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Damian Lewis and His Wife Helen McCrory Crack the US Showbiz Lifestyle – April 8, 2019

Ping-Pong, Dressing in Drag, and More Details About Those Guitars!

by Gabrielle Donnelly | Express | April 8, 2019

BOBBY AXELROD, the hedge fund manager at the centre of the financial drama Billions, is brutal, thuggish, ruthless and dangerously sexy. In other words, he’s a complete animal – or not, depending upon which side of the Atlantic you live. According to Damian Lewis, who plays Axelrod, he has noticed a marked difference between the reaction of American audiences to his character and the British.

“I think we can all agree that Bobby is corrupt,” he laughs now, affectionately, of the Billions character, Bobby Axelrod.

“He’s an old-school scrapper, a gangster, an alley cat: his motto is, ‘Why use a scalpel when you can use a sledge hammer?’

“But on the other hand, it turns out that in some ways he’s also quite progressive and quite liberal in his political views.

“That’s what makes him fun. It’s interesting to me that when I’m walking down the street in New York and someone recognizes me, they’ll go, ‘Yeah! Bobby Axelrod!’ ‘Yeah, love you, man!’ But when it happens in England, people go, ‘Oh. Bobby Axelrod. You’re a real ****hole!’

“I’m not quite sure exactly what that says about both places but it says something!”

Lewis, 48, knows a bit about both England and New York these days, since he spends his time commuting between New York, where the series is shot, and London where he lives with his wife, actress Helen McCrory, and their two children, Manon, 12, and Gulliver, 11.

“We work it out,” he shrugs of his ever-travelling schedule.

“We actors are all gypsies and we all have to travel for work.

“I have friends who have bought a house in LA and been very excited – It’s great! I’ve moved the whole family to LA and it’s going to be so good! No more travelling!’

“And then they find they get three years of work in Toronto or Vancouver or even back in London! We just muddle through somehow.”

He admits that, constant jet lag and the proceeds of Billions and other series such as Homeland, Band Of Brothers and Wolf Hall have all helped make life pretty comfortable for the Lewis household.

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Band of Brothers Documentary Narrated by Damian Lewis Available – Jan 31, 2019

The Real Dick Winters: The Man Who Led the Band of Brothers

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 31, 2019

Hang Tough is the story of the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership monument in Normandy, France in June of 2012. The film focuses on the leader of World War II’s Band of Brothers. Narrated by 2012 Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who played Dick Winters in HBO’s Band of Brothers. Available for FREE streaming at wwiifoundation.org here, on your Amazon Prime, or for DVD purchase here.

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Damian Receives His Britannia Award – Oct 26, 2018

Our Brit Gets the Britannia

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 26, 2018

Our favorite, most talented actor of our generation (and quite the ham), Mr. Damian Lewis, received the well-deserved and long overdue BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Excellence in Television this evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolades, recognizing both outstanding British talent and exceptional international artistry through their body of work. Damian is talented and exceptional, no doubt.

As Fan Fun with Damian Lewis writes, for more than a decade and a half Damian has enticed and intrigued audiences with highly complex, compromised, flawed characters he has brought to life on television, from steadfast Dick Winters, constipated Soames Forsyte, and quirky Charlie Crews to damaged Nicholas Brody, radical Henry VIII and currently, the ruthless Bobby Axelrod.

But where did it all begin? Damian’s first lead role in television was Lt. Neil Loughrey in Warriors (1997), a story about a group of British peacekeepers during the Bosnian war and ethic cleansing of 1993.

How great was it to honor Damian’s excellence in television full circle, as BAFTA TV award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen, Damian’s Warriors co-star, presented him with the award tonight!

Walking the red carpet, Matthew was asked what his first impression of Damian was over 20 years ago,

“He’s very confident, the room sort of stops when he’s in it. This is a very nice thing to do, especially for Damian.”

In addition to Matthew Macfadyen, this year’s presenters also included Viola Davis, Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Favreau, Peter Farrelly, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

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Damian’s Diary – Oct 20, 2018

Help! I’m Meeting Hanks

by Weekend Reporters | Daily Mail | October 19, 2018

Some of today’s biggest stars have written for us in the past – including Damian Lewis, who wrote this hilarious diary about his big break in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s WWII TV series Band of Brothers. Weekend Magazine shared extracts from Damian Lewis’s diary as a rising star:

Late August 1999 – Call from my agent, Stephanie Randall. Hollywood’s coming to town. Hurrah. Another chance to record myself on a tape for some big blockbuster which will gather dust on a shelf in LA. ‘This is different,’ Stephanie stresses, ‘It’s Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. They’re seeing everybody, and they want you to play an American. It’s gonna be huge.’

Day of audition – I head off on my motorbike. It rains on me, I arrive, soaked and walk down some steps into a colourless Soho basement.

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TV’s 10 Most Moving Moments – Oct 19, 2018

Gut Punches That Make Your Mascara Run

by Matthew Gilbert | The Boston Globe | October 18, 2018

“This Is Us” is known for making fans cry, as the Pearsons tackle their weekly traumas and the producers crank the Cat Stevens. It’s prime time’s Wonderful Wizard of Waaahs, the bawl game whose home runs call for tons of tissues. But to be honest, the NBC drama hasn’t made me cry once, or even well up.

Other shows, however, have left me wrung out over the years, and I have a list of TV moments that have wrenched my heart. There have been countless occasions when unscripted TV has left me terribly sad — just Google the episode of “The View” when Joe Biden consoled Meghan McCain over her father’s illness. You will be shaken and you will be stirred. But it’s more impressive when a scripted series manages to be truly affecting, when the writing and the acting are finely gauged to successfully make the mascara run.

It’s as easy to bungle emotional peaks as it is to botch humor, so here’s to some honestly elicited tears. Here are 10 of my favorite gut punches.

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