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Brave Damian Lewis returns to work for 1st time since death of Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis is back on set four months after his beloved wife’s death.

The actor, 50, was in London filming Sky TV show Billions, in which he plays the lead role of hedge fund magnate Bobby Axelrod.

The programme is considered the first US TV series to have a non-binary character, played by Asia Kate Dillon.

Damian’s wife Helen McCrory died from cancer in April year aged 52.

He has been caring for their heartbroken daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13, since then.

Weeks after her death, Damian revealed Helen urged him to find love again.

Damian Lewis has returned to work for first time since death of his wife, Helen McCrory

Damian Lewis is pictured for the first time back on the set of the hit Sky TV show Billions in London
Damian Lewis is pictured for the first time back on the set of the hit Sky TV show Billions in London

He said she told him and the children that she wanted “Daddy to have lots of girlfriends”.

“She has been utterly heroic in her illness,” he said. “Funny, generous, brave, uncomplaining. Her generosity has extended to encouraging us to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures.”

Damian has also told of his pride at raising over £1.5million pounds for the NHS with Helen in the months before her death.

Damian Lewis looks relaxed while filming
Damian Lewis looks relaxed while filming

The couple also helped provide thousands of meals for doctors and nurses on the frontline during the pandemic despite Helen secretly battling cancer.

Speaking on the Out to Lunch podcast, recorded six weeks before his wife’s death, Damian described how proud he was of the work they did supporting the NHS over the past year.

The couple had an idea to provide meals to healthcare staff and made contact with John Vincent, CEO of high street food chain Leon.

Damian Lewis is pictured with actor Paul Giamatti
Damian Lewis is pictured with actor Paul Giamatti

Eventually, with the support of Little Britain star Matt Lucas, they launched the FeedNHS campaign.

Damian said: “We raised over one and a half million pounds and by the end of it were feeding 40,000 meals a day to a hundred different hospitals across the UK.

“It had started just with a conversation with a pal and he said ‘look we’re good at looking after patients but we are crap at looking after our own staff, can you think of anyway we can feed them?’”

Damian Lewis is smiling while on set
Damian Lewis is smiling while on set

Damian Lewis on his first day back on set since death of his wife, Helen McCrory
Damian Lewis on his first day back on set since death of his wife, Helen McCrory

“I am very, very glad we did it and I am full of admiration for people who give their time working in the charity sector.”

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