Hello, everyone! Welcome to a NEW Fan Stories Day!
One of the things that we love the most about our community is that Damian Lewis has fans from all over the world. That is why we have made an effort to have different nationalities represented in our fan stories series and it is our utmost pleasure today to have Veronica who is sharing her lovely fan story from Prague, Czech Republic! She is a young fan and it is beyond me that she discovered Damian when she was even younger. Hats off, Veronica 😀
Hello my name is Veronica and I would like to tell you how I became a fan of Damian Lewis.
When I was 14, I read a book called The Forsyte Saga.
I loved the book and my teacher recommended me to watch the TV series with a young, ginger and talented actor in the leading role. She was right that Damian Lewis was talented and I was thrilled when I found out that he was also a theater actor.
I started watching his movies and saw that Colditz was filmed in my country. Colditz was filmed in London but also in the Czech Republic. And, in the Czech Republic, it was shot in Kutna Hora and Prague.
The scene where corporal McGrade (Damian Lewis) arrives in London (27 minutes into the movie) was filmed in Prague’s main railway station.
If any of you visit Prague and would like to see this place you should go to the station HLAVNÁ NÁDRAŽÍ on the red line (believe me you can not get lost). When you come out of the subway stairs you must find the escalator and an information board. Then you go down the hallway and take the first exit right after another escalator to the platform number 2 and you’re there. I know my instructions may sound difficult but you can always ask the information center.
Another place Colditz was filmed is Kutna Hora. It is a town in the Central Region, less than an hour from Prague. Believe me you will not regret traveling to Kutna Hora where they created the interiors of Colditz in a medieval monastery. And the scene with Nick McGrade on the square is my favorite. Kutna Hora is on the UNESCO world heritage list and when you come in summer you have a choice of many festivals and cultural events.
Prague is a popular place to shoot films: Casino Royale (2006), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005), Oliver Twist (2005) AVP: Alien Vs. Predator (2004), Euro Trip (2004), Van Helsing (2004) Underworld (2003) Blade II (2002), From Hell (2001). And if you’re a fan of Claire Danes Les Misérables (1998) was filmed in Kutna Hora. I would like to mention one more film, The Brothers Grimm (2005) because I was there at filming as a little girl with my dad who did stunt work for Matt Damon.
Later I came to watch the series from Band of Brothers to Billions. I can not wait for the second series of Billions which begins in February. But, most of all, I love Damian Lewis in the role of Brody in Homeland, Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga and, of course, corporal Nick McGrade in Colditz.
That’s how I became a fan of Damian Lewis. And I have been reading Fan Fun with Damian Lewis into which you put too much work and I am grateful for that.
Thank you for the opportunity!