So with Billions only around the corner, I feel a bit sentimental and feel I want to look back on some of Damian's early work! We have already gone back to Life which was one of my favourite shows, and of course Brody still feels quite fresh as does Henry! But what if we go way back to lets say 1996 when Damian was in "A Touch of Frost" he played a young man called Adam Weston in an episode called Deep Waters!
Damian played a young guy who is found accused by DI Frost - I do recall Damian laughing about this episode he was in - at Times Talks back in May 2014, and how he had to be the person who did it as there was a ginger pube found in the bath! still make me laugh when I watch that bit of the Times Talks interview. Damian has come a long long way since that episode
I wonder if he had any idea that he would be in a brand new show set in NYC as a high powered hedge fund manager! Wow some dreams do come true!
Hello and a very Happy new year to all you wonderful Damian Fans! first of all welcome back to the fanblog and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I myself have over eaten, over indulged and feel ill at the thought of a glass of bubbly!! Now its a new year and its time to get back to reality and that reality being that.............. THIS MONTH BILLIONS BEGINS!!! How excited are well all? the trailers get better and better and we are all so ready to meet the new Damian Character - Bobby!
As usual there are updates about the man himself on the brilliant www.damian-lewis.com where our good friends work so hard to bring you the latest news and of course pictures! So here is to another wonderful year ahead and so many great Damian moments to look forward to - I hope you will all join me on a regular basis to catch up Thank you all again for the wonderful support for 2015 and heres to 2016!! Emma xx
So lets start the first pic of the day! well first of 2016..... it has to be a Big Billions Smile
Its Monday morning and its the first day back to work and normality for many of us, so I hope that this Big Bobby Grin makes your day go that little bit better!
As we come to the end of 2015 I want to reflect what this year has brought to us all
In January we saw Wolf Hall premier in the UK - I won't ever forget that it was my husbands birthday and we were at the theatre that night seeing Jersey boy (He's a fan bless him) and I remember looking at my watch thinking to myself how I wish I was at home watching Wolf Hall!!!!! Wolf Hall was one of the highlights of the year.
In February Damian attended the Berlin Film Festival with the cast of Queen of the Desert, along with Nicole Kidman.
In March a friend and I had a fantastic night watching the ITV jonathan Ross show being filmed while Damian was one of the guests - it was so funny watching him being interviewd and when we watched the edited version I couldn't believe how much they took out! was so glad I got to see the original
In May my lovely friend Sabrina came over from Germany (damian-lewis.com) and we went to see American Buffalo at the theatre, it was so brilliant to see Damian Live and on the stage, I have seen him in so many TV films and shows but this was the first time I was able to see him live and it was fantastic!
In June Sabrina came back from Germany to watch American Buffalo one last time before it finished and we were invited to meet Damian in the Green Room after the show. It was just wonderful to meet him and chat to him for a while and wish him lots of luck with the Billions project
In September my best friend and I took the day off and went to the cinema to see Bill - yes we were the only people in the cinema and we had popcorn and sweets at 11am - but it was a great film and even though Damian, who played Sir Richard Hawkins, was in it for a short time at the start and end it was a great film.
Also in September Queen of the desert was released and Sabrina was able to go and see it in Germany! I am still patiently waiting!!!!!!!
In October Damian was a very special guest at the New York Festival, where he was interviewed by Lauren Collins.
December and only a few days ago we found out that Damian is up for a Golden Globe for his staring role in Wolf Hall as best supporting actor which will be announced on January 10th in LA. We wish Damian lots of luck and congratulations on the nomination.
Its been one hell of a brilliant year and I cannot wait for 2016
So as many of you know - I like to do a bit of baking! well I do a LOT of baking but unlike poor old Milo I am a bit better than he is - although The Baker as you know is one of my favourite films that Damian has stared in! My baking business has been going now for over a year and I want to share with you all a fabulous recipe! for Christmas Reindeer cakes!!!
These Yummy cakes are perfect for a Christmas treat and even Milo could make them!
100g dark chocolate
125g butter, softened
3 eggs 1 and a half cups (225g) self-raising flour 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour 1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powder
36 large pretzels
18white chocolate buttons
18 red M&M’s
36 green M&M’s
Chocolate piping gel
125g Soft Butter
3 cups of Icing Sugar
1/3 Cups Coco Powder
2 Tablespoons Milk
Preheat oven to 160C. Line eighteen 1/3 cup (80ml) muffin pans with paper cases.
Combine the chocolate
and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5
minutes or until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Set aside to
Use an electric mixer
to beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one
at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the combined flours,
cocoa powder and chocolate mixture, in batches, and stir to combine.
Divide evenly among the lined pans.
Bake in preheated
oven for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out
clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the
buttercream, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale.
Gradually add the icing sugar, cocoa and milk, in batches, beating well
between each batch.
Spread icing evenly
over each cupcake. Arrange the pretzel on each cupcake to create
antlers. Place a white chocolate button on the opposite side to create a
nose. Use the piping gel to attach the red M&M’s to create a red
nose. Arrange green M&M’s for eye, and top with chocolate piping gel
for pupils. Place on a serving platter to serve.
Well of course you all knew it was the amazing Band Of Brothers!
