ACTOR Damian Lewis is set to receive a gong in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for his charity work.
The Homeland star, whose wife Helen McCrory died of cancer last year, will be awarded a CBE this week.
Damian, 51, has worked quietly for several charities for many years, some with Peaky Blinders star Helen.
A friend said: “This is well deserved for all the work Damian has done for so many people, doing so much with little if any public fanfare.”
The royal recognition comes after Damian, who played Henry VIII in BBC drama Wolf Hall, was awarded an OBE by Prince William in 2014.
The father of two is an ambassador for a number of organizations including youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
He revealed last year that he and Helen have helped raise £1.5million to feed NHS workers during the Covid lockdowns. The Band of Brothers star said 100 hospitals are being provided with 40,000 meals a day.
Damian, who also starred in Sky Atlantic’s Billions, traveled to Bolivia in 2005 as part of his work for Christian Aid, which funds some of the world’s poorest countries.
He was last seen on TV this month hosting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration at Windsor Castle.
Damian was also joined by a host of stars at a touching memorial service for his late wife this month.
Actors including Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Keeley Hawes were among the guests at the service at St Paul’s Church in central London.
Helen, who played matriarch Aunt Polly Gray on BBC’s Peaky Blinders, lost her battle with cancer in April last year aged just 52.
As part of her legacy, Damian created the McCrory Awards with the charity HvH Arts to help gifted children reach their potential.
When Helen’s death was announced, her husband marveled at her ability to “spread happiness.”
He said it “has shone brighter than you can imagine even the brightest star could shine for the past few months.” And he added: “I’ve never met anyone who spreads happiness so consciously.
“Even as she died in her final days, speaking to our wonderful caregivers, she repeatedly said ‘thank you very much’ in her semi-insane state.”
Helen, who also starred in the Harry Potter series and the Bond film Skyfall, even joked about her husband’s future relationships.
Lewis said: “She said to us from her bed, ‘I want dad to have girlfriends, lots of them, you all have to love again, love isn’t possessive but you know Damian at least try to get through the funeral without kissing anyone.
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