Damian Lewis plays intimate concert in London ahead of debut album release


Damian Lewis is preparing for life as a musician with a warm-up show in London (Picture: PA)

Actor Damian Lewis has swapped the screen for a guitar as he played songs from his upcoming debut album at an intimate show in London.

The 51-year-old actor, known for starring in the television dramas Band Of Brothers and Homeland, is proving acting isn’t his only talent as he stunned crowds at the iconic Omeara venue.

Damian, who is currently loved-up with new girlfriend Alison Mosshart, performed to a sold-out crowd on Thursday in the London Bridge area.

The warm-up show comes days before his planned Sunday set at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire.

Dressed all in black for the occasion, Damian – who was also recently made CBE – was supported by a live band as he belted out tracks in his strong voice along with playing the guitar.

The very special gig also featured Jazz and Soul singer-songwriter Cherise as a special guest.

The actor stunned audiences at the sold-out show (Picture: PA)
Damian had begun a career as a busker before finding fame in acting (Picture: PA)

Having played classical guitar since the age of 13, Damian graduated to the steel string acoustic after being inspired by Elvis Presley and spent his early 20s busking in London.

The star has since carved out an impressive career as an actor, but during lockdown rediscovered his passion for music and is now set to release his debut album.

Damian has met with various London-based musicians, including Giacomo Smith, to record a currently untitled debut album that is due to be released next year.

The star picked up guitar again during lockdown and is now preparing to release his debut album (Picture: PA)

The Billions actor previously said he was ‘looking forward’ to getting out on stage to play the songs he had written and recorded for the album after he – lkemany of us – took up old hobbies during the height of the pandemic.

He had added that it would ‘be good to be back on stage, this time with a guitar in my hand.’

This summer, Damian was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and charity.

He said both he and his late wife, Helen McCrory, were ‘thrilled’.

Damian lost his wife, the late great Helen McCrory, to cancer last year (Picture: REX)

Acclaimed actress and Peaky Blinders star McCrory died in April 2021 aged 52 after being diagnosed with cancer.

In recent weeks, Damian has been pictured with US musician Alison Mosshart, from the bands The Kills and The Dead Weather, prompting speculation they have begun a relationship.

They were most recently photographed at private members’ club The House of Koko on Wednesday.

Alison’s mum, Florida native Vivian, previously told the Daily Mail the family are ‘all excited’ about her new relationship with the actor.

‘They have mutual friends. I don’t know exactly how they met but I’m fine with it. If she’s happy, we are happy. I’m yet to meet him but certainly I’d like to.’

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