Hello all! Damianista here. Today we are thrilled to start publishing the fan stories we have received from our readers. The response to our call has been amazing and all stories we have received are personal, special and extremely heartfelt. So, please stay with us and enjoy a long-running fan stories party on the blog! And if you are still interested in sending us your story but have not been able to do it yet, please do, we would love to have you on board!
Our first guest is Vicky, who is one of the first, if not the first, fans that followed our Facebook page the day Fan Fun with Damian Lewis came to life. I remember exchanging a few words about Damian and the story she told stayed with me. And when Lady Trader and I came up with this idea of Fan Stories, I personally messaged Vicky to kindly ask if she would share her fan story with us. And she is, proudly wearing her LIFE tshirt, ready to go:
I’ve counted myself as one of Damian Lewis’ biggest fans for nearly 15 years; I even talked about him the night I met my boyfriend, and got very excited when he knew who he was! (I was used to blank looks from friends at that time – pre-Homeland fame.) So, how did this obsession start?
I grew up with 3 favourite actors; Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson & Sly Stallone. When I heard Tom Hanks was doing a TV series about soldiers in the war, with his son Colin, my immediate thought was ‘Saving Private Ryan’, so I had to watch it.
From episode one I was hooked. There were so many familiar faces I loved, from Dexter Fletcher, who I remembered as Spike in ‘Press Gang’, to James Madio, who was my favourite character Bobby Lazzarini in ‘USA High’. But I also gained a new favourite; Damian Lewis.
The characters in the show ‘Band of Brothers’ were incredible. The fact they were based on real people fascinated me. However, one stood out; Major Richard Winters. You saw the man develop and grow on the screen each week. You saw his highs and lows through the successes and failures of the campaigns. I was no longer watching a TV drama; I was watching an autobiography on screen. He was real. And that was down to the talent of the man behind the role. (It didn’t hurt that he was rather easy on a teenage girl’s eye! Remember the white bath scene? If not, watch again…)
As the weeks rolled by, my family became aware of my love for Damian Lewis… We were on holiday in a caravan when one of the later episodes was on and my poor Dad stood outside in the wind and rain with the aerial to try and get a clear picture on BBC2!
Since then I’ve watched repeats of the series and bought the box set tin on VHS and DVD. I’ve watched most TV programmes and films Damian Lewis has made since and am unashamedly a fan for life…