Damian Lewis spotted at work for first time since heartbreaking death of Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory discusses the Prince's Trust on GMB in March

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Damian Lewis, 50, has been spotted bravely making his return to set four months after he was left heartbroken by his wife Helen McCrory’s death from cancer, aged 52. The actor was pictured at work today for the first time since the Peaky Blinders star’s tragic death in April.

Damian could be seen smiling upon his return to work while speaking to his colleagues on set.

The star was also pictured looking animated while in character, as he focused on his role.

Damian was filming Sky TV show Billions in London, in which he stars as hedge fund magnate Bobby Axelrod.

The series marks the first US TV series to feature a non-binary character, played by Asia Kate Dillon.

Away from his work, Damian has been looking after his and Helen’s daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13, amid the loss of their beloved mum.

After announcing the news of her death, Damian revealed that Helen had told him to find love again in a piece for The Sunday Times.

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

“She has been utterly heroic in her illness,” Damian admitted.

 

“Funny, generous, brave, uncomplaining. Her generosity has extended to encouraging us to live. Live fully, take opportunities, have adventures.”

Damian also previously shared how proud he was of his and Helen’s work in raising over £1.5million for the NHS just months before her death.

The couple helped out during the coronavirus pandemic by providing meals for doctors and nurses as they worked hard on the frontline.

Damian said on the Out to Lunch podcast at the time: “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.

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“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?’

“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.”

Helen died on April 16 following a cancer diagnosis.

The acclaimed actor had kept her health battle a secret and some of her friends were only told about the situation days before her death.

Damian’s Homeland co-star and pal David Harewood revealed how he found out.

Speaking to The Mirror, he said: “Damian got in touch a couple of days before the news broke, he let us all know. It was all very, very upsetting.

“Nobody knew. None of us knew what she was battling. It was shocking and unbelievably sad.

“Damian did such a tremendous job in publicly handling all that.

“My heart goes out to him and to their two young children.”

David also paid tribute to Helen as “an incredible, wonderful woman”.

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