Homeland’s Damian Lewis gets White House invitation from President Obama

The actor also reveals that the ending to his hit US drama will be "psychologically and emotionally devastating"

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Homeland star Damian Lewis has revealed that President Barack Obama is such a big fan of the US drama that he’s invited the actor to dine at the White House.

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“It turns out it is his favourite show,” Lewis told Graham Norton, in an interview set to air tonight on BBC1/BBC1 HD at 10:35pm. “But the big news is that he has invited me to the White House for dinner. I am going with Helen, my wife, to dinner next Wednesday.

“I am going to fly to Washington, have dinner and fly back. There will probably be a thousand of his closest friends but I don’t care. I am going.”

When asked about the outcome of Homeland, in which he plays an American soldier rescued following years of captivity in the Middle East, Lewis replied: “It will be psychologically and emotionally devastating.

“People will be satisfied, there will be resolution of a kind and there will be one or two surprises along the way. It leaves itself open to return.” Asked if he will be in season two, he said, “I can’t tell you that.”

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Homeland continues on Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4/C4 HD.