‘I love him to bits and he’s funny’: Helen McCrory calls husband Damian Lewis her ‘best friend’ and says they’d love to act together again… 14 years after meeting onstage.
They have been married ten years and both maintain busy and successful acting careers, but Helen McCrory and Damian Lewis are still very much in honeymoon mode.
‘Damian is my best friend,’ Helen, 48, declares to Woman & Home magazine in a new interview. ‘Why? Because he’s the most available person to me! No, it’s because I love him to bits and because I respect his opinion and because he’s funny.’
The Peaky Blinders star said that while they have plenty in common, she and Damian don’t live in each other’s pockets.
‘I don’t go up to Anfield with him at the weekend (he’s a Liverpool fan), and he’s not interested in facials and going to Bikram yoga with me,’ she explains to the magazine.
‘It’s not like we’re totally hand in glove but he does like the same stuff that I do.’
However, the actress admits she’d love to perform alongside her beau on stage.
The couple juggle their busy careers with looking after their two children – daughter Manon, 10, and nine-year-old son Gulliver.
But Helen will still find time to make something to commemorate the couple’s tenth wedding anniversary – this July.
‘Cotton handkerchiefs, for instance, or I did a paper bikini once,’ she remembers. ‘This year it’s tin, I believe, although I don’t know what I’m making yet.
‘I actually wanted a tin wedding ring – the one I have isn’t real tin, it’s titanium, which is supposed to be the lightest and strongest of all metals.’
It’s certainly been a busy year already for the actress, who will soon be seen back on the small screen in ITV’s legal thriller Fearless.
She was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honour’s List – an accolade she almost didn’t find out about on time.
‘My agent rang up saying, “We’ve just had a phone call from the Cabinet Office. They want to know: are you going to accept your OBE or not because it’s the last day today?” Helen recalls.
‘They had sent it to me and I’d never opened it. I thought it was some sort of parking ticket for Damian because it had an official stamp on it.
‘I am so thrilled – so proud. It means the world to me. My dad was in the foreign office and my mum the NHS (as a physiotherapist) so it means a lot to my family too.’