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'''Damian Watcyn Lewis''' (born February 11, 1971) is an English actor and producer. His acting roles include Soames Forsyte in the ITV remake of ''[[Wikipedia:The Forsyte Saga (TV miniseries)|The Forsyte Saga]]'', Detective Charlie Crews in the NBC drama ''[[Wikipedia:Life (US TV series)|Life]]'', Major [[Wikipedia:Richard Winters|Richard Winters]] in the [[Wikipedia:HBO|HBO]] miniseries ''[[Wikipedia:Band of Brothers (TV miniseries)|Band of Brothers]]'', and Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the [[Wikipedia:Showtime (TV network)|Showtime]] series ''[[Wikipedia:Homeland (TV series)|Homeland]]''.<ref>[http://www.damian-lewis.com/ Damian-Lewis.com], official site</ref> He voices [[Agent Double 0-0]] in ''[[Phineas and Ferb]]''.
 
'''Damian Watcyn Lewis''' (born February 11, 1971) is an English actor and producer. His acting roles include Soames Forsyte in the ITV remake of ''[[Wikipedia:The Forsyte Saga (TV miniseries)|The Forsyte Saga]]'', Detective Charlie Crews in the NBC drama ''[[Wikipedia:Life (US TV series)|Life]]'', Major [[Wikipedia:Richard Winters|Richard Winters]] in the [[Wikipedia:HBO|HBO]] miniseries ''[[Wikipedia:Band of Brothers (TV miniseries)|Band of Brothers]]'', and Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the [[Wikipedia:Showtime (TV network)|Showtime]] series ''[[Wikipedia:Homeland (TV series)|Homeland]]''.<ref>[http://www.damian-lewis.com/ Damian-Lewis.com], official site</ref> He voices [[Agent Double 0-0]] in ''[[Phineas and Ferb]]''.
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==Early life==
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Lewis was born in [[wikipedia:St John's Wood|St John's Wood]], London, the son of Watcyn and Charlotte Lewis. His paternal grandparents were [[wikipedia:Wales|Welsh]], and Lewis says that his father "is Welsh", despite Watcyn being English and born in London. His maternal grandfather was Lord Mayor of London [[wikipedia:Ian Frank Bowater|Ian Frank Bowater]] and his maternal grandmother's ancestors include [[wikipedia:Bertrand Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn|Bertrand Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn]] (a doctor to the royal family), author Kathryn Hoare and philanthropist [[wikipedia:Alfred Yarrow|Alfred Yarrow]].
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Lewis made several visits to the United States to visit relatives during his summers as a child. He first decided to become an actor at age 16. He was educated at the independent [[wikipedia:Ashdown House, East Sussex|Ashdown House School]] in the village of [[wikipedia:Forest Row|Forest Row]] in East Sussex and at [[wikipedia:Eton College|Eton College]] and graduated from the [[wikipedia:Guildhall School of Music and Drama|Guildhall School of Music and Drama]] in 1993, after which he served as a stage actor for the [[wikipedia:Royal Shakespeare Company|Royal Shakespeare Company]]. During his time with the RSC, he played Borgheim in [[wikipedia:Adrian Noble|Adrian Noble]]'s production of [[wikipedia:Henrik Ibsen|Henrik Ibsen]]'s ''[[wikipedia:Little Eyolf|Little Eyolf]]'', as well as Posthumus in [[wikipedia:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare]]'s ''[[wikipedia:Cymbeline|Cymbeline]]''. He has also starred in another of Ibsen's plays, ''Pillars of the Community''.
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==Career==
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Lewis once worked as a [[wikipedia:Telemarketing|telemarketer]] selling car alarms, a job he detested.
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Lewis appeared in the 1997 film ''[[wikipedia:Robinson Crusoe (1997 film)|Robinson Crusoe]]'', playing Patrick Conner. Lewis also appeared in [[wikipedia:Jonathan Kent (director)|Jonathan Kent]]'s production of ''[[wikipedia:Hamlet|Hamlet]]'', playing Laertes opposite [[wikipedia:Ralph Fiennes|Ralph Fiennes]]' Hamlet. This production was seen by [[wikipedia:Steven Spielberg|Steven Spielberg]], who subsequently cast Lewis as [[wikipedia:Richard Winters|Richard Winters]] in the [[wikipedia:Home Box Office|HBO]]/[[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] World War II miniseries ''[[wikipedia:Band of Brothers (TV miniseries)|Band of Brothers]]'', his first role of several that required a credible American accent.
