Damian Lewis

Actor
British born actor Damian Lewis transitioned from work on the London stage to major roles in American film and television projects, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan. Trained at the ... Read more »
Born: 02/10/1971 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (34)

Billions 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen of the Desert 2015 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Doughty-Wylie (Actor)

Wolf Hall 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homeland 2002 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joey One-Way 2014 (Movie)

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Our Kind of Traitor 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2002 - 2004, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Silent Storm 2014 (Movie)

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Love and Virtue 2013 (Movie)

Orlando (Actor)

Romeo and Juliet 2013 (Movie)

Lord Capulet (Actor)

The Sweeney 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will 2011 (Movie)

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Your Highness 2011 (Movie)

Boremont (Actor)

Life 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Baker 2009 (Movie)

Milo (Actor)

The Escapist 2009 (Movie)

Rizza (Actor)

The Situation 2007 (Movie)

Dan Murphy (Actor)

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker 2006 (Movie)

Yassen Gregorovich (Actor)

ShakespeaRe-Told 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

Gary Winston (Actor)

Chromophobia 2005 (Movie)

Marcus Aylesbury (Actor)

Keane 2005 (Movie)

William Keane (Actor)

Love From Colditz 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Nyfes 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Forsyte Saga 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

Jonesy (Actor)

Band of Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Touch of Frost: Deep Waters 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Poirot VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends and Crocodiles (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

British born actor Damian Lewis transitioned from work on the London stage to major roles in American film and television projects, working with the likes of Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan. Trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Birmingham Repertory Company, Lewis gained prominence in the U.S. with an utterly convincing performance as a stalwart G.I. in the heralded miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). Unfortunately, his first leading role in a major motion picture, the bizarre adaptation of Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" (2003), failed to carry the momentum. Regardless of the material, Lewis' performances were always given high marks and before long he was cast as the star of the well-regarded crime-drama series "Life" (NBC, 2007-09). Although the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007 had a devastating impact on the short-lived show, the actor found more small screen success a few years later alongside Claire Danes in the thriller series "Homeland" (Showtime, 2011- ). His perfomance as the troubled Nicholas Brody, who may or may not be an Al-Qaida operative, brought the actor an Emmy for Best Actor. Whether portraying one of Shakespeare's classic characters or a modern American hero, Lewis could be counted on to elevate any project he chose to participate in.

Relationships

Kristin Davis Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated 2003 No longer together

Gareth Lewis

Brother

William Lewis

Brother

Amanda Lewis

Sister

Gulliver Lewis

Son
Born Nov. 2, 2007; mother, Helen McCrory

Watcyn Lewis

Father

Charlotte Lewis

Mother
Died in a car accident in India 2000

Helen McCrory Actor

Wife
Married July 4, 2007

Manon McCrory-Lewis

Daughter
Born Sept. 8, 2006; mother, Helen McCrory

Katie Razzall

Companion
Born c. 1971 Worked for Channel Four Dated 2001

EDUCATION

Eton College

was an all-around sportsman, participating in golf, tennis, soccer and cricket; also acted in a stage productions

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England 1993

Ashdown House School

attended from age eight; appeared in the school's annual Gilbert and Sullivan productions; also won a prize for playing Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Milestones

2011

Co-starred with Claire Danes on Showtime's acclaimed drama thriller "Homeland"

2007

Cast opposite Connie Nielsen in the Iraq war drama "The Situation"

2007

Starred in the NBC series "Life" as a former police officer who returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years

2006

Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on Stormbreaker, the first novel in the Alex Rider series

2005

Played an abusive husband in Lasse Hallström's "An Unfinished Life"

2003

First leading role in a feature in Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher"

2002

Starred as Soames Forsyte in the British TV remake of "The Forsyte Saga"

2001

Headed the ensemble of the WWII miniseries "Band of Brothers" (HBO) as Major Richard Winters

2000

Cast in the BBC miniseries "Hearts and Bones"

1999

Portrayed a British soldier stationed in Bosnia in the BBC series "Warriors" opposite Ioan Gruffudd (retitled "Peacekeepers" when aired on BBC America)

1998

Reprised RSC role of Posthumous in "Cymbeline" at the Kennedy Center (DC)

1998

Injured in a motorcycle accident; suffered a concussion in the frontal lobe of his brain; returned to performing three weeks later as Don Juan in "Much Ado About Nothing"

1997

Acted in the Royal Shakespeare Company's productions of "Little Eyolf" and "Much Ado About Nothing"

1996

Feature film debut, supporting Pierce Brosnan in "Robinson Crusoe"

1995

Again appeared in "Hamlet", this time as Laertes to Ralph Fiennes' Melancholy Dane

1994

First major TV role, in the Hickory Dickory Dock episode of the series "Poirot" playing a medical student who becomes a murder suspect

1994

Played title role in "Hamlet" at Regent's Park

1993

Joined the Birmingham Repertory; acted in "Rope" and "Romeo and Juliet"

1993

British TV debut in bit part in "Rik Mayell Presents: Mickey Love" (Granada Television)

Cast as Cinderella's Prince and the Wolf in the Donmar staging of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods"

Raised in St John's Wood area of London

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with British filmmaker Damien Lewis.

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"They were looking for someone who has a moral uprightness without being uptight. Damien has that. There's something anachronistic about him. Like Henry Fonda." – "Band of Brothers" co-star Ron Livingston quoted in UsWeekly, Oct.15, 2001

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"I was coerced into having a publicist, but I don't have my own attorney. Hollywood's fantastic, but I take it fairly unseriously. Its all about self-promotion ... " – Lewis quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Oct. 5, 2001

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About his background, Lewis confessed to The Daily Telegraph (Oct. 5, 2001): "I used to keep my school [Eton] very quiet because I thought it was damaging. I think you can't be really posh and be an interesting actor. I'm a bit of a posh rogue. At school I didn't play the beautiful raven-tressed characters. I am a redhead so I played comedy parts. I've never been asked to play good-looking toff lovers."

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In March 2013, Lewis received the Freedom of the City of London award for his acting achievements.

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