48 Reasons to Love Damian Lewis

Welcome to Damian’s Birthday Party!

Damian is my fellow Aquarian. And if you believe in horoscopes — I cannot say I do but I enjoy reading them — then 2019 will be a GOOD year for us 😀 But, honestly, when it comes to Damian’s year, we don’t really need to read the horoscope, the tea leaves, or having grown up in Turkey, the coffee cup for him 🙂

Firstly, we are looking forward to the premiere of Billions Season 4 on Showtime March 17 at 9pm ET/PT! The series has already become the premium network’s second biggest show ever after Homeland and guess what — there is only one actor that has played in Showtime’s two biggest shows! 😀 And then the two films Damian has completed in 2018, namely Run This Town and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are coming to a theater near us this year… So we can only imagine the possibilities 2019 may bring…

Happy Birthday, Damian! You make 48 look so damn good and so we have decided to come up with that many reasons to love you! ENJOY!


Reason #1 He is married to a kick-ass woman, Helen McCrory! I am happy to report I was able to share with Helen that HOW HAPPY I am to know Damian is married to a feminist. I repeated my words to Damian, too, and guess what he said:

“I’m a feminist, too.”

I believe him.

Damian and Helen attend pre-BAFTA party in London, February 9, 2019

Reason #2 He shares my love for football and uses it as a form of therapy.

“I enjoy the total absorption in a white ball and 10 other guys and the focus, and the way it releases everything else from your mind. It’s brilliant, it’s the best occupational therapy I can think of. You run around and get fit and it releases any anger or tension that you have. I used to play at 7.30 on Thursday mornings in New York. I’d haul myself out of bed, even if I’d had a night shoot that finished at 2am and go and play. I love it.”

And the man is a total wiz on the field. Look at Damian pulling a Cruyff turn at Soccer Aid 2016. Standing Ovation!

Reason #3 HIS WORDS at SAG-AFTRA interview make me not only love him but also his “small head” 😀

“There seems to be a distinction between actors and film stars here [US]. A film star can be a brilliant actor. There are some film stars who are brilliant actors, and they are lucky they get to be both  And then there are some film stars whose bandwidth is less broad and what they have perfected is a persona. And it’s that persona, that film persona, is what they project so successfully. And, in fact, I have had producers say to me “before you choose your persona, what is your film persona? And what would you then project in order to be that film star?” And that is way too complicated for my small head to grapple with.”

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Reason #4 THE Eyebrow. If you don’t know what I mean, see below 🙂 And, believe it or not, Damian gave me the eyebrow twice.

Reason #5 DAMIAN READS! He always has a book in his hand, under his arm, or in his pocket.

Reason #6 Damian shares my love for Mad Men and Don Draper!

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Reason #7 Nicholas Brody!

I was a regular woman attending to her own thing UNTIL that red-headed US Marine/POW came along unexpectedly and turned everything upside down! If there had been no Brody, there would have been no blog. And since I can easily cite this journey as one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, I cannot thank Damian enough for it.

Reason #8 Three magical words that he told me:

“I read you.”

Well, Damian could not have made me happier should he have said “I love you.” And I LOVE HIM for it! 😀

source: Damianista


Reason #9 He’s smart. Damian often speaks self-deprecatingly of not having gone to university, of just becoming an “ACT-terr” as if it’s comparable to lugging timber or fixing leaky faucets. Maybe this speaks to the differences between professional and vocational education in the UK vs. here. (although there used to be more vocational opportunities in the States once upon a time too) But, heck, if he’s a “drop-out” then the folks on this side of the pond have a lot of catching up to do in terms of basic liberal arts education. He knows his stuff.

He works hard at really getting to know what the heck he’s been employed to do. He researches extensively, reads, talks to subject matter experts, reads some more. He thinks of his job as a learning opportunity and it shows in the work he does. No phoning it in for this guy.

Reason #10 He’s gosh darn beautiful on the outside. The kind of beauty that’s unexpected, takes you by surprise, and, boy, are you glad you decided to let yourself be surprised. He’s a stunner, even when he’s not.

Reason #11 He’s beautiful on the inside. Great dad and husband, doing lots of good works in his community (mentoring creativity) and the world at large (support for Sohana and Soccer Aid to name just a couple). He’s not sitting on his fame in some tower, unwilling to mix with the masses. He gets down to all levels of humanity, not just for the photo opp, but from genuinely loving the opportunity to do it.

