Happy Labor Day! It means this is the last chance for most of us to have one last long weekend before the summer ends. But it also means Billions Season 4 shoot is starting in New York, well, tomorrow!!!! It goes without saying we will follow the shoot to the best of our ability and write about our hopes, wishes and fantasies for Season 4 in the coming weeks and months.
But, today, we will talk about Damian’s summer, the second in a row he has enjoyed fully!
Damian constantly worked all summers between 2011 while he was shooting Homeland to 2016 when they were starting the Billions shoot in summer. So, when asked by a fan at The Goat stage door back in May 2017 about what he would be doing between The Goat and Billions, whose shoot would not start until September, he responded promptly:
And it seems he was pleased with the results that he did it again this summer! Thanks to numerous news articles, social media posts as well as Damian’s own tweets, we know what he has done this summer — so come join us in visiting Damian between Memorial Day and Labor Day also known as summer on this side of the pond! 🙂
Damian’s summer started a bit before Memorial Day and just after his two weeks in Toronto shooting the movie Run This Town and shocking his fans with this tweet! 😀
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) April 26, 2018
Damian and Helen kicked off the summer with a number of charity galas and parties. Here they are at the Save the Children UK‘s ’80s-themed “Night of Hits” fundraiser. These ’80s kids not only helped to raise money for children in need around the world, but also got to hang out with their close friends Allie Esiri and Helena Bonham Carter.
Our favorite couple then took the time to help celebrate the Old Vic’s 200th Birthday where Damian hailed the historic venue as a “creative hub” and participated in what seems to be a delicious performance of Singing in the Rain! You can visit our gallery for more pics from the ball!
Then came the National Centre for Circus Arts Gala, which Helen attended as an ambassador, to help raise money to support the next generation of circus artists, followed by the Best Beginnings 10th Anniversary Gala, and an evening with Prince Charles at St. James’s Palace in support of the Prince’s Trust Youth Can Do It campaign.
— National Circus (@NationalCircus) May 10, 2018
— Obi Amadi (@ObiCPHVA) May 17, 2018
Thank you to *all* of our fantastic celebrity ambassadors who attended our reception event last night. Your belief in young people always inspires us to create brighter futures. #YouthCanDoIt 👌🏽> https://t.co/e4LM9buHST pic.twitter.com/DMOE7raaHV
— The Prince's Trust (@PrincesTrust) June 28, 2018
When Cure EB (formerly known as Sohana Research Fund) officially presented their new name at a meeting in the House of Lords in May, Damian was there as the charity patron to speak about the urgency to raise awareness and funds for a world without EB!
And he did not stop there! Damian participated in Cure EB’s EB Pop Campaign and invited all his fans to take part to help create a world without EB, a very serious skin condition. In these last days of summer, please do it like Damian! Pop the water balloons and go!
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 25, 2018
We found Damian and Helen in early July at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park as part of the “Into the White” campaign launch, a new and ambitious tech platform, raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through the auction of contemporary art. You can visit our gallery for more pics from the festival.
Given that Damian is a sports guy through and through, we need to have a special section on sports when it comes to his summer! From football to cricket to golf to tennis to swimming to frisbee… you name it, Damian either plays it or watches it, or BOTH!! And yeah, he did it all this summer!
In May, Damian participated in BMW PGA Celebrity Pro-AM golf competition at Wentworth Club in Surrey. We are thrilled to report that he was part of the winning team along with golf professional “The Great Dane” Thomas Bjorn, The Vamps lead singer and guitarist Bradley Simpson, and the Italian-British actor Luke Pasqualino.
Feel free to visit our gallery for more pics from the golf course, and don’t miss the video below in which Damian gets some golfing tips, before heading to the golf course, from Sky Sports presenter Nick Dougherty, who also analyzes Damian’s swing 😀
Then he was at Lord’s Cricket Grounds to take in some cricket with his fellow actor Ben Chaplin!
