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Celebrities in Classics is back!
WHO IS IT? If you’re like me, you’re chomping at the bit to see Damian play Thomas Cromwell in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall this month. Damian is especially well-known for recently playing Nicholas Brody on Homeland (which I bailed on during season 2).
WHAT IS IT ABOUT DAMIAN? Although he’s not your typical Hollywood heartthrob, Damian is charismatic, funny and an all-round nice guy. He’s not interested in being a celebrity, but a really good actor.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: I first saw Damian Lewis in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher. Damian plays Jonesy one of four friends on a hunting trip and I wrongly predicted that Damian’s character would die first!
FAVE MOVIE/SCENE: Damian totally knocked me out with his performance in Band of Brothers as Major Richard Winters. His character consistently shined as a leader with understanding and compassion for his men.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
1997 ~ Robinson Crusoe ~ Patrick
2002 ~ The Forsyte Saga ~ Soames Forsyte
2005 ~ Much Ado About Nothing (for series Shakespeare Retold) ~ Benedick
2013 ~ Romeo & Juliet ~ Lord Capulet
2015 ~ Wolf Hall ~ Henry VIII of England (let’s just call it a classic)
Damian has starred in many book adaptations. To see them all, please see his full filmography.
GREAT QUOTE: “I’ve discovered just how symbiotic the relationship is between writers, directors and actors. They ask the same questions and strip down texts in exactly the same way.”
Band of Brothers (2001)
Wolf Hall (2015)
Who is your favourite celebrity in a classic?