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Unveiling of ‘A Fairy Tale of New York’

Sir HvH Arts Foundation

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 23, 2023

It was a fantastical evening as Damian and friends unveiled the Advent window ‘A Fairy Tale of New York’ on the eve of the Winter Solstice for Sir HvH Arts Foundation, a charity organization that Damian is the Patron of, and Helen McCrory was the former Patron. The beautiful design was created by Damian and Helen’s children, Manon and Gulliver, and displays a silhouette of the New York City skyline as “our Angel” flys over all those on earth.

Source: Debbi Clark, CEO of Sir HvH Arts Foundation

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Damian Lewis To Host Annual McCrory Award in Private Exhibit

The McCrory Award Campaign 2024

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 5, 2023

Damian is scheduled to host a private viewing of an art exhibit on March 26, 2024 at the Alon Zakaim Fine Arts gallery in London, showcasing exclusive photography pieces of Helen McCrory to support the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Foundation and to honor The McCrory Award. Funds raised from the charity event will sponsor 3-4 young HvH Arts Foundation artistic beneficiaries who will be bestowed The McCrory Award mentorship. Sadie Frost will also co-host the occasion. More than likely there will be an online catalogue to browse for purchase through donation, typically via a prize draw and pledge to support the charity.  The inaugural event launched back on June 15, 2022.

The foundation – which Helen was the former Patron of and is now patroned by Damian – gives access to free art and media workshops for disadvantaged children “…so they can express their inner artist” and flourish. Like last year, we anticipate featured photographs will be donated by additional celebrities, all who have posed for Helen’s friend Debbi Clark, photographer and CEO/Founder of HvH Arts Foundation. To explore more about Debbi Clark Photography click here and here.

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Damian Lewis Supports BGC Charity Day 2023

On the Trading Floor for Cure EB and HvH Arts Foundation

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 11, 2023

Damian makes trading look easy as he participates in the annual BGC Charity Day 2023 on Monday, September 11, 2023 at Canary Wharf located at One Churchill Place in London, England for CureEB (alongside founder Sharmila Collins) and Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation (alongside Ambassador Sadie Frost and CEO Debbi Clark). He was among other celebrities helping raise money for various charities for the 22nd anniversary of 9/11.

The annual Charity Day supports BGC Partners and it’s affiliated companies Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group and all profits made from trades today will go to hundreds of charities across the globe. In addition to BGC’s offices in London, Charity Day 2023 took place across the firm’s international offices including, New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Sydney. View more photos from the event in our Gallery.

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Damian Lewis To Support BGC Charity Day 2023

Time to Make Some Calls for Charity Day

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 6, 2022

HvH Arts Foundation announced on social media today that their Patron Damian Lewis will be back on the trading floor this year to support their charity at BGC Charity Day 2023 with Ambassador Sadie Frost and CEO Debbi Clark. Damian will also raise funds for CureEB as Patron of that charity, alongside founder Sharmila Collins. He is scheduled to participate in the 19th annual BGC Charity Day on Monday, September 11, 2023 at Canary Wharf located at One Churchill Place in London, England.

Damian raises money for two local organizations: The HvH Arts Foundation, a foundation near to Helen McCrory’s heart, provides free courses designed to deliver a route through the often prohibitive costs that comes with studying the arts for young people, as well as free after-school, weekend, and holiday tuition for vulnerable children and youth. Donations support their summer holiday programs which provides art, music, photography, film, sculpture, illustration, dance and drama workshops every day during summer break, and helps develop their Music Mentoring Project that supports young gifted and talented musicians with resources associated with live band or music studio. CureEB is an organization that supports those affected by epidermolysis bullosa, a severe genetic skin condition that leads to blistering and skin loss at the slightest friction. Children with the condition are often referred to as ‘Butterfly Children’ as their skin is said to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wings.

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Damian Lewis Performed at HvH Arts Foundation Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition: Create Every Day

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 3, 2023

Patron Damian Lewis performed with students at the Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Arts Foundation (HvH Arts) summer exhibition “Create Every Day” on Saturday, September 2, 2023 in London, England. Other attendees were Ambassador Sadie Frost and CEO Debbi Clark. HvH Arts Foundation offers youth a gateway to the arts, providing inspiration and tools to develop lifelong artistic passions, and is home of The McCrory Award in honor of former patron Helen McCrory. The award is given annually to support gifted disadvantaged young people who do not have access to the resources, training and finances to support them in their chosen medium. Damian and his children Manon and Gulliver presented the HvH Arts Scholarship Awards at the event. Watch video here:

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Take A Moment Campaign

World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2023

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | August 17, 2023

Take a Moment is back for 2023! In partnership with Art of London, Take a Moment is now live on Piccadilly Lights, and in the National Portrait Gallery from September 13, 2023.  The campaign launched on Piccadilly Lights on August 8, 2023 to raise awareness about the importance of taking time for ourselves and for our mental health. Ray Burmiston has captured hundreds of photographs of stars with their eyes closed over the last 10 years, to highlight the importance of taking a moment for themselves to focus on their mental health. Both Damian and Helen photographs were featured in the original 2022 showcase.

