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Damian Ranks as a 007 Contender, at Least with Vogue
by Katie Berrington and Lauren Milligan | British Vogue | August 13, 2018
British Vogue released a list of dream boys they’d like to see play the next James Bond.
As speculation amped up last week about who will follow in Daniel Craig’s 007 footsteps, Idris Elba sent the rumour mill into overdrive with an “Is he? Isn’t he?” Twitter tease.
“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he posted, sparking mass excitement amongst his followers, before appearing to dismiss the widespread claims by advising people not to believe “the hype”.
Here, we chart the contenders – the likely and the left-field – who could step into the famous spy’s sleek tuxedo for future incarnations of the franchise (when Craig does indeed hang up his Speedos for good).
#3 – Damian Lewis
One of the older candidates in the running at 47, the actor has the gentlemanly air down pat and was an early front runner for the next Bond – particularly thanks to the fervent following he garnered after his acting skills were brought to the masses in Homeland.
Today was International Womens Day and what better way to celebrate than at the Letters Live event? Letters Live is a celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. They organize live events where remarkable letters are read by a diverse array of outstanding performers. And today’s event was no exception, as the audience was treated to captivating readings by Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Kristin Scott Thomas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gina Miller, Sophie Hunter, Amanda Abbington, Mariella Frostrup, Louise Brealey and more. Damian was the surprise second half guest since Benedict Cumberbatch read in the first half. One fan writes, “Helen read an incredibly moving excerpt from Lucitania.”
AND HE DOES THE SCHOOL RUN…
From brooding Marine in Homeland to North London family man – Damian Lewis tells Robert Crampton about his double life
Good news for Homeland fans. The second season starts soon. Even better, Damian Lewis, when I ask him about the likelihood of a third season, says, “I think this show will run five or six years unless they screw it up. As long as we can keep it credible… I don’t see why we can’t just keep going on and on and on.” For those of us – 2.7 million of us, to be precise, very good for Sunday night Channel 4, and including every critic in the country, all of them in rapture – who spent Monday mornings this spring debating the twists and turns of the previous night’s episode, the promise, from the show’s co-star, no less, of lots more to come is thrilling indeed.
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Investigating Redheads Making a Splash in Showbiz
by Laura Pledger – RadioTimes – January 17, 2012
With Benedict Cumberbatch and Karen Gillan riding high, Laura Pledger investigates the redheads making a splash in showbiz. It’s like London buses: you wait ages for one to come along and then a stream of them arrive at once. And, just like London buses, these stars are big (names), red (haired) – and they’re going places…
Source: The Times Magazine UK
The London-born actor’s new US drama series, Homeland, picked up a Golden Globe on Sunday night for best television series – drama. He was pipped to the post by Kelsey Grammer in the best performance by an actor in a television series – drama category, but British viewers will soon be in a position to judge whether or not he wuz robbed – the mystery thriller series is coming soon to Channel 4. In it he plays an American soldier missing in action in Iraq who, years later, returns home a hero – but is he? With a fine body of work behind him – including leading roles in Band of Brothers and The Forsyte Saga, as well as numerous theatrical productions – Lewis’s upcoming projects include The Sweeney alongside Ray Winstone.
The red-blond star stole every scene he was in as Geoffrey Chaucer in Brian Helgeland’s A Knight’s Tale, and scared the living daylights out of audiences as murderous albino monk Silas in The Da Vinci Code. Clearly a man who doesn’t frighten easily himself, Bettany also starred twice alongside Russell Crowe, in critically acclaimed biographical drama A Beautiful Mind and sea-faring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In Margin Call (see trailer below), currently showing in UK cinemas, he joins an all-star cast including Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto in a drama about the financial crisis that has garnered praise from the critics. You won’t see him in Joss Whedon’s forthcoming The Avengers – but you will hear him as he returns to voice Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robot assistant in Iron Man – and he’s then slated to star in crime thriller Blood.
Admittedly, Cumberbatch is most recognisable when he’s sporting the dark locks of Conan Doyle’s consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, playing the title role in BBC1 drama Sherlock. But given the success of that series and the attention (adulation?) it has brought him, the actor is probably grateful for any camouflage his natural hair colour might bring him. Fans mourning his absence from their TV screens after Sunday night’s shocker The Reichenbach Fall can currently see him in cinemas as the blustering and competitive Major Jamie Stewart in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Reunited with Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman to film Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Cumberbatch not only voices but, thanks to the magic of motion capture, plays the dragon, Smaug. Not content with playing the baddie in one major sci-fi franchise, he’ll reportedly then challenge Chris Pine’s Kirk as the arch villain in JJ Abrams’s Star Trek sequel. In this clip he matches wits with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop:
She shot to fame in Doctor Who as Amy Pond, the flame-haired companion with an even hotter temper. The next run of the perennially popular sci-fi series will be her last – showrunner Steven Moffat promises fans a “heartbreaking” exit for Amy; the actress herself says, “I’d like to see her go out in flames of glory”. She starred in critically acclaimed play Inadmissible Evidence late last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and has spoken of her desire to do more work on stage, but her latest project took her into the rather more glamorous world of modelling. She plays 60s cover girl Jean Shrimpton in We’ll Take Manhattan, which charts her adventures in New York with photographer David Bailey.
The Doctor famously hopes for one regeneration to be ginger. Maybe that’s why he’s invited two redheads aboard the Tardis in recent years? Catherine Tate was yet another red-haired time traveller who broke fans’ hearts when she left Doctor Who. The Doctor was forced to wipe Donna Noble’s memory and return her to Earth following an epic run-in with the Daleks. Best known up till then for comedy performances in series such as Wild West and The Catherine Tate Show, Tate is currently enjoying success in the US, where she has joined the cast of the long-running American version of The Office in the role of Nellie Bertram.
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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.