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Lewis 'took White House toilet pic'

Helen McCrory has revealed her Homeland star husband Damian Lewis took a picture of his actress wife in the White House toilet when the couple were invited for a state dinner with Barack Obama.

Married stars Damian, 42, and Helen , 45, rubbed shoulders with Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne, Hollywood star George Clooney and the US president at the banquet in March last year.

Peaky Blinders actress Helen said of being at the event with her husband: "We took snaps of each other in every room, including the loo. Thrilling!

"Then we walked into this marquee, chatting away... we suddenly looked at the rectangle stage. Warren Buffett, Helen McCrory, Damian Lewis, the president of the United States, George Clooney and an admiral," she said of the seating plan.

"We didn't even say anything, we just looked at each other. I could just hear my heart going de-DOOM!," she told the Radio Times.

Helen also admitted she has not seen all of Homeland, the series which has made her husband a huge star in the US thanks to his leading role as former prisoner of war Brody.

She said: "I've never, ever been competitive. I always thought it was odd when people were. I thought, 'Why should someone else's life in any way possibly affect how well you're doing in yours?' So I've never compared myself to anyone, least of all my husband.

"I'm very, really, very proud of his success. I've seen ... well, I haven't seen all of Homeland."

The Hugo star ridiculed actresses who are overly concerned with their appearance, saying: "There's always a bit of you that's going, 'Oh God, not that (camera) angle'. But you just can't let it hold you back.

"I've worked with actresses where you can't talk to them because they're pouting all the way through the shot. And you're thinking, 'What are you doing, why are you talking like that?'. And then you think, 'Oh, you're pouting! I'm so sorry.'

"And then you think, 'I don't want to see that. I don't want to watch those dramas'. People want to see people that are flawed, who have their little successes and their little failures, as we all do in life.

"Every time I watch a woman wake up, flick her hair on the pillow, sit up and yawn gorgeously, it doesn't make me think, 'Life is beautiful'. It makes me think, 'I'm so far away from what a woman should look like'."

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