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Reason #12 He’s diplomatic and always kind, but still allows his opinions be known. He has the heart of a humanist who doesn’t really want to cause too many waves but also doesn’t want injustice to walk by unchecked. I have a feeling he’ll be becoming more and more outspoken about issues he believes in. It’s only natural, as his career becomes ever more entrenched and his platform grows.

Reason #13 He’s so kind; did I say that already? Well, the kindness of a celebrity who doesn’t really need to be kind deserves another note. He seems to genuinely care about people and he’s not shy about showing it.

Reason #14 Which leads me to….he’s so confident! Sure, we all love characters who show vulnerability, and Damian can play those characters in spades, but as for the man, himself, Damian seems to exude an unabashed confidence while still showing sensitivity. Not an easy thing to pull off. Seems there are two ways to be: Either the world wounds you deeply and you shrink away and just hope to survive it or you walk belly-up to the bar and take over the room. He seems to inhabit both ways to be, and it’s really remarkable and super attractive.

Reason #15 He’s a goofball when the situation allows. I’ve always said goofiness is next to godliness. He takes pleasure in making people laugh. How can you not love such a trait?

Reason #16 He knows his strengths, he doesn’t pander, he doesn’t compromise. He’s not taking roles just to take them. He’s not willing to pigeonhole himself into what others want him to be. He knows his art, he knows what he loves, and he ventures forth only when the conditions are just right. A luxury perhaps to be able to do, but, really as simple as that.


Reason #17 My first admiration has to go toward his craft, of course.  My main man? He’s not a method actor.  In his SAG-AFTRA interview last year, he stated that he created his intensity through “imaginative work”.  He even called out the great father of method acting, Stanislavsky, saying that he didn’t bother “remembering when my first hamster died” to help him find the emotion for a scene.  It was even more interesting to hear him dive into a description of Alexander method, which has known ties to the study that I have found myself dedicated to: Delsarte.  See? I knew he was a Delsartean. He just doesn’t know if yet (or he does….he does say he reads the blog, you know!)

Reason #18 The beard. Ok, so if you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that, on occasion, I have mentioned my love of Damian’s gorgeous ginger beard.  There’s not much more to say, honestly. I love beards. I love red hair.  A red beard is a culmination of the two physical things I love most!

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Reason #19 Sure, I’d like to think that he’s perfect.  He sure LOOKS perfect. But he’s no stranger to putting his foot into his mouth.  When a quote about worrying that he may become typecast as “fruity old actor” playing wizards became linked to Sir Ian McKellen, he was quick to issue a swift apology.  So many people make missteps like this, but few are so quick to make sure to retract, apologize and make it right with the actual people directly hurt.  It’s really amazing how a scandal can become nothing, when the right apology is issued!

Reason #20 His dedication to charity work, whether it be appearing at various charity events, promoting the arts,  being a celebrity spokesman for Sohana Research Fund, or tweeting fun photos of He and Helen in their matching fundraiser bracelets! I love that he uses his platform for good.  He even inspired me to become a patron for a local charity here in Minneapolis called TransChance Health.  I’ve used my visibility as a performer and maker(I make rhinestoned accessories) to raise money for this worthy cause. And We have Damian to thank for inspiring me!

source: Sohana Research Fund

Reason #21 A funny guy is my favorite guy, and our fella knows how to crack a good joke!  I loved his opportunistic joke as he autographed President Obama’s Homeland DVD: “From One Muslim to Another…”

Reason #22 A good artist is always working on their craft.  One way to do so is to step outside of your own discipline.  I remember reading that he took up tap dancing during the filming of Homeland.  That sort of thing really helps “sharpen your sword”, as it were.  It improves your focus and creativity to dive into another modality.  I love seeing that he does this!

Reason #23 1971.  It was a great year, apparently.  Several pivotal men in my life have come out of this year.  My older brother, my darling husband, and Damian Lewis. Damn, it must have been one hell of a year!!

Reason #24 And finally, I’ll always appreciate the gratitude he has for his fans. From moments he spends taking selfies all the way to filming a thank you and encouraging message for us, even wearing a hand-made scarf from a fan, he knows that his craft and his success is nothing without people to appreciate him.

