Damian Lewis is about as striking an actor as they come. Tall with gorgeous red hair and classic leading man looks, he’s been a staple in historical flicks since the mid-1990s. He was also married to one of our favorite actresses, Helen McCrory, until her death in April 2021. So, let’s take a look at some of his work!
Lewis plays Major Dick Winters, commander of Easy Company during the D-Day Invasion of World War II. My boyfriend swears this movie is basically the best thing ever filmed on the Second World War, but since I am generally blah about the entire WWII movie genre, I’ve resisted watching.
The costumes look interesting enough, but does the world really need another Romeo and Juliet adaptation? Lewis plays Lord Capulet.
The Silent Storm (2014)
I’m not real clear on the plot of this film, only that Damian Lewis apparently plays an abusive husband at some point in the early-20th century, and ya know? I’m just not that interested in finding out more.
I understand your lack of interest in Band of Brothers, but I would still recommend you watch it. For me, it’s a terrific study of the characters and how they react to the extraordinary circumstances they’re in. Each episode loosely focuses on one person, while still moving the (true) story forward. Lewis’s character Dick Winters is/was such a brilliant leader and good person and I find it inspirational.
Agreed 100%! I didn’t watch it for a long time because of all the hype, and it ended up being one of my favorite shows. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve rewatched it since then. It really moves beyond war movie cliches in a way I’ve not seen other movies/shows do and is so well acted and well crafted.
Band of Brothers is definitely a DO NOT MISS for everyone. It is a very well done rendition of Easy Company. A decade ago I attended the Dick Winters memorial service in Hershey, PA and saw some of the surviving members of the company. A truly moving moment in my life.
He was absolutely great as Henry VIII, showing both the moodiness and petulance that made dangerous, but also the intense charisma and likeability.
Dick Winters in Band of Brothers and Henry VIII are my favourites in his repertoire. Dick Winters, was an amazing officer, he missed receiving the Medal of Honour bc of his humbleness in describing his role on D-DAY and Carretan. His Henry the Manchild in Wolf Hall was well nuanced and the best in 50 years.
He was absolutely chilling as Soames in Forsythe. You’ll hate him and later sympathize with his character. The second part, (next generation) however, was much weaker.
I have watched The Forsythe Saga over and over on my DVD set, and it is definitely for Damian’s outstanding performance. I cried at the ending as he walked down the drive at Robin Hill.
I could never understand why everyone was in love with Irene. Because of it, I had trouble sitting thru it. But loved the house she and Rupert Graves character had.
Many people feel that role was miscast. Gina McKee is a good actress but mot for Irene.
Agreed. Gina McKee played the role well, but she doesn’t have the right look for Irene. There’s a reason Soames manipulates her into becoming part of his “property” when she resists marrying him. She’s supposed to be extraordinarily beautiful. She’s supposed to be soft and delicate and, if I remember correctly from the book, blonde. Gina McKee is pretty, but not the warmest presence.
I tried to watch The Forsythe Saga years ago, and gave up out of profound irritation at Gina McKee. I think she’s a fine actress, but she seemed completely wrong for the role–and it didn’t help that none of her (fabulous) costumes seem to fit her properly. I kept wondering if they’d originally cast someone else and she was the replacement.
Dunno about Lewis as H8, even given his acting skills (especially his highs and lows concerning Anne). He’s just too lanky; I kept hoping he’d yell at Cromwell, “The ball, Crum, the ball!” and then go streaking down the bowling green for a slam dunk.
He didn’t start to put on weight until later on in his reign, after his jousting accident and (presumably) onset of diabetes.
Very true, Henry VIII was considered to be the cat’s meow by his contemporaries when he was a young monarch. He was tall, robust without being overweight (like he was in later years), and athletic.
It’s not the weight thing. As a younger man, Henry was built like an American footballer, not Bill Walton. Ambassadors implied that he was almost girlishly pretty, and he was probably still very attractive and athletic about the time he met Anne. But at least D.L. can act, unlike some modern Henrys one could mention. Can’t wait for the final installments of “Wolf Hall.”
The Forsyte Saga does have some tedious moments in the middle but the end is so satisfying that I recommend you watch, at least, the last episode. It actually brought a tear to my eye and he is so good in it.
I’ve only seen a scene with Lewis in Wolf Hall but he encapsulated Hillary Mantel’s description of him so well, as someone who was rewarded for his good looks, good birth and good manners from his earliest memories and thus finds himself incapable of making a mistake. Looking forward to seeing some other flicks on this list.
I’ve been devouring FrockFlick’s WH content now, 5 or 500 years late, since reading the books. From the podcast to the character profiles to the great wrinkle debate, each piece has been a pleasure to read. Thank you for creating them! To answer the now ancient question about the “blood on the floor” scene, in the book Cromwell does mention the idea as he sifts through secondhand stories about the event. He then declares that tidbit quite dramatic but quite unlikely. Alas that the director didn’t follow suit.
I really enjoyed his Henry VIII. He got to the meat of the early Henry, charismatic, intelligent, autocratic, but you could understand why women fell for him at this time in his life.
Literally have never seen better acting than him in Band of Brothers. I detest war stories yet I’ve watched it about ten times in a decade just for him.
Excellent actor. His American accents managed to fool a lot of people, including yours truly at first.
The best thing about “….Hollywood” was the dog.
Just a wee note, Henry VIII was played wonderfully by Keith Michell not Mitchell (typo/autocorrect?) in the TV mini series in 1972,
I remember this series well as my parents bought their first colour TV to watch it ha ha.
I haven’t watched any of these historical pieces, but I really liked DL in Life, the contemporary tv series.
Okay, but Your Highness is some PRIME What-The-Frockery— contractually obligated Leather Pants, mismatching eras of gown and court dress, metal grommets, corsets without smocks, ridiculous hair that definitely was a victim of the Great Bobby Pin shortage… you could easily win Snark Week Bingo on it.
It is also, sadly, the only other one of Damian Lewis’s projects I’ve seen aside from Wolf Hall. And I watched it mainly for my eternal WCW, Natalie Portman.
He is magnificent in Band of Brothers. That’s where I first took notice of him. I have a hard time watching The Forsyte Saga because I despise every single character. They’re all either abusive or self-absorbed and willing to let their own selfishness destroy other people.
He is the best Henry VIII, hands down. For once, an actor actually physically fits the role.
Band of Brothers is PHENOMENAL and made me love Damian Lewis forever. You could honestly just watch the second episode, which covers the D Day landing and I think can function as a standalone – PLUS bonus Baby Andrew Scott!!!