyday lives at home, at work, and as we go down the rabbit hole on social media.

If you’re looking for some escapist TV and movies during self-isolation, we’ve rounded up some of the best Damian-filled films and shows to binge, stream, or watch OnDemand. Let’s get started.

Homeland – Find it on Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Showtime OnDemand. Arguably one of the best television series with masterclass acting and storytelling. CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes) fears and US Marine Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis)  is plotting a terrorist attack on America after being turned during his eight years held captive by al-Qaeda. It’s a compelling rollercoaster ride of red herrings, intrigue, politics and subterfuge.

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7 Roles Featuring Damian’s Real Accent – June, 2016

A Wealthy Eccentric, A Villainous Man, A Super Spy

by Brigid Brown | BBC America’s Anglophenia | June, 2016

There are some Homeland viewers who didn’t even know Damian Lewis was, in fact, British. But then they heard his acceptance speeches from the Emmys and Golden Globes, and all of a sudden fans were asking themselves, “What! Who? He is…?

It takes a moment to sink in.

Now that you’ve gotten a good feel of his actual accent, check out Lewis performing various roles with various British accents, all of them fabulous.

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NYTimes Interview: Damian Lewis on ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Forsyte Saga’

On Sunday night at the Emmy Awards, Showtime’s geopolitical thriller “Homeland,” which returns for its second season on Sept. 30, will vie to end the four-year reign of “Mad Men” as television’s top drama. Damian Lewis, who stars as the P.O.W.-turned-plotter-turned-politician Nicholas Brody, was also nominated for best actor in a drama.

A decade before he was Brody, Mr. Lewis was Soames Forsyte, the priggish Victorian businessman at the heart of “The Forsyte Saga.” In 2002 the mini-series, based on books by John Galsworthy, was a hit for ITV in Britain and “Masterpiece Theater” on PBS. Mr. Lewis’s Soames is still featured in that series’s title sequence.

We talked to Mr. Lewis for an article looking back on “Forsyte,” which Acorn Media recently released on DVD. But the actor, who in conversation is as wry as Brody is tightly wound, also discussed fake tans, first fans and the new season of “Homeland.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

Q. You’re shooting the second season of “Homeland” [in Charlotte, N.C.]. Does it feel any different now that it is an acclaimed show as opposed to unknown?
A. Yes I think people feel a certain pressure. Coming back you’re much more of a fish in a big goldfish bowl with people staring at you. I think we all feel a pressure to keep people as exhilarated as they were in the first season. So it is different. But as you guys like to say here, it’s a high-class problem. I’m not losing any sleep over it.

Q. So all this success isn’t wearing you down.
A. It is [laughs]. It’s been remarkable what happened to this show — I’ve been in hits and successes before, but I don’t think I’ve ever been in something in which within days of the second episode, everyone was going, ‘Oh my God, you have to watch this show.’

Q. How is your brief different this season?
A. Well, last season Brody was the guy who might commit some sort of terrorist act and people stuck around to see what he was going to do. Now having changed his mission statement and having said he wants to use nonviolent means to achieve his political ends, Brody is like a crook trying to go straight. He’s trying to subvert from within. But what I think you’ll see this year is he’s not master of his own destiny — he’s too exposed to too many people and they can pull the strings pretty much as they want. So Brody will live in a state of extreme high anxiety and paranoia and uncertainty. I think you’ll really see just to what extent that he is a victim of his war, a victim of his circumstances.

Q. What has been the biggest change in shooting the second time around?
A. We’ve got new characters in the C.I.A.; we’ve got a new character on my side of the storm. I won’t tell you who because it would ruin the plot for you. Charlotte’s still hot — nothing’s changed there.

Read the full interview at the NYTimes.com website.

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The Bodice Ripper That Started It All

AMONG the best drama nominees at the Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, “Homeland,” an of-the-moment political thriller, and “Downton Abbey,” a soapy period drama, could hardly be more different.

But a decade ago the dynamics that animate both shows churned within a single mini-series: “The Forsyte Saga.”

Based on the John Galsworthy novels, the series spanned the decades from the 1870s to the 1920s and starred Damian Lewis of “Homeland” as another repressed villain demented by love and loss.

His Soames Forsyte — like Brody, his character on “Homeland” — is driven by a cause he believes is just and evokes sympathy for his torment if not his misguided actions. An uptight man of property, Soames grimaces his way through an evolving London as if enduring a nasty toothache. Gina McKee was Irene (pronounced eye-REE-nee), a chilly swan-necked beauty who marries Soames for his money but openly despises him, driving him to despicable behavior.

Meanwhile the rest of the sprawling Forsyte clan — like the one on “Downton Abbey” — wallows in rivalries, resentments and opulent houses, struggling to adapt as the sun sets on the British Empire.

The 10-part series, produced by Granada Television and WGBH in Boston and spread over two seasons, had its premiere in 2002 in England and on “Masterpiece Theater” on PBS. It remains among the most beloved installments, said Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer for “Masterpiece,” ranking behind the landmark “Upstairs, Downstairs” in a 2007 fan poll.