Thanks so much, Kristy! source: krizzy44 Instagram

Lady Trader

Reason #25 Diverse: Damian has the ability to play a big time hedge fund manager, the King of England, an LA Detective, a US Marine turned terrorist, etc. and you never see the same person in any of the characters! In this way, he so reminds me of Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. His diversity and range knows no bounds.

Reason #26 Affable: In interviews or on panels (like Paley Live), Damian emits kindness and warmth. He is so comfortable in who he is, and it shows in his easygoing, pleasant way. The incredible kindness he has shown us all here at Fan Fun is beyond words!

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Reason #27 Magnanimous: Using his platform as actor, he gives his time to many charities such as his support for finding a cure for cancer on World Cancer Day. Oh, and being generous with his time with Damianista!

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Reason #28 Interested: I love the fact that Damian met with real hedge fund managers in his preparation of playing Axe. Since he had never been exposed to that lifestyle, he was interested in what makes these people tick, why they do what they do. And I truly believe he learned a lot, because he nails the character of Axe!

Reason #29 Attractive: Let’s face it. We love his acting, but being handsome certainly doesn’t hurt. I mean really, would we have fallen for Brody, Axe or Soames if he looked like Tony Soprano? I think not!

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Reason #30 Natty: Every girl’s crazy for a sharp dressed man! And well, there are not too many sharper dressed than the Ginger Man himself. Whether it be in a tuxedo, jeans and a sports jacket, or my favorite, a Black Sabbath t-shirt, he looks smashing!

Reason #31 Humble: He’s a huge star, but you would never know it! I mean really, could you imagine Brad Pitt riding the tube? I thought not!

Reason #32 Engaged: Giving our little blog a video shout-out (twice!!), well, we know he is engaged with his fans, and he actually likes our work! What is not to love about that?


So, 48 reasons to love Damian Lewis. Only 48? 🙂 Here are my 8 reasons:

Reason #33 The boy can act his ass off. His talent knows no bounds. He is, in my opinion, the single best actor of our generation. His versatility is seamless, both in character and medium.

Reason #34 He has a brilliant mind. Quick-witted, educated, speaks eloquently. And to me, that is the sexiest attribute of another human being.

Reason #35 Part of the brilliance includes musical talent – he can play piano, guitar and sing.

Reason #36 He’s funny – always the ham.

Reason #37 He gives back – his time, his charity, to his community – all for good causes.

Reason #38 He’s the most handsome, sexiest ginger on the planet. Something in those eyes and that ONE eyebrow 😉

Reason #39 He tries to be as generous as possible every time he can interact with his fans, whether walking the streets of New York or London.

Reason #40 He’s a sharp dresser. The man can wear a suit like a runway model.


Of course Damian’s talent is the reason but let me break that down into
it’s several parts.

Reason #41 His sensitivity. He deeply understands/becomes his characters. That leaves him free to stay in the moment with them; let’s us watch them develop, unspool or unravel.

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Reason #42 His physicality. A director once said to me that she really needed an actor who was “in his body”. That made an impression. Damian Lewis is in his body. Bobby doesn’t move like King Henry, doesn’t move like Charlie Crews. His conscious choices infuse every movement.

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LIFE — Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Shahi as Dani Reese, Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews — NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth

Reason #43 His expression is detailed to the point he can seem like another man in a Damian Lewis mask. After watching S3 of Homeland, desperate for Brody, I watched some of Billions. He wasn’t there! A guy who sort of resembled him was. That’s a portrayal!

Reason #44 His voice. I find American Damian’s voice slightly higher pitched than Brit Damo. Even so he achieves that valuable trait of good acting – modulation. The rise and fall of the voice, differentiating each thought or emotion within each speech or even sentence while maintaining coherence. In Friends and Crocodiles and The Forsyte Saga we get the chance to watch a single character go through evolutions – physical, spiritual, emotional, vocal. Yet both Soames and Paul Reynolds remain recognizable in their speech as well as manner.

Enough about Damian’s remarkable talent.

Reason #45 How about that wit! He’s so much fun to watch at play. Bantering, dancing or playing a silly game on a talk show, I’d love go to a party with him!