But we believe his beloved Liverpool going to the UEFA Champions League Final was the TRUE sports highlight for Damian this year! No wonder the video he made and shared on Twitter before leaving to see the championship match in Kiev got extremely popular, going viral on the internet. This is a definite MUST-SEE to get to know this man better 😀
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) May 25, 2018
And while Liverpool did not play its best game and lost to Real Madrid in the championship match, I imagine the trip was still like no other!
Here we go…! pic.twitter.com/3yWt3i0knd
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) May 26, 2018
To view more pics from Kiev, please visit our gallery here.
Back from Kiev, it was now Damian’s turn to get on the football field and make his fourth appearance in Soccer Aid, a British charity football match played between two teams of celebrities and former professional players representing England and the Rest of the World in aid of UNICEF.
In addition to training, the pre-game festivities included taking part in the hilarious blindfold keepy-uppy challenge…
Well done @lewis_damian on taking part in the blindfold keepy-uppy challenge. 👏👏👏
— DFID (@DFID_UK) June 9, 2018
…and sitting on BBC’s The One Show sofa along with fellow team mate comedian Lee Mack to talk about Soccer Aid… You can watch Damian’s appearance on The One Show here.
Damian played in the first half of the match while it was raining cats and dogs…
…and I am not surprised fans want to sign him up for their teams 😀 Look at that!
Announce Damian Lewis @Arsenal
— XX (@lionelrossier) June 10, 2018
And next came the World Cup! Team England made it to the semi-finals in the World Cup this year, a first in 28 years, and as an avid fan of the World Cup, I cannot be happier that Damian was watching!
I’m hoarse from shouting at the TV but can you tell me why Kane played so deep…?? https://t.co/6hIlozXqhV
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) July 3, 2018
Damian was back at Lord’s again in July watching England face India in the second game of three-match One Day Internationals (ODIs). Well, I have to confess I do not even know what ODI means… and if someone asks me about cricket, I first think about the insect, not the sport. Sorry, Damian 🙂
However, even I can see that our “fair weather cricketer” as he calls himself is having a real good time! Please enjoy a little fun jabbing between Damian and the commentator here and in case you want to dive deeper in Damian’s own experience playing cricket at Lord’s, please see JaniaJania’s post from a few years ago here! She certainly knows a lot more about cricket than I do.
While she always attends the games that Damian plays in, Helen repeatedly says she is not as sporty as her better half. She tells Telegraph in 2008:
“Damian and I have separate interests. I don’t care if Liverpool win or lose. Nor could I explain any of the cricket scoring.”
But, hey, it seems tennis is an exception!
Damian and Helen attended Wimbledon to watch men’s semi-finals one of which (Anderson v Isner) ended up being the longest ever semi-final (6 hours and 36 minutes) at Wimbledon! And as the game got longer and longer, the couple took the time to study their snacks 😀 You can see more pics from Wimbledon at our gallery!
And, even though we believe her that she is not as sporty as Damian, Helen can certainly get into the action and play, too! Proof attached: How about a round of frisbee in Primrose Hill? 😀
And I just cannot help but LOVE Damian the fan whatever the context is… whether it is his beloved Liverpool, or his favorite radio program, or say, a Rolling Stones Concert 😀 Well, Damian’s tweets and the few fan photos we have seen on social media from the Rolling Stones Concert he and Helen attended speak volumes!
Looking forward to this sooooo much. https://t.co/VPwxti1i9Z
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 19, 2018
The legend that is… pic.twitter.com/2Ylb6u0OVX
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 19, 2018
No one better pic.twitter.com/fGBk0DCHZ8
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 19, 2018
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 20, 2018
And while you think it cannot get any better than this, it does! As if we needed another reason to love him, we have Damian in action supporting his neighbors at the ribbon cutting of Ketul Desai’s shop in Tufnell Park!
