ROMEO AND JULIET
With an expansive list of diverse film, theatre and television credits, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor DAMIAN LEWIS (Lord Capulet) has evolved into one of this generation's most respected and sought-after actors.
Lewis is currently starring as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Showtime's critically acclaimed and award-winning television series "Homeland," developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The series co-stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer who believes that Lewis' character, who was held captive by Al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war may have been turned by the enemy and is now a possible threat to the United States. The series, now in production on its third season, won the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globe Awards for "Best Television Series, Drama," as well as the 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Drama Series." Lewis' performance earned him a 2013 Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Drama" and a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series," among other accolades. He recently received a 2013 Primetime Emmy nomination in the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" category on behalf of his performance in the series. The third season of "Homeland" will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, September 29th at 9:00PM EST/PST.
Lewis recently completed production in Scotland on the Neon Films drama, "The Silent Storm." The film, set on Scotland's Isle of Mull, is the directorial debut for Corinna Villari-McFarlane and is produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Lewis stars opposite Andrea Riseborough in the film, which follows an enigmatic outsider (Riseborough) who finds herself caught between her commanding minister husband (Lewis) and the vitality of a 17-year-old delinquent (newcomer Ross Anderson) who is sent to live with them. The film is set to release in 2014.
Last year, Lewis co-starred in "The Sweeney," a film adaptation of the popular '70s UK television series, in which a pair of London Metropolitan police officers takes on the criminal underworld. The action/crime drama, which was released by eOne Films in the UK on September 12, 2012 and in the U.S. on March 1, 2012, was directed by Nick Love and also starred Ray Winstone, Hayley Atwell and Ben Drew.
Lewis first came to the attention of American audiences in 2001 with his Golden Globe-nominated performance as World War II hero Richard Winters in the award-winning HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Tom Hanks. He also starred as Soames Forsyte in the acclaimed British production of "The Forsyte Saga, Series 1 and II." From 2007-2009, Lewis starred as the complex and eccentric Detective Charlie Crews in two seasons of the NBC drama series "Life." In April 2012, Lewis appeared for a fourth time as a guest host on the iconic British television panel quiz show "Have I Got News for You," which airs on BBC1.
Lewis' other television and miniseries credits include the BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries "Warriors," "Hearts and Bones," "Jeffrey Archer -- The Truth, "Colditz" and BBC's "ShakespeaRe-Told: Much Ado About Nothing."
Additional film credits include David Gordon Green's "Your Highness," Rupert Wyatt's "The Escapist," "Brides," "Chromophobia," "Keane," "The Situation," "Dreamcatcher," "Stormbreaker" and "The Baker," which he also co-produced through his production company, Picture Farm.
Lewis always felt a strong connection to the stage, and has given brilliant performances as some of Shakespeare's legendary characters, including Romeo in "Romeo & Juliet" and the title character in "Hamlet." After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Lewis joined the British theatre community and appeared in a number of plays between 1993-98, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During that time, he starred as Laertes in Jonathan Kent's Broadway production of "Hamlet" opposite Ralph Fiennes. He also played the role of Hamlet at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. In 2003, Lewis returned to the London stage opposite Helen McCrory in "Five Gold Rings" at the Almeida Theatre. He then starred in the 2005-06 National Theatre production of Ibsen's "Pillars of the Community." Most recently, Lewis lead an outstanding ensemble with Keira Knightley, Dominic Rowan and Tara Fitzgerald in the 2009/2010 West End Comedy Theatre production of "The Misanthrope," directed by Thea Sharrock.
Lewis currently resides in London with his wife, daughter and son.
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