11 February 1971 |
St. John's Wood, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Helen McCrory (m. 2007); 2 children|
Damian Watcyn Lewis (born 11 February 1971) is an English 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.
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, as Karsten Bernick in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre in November 2005.
Lewis once worked as a telemarketer selling car alarms, a job he detested. He appeared in Robinson Crusoe (1997) as Patrick Conner. He appeared in Jonathan Kent's production of Hamlet, playing Laertes. This production was seen by Steven Spielberg, who later cast Lewis as Richard Winters in 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, and eventually cancelled by NBC to clear its time slot for the less expensive[clarification needed] nightly programme, The Jay Leno Show.
Lewis appeared, the following year, in the lead role in The Baker, a film directed by his brother, Gareth. Damian took a supporting role of Rizza in The Escapist, which he also helped produce. He 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.
As of 2011[update], Lewis has a starring role as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime psychological thriller series Homeland. In 2013, he narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an "an interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri".
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. He 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 scored in the penalty shoot-out. Lewis himself is a devoted Liverpool F.C. fan, attending as many games as his schedule allows. He played the role of "Gareth", the father of an 11-year old Liverpool fan ("Will"), in Will, a 2011 film.
|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 12 February 2010.
- Profile at thePeerage.com; accessed 14 January 2009.
- Interview with The Sunday Express, 25 May 2003; accessed 22 December 2008.
- Mottram, James. Damian Lewis interview with 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. "Out on the Town with This Season’s Breakout Stars", Maxim (October 2008); accessed 15 December 2008.
- 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 29 December 2008.
- The Misanthrope's London production
- Staff. "BBC Media Centre Programme Information - Afternoon Drama: Number 10". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Radiolistings.co.uk". Radiolistings.co.uk. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- Andreeva, Nellie (21 December 2010). "Damian Lewis Cast As The Male Lead In Showtime's Pilot 'Homeland'". Deadline. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- The Love Book App profile
- "Scene & Heard". sceneandheard.org. 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Why we chose LFC and Istanbul". 2 November 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Damian Lewis at the Internet Movie Database
- "My philosophy: Damian Lewis" interview, Times Online, November 2005