Live ribbon cutting of Ketul Desai's shop with Damian Lewis https://t.co/6PNdzfDyMx
— Alex Yau (@AlexYau_RN) July 21, 2018
And how about family vacation? The family had a magical weekend at Port Eliot Festival, a celebration of everything literary, in Cornwall: They immersed themselves in activities such as learning about the history of Vikings to dancing to Teleman, Damian’s new favorite band, around midnight to, hell yes, axe throwing lessons ending with “The Axe” signing an axe for Canoe Cornwall! 😀 😀 😀
— Canoe Cornwall (@CanoeCornwall) July 30, 2018
— Canoe Cornwall (@CanoeCornwall) July 31, 2018
Then the family was off to Liquid Leisure, one of the largest water parks in Europe, for some wet fun, and Damian hilariously photobombing a fan’s photo! 😀
Next, in August, the McCrory-Leiws family had some La Dolce Vita in Puglia, Italy! Thanks to posts on social media, we saw them taking a boat to the Caves of Polignano a Mare and visiting the Cathedral at Lecce. We all LOVE the new hat that has now become a constant companion to our favorite guy! 😀
And as if I needed another reason to love Damian… he was carrying a travel guide under his arm as they visited the cathedral — that is exactly how to do it, Damian! In other words, that is exactly how I do it 😀
Avec mon copain Damian Lewis on vous fait des Bacci depuis Lecce ! pic.twitter.com/bzxawvE60U
— ⭐️⭐️ Tom Ferro Villechaize (@TomVillechaize) August 10, 2018
For more Italy vacation pics, please visit our gallery.
Back from Italy, we have seen Damian and his new hat taking in a little bit more cricket at Lord’s, England vs India second test match, followed by a good meal and a delicious Lebanese wine at Crocket’s Folly!
And he has mostly been as a spectator lately, Damian found time to play a little cricket, too, for the Sir Paul Getty XI team, as the team played against the touring Canterbury CC team from Melbourne at Wormsley Cricket Grounds.
Damian’s arrival in Los Angeles on August 22 not only marks the end of his summer but also signals it may be time for him to make our dreams come true! Yes, we have been rooting for Damian to play Steve McQueen since 2015, proof attached, and now it is happening in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
And while we do not know if Damian is done working on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set, a recent tweet from Billions executive producer and show runner Brian Koppelman as well as Instagram posts from actors Kelly AuCoin and David Costabile remind us Damian will next be on Billions set!
Tomorrow is the first table read of season 4 of #Billions. Pretty much the entire cast will gather, along with David and me, and a few other producers, and they will read aloud the teleplay we have written for episode 401. This is one of the days I most look forward to.
— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) August 27, 2018
But, hey, it is always possible to squeeze in a little game of tennis, isn’t it? Our Englishman is now back in New York and at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the U.S. Open Day 4 sitting in Roger Federer’s box sandwiched between Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer…
…watching Federer beating Paire in three sets. And it turns out he was there as an invitee of Roger himself!
Thanks @rogerfederer for inviting me to your player's box yesterday. Loved your mum and dad. Eccentric game against a wayward Benoit Paire. Roger had to concentrate hard to get the job done but he's the best so guess what…..he did.
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) August 31, 2018
And I am sure you all have noticed the “Bobby Axelrod” haircut!
Please see our gallery for more pics from Arthur Ashe and don’t miss the wonderful U.S. Open interview with Damian below if you are curious which Shakespeare character Damian thinks Roger is closest to!
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#USOpen Star ⭐️ Gazing: @sho_homeland & @sho_billions star #DamianLewis joins @voguemagazine’s Anna Wintour in @rogerfederer’s box on #ArthurAsheStadium. Watch #Federer in action now on @ESPN. __ #usopen #atp #tennis #usopen50 #federer #instatennis #instasports #rogerfederer #billionsshowtime
UPDATE 09/04/2018: It turns out that, on the day we published this article, Labor Day 2018, Damian had one last day of summer with some sun and fun in the Hamptons! See our gallery for A LOT OF pics!