Who is Damian Lewis?
Damian Lewis is an English actor, best known for his roles in Band of Brothers, Homeland, Billions, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
St John’s Wood, London, England
Lewis married actress Helen McCrory in 2007. They had two kids together. Unfortunately, McCrory passed away in 2021 due to cancer.
Previously, the actor has been involved with Katie Razzall, Kristin Davis, and Sophia Myles.
Lewis started working in television in 1993, appearing in A Touch of Frost. In 1997, he was in Robinson Crusoe, and in 2000, in Hearts and Bones.
His role in Hamlet, as Laertes, drew the attention of Steven Spielberg, who would later cast Lewis in Band of Brothers in 2001. This role earned him mainstream recognition. He portrayed Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, the adaptation of the classic novel. He appeared in Dreamcatcher as well.
He starred as Jeffrey Archer in Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. In 2005, he was in the BBC adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. He also appeared in Stormbreaker as the antagonist. 2006 saw him in Friends and Crocodiles, and BBC’s Have I Got News for You. His first appearance was in 2006, and then he would be a guest host four more times. In 2008, Lewis played Charlie Crews, the main character, in Life on NBC. It won a 2008 AFI Award for best TV series but did not last very long due to various factors.
Lewis starred in The Baker and played Prime Minister Simon Laity in Number 10, staying with this radio show for two seasons. In 2011, he was in Will. Then, between 2011 and 2013, he played Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland. This series was quite popular and earned him more attention.
In 2016, Lewis was cast in a central role in the Showtime series Billions. He plays Bobby Axelrod, a hedge fund manager willing to engage in shady business practices. Lewis stars in the series opposite Paul Giamatti, playing an attorney who opposes Axelrod. He maintained the role until 2021.
Other cast members seen in Billions include Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Daniel K. Isaac, Dan Soder, Asia Kate Dillon, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly Aucoin, Zina Wilde, Stephen Kunken, Terry Kinney, Corey Stoll, Daniel Breaker and Glenn Fleshler.
In 2019, the actor played another famous actor, Steve McQueen, in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the acclaimed Tarantino film. In 2020, he was in the sports comedy Dream Horse. In 2022, Lewis is expected to appear in A Spy Among Friends.
In theatre, Lewis has done some remarkable work. Beyond the Hamlet performance that earned him a spot on Spielberg’s series, he was in Much Ado About Nothing as Don John, in Five Gold Rings as Daniel, in The Misanthrope as Alceste, in American Buffalo as Teach, and as Martin Gray in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
- His role in Homeland earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
- In 2014, Lewis was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
- Throughout the COVID pandemic, the actor has supported Feed NHS, a charity that donates food to this institution.
- He supported Liverpool F.C. and played for England in Soccer Aid.
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