And Damian played the wonderful Dick Winters
A 2001 American war drama The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. The episodes first aired in 2001. The series won not only Emmy but a Golden Globe too in 2001 for best miniseries.
The series dramatizes the history of the Easy Company part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, from jump training in the United States through its participation in action in Europe, and up until Japan's capitulation and war's end. The events portrayed
are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy
Company veterans. All of the characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company.
Some of the men were recorded in contemporary interviews, which viewers
see as preludes to each episode. The men's identities are not revealed
until the finale.
Finally it's good to live in Germany Werner Herzog’s epic Queen of the Desert released in early September and of course I went to see it. Herzog’s films are special artistic and most of them very colourful and Queen of the Desert is no exception. the true star of the story is the Desert the landscape is absolutely breathtaking and the scenery is so opulent and marvelous! Nicole Kidman as Gertrude Bell is fascinating to watch and it's great to follow her leading character through the movie and Bell's travels some of them made under danger and extreme risks and yes you get an inside in the century and her thinking. Gertrude Bell wasn't able to live a fulfilled love life her great love Henry died early and later she met Charles Doughty-Whiley played by Damian Lewis the love story was difficult from top to bottom since Doughty-Whiley was a married man captured in his marriage and his responsibilities.
I remember I joked with several friends that his look remind me of Rhett Butler and even tweeted about lol but it was so much more! I told you last year how much I love to explore a new Damian character and I'm always impressed how different each character is from the other he even walks different that's funny but I love that special difference and I felt awkward telling you this last year but after watching Wolf Hall American Buffalo and now Queen of the Desert I couldn't be more right. Damian as Charles Doughty-Whiley is charming and adorable he's secure in his own skin but so in love with Gertrude and as we all know Damian Lewis is capable of transport so much by doing so little and he does it so well you know the second he met Getrude Bell that he's fascinated by her, there's a beautiful scene where he "stole" a horse for her from the Turkish Government it's so charming and a real "Rhett Butler "scene:) Damian Lewis has a supporting role but the largest of the three men cast and it's sad to see how much he's torn between love and duty and you can only imagine how difficult it was for him to decide between heart and mind! Queen of Desert is a colourful epic with a great cast and an amazing landscape Damian Lewis gives a wonderful performance and I really recommend the movie... Sabrina
I love this film, my husband is a big Liverpool fan and I will never forget the Champions League final this year - he got stuck on the tube as they were winning and just missed them win!!! Poor thing but I do remember him being really happy!
This film centres on the trials and tribulations in the lives of two
main fictional characters eleven-year-old Will Brennan and Bosnian
footballer Alek and their trek to see Liverpool FC play in the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul
Brennan is Liverpool's number one fan, able to recite facts ad infinitum
about the club and at a public school in the south of England since his
father Gareth (Damian Lewis) is emotionally unable to care for him
following the death of Will's mother. Gareth appears one day out of the
blue with tickets for Liverpool's trip to the Champions League Final.
Unknown to Will his father has health problems and suddenly dies and in
his belief that the adults in his life are conspiring to quash his wish
to get to the match to honour his father, two of his mates at school
start Will on his way for reason of their own. His being missing becomes
world-wide news and he encounters others that either support Liverpool
or the game of football. One of these is Alek who stopped playing the sport following a tragic incident due to his own actions in his hometown during the Bosnian War
Alek is initially reluctant to get involved for various reason but a
friend does his best to encourage Alek to recover from his personal
demons by helping Will reach his destination. The two are off on the
final leg of the journey stopping along the way in Alek's hometown where
they elude police. Although they reach Istanbul they do not have
tickets but in the quest to get them Liverpool stars Kenny Dalglish and Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher ,
recognise him who come to the rescue and makes possible for Will to
realise his dream and much more than he could have imagined if his
father's original plans had come to be.
Hello and welcome to the Wednesday Quiz!
Do you know who Damian is playing in this fab film?
You can use www.damian-lewis.com to check the gallery and find the answer or join us here on Friday to reveal the answer
One of my most favourite Characters that Damian has played is Charlie Crews in the great TV Show Life.... I discovered Life after I had watched homeland - Before Homeland I have to admit I didn't really know anything that Damian had been in - after Homeland I googled Damian just to see what else he had been in, and came across this LIFE - so I got my husband on the case to find it so we could watch it as soon as Homeland season 2 had finished. Taking in mind I was used to Nicholas Brody, a character who even at the end of season two we still were not sure where we were with him!! Did he didn't he? I had spent weeks getting to know this wonderful character who was scary, dangerous and also ever so sexy! and I had to get a new fix and boy did
Life - when we hear the word life what does it make us think? Life as we know it? a new life? or a Life sentence.... Life is about exactly that - Charlie Crews is sentenced to life in prison only to be found not guilty and be given his life back to live - But What if Charlie was not found guilty at all? What if he had not been put in prison wrongly accused of murder and he just carried on as a LA cop?
Well for one he would not have been Detective Crews, and if he was it would have taken him a while to be made up to that level, he would not have split from his wife Jennifer, maybe he would even have a family of his own, he would still be a part bar owner with his friend who was murdered, and of course he would not have got to work with Dani Rees. I loved the series life, I loved the character that Damian played, he was kind, caring and loyal I think everyone needs a Charlie Crews in their life!