London celebrations

Damian Lewis takes the stage during an intimate gig in London

Damian Lewis swapped the screen for the concert hall as he played songs from his upcoming debut album at an intimate London show – where he reportedly sang moving lyrics about his late wife Helen McCrory.

The 51-year-old British actor, known for starring in TV dramas Billions, Band Of Brothers and Homeland, performed to a sold-out crowd on Thursday at London’s Omeara venue before taking the stage at the Wilderness Festival in the ‘Oxfordshire Sunday. .

Dressed in all black for the occasion, Lewis was backed by a band as he sang and played guitar.

Star: Damian Lewis swapped the screen for the concert hall as he played songs from his upcoming debut album at an intimate London show – where he reportedly sang moving lyrics about his late wife Helen McCrory

According The sun he sang in a moving track: “You and I should be together until the end”. So goodbye, baby, I can’t wait to see your smile again.

Another track, which he performed towards the end of his set, also seemed linked to the loss of a partner.

Damian sang: “She comes like a blackbird, she comes like a fox. She is sitting at the window, she is singing on a rock.

Sad: Acclaimed actress and Peaky Blinders star McCrory died in April 2021 aged 52 after being diagnosed with cancer (pictured with Damian in February 2020)

Sad: Acclaimed actress and Peaky Blinders star McCrory died in April 2021 aged 52 after being diagnosed with cancer (pictured with Damian in February 2020)

She is the moon in the day and the sun that shines in the dark. She rests in me and she rests in the shade. She is my joy, she is my pain and she rained on me.

In addition to the original tracks, Damian performed covers of Harvest Moon by Neil Young and Little Trip To Heaven by Tom Waits.

The publication reports that Damian admitted before the second track, “I shouldn’t have accepted that song.” I shouldn’t have accepted the mascara either,’ suggesting it was an emotional song for him.

Gig: The 51-year-old British actor performed to a sold-out crowd on Thursday at London's Omeara venue before taking the stage at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire on Sunday

Gig: The 51-year-old British actor performed to a sold-out crowd on Thursday at London’s Omeara venue before taking the stage at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire on Sunday

Representatives for Damian have been contacted by MailOnline.

The concert also featured singer-songwriter Cherise as a special guest.

Playing classical guitar since the age of 13, Lewis switched to steel-string acoustic after being inspired by Elvis Presley and spent his early twenties busking in London.

After rediscovering the guitar during lockdown, he met various London-based musicians, including Giacomo Smith, to record a currently untitled debut album due out next year.

Meaning: According to The Sun, he sang in a moving track:

Meaning: According to The Sun, he sang in a moving track: “You and I should be together until the end”. So goodbye, baby, I can’t wait to see your smile again’

Lewis previously said he “can’t wait” to take the stage to perform the songs he wrote and recorded for the album.

He added that it would be “nice to be back on stage, this time with a guitar in hand”.

This summer Lewis was named a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List for his services to the theater and to charity.

He said he and his late wife, Helen, were “thrilled”.

Emotional: In addition to the original tracks, Damian performed covers of Neil Young's Harvest Moon and Tom Waits' Little Trip To Heaven

Emotional: In addition to the original tracks, Damian performed covers of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon and Tom Waits’ Little Trip To Heaven

Tough: The publication reports that Damian admitted before the second track: “I shouldn't have accepted that song.  I shouldn't have accepted the mascara either

Tough: The publication reports that Damian admitted before the second track: “I shouldn’t have accepted that song. I shouldn’t have agreed to mascara either,” suggesting it was an emotional song for him.

Acclaimed actress and Peaky Blinders star McCrory died in April 2021 at the age of 52 after being diagnosed with cancer.

In recent weeks, Lewis has been pictured with American musician Alison Mosshart, bands The Kills and The Dead Weather, confirming a new romance.

When Helen died, Damian revealed how his late wife urged him to find love again, telling him and their son and daughter that she wanted ‘dad to have lots of girlfriends’ .

Singing: Dressed in all black for the occasion, Lewis was backed by a band as he sang and played guitar

Singing: Dressed in all black for the occasion, Lewis was backed by a band as he sang and played guitar

Damian recently got the stamp of approval from his new rock singer girlfriend’s mother who says she can’t wait to meet the Homeland star.

The pair met through friends while hanging out in London and are growing in love with each other, Alison’s mother Vivian, 76, has revealed.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com from her home in Florida, Vivian, 76, said: “I don’t know how much criticism I’m going to get for all of this, but of course we’re thrilled for her.”

Speaking from her home in Florida, Vivian, 76, said: “I don’t know how much criticism I’m going to get for all of this, but of course we’re thrilled for her.”

“They have mutual friends. I’m not sure exactly how they met but that’s fine with me. If she’s happy, we’re happy. I haven’t met her yet, but I would definitely love to.

Alison and Lewis, a father-of-two, were pictured together for the first time last month at a posh fundraiser party for the National Gallery in London.

Sweet: In recent weeks Lewis has been pictured with American musician Alison Mosshart, bands The Kills and The Dead Weather, with them confirming a new romance

Sweet: In recent weeks Lewis has been pictured with American musician Alison Mosshart, bands The Kills and The Dead Weather, with them confirming a new romance