Reason #46 Damian’s intelligence is most on display in his long inteviews. SAG-AFTRA and both the NYC & London Times Talks. He is open and thoughtful about his process as an actor, his life (without being confessional) and his inner egomaniac with an inferiority complex so common to performers.

Reason #47 His generosity to his fellow actors. The tribute he received at the 2018 Britannia Awards from longtime friend Matthew Macfadyen as well as cast members from movies and television. Men and (especially?) women love and respect him. A personal favorite of mine is Damian’s behavior at the 2013 SAG Awards where Claire Danes received the award for her performance in Homeland. He leaps to his feet twice and can’t applaud hard enough. She loves him for it. I love him for it!

Reason #48 You knew it was coming. Brody, always Brody. I don’t know if I should love Damian or resent him for the sublime disruption he brought to my emotional life. All of the reasons above had for me their apex in his absolute sensitive portrayal of Sgt Nick Brody.

Happy Birthday and thank you, Damian, for all this and thank you for bringing me to Fanfun with all my Fanfuntastic friends!

Damianista here again. We hope you enjoyed our 48 reasons to love Damian and please feel free to share your own in the comments section!
We have this blog to share our love for Damian and to build a community around it. The constant love and support we get from our readers give the experience its real meaning. Love breeds love and this is yet another reason to love Damian. Cheers!

Author: Damianista

Academic, Traveler, Blogger, Runner, Theatre Lover, Wine Snob, Part-time New Yorker, and Walking Damian Lewis Encyclopedia :D Procrastinated about a fan's diary on Damian Lewis for a while and the rest is history!

28 thoughts on “48 Reasons to Love Damian Lewis”

  1. You ladies have covered those 48 reasons just beautifully! I doubt much if anything could be added. Fascinating reading… thanks to all. Forty-eight years old today. Congrats Damian and have a very happy day. I can’t believe that in Sept. 2019 I will have been following his career for 18 years. So, he was 30 then and I was…… aw, never mind!!!

    1. Thank you, Connie, for your kind words!!! 18 years is a long time!!! I applaud you for following the ginger prince’s career for all these years! Thanks for all your support, it means a lot! YOU ROCK!!!

  2. Congratulation Damian , have a great day tomorow , and wich you the best to you and your family in 2019 .
    From Honduras.

    We all are waiting march 17


    ps: very nice blog good job

  3. A superb list ladies. So why do I love Damian…
    1) His eyes; they sparkle when he smiles, but can portray a dark & broken place as well.
    Which leads to number 2) His commitment to every role; he’s never the same man twice.
    3) That eyebrow; who doesn’t love it!
    4) The cheeky smile & sense of humour; he just seems so much fun to be around.

    His protrayal of Richard Winters in BoB changed my life when I was just 15, and I even felt sorry for him when he fell in love with a goat called Sylvia haha! The man can do no wrong in my eyes…

    1. He can do anything with his eyes, can’t he? And the eyebrow is EVERYTHING!!!!!! Thank you so much Vicky for your support, for your contributions to the blog, being our Dark Horse!!!! Sending lots of love!!!!

  4. Wow, great job you guys. I enjoy reading your blog regularly, i am sure you all made me a better fan ,who knows just about everything that can be known about this realy marvelous actor and man.
    Keep doing this fine job!
    And of course, happy birthday Damian❤

    1. Hi Dalia! I’m so glad we’re meeting virtually thanks to Damian’s birthday! Thank you for reading us and for your kind words! We try our best and the support we get from the fans (and from Damian!) make us keep going and going! Please don’t be a stranger, we’d love to have your feedback! All the best!

    1. Hi Leslie, thanks for reading! Great meeting you thanks to DL’s birthday and hope you visit more, we’d love to have your feedback! With Love, Damianista

  5. Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin, Damianie! Szczęścia w życiu prywatnym i zawodowym. Oby uśmiech nigdy nie gasł na Twojej twarzy. Jesteś wspaniałym aktorem i dobrym człowiekiem. Kocham Cię! Mam nadzieję, że przyjedziesz kiedyś do Polski i zobaczę Cię na żywo ;-)))))

    Google-translate from Polish:

    Happy birthday, Damian! Happiness in private and professional life. Let your smile never go out on your face. You are a great actor and a good man. I love you! I hope you will come to Poland someday and see you live ;-)))))

  6. Damian, mam nadzieję, że spełnią się wszystkie Twoje marzenia i że spełnisz jedno moje: przyjedziesz do Polski i zobaczę Cię na własne oczy ! Hahaha ❤

    Google-translate from Polish:

    Damian, I hope that all your dreams will come true and that you will fulfill one of mine: you will come to Poland and see you with my own eyes! Hahaha ❤

    1. Joanna, thanks for reading us and for your support! I wish from the bottom of my heart that Damian fulfills your wish and comes to Poland! I am sure they shoot a lot of films/shows in beautiful Krakow and elsewhere in Poland! Sending love your way!!!

