46 Reasons to Love Damian Lewis

It’s our favorite leading man’s birthday February 11. The lot of us got together to flesh out all the various things we love about him. How many things did we come up with, you ask? Why, 46, of course, to coincide with the number of trips Damian has made around the sun. Happy Birthday Damian!

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1. He’s a smart cookie. Damian often speaks self-deprecatingly of not having gone to university, of just becoming an “ACT-terr” as if it’s comparable to lugging timber or fixing leaky faucets. Maybe this speaks to the differences between professional and vocational education in the UK vs. here. (although there used to be more vocational opportunities in the States once upon a time too) But, heck, if he’s a “drop-out” then the folks on this side of the pond have a lot of catching up to do in terms of basic liberal arts education. He knows his stuff.

2. An extension of my first reason, really: He works hard at really getting to know what the heck he’s been employed to do. He researches extensively, reads, talks to subject matter experts, reads some more. He thinks of his job as a learning opportunity and it shows in the work he does. No phoning it in for this guy.

3. He’s gosh darn beautiful on the outside. The kind of beauty that’s unexpected, takes you by surprise, and, boy, are you glad you decided to let yourself be surprised. He’s a stunner, even when he’s not.

4. He’s beautiful on the inside. Great dad and husband, doing lots of good works in his community (mentoring creativity) and the world at large (support for Sohana and Soccer Aid to name just a couple). He’s not sitting on his fame in some tower, unwilling to mix with the masses. He gets down to all levels of humanity, not just for the photo opp, but from genuinely loving the opportunity to do it.

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5. He’s diplomatic and always kind, but still allows his opinions be known. He has the heart of a humanist who doesn’t really want to cause too many waves but also doesn’t want injustice to walk by unchecked. I have a feeling he’ll be becoming more and more outspoken about issues he believes in. It’s only natural, as his career becomes ever more entrenched and his platform grows.

6. He’s so kind; did I say that already? Well, the kindness of a celebrity who doesn’t really need to be kind deserves another note. He seems to genuinely care about people and he’s not shy about showing it.

7. Which leads me to….he’s so confident! Sure, we all love characters who show vulnerability, and Damian can play those characters in spades, but as for the man, himself, Damian seems to exude an unabashed confidence while still showing sensitivity. Not an easy thing to pull off. Seems there are two ways to be: Either the world wounds you deeply and you shrink away and just hope to survive it or you walk belly-up to the bar and take over the room. He seems to inhabit both ways to be, and it’s really remarkable and super attractive.

8. He’s a goofball when the situation allows. I’ve always said goofiness is next to godliness. He takes pleasure in making people laugh. How can you not love such a trait?

9. He knows his strengths, he doesn’t pander, he doesn’t compromise. He’s not taking roles just to take them. He’s not willing to pigeonhole himself into what others want him to be. He knows his art, he knows what he loves, and he ventures forth only when the conditions are just right. A luxury perhaps to be able to do, but, really as simple as that.

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10. The ginger hair and freckles combo meant I took a bit of stick in my youth. Damian wears the red hair and freckles combo very well.

11. The man grew up on Abbey Road and I grew up with the Beatles on repeat.

12. The fact that he and his lovely other half met and fell in love while doing a stage production that bombed.

13. His passion for football is something I can identify with, being a mad football fan myself. I felt a tad sorry for him reading that mum had bought son an Arsenal top (since Damian is a Liverpool fan). Coming from a footy daft family, I know what it means to pass down the generations.

source: Soccer Aid

14. The geeky, awkward side of him that occasionally shines through. Love it! (and I say that with love). Completely adorable.

15. Shocking a lot of people with the revelation he is British when picking up his Emmy for playing Brody in Homeland.

16. Billions, season 1, episode 10 – for being-co-responsible for bringing the hilariously scripted fake fight scene to life and making it very enjoyable to watch. Small and insignificant as a scene in TV might seem, we all need a laugh at points in life. This scene did what it was supposed to and then some.

17. His portrayal of Brody which was heartbreakingly excellent and deservedly got him that Emmy, together with Claire Danes. The two of them were a joy to watch on screen together.

18. His outstanding performance as Dick Winters in the superb Band of Brothers. That haunted look after the discovery of the concentration camp in ep 9 is staying with me. The actual soldiers in tears at points in the extras says it all too.

