Damian Lewis paid a low-key visit to the Newcastle University Robinson Library on Monday to do some research for his role as Charles Doughty-Wylie in Queen of the Desert.
The university posted the photo below on their twitter today.
You get all sorts in the Robinson Library! Here’s Damian Lewis researching a role for a film about Gertrude Bell. pic.twitter.com/YklJPRlcJW
— Newcastle University (@UniofNewcastle) January 16, 2014
Damian visited the library to view a collection of Gertrude Bell’s personal papers, photos and diaries and also letters to and from his character.
Read what the university librarian has to say in this excerpt from The Irish Independent
The Homeland star is to play opposite Nicole Kidman as the lover of Gertrude Bell in director Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert, due for release next year.
Lewis visited Newcastle University’s Robinson Library to view the Gertrude Bell Archive, a collection of her personal papers, photos and diaries.
Included are letters to and from his character, Major Charles Doughty-Wylie, a married man who had an unconsummated affair with Bell.
News of Monday’s visit emerged today when the university posted a photo on its Twitter feed of Lewis posing with a librarian.
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Staff at the library said Lewis was “extremely nice” and offered to pose for pictures during the flying visit.
University librarian Wayne Connolly said: “The character he plays in the new film was considered the love of Gertrude Bell’s life.
“Charles Doughty Wylie was married and they had an unconsummated affair but it’s believed he is the reason Gertrude Bell never wed.
“Damian was extremely interested in our archive as it contains correspondence between them and was able to give him a unique perspective on their relationship.
“Now, we are looking forward to next year when the film is released and we can see the characters from one of our most important archives brought to life.”
And read the full article over HERE