11 February 1971 |
St. John's Wood, London, England
|Occupation||actor, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Helen McCrory (m. 2007)|
Damian Watcyn Lewis (born 11 February 1971) is a British actor and producer. His roles include Soames Forsyte in the ITV remake of The Forsyte Saga, Detective Charlie Crews in the NBC drama Life and Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He stars as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, a performance which has earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe.
Personal life 
Lewis was born in St John's Wood, London, the son of Charlotte Mary (née Bowater) and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker. His paternal grandparents were Welsh. His maternal grandfather was Lord Mayor of London Sir Ian Bowater and his maternal grandmother's ancestors include Lord Dawson of Penn (a doctor to the royal family) and philanthropist Alfred Yarrow.
Lewis made several visits to the United States to visit relatives during his summers as a child. He first decided to become an actor at age 16. He was educated at the independent Ashdown House School in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex and at Eton College and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993, after which he served as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. During his time with the RSC, he played Borgheim in Adrian Noble's production of Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf, as well as Posthumus in William Shakespeare's Cymbeline. He has also starred in another of Ibsen's plays, Pillars of the Community.
On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress Helen McCrory; together they have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007). They live in Tufnell Park, London and Los Angeles.
Lewis once worked as a telemarketer selling car alarms, a job he detested. Lewis appeared in the 1997 film Robinson Crusoe, playing Patrick Conner. Lewis also appeared in Jonathan Kent's production of Hamlet, playing Laertes opposite Ralph Fiennes' Hamlet. This production was seen by Steven Spielberg, who subsequently cast Lewis as Richard Winters in the HBO/BBC World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, his first role of several that required a credible American accent.
Subsequently, Lewis has played Soames Forsyte in the ITV series The Forsyte Saga which earned him rave reviews and further exposed him to a US audience. He returned to the US to star in Dreamcatcher, a Stephen King film about a man who becomes possessed by an evil alien. The character is American but when possessed he takes on a British accent. On the heels of this role, he starred in Keane as a Manhattanite with a fragile mental state who is searching for his missing daughter. Despite the film's poor box-office performance, the role won Lewis rave reviews.
He played Jeffrey Archer in the satirical TV special Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. Since 2004, he has appeared in a number of films, as well as the 2005 BBC TV adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, as part of the ShakespeaRe-Told season. Lewis played the role of Yassen Gregorovich in the film Stormbreaker. In 2006 he appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's BBC drama Friends and Crocodiles. He has appeared on BBC's Have I Got News For You as guest host several times; on 10 November 2006, 1 May 2009, 18 November 2010, 27 April and 9 November 2012.
In 2008, Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the US television series Life on NBC. The show premiered in the US on 26 September 2007 and was affected by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. Only half of the first season's shows were produced. Regardless, the show won a 2008 AFI Award for best television series. Although the show received critical acclaim, when it returned the following television season, it was shuffled from night to night. With its high production costs, the show was cancelled by NBC to clear its time slot for the much less expensive daily program The Jay Leno Show.
Lewis appeared, the following year, in the lead role in The Baker, a film directed by his brother, Gareth Lewis, and also took the supporting role of Rizza in The Escapist, which he also helped produce. Lewis led the cast in Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy, The Misanthrope, which opened in December 2009 at the Comedy Theatre, London. Other cast members included Tara FitzGerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan.
Charity work 
In March 2010, he became a trade justice ambassador for Christian Aid, a UK charity. In 2006, he was a player for England in Soccer Aid in late May, and golfed for Europe in the All*Star Cup, in late August, both shown on ITV.
Lewis is involved with a number of charities, including being one of three patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. He again participated in Soccer Aid 2010, which supported the charity UNICEF. During the first half he hit the crossbar after lobbing former Arsenal and German national goalkeeper Jens Lehmann with a shot from 25 yards. He also scored in the penalty shoot-out. Lewis himself is a devoted Liverpool F.C. fan, attending as many games as his schedule allows. He stars as Gareth, the father of an 11-year old Liverpool fan (Will), in a 2011 British sport drama titled Will, and played a part in convincing the former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish to get involved in the movie, after Dalglish had expressed doubts over his involvement in the movie due to his concerns about whether the movie was legitimate or not.
|2003||Dreamcatcher||Gary "Jonesy" Jones|
|2004||Keane||William Keane||Nominated - Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance|
|2005||An Unfinished Life||Gary Winston|
|2006||The Situation||Dan Murphy|
|2012||The Sweeney||Frank Haskins|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Lord Capulet|
Awards and nominations 
- "Winners at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards". USA Today. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "An Interview with Damian Lewis". Public Broadcasting Service. 2002. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
- Person Page – 17574. thePeerage.com. (accessed 2009-01-14)
- Interview. Sunday Express, 25 May 2003. accessed 22 December 2008.
- Mottram, James. Damian Lewis Interview. Marie Claire, 25 February 2008. accessed 14 January 2009.
- Fascinating Fact 4144. Contact Music. 21 October 2007. accessed 14 January 2009.
- Iannotti, Lauren. "Esquire Style". Esquire, April 2003, 139 (4):120.
- "Fighting Talk". New Woman, November 1999. republished at Damian-Lewis.com. accessed 22 December 2008.
- "Actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory welcome a son". People.
- Prato, Alison. (October 2008), "Out on the Town with This Season’s Breakout Stars". Maxim. republished at Damian-Lewis.com. accessed 2008-12-15.
- Kelleher, Terry (2002-10-14), "The Forsyte Saga". People. 58 (16):36
- Rozen, Leah (2005-09-19), "Keane". People. 64 (12):40
- Kauffmann, Stanley (2005-09-19), "Heights and Depths". New Republic. 233 (12):28–29
- Travers, Peter (2005-10-06) "Keane". Rolling Stone. (984):164
- "AFI Awards 2008". American Film Institute. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- The Misanthrope's London production
- 2.15-3.00pm (1970-01-01). "BBC Media Centre Programme Information - Afternoon Drama: Number 10". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Radiolistings.co.uk". Radiolistings.co.uk. 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Andreeva, Nellie (21 December 2010). "Damian Lewis Cast As The Male Lead In Showtime's Pilot 'Homeland'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Scene & Heard – Who We Are". sceneandheard.org. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- "Why we chose LFC and Istanbul". 2 November 2011.
- Damian Lewis at the Internet Movie Database
- "My philosophy: Damian Lewis" interview, Times Online, November 2005