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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Damian Lewis: I have Homeland stress

Published 13/12/2012

Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis has joked he has "post-traumatic stress disorder" from starring in Homeland.

The British actor portrays Nicholas Brody in the US TV show. Nicholas is a marine who was held as a prisoner of war by terrorists for eight years and the series follows him as he adapts to normal life after being released - with viewers never entirely sure whose side he is on.

The finale of season two will air in America this weekend and Damian has refused to be drawn on what happens.

"Really, I can't remember because I have post-traumatic stress disorder from doing the show. So I can't remember the ending," he laughed to

In the second season Nicholas has spent time as a senator and become embroiled in a CIA counter-terrorist plot. Fans of the show are waiting to see how it will conclude, with Damian admitting he will be tuning in on Sunday too.

"I think Sunday night is going to be an incredible episode. Everyone seems extremely happy with it. I haven't seen it yet, so I'll be sitting down with you guys and watching it," he said. "I thought last season's ending was incredible - and most people adored it - but there were one or two people who might have wanted something different. So hopefully we'll be able to please most of the people. I think it will be an emotional, nuanced, character piece."

Damian is celebrating after being nominated in the best TV actor category at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. His co-star Claire Danes - who plays Carrie Mathison - was mentioned in the female category, with the series in the running for the best TV ensemble prize.

Damian found out about his nod while he was shopping in London, UK, yesterday and couldn't be happier about the recognition.

"It's amazing. I'm very happy. It's very flattering that people are watching it and liking the show as much as they are and especially to get recognised by your peer group. You know, they're craftspeople in the same industry so it's particularly gratifying. It suggests that they see some craft in what you've done and that's very flattering. It feels fantastic," he gushed.

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