We have found out, thanks to the fantastic stories you have shared with us, that while many “discovered” Damian through his iconic roles like Major Dick Winters in Band of Brothers or Nicholas Brody in Homeland, the others found him through a news quiz show, an interview, or his better half. This week’s story comes from Celian who definitely falls in the latter category.
Unlike many of the fans who came across Damian through his characters in televisions or films, I first came across Damian through an app call The Love Book. As we know both he and his wife – the Great Helen McCrory – had been involved with reading love poetry from great poets in the app, and my favourite ones on the app happened to be the ones Damian and Helen read: Helen for Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet (“How do I love thee?”, she reads in such a loving sound!) and Damian for a poem written by Ben Jonson. You may ask how Damian and Ben Jonson together drew me to them. It was all thanks to the poem which involved my namesake – “To Celia”. Ben Jonson wrote it and Damian read it.
To Celia by Ben Jonson
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee!
In a matter of curiosity, I looked up Damian Lewis and had a read of his history, hence coming across with the Damianistas. In an observer’s gaze I read through the stories of fans and people who came across him and his wife, he seemed to me a good man who cares deeply of his family, people who are in need of help in some ways (e.g. Sohana, I doubt I would’ve known the condition if not through Damian) and he seemed always a man of positivity from what I could see.
I also enjoyed deeply of the fact that the Damianistas seemingly adored Helen too, as not many fanbase accommodate the other half of their favourite star very well (just look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s!). Helen is a pretty awesome actress in my opinion, I definitely can say so, having watched her performances as Medea in National Theatre (23rd July 2014).
I feel I still need to earn the right to say I am a fan, because I am still getting round to watch his films or going through the tv series he was involved in, but here I presented my so-called research notes of Mr Lewis.