Damian Lewis

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Damian Lewis

Born

2/11/1971, St. John's Wood, London, England

Birth Name

Damian Watcyn Lewis

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Damien Lewis
  • Claire Danes and Damian Lewis on Homelan...
  • Damian Lewis on Homeland Season 2.
  • Morena Baccarin and Damian Lewis on Home...
  • Morena Baccarin and Damian Lewis on Home...
9.6
out of 10
User Rating
356 votes

Biography

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Damian was born and raised in England. His parent's are Watcyn and Charlotte Lewis. He has two brothers, named William and Gareth. Also a sister, named Amanda. When Damian was 8 years old, he attended Ashdown House boarding School. That is where he became interested in acting. Before…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2012, Damian won an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series', playing Nicholas Brody on Homeland.

    • Among those he considers as his screen icons are Steve McQueen, Robert De Niro, and Gary Cooper.

    • By 12 years old, Damian acted in 5 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

    • As a child, it was only a five minute walk to the Beatles recording studio from his home on Abbey Road, in England.

    • Damian's favorite role when he acted at the Royal Shakespeare Company is Wittipol, in The Devil is an Ass.

    • At Birmingham Rep, Damian played the role of Romeo in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Romeo and Juliet.

    • In 2006, Damian hosted the documentary Bolvia For Sale. It was filmed on location in Bolivia.

    • While Damian attended Ashdown Boarding School, he won a prize for his role as Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream

    • Damian competed two times in the Rock All Star Cup. It is a golf tournament, where celebrities from Europe compete against Americans. He was also a player in Soccer Aid, In May, 2006. He was on England's team

    • Damian attended the same music and drama school as fellow actors, Joseph Fiennes and Daniel Craig.

    • Damian was offered a role in the movie, Black Hawk Down, but he turned it down for a role in the mini-series, The Forsyte Saga.

    • Damian is 6'1" (1.85 m) tall.

    • Damian's first job was as a car alarm installer and his first acting role was in a school play as a policeman, in The Pirates of Penzance.

    • In 2002, Damian was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the mini-series, Band of Brothers. He was also nominated the same year, for a Golden Globe, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the mini-series, Band of Brothers.

    • In 2002, Damian won a Golden FIPA TV Series and Serials Actor for his performance in Band of Brothers.

    • Damian's castmates in the mini-series Band of Brothers were initially sceptical of how well Damian could handle playing an American. It turned out that he was so convincing (as an American) that some of the cast and crew didn't believe he was English.

    • Damian enjoys playing the guitar and the piano/keyboard.

    • Damian reunited with fellow Band of Brothers actors in the movie Dreamcatcher (Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Hardy).

  • Quotes

    • Damian Lewis: (On playing multiple characters in "Dreamcatcher") It was quite tricky but it was fun to do. It's good to be busy on a film set because there is a lot of sitting around, so if you've got two roles to play at one time, then that's great to do.

    • Damian Lewis: (on the appeal of horror movies to audiences) I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie. I think, also, the best horror movies are a metaphor for whatever is going on in the world at any one time; there's an obvious metaphor for right now. And also for one's personal and individual paranoias and neuroses, it really explores all those things.

    • Damian Lewis: You can't do something that is morally vacuous or dysfunctional and then write it off saying, 'It wasn't my film, I was just doing a job in it'.

    • Damian Lewis: We come from quite a loud, garrulous, curious, challenging family. At Sunday lunches the volume levels were cranked right up. If you didn't get your point out, saying it loudly, quickly and succinctly, you didn't get it in, so there was a lot of confidence bred from that.

    • Damian Lewis: There's something important, as an actor, about allowing yourself to be approached by people to do roles. People see different things in you.

    • Damian Lewis: (On his contrasting roles in "The Forsyte Saga" and "The Escapist") If it surprises people, then I'm delighted because in art - I've just likened my acting to art so I have to be very careful - you have to challenge. The big bugbear for an actor is typecasting, but I think I have managed to avoid that.

    • Damian Lewis: I think Helen (wife) is the best actress of her generation, but I'm biased. She's got a very rare ability to play leading women as total character parts.

    • Damian Lewis: Being a detective solving the crime each week for me is about as cool as it gets. Apart from being Clint Eastwood.

    • Damian Lewis: I used to take my shoes off to cross the street so I'd look like Paul [McCartney] on the record.

    • Damian Lewis: If one of your fantasies is lying on a bed in Hollywood, surrounded by eight naked women, then another is to have a beautiful wife and a nice rambling house in London with three kids running around... perhaps it's good to have a bit of tension in your fantasy life.

    • Damian Lewis: (On attending Eton College) I used to keep my school 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 rough.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Damian Lewis

    8.5
    I think damian is very natural one and he does this face expression that of like kind of looks like avery high level of sincerity even if he is lying and that is some fuckin acting man

  • versatile actor who's ability to change is CREEPY. I couldn't believe it was the same actor in Band of Brothers and The Forsyte Saga.

    10
    Ever happened to watch something without realising you know an actor already? doesn't happen very often to me. After watching the complete Band of Brothers, I soon stumbled on the Forsytes, and although Lewis is physically far from ordinary (hair, eyes...) I watched 7 hours of Forsyte Saga without realising it was the same actor. Only looking him up on imdb made me realise.

    You prefer bad guys and want to see your favourite actor as the cold and slightly mad villain?

    then he is your man. a chameleon if you've ever seen one. He is also very convincing in Colditz. I would like to meet him to get to know the "real" person as you can't trust one word on screen he utters.

    and of course he is great as Charlie Crews who is totally(?) Zen and his protrayal of his little quirks (as everything else) is right on spot.moreless
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