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19. My first admiration has to go toward his craft, of course.  My main man? He’s not a method actor.  In his SAG-AFTRA interview last year, he stated that he created his intensity through “imaginative work”.  He even called out the great father of method acting, Stanislavsky, saying that he didn’t bother “remembering when my first hamster died” to help him find the emotion for a scene.  It was even more interesting to hear him dive into a description of Alexander method, which has known ties to the study that I have found myself dedicated to: Delsarte.  See? I knew he was a Delsartean. He just doesn’t know if yet (or he does….he does say he reads the blog, you know!)
20. The beard.  Ok, so if you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that, on occasion, I have mentioned my love of Damian’s gorgeous ginger beard.  There’s not much more to say, honestly. I love beards. I love red hair.  A red beard is a culmination of the two physical things I love most!
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21.  Sure, I’d like to think that he’s perfect.  He sure LOOKS perfect.  But he’s no stranger to putting his foot into his mouth.  When a quote about worrying that he may become typecast as “fruity old actor” playing wizards became linked to Sir Ian McKellan, he was quick to issue a swift apology.  So many people make missteps like this, but few are so quick to make sure to retract, apologize and make it right with the actual people directly hurt.  It’s really amazing how a scandal can become nothing, when the right apology is issued!
22. He’s a feminist, and he’s been fairly open about that fact.  He finds himself surrounded by amazing women, and loves it.  His mother, his wife, his daughter.  He chooses projects that put him side by side with incredible female characters and actors.  I especially beamed, recently, as he celebrated his daughter partaking in the Women’s March.  I know it ruffled a few political feathers among his fans, but I couldn’t help but cheer 🙂
23. His dedication to charity work, whether it be appearing at various charity events, promoting the arts,  being a celebrity spokesman for Sohana Research Fund, or tweeting fun photos of He and Helen in their matching fundraiser bracelets! I love that he uses his platform for good.
source: Sohana Research Fund
24. A funny guy is my favorite guy, and our fella knows how to crack a good joke!  I loved his opportunistic joke as he autographed President Obama’s Homeland DVD: “From One Muslim to Another…”
25. A good artist is always working on their craft.  One way to do so is to step outside of your own discipline.  I remember reading that he took up tap dancing during the filming of Homeland.  That sort of thing really helps “sharpen your sword”, as it were.  It improves your focus and creativity to dive into another modality.  I love seeing that he does this!
26. 1971.  It was a great year, apparently.  Several pivotal men in my life have come out of this year.  My older brother, my darling husband, and Damian Lewis. Damn, it must have been one hell of a year!!
27. And finally, I’ll always appreciate the gratitude he has for his fans. From moments he spends taking selfies all the way to filming a thank you and encouraging message for us, even wearing a hand-made scarf from a fan, he knows that his craft and his success is nothing without people to appreciate him.
Thanks so much, Kristy! source: krizzy44 Instagram

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28. Diverse: Damian has the ability to play a big time hedge fund manager, the King of England, an LA Detective, a US Marine turned terrorist, etc. and you never see the same person in any of the characters! In this way, he so reminds me of Al Pacino. His diversity and range knows no bounds.

29. Affable: In interviews or on panels (like Paley Live), Damian emits kindness and warmth. He is so comfortable in whom he is, and it shows in his easygoing, pleasant way.

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30. Magnanimous: Using his platform as actor, he gives his time to many charities, most recently his support for finding a cure for cancer on World Cancer Day. Oh, and being generous with his time with Damianista!

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31. Interested: I love the fact that Damian met with real hedge fund managers in his preparation of playing Bobby Axelrod. Since he had never lived that kind of life, he was interested in what makes this people tick, why they do what they do. And I truly believe he learned a lot, because he nails the character of Axe!

32. Attractive: Let’s face it. We love his acting, but being handsome certainly doesn’t hurt. I mean really, would we have fallen in love with Brody if he looked like Tony Soprano? I think not!

33. Natty: Every girl’s crazy for a sharp dressed man! And well, there are not too many sharper dressed than the Ginger Man himself. Whether it be in a tuxedo, jean and a sports jacket, or my favorite, a Metallica t-shirt, he looks smashing!

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34. Humble: He’s a huge star, but you would never know it! I mean really, could you imagine Brad Pitt riding the tube? I thought not!

35. Engaged: Giving our little blog a video shout-out, well, we know he is engaged with his fans, and he actually likes our work! What is not to love about that?

36. Enthralling: Whether it be Charlie Crews, Nick Brody, Bobby Axelrod, or Henry VIII, when Damian Lewis on the screen, or on the stage, he captures and holds your attention!

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37. Damian is my fellow Aquarian!

38. He is married to a kick-ass woman, Helen McCrory!

39. He shares my love for football and uses it as a form of therapy. “I enjoy the total absorption in a white ball and 10 other guys and the focus, and the way it releases everything else from your mind. It’s brilliant, it’s the best occupational therapy I can think of. You run around and get fit and it releases any anger or tension that you have. I used to play at 7.30 on Thursday mornings in New York. I’d haul myself out of bed, even if I’d had a night shoot that finished at 2am and go and play. I love it.’ And the man is a wiz on the field. Look at Damian pulling a Cruyff turn at Soccer Aid 2016. Standing Ovation!

