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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 February 1971St. John's Wood, London, England, UK
Birth NameDamian Watcyn Lewis
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England. He was raised by his parents, Watcyn and Charlotte Lewis, on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, and Amanda. In 1979, he was sent to Ashdown House boarding school, then was educated at Eton College. At age 16, he formed his own theater company, then worked in South London, then traveled around Africa. From 1990 to 1993, he studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, alongside Daniel Craig and Joseph Fiennes. Among his teachers was RSC stalwart Colin McCormack. Lewis graduated in 1993, and worked on the stage, particularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. There he was seen by director Steven Spielberg, who subsequently cast him as Richard Winters in the HBO/BBC miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe, among other awards. Lewis continues his career in films, TV, and theater.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (1)

Helen McCrory (4 July 2007 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Red Hair
Flawless American accent
Often plays mentally unstable or violent characters
Often portrays American military officials, despite being British.

Trivia (21)

His castmates in Band of Brothers (2001) were initially sceptical of how well he could handle playing an American. It turned out that he was so convincing (as an American) that some cast and crew didn't believe he was British!
Graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993.
Before his recent big screen appearances, Lewis was a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Was offered a role in Black Hawk Down (2001), but turned it down for The Forsyte Saga (2002).
Plays the guitar and the piano/keyboard.
Reunited with fellow Band of Brothers (2001) actors in Dreamcatcher (2003) (Donnie Wahlberg, "2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton") and in Colditz (2005) (Tom Hardy "PFC John Janovec").
Attended the "School of Kings", Eton, Berkshire and was 2 years behind The Wire (2002)'s Dominic West.
Became engaged to actress Helen McCrory in February 2006.
Father of Manon McCrory-Lewis, born on September 8, 2006, at 4:20 PM GMT. Mother is Helen McCrory.
Has competed twice in the Northern Rock All Star Cup, a golf tournament that pits celebrities from Europe against those of America. Lewis faced against such celebs as Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper.
Son, Gulliver Lewis, born 2 November 2007.
Playing the main character "Charlie Crews", was reunited with fellow Band of Brothers (2001) star Michael Cudlitz who guest-starred in a couple of episodes of Damian's TV series Life (2007) as the character "Mark Rawls".
Director Gareth Lewis is his younger brother. Gareth directed Damian in The Baker (2007).
Despite being an Englishman, Lewis often plays characters who are in the U.S. Military. For instance: Maj. Richard D. Winters in the mini-series Band of Brothers (2001); Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the TV series Homeland (2011); and Major General James B. McPherson in the mini-series To Appomattox (2013).
Counts British actor Mark Rylance as a major influence.
Due to the popularity of his TV series Homeland (2011) with the First Family, Damian and wife Helen McCrory were invited by President Barack Obama as official dinner guests at the White House (March 2012).
He and his wife Helen McCrory have portrayed real-life couple, Tony Blair and Cherie Blair on television movies. Lewis in Confessions of a Diary Secretary (2007) and McCrory in The Special Relationship (2010).
Son of J. Watcyn Lewis and wife (second husband, m. 1970) Charlotte Mary Bowater (b. 17 Jul 1937). Damian's father has Welsh ancestry. Damian's mother is of the Bowater Baronets, of Friston. Damian's maternal grandfather, Sir Ian Frank Bowater, served as Lord Mayor of London. Damian's maternal grandmother was of the Viscounts Dawson of Penn and Barons Dawson of Penn. Damian's mother has English, and some Scottish, ancestry. Also, Damian's maternal great-great-grandfather was Sir Alfred Fernandez Yarrow, 1st Baronet, who was of Sephardi Jewish descent on his own mother's side. Alfred's wife, Damian's great-great-grandmother Minnie Florence Franklin, was of German Jewish descent on her own father's side and of English descent on her own mother's side.
Filming a project in Morocco [June 2005]
New TV series Life (2007) on NBC. [September 2007]
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

Personal Quotes (2)

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.
[on Hailee Steinfeld] I think she has a natural awareness of what she needs to do in front of the camera. She's got that freshness and that immediacy which is so exciting. You can see it in her eyes all through her performance as Juliet. There's a real light behind her eyes. That's going to stand her in good stead for film acting.

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