The complete “Forsyte Saga” recently became available for the first time in America in a new DVD set by Acorn Media, which explicitly seeks to capitalize on Mr. Lewis’s newfound popularity after “Homeland.”

 

Read the full article at the NYTimes.com site.

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Emmys Watch: Damian Lewis on ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Forsyte Saga’, New York Times, September 21, 2012

Emmys Watch: Damian Lewis on ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Forsyte Saga’

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Damian Lewis in a scene from “Homeland.”
Damian Lewis in a scene from “Homeland.”Credit Kent Smith/Showtime

On Sunday night at the Emmy Awards, Showtime’s geopolitical thriller “Homeland,” which returns for its second season on Sept. 30, will vie to end the four-year reign of “Mad Men” as television’s top drama. Damian Lewis, who stars as the P.O.W.-turned-plotter-turned-politician Nicholas Brody, was also nominated for best actor in a drama.

Continue reading Emmys Watch: Damian Lewis on ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Forsyte Saga’, New York Times, September 21, 2012

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Acorn TV streaming ‘The Forsyte Saga’ (free for now)

You’ll need to sign up for a free trial access (ends August 31) at Acorn TV to watch all 6 episodes.

Acorn Media, which releases DVDs of many British mysteries and miniseries, has just launched the streaming site Acorn TV, and because it’s so new you can watch some of the best of its classic series for free. There’s Michael Kitchen (photo above) as the World War II era detective in the addictive Foyle’s War, Damian Lewis embroiled in Edwardian family turmoil in The Forsyte Saga, and best of all the original Brideshead Revisited, the series that made Jeremy Irons a star and that I still consider the best miniseries ever made. (The recent film version was a laughable distant echo.)

You can watch several episodes for free now at the Acorn TV site, and my first glance shows that the quality is good. And you can watch even more episodes with a free premium trial, which lasts until the end of August. It is a most genteel trial; they don’t take credit card info, so there’s no chance you’ll be charged later (although they’re obviously in business to sell memberships and DVDs.) Catch it while it’s free.

Source: indieWIRE

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Damian Lewis: Cherwell Salutes You – May 11, 2011

Damian Lewis: Cherwell Salutes You

Damian Lewis is making me a cup of tea. Dressed in Ugg boots, a checked shirt and a stylish knit cardigan, he’s every inch the metrosexual, cool guy about town: down with the kids in more ways than one, he has to head off after the interview to read his children a bedtime story.

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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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  • The final episode of Alan Sepinwall’s rewind of Band of Brothers is now available; click here for his review of “Points” (episode 10).

    And click here to read a blogger’s review of this brilliant, epic series starring Damian Lewis.

  • Sian Brewis of the Leicester Mercury describes Life starring Damian Lewis as “funny, smart and thoroughly watchable.”
  • British television channel ITV3 is currently rerunning The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis, upcoming episodes will air on July 9th and 16th:

    » ITV3 July 9th at 10:00pm
    » ITV3 Plus 1 July 9th at 11:00pm
    » ITV3 July 16th at 10:00pm
    » ITV3 Plus 1 July 16th at 11:00pm

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  • The above picture shows Damian Lewis with Tom McCarthy, owner of Nevada Smith’s in New York City. Nevada Smith’s is a pub “Where Football (Soccer) is Religion!” The date of the picture is unknown but it’s probably prior to the start of filming for Life in 2007 (judging by Damian’s haircut!)

  • Click here for “Breaking Point” the next episode in Alan Sepinwall’s revisit of Band of Brothers starring Damian Lewis as Major Richard Winters.

  • The History Channel is running another Band of Brothers marathon on June 29 – 30, 2009. The first 7 episodes will be shown on Monday, June 29th from 10:42 am until 8 pm ET.
    The final 3 episodes will be shown on Tuesday from 9:11 am until 1 pm ET; then those same 3 episodes will be repeated from 3:11 pm until 7 pm ET. Thanks to Ann for the news.

  • An Unfinished Life with Damian Lewis will broadcast in the UK on June 28th on BBC One.

  • Click here for ntranh’s review of The Forsyte Saga. Damian Lewis fans in the UK can watch The Forsyste Saga on ITV3 starting June 25, 2009.
  • Information posted on Harry Potter’s Page includes these comments from Helen McCrory about her role as Narcissa Malfoy in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” which will be released theatrically on July 15th:

    Nevertheless, the task Draco has been charged with is so terrible and so risky that his mother, Narcissa Malfoy, risks the wrath of the Dark Lord by going to the home of Severus Snape to ask him to help her son complete it. Helen McCrory, who plays the part of the aristocratic Malfoy matriarch, relates, “Draco has been asked to fulfill an incredibly dangerous task, and she does not think he is capable of doing it. Therefore, she betrays what she believes is a true cause in order to secure her son’s safety. She’s desperate. In that moment, I think she must be secretly furious with Voldemort—it’s one thing to ask for your loyalty, but it’s another thing to ask for your child’s life. Narcissa may be a baddie, but she is a good mother.”