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Damian Lewis was born in London in 1971.
Perhaps better known for his work on screen, Lewis began his career on the stage with the RSC, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Appearances with the company included the role of Borgheim in Little Eyolf by Ibsen, and Posthumus in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Though a performance in the 1997 big screen adaptation of Robinson Crusoe gave Lewis a taster for the screen, it wasn’t until his appearance as Laertes in Jonathan Kent’s production of Hamlet that he made a move into film.
Director Steven Spielberg saw Lewis in Hamlet and was impressed enough to offer him a role in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and his career took off. With appearances in The Forsyte Sage, movies of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher and the thriller Keane, as well as portraying Jeffrey Archer in a TV special Jeffrey Archer: The Truth, Lewis has established himself as an incredibly versatile and in-demand actor.
Recent television appearances include his Emmy and Golden Globe winning performance as Nicholas Brody in Homeland alongside Claire Danes and Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in Billions.
In the last few years he has made a number of London stage appearances, including 2003’s Five Gold Rings at the Almeida Theatre, Pillars of the Community at the National Theatre, The Misanthrope at the Harold Pinter Theatre and last year’s American Buffalo at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
In 2017, he will appear at the Theatre Royal Haymarket as Martin Gray in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee.
Recent stage appearances
|American Buffalo||Walter Cole||Wyndham's Theatre||2015||Review|
|The Misanthrope||Alceste||Comedy Theatre||2009||Review|
|Pills of the Community||Karsten Bernick||National Theatre||2005||Review|
|Five Gold Rings||Daniel||Almeida Theatre||2003|