‘Life’ Damian Lewis

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Damian Lewis: Charlie Crews

Date Of Birth: February 11th, 1971 Hometown: London, England

Damian Lewis stars as complex and offbeat Detective Charlie Crews in NBC's new drama series "Life."

British actor Damian Lewis is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated performance as an American WWII hero in the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers" and for his portrayal of Soames Forsyte in the acclaimed ITV/Granada production of "The Forsyte Saga, Series I and II."

Born in London, Lewis was educated at Ashdown House and Eton College before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After leaving the Guildhall, Lewis joined the British theatre community and appeared in a number of plays between 1993 and 1998, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. During that time he was in Ralph Fiennes' "Hamlet" on Broadway, and played Hamlet in London. He returned to the London stage for the 2003/04 season opposite Helen McCrory in "Five Gold Rings" at the Almeida Theatre and starred in the 2005/06 National Theatre�s production of Ibsen's "Pillars of the Community."

Other television appearances include the BAFTA winning BBC mini-series "Warriors" in 1999, BBC's "Hearts and Bones" series in 2000, and portraying the title character in "Jeffrey Archer – The Truth" for the BBC. In 2005 he starred with Sophia Myles, Thomas Hardy, and Jason Priestley in the ITV/Granada/Power World War II mini-series "Colditz" and portrayed Benedick in the BBC�s updated "Shakespeare Retold" version of "Much Ado About Nothing."

Damian has starred in three films that were at the Cannes Film Festival, "Brides," "Chromophobia," and the critical hit "Keane," directed by Lodge Kerrigan. He has also starred in "The Situation" directed by Philip Haas, "Stormbreaker," "Dreamcatcher," "The Escapist" with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes, and "The Baker," which he also produced.