Hello all, Damianista here! It’s Fan Stories day!
Many found out about Damian in Band of Brothers in early 2000s. Many more joined the fandom with Homeland. As we saw in Krista’s story last week, Damian is still gaining new fans with Billions. But then there are fans who “discovered” Damian in the least expected places.
June is one of them.
June is a published author under the name Struben Clinton and I believe you may want to read her Red Crocodile series once you read her fan story. Big thanks go to her for this unique contribution to our Fan Stories series and for the lovely pics she provided to go with the story!
I’d been writing my great romance for nearly a year but while looking for an image to help me visualize my hero I changed him a number of times, never satisfied I had the right one. Then I happened to see “Have I got News for You” and the chairman there was this red-head who seemed exactly what I was looking for.
Damianista’s Note: I am so sorry to interrupt but I am extremely happy to report that I have been able to find the November 10, 2006 HIGNFY episode in which June finally found the hero she was looking for! This is the first time Damian guest-hosted HIGNFY. He got very popular with the viewers that he has done it 5 times since. This episode, even though it is 10 years old, still feels fresh and is VERY FUNNY. Damian’s deadpan delivery is to die for. Highly recommended.
Back to June’s story:
It was the first News show he did and I had never heard of Damian Lewis but looked him up and got a couple of his early films on DVD: Friends and Crocodiles, Chromophobia, Colditz, Brides and The Forsyte Saga, and was hooked. Ever since then my hero “The Red Crocodile” has been Damian. Not Damian the person but Damian the actor. I never missed an opportunity to see him live at poetry readings in the National Theatre and of course “The Misanthrope” at the Comedy in Piccadilly which I saw 7 (seven) times bringing various friends and relations along to see it with me and wait at the stage door to see him come out and say a friendly word to the fans. He never disappointed.
I watched all the Life episodes many times but lovely though he was as Charlie he was no longer my hero.
That didn’t matter, but when Homeland came along I watched the first 6 episodes and then stopped. Too painfully alien to my way of thinking so I lost interest. I just didn’t want to see him suffer. My hero doesn’t suffer, he is in command of every situation with a lot of humour. However I have them all recorded, Billions too and may get around to watching them sometime for the sake of the brilliant acting and the personal charm. If he ever does Shakespeare at the Barbican I’ll certainly be there. And the Baker is a little gem.