  7. It is super post. 48 Reasons to Love Damian Lewis. I subscribe to each! I becamed acquainted with the works of Damian after re-read book John Galsworthy «The Forsyte Saga». I wanted to see the movie Saga’s. And found the series of 2002.And i fell in love to Soames Forsyte. I worried about nim hero so much and compassionated to him. Because Damian showed soul Soames. And for me now Soms Forsyte is a good hero. After I watch TV- series «Life». Now i watch «Billions». Damiam great actor. He is everywhere different , everywhere the unique. Damian best of the best! And I want wish nim new interesting roles and movies, which fans from Russia so need in his execution.Happy Birthday great Damian! Be happy! Always!

    1. Thank you so much, Julia, for reading us, and for your kind words! And we agree with every word you say about Damian! And, I know Damian doesn’t want us to like Soames, but I can’t help it!!!!!!
      Hope you visit us more often, we’d love to hear your feedback. We are all looking forward to Billions Season 4 coming up in March! Sending love to Russia!

      1. Thank you so much, Damianistasays, for you reply and so kind words! I am very happy to have found your blog, that thanks to you, I can learn so many interesting about Damian and share my thoughts! And get to know you. Oy)))), reall, we can’t help it-we loves his Soames)))!!! oo, and i so looking forward to Billions Season 4 coming up in March! Sending to you love from Russia!!!!

  8. Happy 48 dear Sir!! Loved reading this and despite WHATEVER I see you in I will sit down any day and rewatch BRODY! Been carrying around another scarf….one of these days!!’ Lovely tribute girls!! So glad I got the chance to meet you all in NYC! I saw me in that New Yorker video Bahar!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Carol, for your support and for your kind words! That night at NY Fest was fabulous! Hope we have a chance to do it again… Maybe if Damian does Broadway at some point. Now that would be FABULOUS!!!!! And…. Ha! Good idea to carry around a scarf in case… I loved it when he appeared with the scarf you made for him the whole fall/winter 2015-16!

  9. Such warm and beautiful words here! And all are true! Thank you, ladies, for having the chance to tune into the vibe!
    So, Happy birthday, Damian! Wish you all the best!

    PS Really, really hope to see you on stage (comedy, if it’s possible 😀 ) soon!!!

    1. Thank you, my lovely friend, for your lovely words! And you’re right, he needs to do comedy on stage, preferably at TRH, and sooner than later! Pretty please! But also he needs to do broadway at some point to make the American fans happy. Sending LOVE!!!!!

      1. YES at TRH first, please! Tomorrow I’ll put a note under the management office doors: *Damian lewis in comedy is required* 😀 Than you’ll do your job at Broadway (that saunds like The Master and Margarita’ s Behemoth and Korovyev lark :D) Love and many hugs!!!!

  10. What can I say, this is brilliant to read! I adore Damian as much as all you do! I also saw him in Warriors years before Homeland, and it also has been Nicolas Brody that stole my heart with his complex, strong yet sensitive and genuine self. I admire Damian ever since, especially his endless versatility. His characters have one thing in common though: they all evoke sympathy and understanding, going beyond initial judgement and I’m sure we could easily defend even Soames or the soldier he played in Warriors. I adore his excellent command of language, his eloquence, obvious intelligence and parallel humbleness, kindness and love of life. Also being a fan of his lovely wife, strong and wonderful woman Helen McCrory I am gladly satisfied with the fact he married not only into bury but above all into character and intelligence!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and great to meet you virtually thanks to Damian’s birthday! I cannot agree with you more about Damian being married to Helen. She is a strong woman, a brilliant actress, and a true feminist. His marriage is certainly a way for me to know that I am rooting for the right guy 🙂 Hope you come visit us often, we’d love to hear your feedback!

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