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Damian Lewis: 'How dare people pretend to be redheads?'

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory's marriage is a "muddle and a shambles", but the actor insists he doesn't know any other way.

Damian Lewis has blasted "fake redheads" like Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The 45-year-old actor is famous for his bright locks and beard, and is thrilled that the shade has become "trendy" in recent months. But one thing Damian isn't keen on is some of his fellow actors being given the label if they only have a hint of the shade in their tresses.

"They are now saying people are redheads when they’re not really redheaded," he vented during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (12May16). "So I keep reading press articles saying ‘Oh and the slightly redheaded Eddie (Redmayne) or Benedict or Tom (Hiddleston)’. And I’m looking at them thinking, ‘They’re not redheaded' and how dare they? How dare they join my club? My elite, exclusive redheaded club. You can’t just suddenly be a redhead now that redheads are fashionable - it’s absurd!"

Damian rarely has a day off, thanks to his roles in television shows such as Homeland and new U.S. hit show Billions. His wife, Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory, with whom he has two children, Gulliver, nine and Manon, eight, is also a successful actress, which makes things difficult when they want to have a date night.

"It’s a bit like putting a pin on a donkey (waves his arm around), ok there, good, we have to be free that night, let’s go and do something," he smiled. "It’s a muddle and it’s a shambles - is there any other way to do it? Not that I’m aware of!"

The actor is perhaps most well known for his role as prisoner of war turned terrorism suspect Nicholas Brody in Homeland. But the part has led to one aspect of his life becoming more time consuming.

"It takes me longer to get through airports," Damian admitted. "I actually have had someone stop me coming through Customs, going through my bag, take out my passport and going, ‘’Yeah, thought so, Just wanted to check’ and then handing my passport back. Like at 6.30 in the morning after a red eye. I was saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’ "

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