You Must Know Yourself
by Fiona Sinclair Scott | Hunger TV Magazine | December 26, 2014
[D]amian Lewis is a confident character, and he has been known to stir up the occasional controversy, be it for his comments at the end of 2013 about his fear of becoming a “slightly over the top, fruity stage actor who eventually lands film work playing wizards”, or for signing a Homeland DVD set to President Obama with the joke, “from one Muslim to another”. There is, however, an obvious humility to the 43-year-old actor, who puts a lot of his fame down to good luck.
Before making it big, Damian began his acting career as a mischievous boy in London’s famous Abbey Road. At the age of 16, he started his own theatre company, and in 1993 he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He took to the stage, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who later cast him in his television miniseries, Band of Brothers. In 2002, he came close to swooping a Golden Globe for his part in Spielberg’s show, but he had to wait until 2013 to put one on his mantelpiece, for his masterly portrayal of Nicholas Brody in Homeland.