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Subsequently, Lewis has played Soames Forsyte in the [[wikipedia:ITV|ITV]] series ''[[wikipedia:The Forsyte Saga (2002 miniseries)|The Forsyte Saga]]'' (later shown as a ''[[wikipedia:Masterpiece Theatre|Masterpiece Theatre]]'' miniseries), which earned him rave reviews and further exposed him to a US audience. He returned to the US to star in ''[[wikipedia:Dreamcatcher (film)|Dreamcatcher]]'', a [[wikipedia:Stephen King|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 ''[[wikipedia:Keane (film)|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.
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He played [[wikipedia:Jeffrey Archer|Jeffrey Archer]] in the satirical TV special ''Jeffrey Archer: The Truth''. Since 2004, he has appeared in a number of films, as well as the 2005 [[wikipedia:BBC TV|BBC TV]] adaptation of [[wikipedia:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare]]'s comedy ''[[wikipedia:Much Ado About Nothing|Much Ado About Nothing]]'', as part of the ''[[wikipedia:ShakespeaRe-Told|ShakespeaRe-Told]]'' season. Lewis played the role of [[wikipedia:Yassen Gregorovich|Yassen Gregorovich]] in the film ''[[wikipedia:Stormbreaker (film)|Stormbreaker]]''.
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In 2006 he appeared in [[wikipedia:Stephen Poliakoff|Stephen Poliakoff]]'s [[wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] drama ''[[wikipedia:Friends and Crocodiles|Friends and Crocodiles]]''.
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On 10 November 2006, 1 May 2009, 18 November 2010 and 27 April 2012, he was the guest host on BBC's ''[[wikipedia:Have I Got News For You|Have I Got News For You]]''.
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In 2008, Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the US television series ''[[wikipedia:Life (US TV series)|Life]]'' on [[wikipedia:NBC|NBC]]. The show premiered in the US on 26 September 2007 and was affected by the [[wikipedia:2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike 2007–2008|Writers Guild of America strike]]. Only half of the first season's shows were produced. Regardless, the show won a [[wikipedia:American Film Institute Awards 2008|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. With its high production costs, the show was cancelled by NBC to clear its time slot for the much less expensive daily program ''[[wikipedia:The Jay Leno Show|The Jay Leno Show]]''.
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Lewis appeared, the following year, in the lead role in ''[[wikipedia:The Baker (film)|The Baker]]'', a film directed by his brother, Gareth Lewis, and also took the supporting role of Rizza in ''[[wikipedia:The Escapist (2008 film)|The Escapist]]'', which he also helped produce.
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Lewis led the cast in [[wikipedia:Martin Crimp|Martin Crimp]]'s version of [[wikipedia:Molière|Molière]]'s comedy, ''[[wikipedia:Le Misanthrope|The Misanthrope]]'', which opened in December 2009 at the Comedy Theatre, London. Other cast members included [[wikipedia:Tara Fitzgerald|Tara Fitzgerald]], [[wikipedia:Keira Knightley|Keira Knightley]] and [[wikipedia:Dominic Rowan|Dominic Rowan]].
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As of 2011, Lewis has a starring role as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the [[wikipedia:Showtime (TV network)|Showtime]] [[wikipedia:Psychological thriller|psychological thriller]] series ''[[wikipedia:Homeland (TV series)|Homeland]]''.
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==Personal life==
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On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress [[wikipedia:Helen McCrory|Helen McCrory]]; together they have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007). They live in [[wikipedia:Tufnell Park|Tufnell Park]] and Los Angeles.
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As well as being a passionate [[wikipedia:Liverpool F.C.|Liverpool F.C.]] supporter, Lewis has also shown interest in international [[wikipedia:Rugby union|rugby union]], where he supports the team of his grandparents' nationality, [[wikipedia:Wales national rugby union team|Wales]], as opposed to the country of his birth.
   
