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Damian Lewis stars as the complex and offbeat Detective Charlie Crews in NBC's returning drama series "Life."
Born in London, Lewis was educated at Ashdown House and Eton College before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After leaving Guildhall, Lewis joined the British theater community and appeared in a number of plays between 1993-98, 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."
Lewis first came to the attention of American audiences with his Golden Globe-nominated performance as World War II hero Richard Winters in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers." He also starred as Soames Forsyte in the acclaimed British production of "The Forsyte Saga, Series I and II."
Lewis' other television appearances include the BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries "Warriors," BBC's "Hearts and Bones" series, and "Jeffrey Archer-The Truth" as the title character. In 2005, he starred in the World War II miniseries "Colditz" and portrayed Benedick in the BBC's updated "Shakespeare Retold" version of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Lewis has starred in three films that were shown at the Cannes Film Festival --"Brides," "Chromophobia," and the critical hit "Keane," directed by Lodge Kerrigan. He has also starred in Philip Haas' "The Situation," Lawrence Kasdan's "Dreamcatcher," Rupert Wyatt's "The Escapist" (with Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes), "Stormbreaker" and "The Baker," which he also produced.