30 Facts About Damian Lewis


Damian Watcyn Lewis was born on 11 February 1971 and is an English actor, presenter and producer.


Damian Lewis is best known for portraying US Army Major Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.


Damian Lewis portrayed US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.


Damian Lewis portrayed Bobby Axelrod in the Showtime series Billions in the first five seasons and appeared in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as actor Steve McQueen.


Damian Lewis has said that he "went to English boarding schools and grew up around people very much like [his character] Soames and in a milieu very much like the Forsytes".


Damian Lewis first decided to become an actor at the age of 16.


Damian Lewis was educated at the independent Ashdown House School in Forest Row, East Sussex, and at Eton College.


Damian Lewis graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1993, after which he worked as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Damian Lewis starred in another of Ibsen's plays, as Karsten Bernick in Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre in November 2005.


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


Damian Lewis appeared as a rakish student in an early episode of the drama series A Touch of Frost.


Damian Lewis appeared in Robinson Crusoe as Patrick Conner.


Damian Lewis appeared in Jonathan Kent's production of Hamlet, playing Laertes.


Damian Lewis was in the 2000 series called Hearts and Bones as the love interest of Dervla Kirwan.


Subsequently, Damian Lewis portrayed Soames Forsyte in the ITV series The Forsyte Saga, which earned him positive reviews.


Damian Lewis returned to the US to star in Dreamcatcher, a Lawrence Kasdan film about a man who becomes possessed by an evil alien.


Damian Lewis played Jeffrey Archer in the TV special Jeffrey Archer: The Truth.


Damian Lewis played the role of Yassen Gregorovich in the film Stormbreaker.


Damian Lewis has appeared on BBC's Have I Got News for You as guest host several times; on 10 November 2006,1 May 2009,18 November 2010,27 April 9 November 2012 and 31 October 2014.


In 2008, Damian Lewis starred as the main character Charlie Crews in the American television series Life on NBC.


Damian Lewis appeared the following year in the lead role in The Baker, a film directed by his brother, Gareth.


Damian Lewis took a supporting role of Rizza in The Escapist, which he helped produce.


Damian Lewis led the cast in Martin Crimp's version of Moliere's comedy, The Misanthrope, which opened in December 2009 at the Comedy Theatre, London.


Damian Lewis played Tory Prime Minister Simon Laity in two seasons of Number 10 on BBC Radio 4.


Damian Lewis played Gareth, the father of an 11-year-old Liverpool FC fan, in the 2011 film Will.


From 2011 to 2013, Damian Lewis had a starring role as Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody in the Showtime series Homeland.


On 14 April 2023, Damian Lewis released his debut single "Down On the Bowery".


Damian Lewis was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.


Damian Lewis suffered a period of depression following a motorcycle accident in North London in 1998.


In 2010, Damian Lewis became a trade justice ambassador for the charity Christian Aid.