Damian Lewis
English actor and producer
Damian Lewis
Damian Watcyn Lewis is an English actor and producer. His acting roles include Soames Forsyte in the ITV remake of The Forsyte Saga, Detective Charlie Crews in the NBC drama Life, Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland.
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"Billions" star Damian Lewis
CBS News - 7 days
It's no surprise Damian Lewis has created another indelible character: American hedge fund manager Bobby "Axe" Axelrod on the Showtime series "Billions." Yet the former star of "Band of Brothers" and "Homeland" is actually an upper-crust Brit. Correspondent Jim Axelrod visits with Lewis in London, when the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor laughed, "Oddly, the irony is that coming from a white-collar British background, I tend to play blue-collar Americans!"
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'Billions' Will Make TV History With Gender Non-Conforming Star
Huffington Post - 2 months
Showtime’s “Billions” doesn’t premiere until Feb. 19, but producers say the show’s second season will feature “fresh, exciting energy,” courtesy of a new character that’s believed to be a first for mainstream television.  Asia Kate Dillon, whose credits include “Orange is the New Black” and “Master of None,” joins the “Billions” cast as Taylor, a new intern at Axe Capital, the hedge fund run by billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). What makes the casting so groundbreaking is that both Dillion and Taylor self-identify as gender non-conforming.  Dillion, who uses the singular pronoun “they” for identification, told The Huffington Post that learning to “navigate the ethically murky world of finance” as the first gender non-binary character on a major TV series was a “delicious” opportunity.  “As someone who is non-binary gender identifying, I feel a particular responsibility to portray members of my community on stage and on screen, not only as fully fleshed-out chara ...
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Damian Lewis Sometimes Forgets to Speak in His British Accent
ABC News - 8 months
The actor has played several characters with American accents.
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Film Clip: 'Our Kind of Traitor'
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
Watch a film clip from "Our Kind of Traitor," starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris and Stellan Skarsgård. Photo: Roadside Attractions
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'Our Kind of Traitor' premieres in London
Reuters.com - 10 months
The latest film adapted by a book by John le Carre premiered in London on Thursday (May 5), with stars Naomie Harris and Damian Lewis taking to the red carpet at the screening in London's Mayfair. Our Kind of Traitor' follows married couple Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) as they meet a money launderer for the Russian mafia (Skellan Skarsgard) and travel from Marrakesh to Paris, Bern and the French Alps as they try to help MI6 protect their new friend and his family. Damian Lewis,
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In 'Billions,' Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are alpha males doing battle
LATimes - about 1 year
For those who reportedly feel they are being edged out of center stage, their fingers pried from the steering wheel of this great nation, it's been a good week. First, the Oscar nominations were dominated by tales of man versus everything, and now Showtime offers "Billions," a near-orgiastic celebration...
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In 'Billions,' Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti are alpha males doing battle
LATimes - about 1 year
For those who reportedly feel they are being edged out of center stage, their fingers pried from the steering wheel of this great nation, it's been a good week. First, the Oscar nominations were dominated by tales of man versus everything, and now Showtime offers "Billions," a near-orgiastic celebration...
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Review: ‘Billions’ Delivers a Dose of Charisma to Hedge Fund Titans
NYTimes - about 1 year
If anyone can save these billionaires from the cultural penalty box, it just might be Showtime and its new show starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
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Showtime Scores With <i>Billions,</i> and a new Fab Four
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The best way to envision the lead characters in Showtime's intense new drama Billions is to picture a weather map where four hurricanes are simultaneously converging. Your instinct is to watch. Your instinct is correct. Billions, which debuts Sunday at 10 p.m., unfolds on turf we've visited before: the world of high high finance, where we understand nothing except that a few people are getting really really rich while we're probably getting screwed. At the center of the story, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) is burning to nail cocky hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis, above) for chicanery of which everyone knows he's guilty. We've seen this before, too. We know the odds against convicting the super-rich of anything. What sets Billions apart, and very often above, is the power and intensity Giamatti and Lewis bring to these characters. They rarely swagger like Tony Soprano. They're just chillingly skilled at owning the room when they need to ...
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Buying into Showtime's new Wall Street drama, 'Billions'
LATimes - about 1 year
Between takes on the set of "Billions," Damian Lewis is standing amid a sea of Bloomberg computer terminals singing Hall &amp; Oates to no one in particular. "Because your kiss, your kiss, is on my list," croons the actor, clad in jeans, Pumas and a gray buttondown. But don't let the breezy vibe fool...
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Why That 'Homeland' Character May Not Be Gone For Good
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WARNING: Spoilers below for all episodes of "Homeland" Season 5. Season 5 of "Homeland" came to an end on Sunday night, and now that the Showtime hit has joined the growing list of TV series leaving the fate of a beloved character on an ambiguous note, it's time for the question: Is he really dead? After spending most of the season finale holding on for life in the hospital, Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) appeared ready to succumb to a mercy killing at the hand of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). His doctors offered a depressing prognosis: At best, Quinn might recover from his exposure to sarin gas with extensive brain damage. Feeling responsible for his suffering, Carrie barricaded herself in his hospital room and prepared to give him a quick end when a bright ray of sunlight penetrated the room, surprising her. The scene changed before she finished the act.  Was that the end of Quinn? One thing's for sure -- we can't be certain. In a Dec. 18 interview with ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Damian Lewis
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In 2016 he stars in the Showtime series Billions.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    Lewis was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
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  • 2013
    Age 42
    In 2013, he narrated poetry for The Love Book App, an "interactive anthology of love literature developed by Allie Byrne Esiri".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 40
    From 2011 to 2013, Lewis had a starring role as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland.
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    He played Gareth, the father of an 11-year-old Liverpool F.C. fan, in the 2011 film Will.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Other cast members included Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan. Since 2010, Lewis has played Tory Prime Minister Simon Laity in two seasons of Number 10 on BBC Radio 4.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    In 2008, Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the US television series Life on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details The show premiered in the U.S. 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 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.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress Helen McCrory.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In March 2010, Lewis became a trade justice ambassador for the charity Christian Aid. In May 2006, he played for England in Soccer Aid, and played golf for Europe in the All*Star Cup in August 2006, both shown on ITV.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    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, 9 November 2012 and 31 October 2014.
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    In 2006 he appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's BBC drama Friends and Crocodiles.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 22
    He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993, after which he served as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
    More Details Hide Details During his time with the RSC, he played Borgheim in Adrian Noble's production of Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf and Posthumus in William Shakespeare's Cymbeline. He 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, the first role of several that required him to have a credible American accent. Subsequently, Lewis portrayed Soames Forsyte in the ITV series The Forsyte Saga which earned him rave reviews. 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 0
    Born on February 11, 1971.
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