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!
Poirot: Hickory Dickery Dock (1995)
Damian Lewis plays Len Bateson, a med student residing at a student hostel where a relatively simple case turns into something far more complicated for Poirot.
Robinson Crusoe (1997)
Damian Lewis’ character doesn’t last particularly long in this film, but it’s his death that kicks off the plot and sends Crusoe on his big adventure.
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.
Everybody is in this miniseries, and the costumes are fabulous, but I found it so tedious I couldn’t make it through the whole thing.
Damian Lewis plays an American photographer who falls in love with a Greek mail order bride bound for Chicago. Complications ensue.
A miniseries about various escape attempts from Colditz, a German prisoner of war camp during World War II.
Your Highness (2011)
I tried to watch this movie but I was too sober and couldn’t make it more than a quarter of the way through. The worst part of all is that some of the costumes aren’t even that bad.
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.
This film had… issues… but the costumes were good. Lewis plays Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hotham Montagu “Richard” Doughty-Wylie, the love of Gertrude Bell’s (Nicole Kidman) life.
One of the best screen version of Henry VIII we’ve had since Richard Burton and Keith Mitchell. Who’d have thunk that the tall red headed guy would make a good Hal?
Lewis plays privateer (well, really a pirate in the employ of Queen Elizabeth I) Sir Richard Hawkins. His real-life-wife Helen McCrory also appeared in this film as QEI.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
I keep threatening to do a post on this movie, and I should just get it over with. It’s one of the better Tarantino films in the last decade IMHO, and Lewis has a small part as Steve McQueen.
What’s your favorite historical role of his? Share it with us in the comments!