HE is an Eton educated English actor, she is an American punk princess. So Damian Lewis enjoying what looks like a nascent romance with Alison Mosshart has created an amazing image.
They were photographed at three dates – at the British Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone, at the summer party at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington on Thursday and at the fundraiser party at the National Gallery in London a week earlier.
Homeland star Damian and American rocker Baby Ruthless were also spotted on stage laughing and joking together on the metropolitan subway.
It has been 14 months since Damian, 51, lost his wife Helen McCrory to cancer.
The Peaky Blinders lead actress insisted that her husband find love again after her death.
Those close to Damian say that 43-year-old Alison, the lead singer of two bands, The Kills and The Dead Weather, could be the perfect fit for him.
One friend said: “People who care about Damian think she can give him the spark he needs after 14 months of suffering. Of course, one cannot avoid the fact that they come from very different backgrounds.
“He may have the image of a quintessentially British, straight-forward schoolboy, but he is actually much more down to earth. Meanwhile, Alison is far from the stereotypical rock girl and actually has this level of sophistication which means they can connect.”
They added: “It shouldn’t be a surprise if he’s now drawn to a rock star, because in many ways Helen was pretty rock ‘n’ roll. She didn’t always goof off reciting Shakespeare—she liked to have a good time, laughed like a whore, swore like a soldier, and always had her say.
Helen was 52 when she died at her North London home last April, leaving behind husband Damian, 14, daughter Manon, 15, and son Gulliver, 14.
Damian said at the time: “It is with a broken heart that I announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, a beautiful and powerful woman, Helen McCrory, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”
A devastated Damian retired from public life for several months to take care of his family. Although sometimes he paid homage to his late wife. He also revealed how the outspoken Helen, best known for her role as gangster matriarch Polly Gray on the BBC1 series Peaky Blinders, gave him her blessing to find love again.
She told us from her bed: “I want dad to have girlfriends, a lot, you all have to love again, love is not possessive.
He recalled: “Her generosity extended to the fact that the three of us stayed to live. Live life to the fullest, seize opportunities, seek adventure. She told us from her bed: “I want dad to have girlfriends, a lot, you all have to love again, love is not possessive.
“But you know, Damian, at least try to survive the funeral without kissing anyone.
A close friend of Helen said: “You can imagine the words that come out of her mouth because she would like Damian and the kids to go on with their lives.
“That comment about not kissing someone until after the funeral was typical of her wicked sense of humor.”
Despite Helen’s blessing, no potential love interests have been spotted for Damian and he only started going out in public earlier this year, still carrying his engagement ring. While it’s unclear how he and Florida native Alison met, the idea that Damian, the son of a major broker at Lloyd’s Bank, and the rock singer cross paths isn’t all that far-fetched.
Alison, the daughter of a used car salesman, was born and raised in Florida and has spent most of her career in the States.
“Great attention to culture”
But now she divides her life between two homes, in Nashville, Tennessee, and London. She regularly hangs out in the metropolitan West End, dining at her favorite restaurant, J Sheekey, nestled between the Noel Coward and Wyndham theaters – both of which Damian performed.
Alison is also firmly rooted in the band Primrose Hill, thanks in large part to the fact that Kate Moss married fellow Kills guitarist Jamie Hince.
The two were so close that Alison was “best man” on their big day in 2011. The supermodel was photographed with her at a bachelorette party – the Isle of Wight Festival, of course – along with fellow socialite Meg Matthews.
Alison was regularly filmed interacting with Noel Gallagher, Harry Styles, Jade Jagger, Sadie Frost and Daphne Guinness. She is also a darling of the fashion scene, with TV presenter and model Alexa Chung proclaiming her a style icon in Vogue magazine.
Her younger brother, chef Matthew Mosshart, dated Kelly Osbourne – Ozzy and Sharon’s daughter – from 2011 to 2014. The same close friend said: “Alison in many ways has one foot in American life and the other in British life, she has worked and lived. in London for many years intermittently. And her circle of friends is mainly related to music, film and production, so, like Damian, she is well versed in her culture.”
Damian has always divided his life between the UK and the US, partly because he visited relatives in Connecticut as a child. He admitted, “I’ve always felt pretty attached to America.” But this only intensified when his television career began in the early 2000s.
Steven Spielberg saw him perform on stage in London and cast him in the 2001 television war drama Band of Brothers, which led to a role in another American series Life from 2007 to 2009. After that, he landed his biggest and most famous role on the date as Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland from 2011 to 2014. This was followed by another American series, Billions, from 2016 to 2021.
He once recalled becoming ingrained in American culture, saying, “When I lived in LA for two years, and because in LA no one heard of a British accent—although God knows why, there are Brits everywhere—I just got tired of repeating all with an English accent when entering the store.
“So I would sometimes wake up and just be American with my American accent, and that seemed the most natural thing.”
And despite the fact that he comes from high society, he is not only interested in blue-blooded pursuits, such as vintage cars or polo. A close friend said: “Damian loves football – he is a Liverpool fan and takes part in Soccer Aid – and loved motorcycles many years ago before he had a rather nasty accident.
“And he loves nothing more than going to music festivals, not to mention Formula 1 racing. So it’s not just the ‘posh stuff’ you can imagine.”
Getting closer to rock star Alison coincided with the rediscovery of a longtime passion for music that once saw him perform at a friend’s wedding in September 2020.
He admitted that during lockdown he rekindled his love of playing the guitar and contacted music manager Steve Abbott to work together.
He said, “We’ve put together a bunch of songs and there’s talk of trying to record a few tracks in a recording studio. . . see if there’s anything people might want to listen to.”
But he understands that some people may not like the idea of a guy leaving the Motherland. He added: “I am careful. Of course, they will line up to take pictures when I stick my head out from behind the parapet, because no one is an easier target than an actor who thinks he can be a bit of a musician.”
At least with Alison now in his life, he can be sure of the right advice.