Damian Watcyn Lewis was born in February 1971 in Clifton Hill, St John’s Wood, the eldest son of John Watcyn Lewis, a City Insurance broker with Lloyd’s. His paternal grandparents were Welsh. His maternal grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Sir Ian Bowater, Lord Mayor of London and his maternal grandmother’s ancestors include Viscount Dawson of Penn, a doctor to the Royal Family.
He is an English actor, presenter and producer who attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after which he served as a stage actor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is especially known for his performance as Soames in the ITV series of Forsyte Saga in 2002-3 (10 episodes), also his performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall.
He was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to drama.