Eton disaster! Damian Lewis reveals embarrasing school incident nearly ended his career
Damian Lewis has revealed an embarrasing school incident nearly ended his career before it began
Homeland star Damian, 43, recently revealed he forgot his lines during a school production, much to his embarrassment.
Appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he told host Kirsty Young being on stage felt “instinctive” but admitted it had not always been the case.
He revealed, aged just 11, he had forgotten the whole third act of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida and ‘mouthed’ along to the songs.
The Band of Brothers star forgot his lines in a high school play
He said: “It’s like an actor’s nightmare that actors have before they’re getting ready for press night but it happened to me in real life. I stood on a stage in front of the entire school with Mrs Woodgates playing the piano from the side and singing at least one song for me and saying quite a lot of my dialogue as well.
“I was stood there mouthing it on the stage like I might just fool them if I just keep moving my lips. The headmaster said it was the worst dress rehearsal in his history of being at the school.”
Lewis, who attended prestigious school Eton, made his name playing Major Richard Winters in the Second World War epic Band Of Brothers in 2001.
He then cemented his star status taking up the role of returned prisoner of war Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in hit show Homeland.
Thankfully everything was okay and Damian accepted an OBE last month
Jumping forward to modern day, Damian was recently made an OBE and is now set to play King Henry VIII in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Tudor-era novels.
Speaking on the radio show, the actor explained he would need “some Aloe vera oil-based lotion” to protect his pale skin from the Desert Island sun, but chose to take a whittling kit as his luxury item.
Among his chosen tracks were Crystal Clear by electronic dance act The Grid, Baggy Trousers by Madness and Bix Beiderbecke’s Goose Pimples.