40. HIS WORDS at SAG-AFTRA interview make me love and his “small head” 😀

“There seems to be a distinction between actors and film stars here [US]. A film star can be a brilliant actor. There are some film stars who are brilliant actors, and they are lucky they get to be both  And then there are some film stars whose bandwidth is less broad and what they have perfected is a persona. And it’s that persona, that film persona, is what they project so successfully. And, in fact, I have had producers say to me “before you choose your persona, what is your film persona? And what would you then project in order to be that film star?” And that is way too complicated for my small head to grapple with.”

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41. THE Eyebrow. If you don’t know what I mean, see below 🙂 And, believe it or not, Damian gave me the eyebrow once.

42. DAMIAN READS! He always has a book in his hand, under his arm, or in his pocket.

43. He shares my love for Mad Men and Don Draper!

source: Damianista

44. Damian is the king of Karaoke or “just a hunk, a hunk of burning love 😀

45. Nicholas Brody! I was a regular woman attending to her own thing UNTIL that red-headed US Marine/POW came along unexpectedly and turned everything upside down! If there had been no Brody, there would have been no blog. And since I can easily cite this journey as one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, I cannot thank Damian enough for changing my life and I love him for it!

46. We have this blog to share our love for Damian and to build a community around it. The constant love and support we get from our readers give the experience its real meaning. Love breeds love and this alone is a reason to love Damian. Please enjoy a sweet limerick written by Lynda, a wonderful reader and a beautiful person, for Damian’s birthday. Cheers <3

Damian’s having a birthday!
Feb eleven – a great-time-on-earth day.
     With food and libation,
     Blog posts, elation.
Enjoy Fan Fun’s annual mirth day.
We love him way beyond reason,
Counting hours ’til the start of the season.
     Fan Fun is our hobby,
     Tracking plot twists with Bobby.
Get on with the show!  No more teasin’.

29 thoughts on “46 Reasons to Love Damian Lewis”

  1. magnifique description,pourquoi nous aimons tant Damian!merci
    Damian,je vous souhaite un tres bon anniversaire,j’espère que vous serez avec votre famille que vous aimez tant!
    merci pour tout ce que vous apportez a vos fans,qui sont dans le monde entier!
    moi,je suis surement votre plus grande,sincère fan Française,et je le serez jusqu’a ma mort!
    surtout,n’arretez jamais de tourner,car vous enlèveriez la joie de vivre a des milliers de personnes! votre fan monique

    1. I don’t know French but I know you are writing something good and kind, Monique, as usual. Thank you for your constant support!

    1. Hope he takes a look! He’s very busy today though at a football game – hope it’s a win for Liverpool today in celebration of Damian’s bday! 🙂

    1. Someone had to say it because it is a damn reason to love this guy! <3 I am still waiting for the scarf to make an appearance. Last spring he wore it in London, too; so it may appear any day now 🙂

  2. Just lovely reading this blogpost, I hope he sees this and his wife too (if ever they read the blog), just to know how wonderful they are altogether.

    1. Thank you!!! He says he reads the blog. The exact quote is: “I read your blog. Not every day. But I read it.” So who knows? 🙂

    1. It’s our pleasure, Lynda! It arrived just at the right time and it’s wonderful! Can’t thank you enough for your constant support! <3

  3. Happy birthday Mr. Lewis! I wish you all the best for you and your family always! Thank you for giving us unforgettable scenes.Shows that I will never forget. Congratulations in name of Barrie group.

  4. I don’t know how to quit Damian Lewis ! I blame it to this fabulous group.
    Happy birthday to our truasure : Damian Lewis .

  5. Please consider removing the photos from the subway. They are an invasion of privacy, taken secretly and then used and posted. I love Damian Lewis’s work as an actor, but his personal life is really his business to share or not with the public.

    1. Thank you for your message and your concern. I just hope that you know we have always been quite careful and respectful about what we post. I would personally never take a picture of anyone – famous or not – on the subway. Having said that we have made an exception for the tube photos just because all those postings have been done with love and appreciation. All pictures are in the public domain where fans just want to let the world know Damian is there taking the tube with them. He is not going around in a limo but using public transportation, an experience we do not really get to see often in America. And it certainly makes it a top reason for us to love him.

  6. When damian is in the subway, or the bus, he must know well that he risks being recognized, so I think there is no harm, to put his photos in the blog, for our pleasure !
    Monique

    1. I think it is still a violation of privacy to take the photo of a person – famous or not – without letting him/her know.
      Having said that I know that all those people took those photos with great appreciation of Damian taking public transportation which is rare for an actor or for any famous person. And that is certainly one of the things we LOVE about him. Isn’t it? 🙂

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