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Damian Lewis will take a break from acting to look after his kids after wife Helen McCrory’s death

‘It looks like a hiatus for some time’: Damian Lewis will take a break from acting to look after his children after wife Helen McCrory’s death last year

Damian Lewis is set to take a break from work to focus on dad duties.

The Billions star, 51, is ‘on a hiatus’ from acting while he looks after his two teenage children – Manon, 15, and Gulliver, 14 – following the death of their mother (and his wife) Helen McCrory last year.

He shot a big budget thriller A Spy Among Friends, based on the story of Kim Philby, at the end of last year, but hasn’t taken on any new roles since. 

‘It looks like a hiatus for some time’: Damian Lewis will take a break from acting to look after his children after wife Helen McCrory’s death (pictured with Manon, 15, and Gulliver, 14, in 2018)

A friend told the Daily Mail: ‘He’s stepped up amazingly to look after the kids, and does so without any help. He is there at pick-up every day. His priority is being with them and he stepped in to do everything Helen did, and he’s doing it so well.

‘He won’t put them into boarding school or anything like that, so it looks like a hiatus from acting work for him for some time. 

‘There was a little bit of work to do in America recently and he brought the kids with him, so they had a holiday — although they all came down with Covid, naturally.’ 

Damian himself said last October that he planned to stay in London for the foreseeable future ‘for obvious reasons’. 

Tragic: Helen died aged 52 after a battle with cancer in April of last year (pictured in 2019)

Tragic: Helen died aged 52 after a battle with cancer in April of last year (pictured in 2019)

He is aiming to release an album of music next year; and last week played a gig in London. Many of the songs were about Helen, who died aged 52 after a battle with cancer in April of last year.

Lewis was visibly emotional on stage and at one point joked that he ‘shouldn’t have worn mascara’.

A friend said: ‘He still wears his wedding ring and all the songs were about Helen. No one could have grieved harder than he did.’ 

He remains very close to Helen’s parents Iain and Ann, and consulted them before going public with his new girlfriend, musician Alison Mosshart. Iain and Ann were in the audience at London’s Omeara when Lewis played there. 

He and Mosshart, of The Kills, are thought to have got to know each other via mutual friends and went public at a fundraiser for the National Gallery in July. She wasn’t spotted in the audience at his gig. 

A Spy Among Friends is due out on the new ITV streaming service ITVX in November or December.

New love: He remains very close to Helen's parents Iain and Ann, and consulted them before going public with his new girlfriend, musician Alison Mosshart (pictured in July 2022)

New love: He remains very close to Helen’s parents Iain and Ann, and consulted them before going public with his new girlfriend, musician Alison Mosshart (pictured in July 2022) 

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