The first time I saw Damian Lewis was in PBS's Master Piece Theater's rendition of The Forsyte Saga. Damian played Soames, and I instantly took a strong disliking of him. The guy had the emotions of a fly (which is to say none at all) and at one point in the series he rapes his wife. Can you blame me for hating him?
And then I saw Damian Lewis in Life - where he played the main character, a former detective who was accused of killing another cop and is sent to jail for life, where he starts reading about the philosophy of Zen. 12 years later the DNA evidence reveals that he was innocent all along, he gets released and ends up going back to LAPD as a detective even though he was given a pretty substantial settlement for being wrongfully imprisoned. Talk about a change! His character was charming, funny, and even though he was trying to be a better guy about loosing his wife, his friends, and 12 years of his life, he still did random crap like pulling over his ex-wife's current husband for minor traffic violations just because he can.
I think that was when I fell in love with him as an actor, because, damn, what a change to go from the most despicable person ever to someone like that!
So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you Damian Lewis!