You can also close your eyes to take your moment and join the online exhibition. Here’s how: 1) Take a black and white selfie with your eyes closed, 2) upload it to www.takeamoment.uk, 3) share it on Instagram or TikTok and tag @theartofldn and @piccadillylights using the hashtag #takeamoment2023. You could see your face on the world famous Piccadilly Lights and/or in the National Portrait Gallery at the finale on World Mental Health Day, which is Tuesday, October 10, 2023. Your image will become part of a huge, evolving, history-making exhibition. We need to take a moment so let’s take a moment together.

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Damian Lewis Releases First Single Ahead of His Debut Album Mission Creep

Music Chops

by Naomi Clarke | Daily Express, Independent and Evening Standard | April 12, 2023

Not content with being a great actor, Old Etonian Damian Lewis is showing he is even more talented with his musical chops. Damian looks well on track to realising his dream of becoming a smash hit strummer this summer. The Homeland and Band Of Brothers star will release his first single today as he warms up for a string of gigs and live performances over the summer festival season.

Today the actor released the soulful track ‘Down On The Bowery’ from his debut studio album, Mission Creep (a war reference), which is due out on June 16. The song was written while he was in New York.

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Huge TV Star Lands Record Deal and Announces Debut Album After 30 Years On Screen

Career Change

by Simon Boyle | The Sun | April 12, 2023

Damian Lewis is cementing his move from screen to sound after landing a record deal.

The Homeland actor has secured a contract with Decca Records and will put out his debut album Mission Creep on June 16.

He’s made moves into music in recent years with a series of small live shows and today drops the first single from his record, called ‘Down On The Bowery.’

Damian is said to have channeled his heartache into the album two years after the death of his Peaky Blinders actress wife Helen McCrory.

Talking about writing it, Damian said: “I suddenly had a lot to say. People will judge if it’s any good or not, but for me it felt natural.”

He said he decided to make the album in lockdown having been a regular busker when he was younger.

The A-lister added: “I wanted the album to give a sense of a journey to this point – from busking ’til now.”

Decca also has Jeff Goldblum, who has successfully made the move from movies to music, on its books.

It sounds like Damian is in safe hands.

Read the rest of the original article at The Sun
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Categories Life Poll Print Media

10 TV Shows With the Most Wasted Potential

Life

by Daniela Gama | Collider | April 10, 2023

Whether you binge-watch it or take it easy by watching an episode a day, cuddling up with a television series is one of the best ways to spend time and keep boredom at bay. Luckily for us viewers, tons of streaming services provide audiences with great watches. While some turn out to be really entertaining, offering viewers thought-provoking and entertaining narratives, others fall short of expectations.

Less often than we’d like, a TV show lives up to its true potential throughout its entire running time; a great series can indeed count on a very promising premise but end up disappointing viewers when it comes to its execution. From Dead Like Me to Heroes, Reddit analyzes which TV shows could’ve been better if only they went in another direction.

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British Icon of the Week: Damian Lewis

Top 10: Actor and All-Around Great Guy

by Nick Levine | BBC America Anglophenia | March 13, 2023

Damian Lewis is back in A Spy Among Friends, a real-life espionage series that has just premiered on MGM+. It’s his first role since leaving Billions in 2021, so we’re making him our British Icon of the Week. Here are 10 things we admire and appreciate about the affable English actor.

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Damian Lewis Discusses Theatre on the Stage Door Johnny Podcast

An Extra Helping of Damian Lewis: Act I and Act II

by Jonathan Cake | Stage Door Johnny | January 24, 2023

Back in October 2022 (and released in November of that same year), Damian appeared on the Stage Door Johnny podcast. You can listen to both episodes on Feeds here after scrolling down the page to find Act I and Act II, or you can listen to both episodes on Spotify here after scrolling down the page to find Act I and Act II. You can also listen on Podbean here, page two. Here are the podcast descriptions of each episode:

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Damian Lewis Receives CBE at Investiture Ceremony

FeedNHS: Sharing Honor With Helen

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

Damian was honored with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama and charity on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Windsor Castle, which was bestowed upon him by King Charles III. His daughter Manon and son Gulliver attended their father’s ceremony, as well as Helen’s parents Iain and Anne. And did you notice Damian wore his purple socks? 🙂

The recognition was previously announced during the Queen’s Birthday Honours in anticipation of her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 and published in the official public record of The Gazette. Damian has quietly carried out philanthropic work for several charities over many years, some of it with the late Helen McCrory. Beginning in 2020, he and Helen helped raise over £1.2 million for the FeedNHS campaign, a coalition charity helping feed NHS staff and frontline workers during the CoVid-19 pandemic, which allowed over 40,000 meals a day to be served to 100 hospitals.

The Royal recognition comes after Damian was awarded an OBE by The Duke of Cambridge Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2014 for contributions to drama. In addition to CureEB, he is an Ambassador and Patron for a number of organizations, including youth charities Sir HvH Arts Foundation for The McCrory Award and The Prince’s Trust.

View more photos in our Gallery here.

An Investiture is the very special day when someone who has been awarded an honour receives their award in person from a Member of the Royal Family. The investee visits a Royal residence with members of their family to receive their insignia.

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