 
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Real-world
Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
Birth Name
Damian Watcyn Lewis
Gender   Male
Date of birth
February 11, 1971 (age 41)
Place of birth
St. John's Wood, London, England
Role(s)
Actor, film producer
Characters portrayed
Agent Double 0-0
Other projects
Band of Brothers

Damian Watcyn Lewis (born February 11, 1971) 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.[1] He voices Agent Double 0-0 in Phineas and Ferb.

Early life

Lewis was born in St John's Wood, London, the son of Watcyn and Charlotte Lewis. His paternal grandparents were Welsh, and Lewis says that his father "is Welsh", despite Watcyn being English and born in London. His maternal grandfather was Lord Mayor of London Ian Frank Bowater and his maternal grandmother's ancestors include Bertrand Dawson, 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn (a doctor to the royal family), author Kathryn Hoare and philanthropist Alfred Yarrow.

Lewis made several visits to the United States to visit relatives during his summers as a child. He first decided to become an actor at age 16. He was educated at the independent Ashdown House School in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex and at Eton College and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993, after which he served as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. During his time with the RSC, he played Borgheim in Adrian Noble's production of Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf, as well as Posthumus in William Shakespeare's Cymbeline. He has also starred in another of Ibsen's plays, Pillars of the Community.

Career

Lewis once worked as a telemarketer selling car alarms, a job he detested.

Lewis appeared in the 1997 film Robinson Crusoe, playing Patrick Conner. Lewis also appeared in Jonathan Kent's production of Hamlet, playing Laertes opposite Ralph Fiennes' Hamlet. This production was seen by Steven Spielberg, who subsequently cast Lewis as Richard Winters in the HBO/BBC World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, his first role of several that required a credible American accent.

Subsequently, Lewis has played Soames Forsyte in the ITV series The Forsyte Saga (later shown as a Masterpiece Theatre miniseries), which earned him rave reviews and further exposed him to a US audience. 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.

He played Jeffrey Archer in the satirical TV special Jeffrey Archer: The Truth. Since 2004, he has appeared in a number of films, as well as the 2005 BBC TV adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, as part of the ShakespeaRe-Told season. Lewis played the role of Yassen Gregorovich in the film Stormbreaker.

In 2006 he appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's BBC drama Friends and Crocodiles.

On 10 November 2006, 1 May 2009, 18 November 2010 and 27 April 2012, he was the guest host on BBC's Have I Got News For You.

In 2008, Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the US television series Life on NBC. The show premiered in the US on 26 September 2007 and was affected by the 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. With its high production costs, the show was cancelled by NBC to clear its time slot for the much less expensive daily program The Jay Leno Show.

Lewis appeared, the following year, in the lead role in The Baker, a film directed by his brother, Gareth Lewis, and also took the supporting role of Rizza in The Escapist, which he also helped produce.

Lewis led the cast in Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy, The Misanthrope, which opened in December 2009 at the Comedy Theatre, London. Other cast members included Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan.

As of 2011, Lewis has a starring role as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime psychological thriller series Homeland.

Personal life

On 4 July 2007, Lewis married actress Helen McCrory; together they have a daughter, Manon (born 8 September 2006), and a son, Gulliver (born 2 November 2007). They live in Tufnell Park and Los Angeles.

As well as being a passionate Liverpool F.C. supporter, Lewis has also shown interest in international rugby union, where he supports the team of his grandparents' nationality, Wales, as opposed to the country of his birth.

References

  1. Damian-Lewis.com, official site

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