Actor Damian Lewis

Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 8, 2011

Damian Lewis from the new series Homeland looks familiar. Where have I seen him before?

—Simon Rogers, Beaufort, S.C.

London-born Lewis, 40, is best known in the U.S. for the short-lived TV series Life and the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He was also in the 2011 film comedy Your Highness with Natalie Portman and James Franco.

The actor trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, after which he appeared in numerous plays, primarily as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His TV appearances in the U.K. include The Forsyte Saga, Warriors, Hearts and Bones and Jeffrey Archer: The Truth.

On Homeland, he plays U.S. Marine Sgt. Nicholas "Nick" Brody, who was held as a captive for eight years before being rescued in Afghanistan and brought home as a hero—or possibly a terrorist. "In England, we can’t make this kind of TV. We don't have the resources. We don't have film and TV language in our DNA in the same way you do here. And telling it compellingly, entertainingly, but in a complex and psychologically real way is something we don’t come up with as often as [Americans] do."