Dapper Damian Lewis cosies up to glamorous wife Helen McCrory as they toast the opening night of The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

His new role is a controversial one, with The Goat or Who is Sylvia? a renowned yet divisive play. 

But Damian Lewis looked in great spirits after the press night of the new production as he attended the afterparty with wife Helen McCrory. 

Beaming broadly, despite the mixed reception, the actor, 46, was suprisingly chirpy at the Villandry on Wednesday. 

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Chirpy: Damian Lewis looked in great spirits after the press night of The Goat or Who is Sylvia as he attended the afterparty with wife Helen McCrory on Wednesday 

Chirpy: Damian Lewis looked in great spirits after the press night of The Goat or Who is Sylvia as he attended the afterparty with wife Helen McCrory on Wednesday 

Looking dapper for the afterparty, the Homeland star donned a fitted blue suit that he teamed with an open collar white shirt. 

Meanwhile, Helen looked sensational in a floor length black gown with a sheer overlay that was embroidered with floral detailing. 

The Skyfall star added to the glamour by sporting a slick of red lipstick, and wore her chestnut locks in a chic half-up style.   

Still smiling: Beaming broadly, despite the mixed reception, the actor, 46, was suprisingly chirpy at the Villandry on Wednesday

Still smiling: Beaming broadly, despite the mixed reception, the actor, 46, was suprisingly chirpy at the Villandry on Wednesday

Suited and booted: Looking dapper for the afterparty, the Homeland star donned a fitted blue suit that he teamed with an open collar white shirt

Suited and booted: Looking dapper for the afterparty, the Homeland star donned a fitted blue suit that he teamed with an open collar white shirt

Blooming lovely! Helen looked sensational in a floor length black gown with a sheer overlay that was embroidered with floral detailing

Blooming lovely! Helen looked sensational in a floor length black gown with a sheer overlay that was embroidered with floral detailing

Damian appears opposite Sophie Okonedo in Edward Albee's dark comic play. 

According to the play's synopsis, Damian stars as Martin, 'a middle-aged, hugely successful architect whose seemingly perfect life is thrown into total turmoil when he confides in his best friend that he has fallen in love with a goat named Sylvia.' 

The stills from the play - which holds its press night next Wednesday - sees Damian and Sophie get rather physical on stage.  

Cosy co-stars: Damian appears opposite Sophie Okonedo in Edward Albee's dark comic play

Cosy co-stars: Damian appears opposite Sophie Okonedo in Edward Albee's dark comic play

Bit of all white! Sophie dazzled in a cream linen off the shoulder dress which was fastened with a bow and featured a low peplum hem 

Bit of all white! Sophie dazzled in a cream linen off the shoulder dress which was fastened with a bow and featured a low peplum hem 

Two of a kind: Damian also posed for snaps with theatre chairman Arnold Crook on the night 

Two of a kind: Damian also posed for snaps with theatre chairman Arnold Crook on the night 

Cast and crew: (L to R) Cast members Archie Madekwe, director Ian Rickson, Damian Lewis, Jason Hughes and Sophie Okonedo cuddled up for a snap together 

Cast and crew: (L to R) Cast members Archie Madekwe, director Ian Rickson, Damian Lewis, Jason Hughes and Sophie Okonedo cuddled up for a snap together 

Loving life: There were smiles all round on the outing 

Loving life: There were smiles all round on the outing 

Damian's latest role is in stark contrast to his high profile Netflix TV series Billions, in which he plays Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod, - an ambitious hedge fund manager and one of the only survivors in his company following the September 11 attacks. 

Paul Giamatti, meanwhile plays Charles 'Chuck' Rhoades Jr, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who does not trust Axelrod and wants to out him as a financial criminal.

The money-muddled drama only returned for its second season less than a month ago but has proven to be a big hit.

'Billions continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,' Showtime president David Nevins said. 

Getting physical: Damian and Sophie tussled with each other on stage 

Getting physical: Damian and Sophie tussled with each other on stage 

Grapple: Damian plays a middle-aged man who falls for a goat named Sylvia 

Grapple: Damian plays a middle-aged man who falls for a goat named Sylvia 

Feeling at home: The star looked very much in his comfort zone 

Feeling at home: The star looked very much in his comfort zone 

Anger and rage: The darkly comic premise sees Damian's character fall in love with a goat 

Anger and rage: The darkly comic premise sees Damian's character fall in love with a goat 

London loves: Damian works both in the U.S. and in London 

London loves: Damian works both in the U.S. and in London 

And the rug goes flying: The play features some volatile scenes between its two leads 

And the rug goes flying: The play features some volatile scenes between its two leads 

'It offers a unique mix of pure entertainment with sly commentary on our current have/have-not economy. Season 2 is off to a tremendous start, and has only whetted our audience’s appetite for what will come in Season 3.'

The show debuted to record numbers for the network in January 2016, and continued to bring in average audiences of more than a million each week of its 12 episode run. 

Damian divides his time between the U.S. and London where he lives with his actress wife Helen McCrory and children, Manon, 10, and  nine-year-old Gulliver.

Slick role: Damian as hedge fund manager Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod on TV drama Billions 

Slick role: Damian as hedge fund manager Bobby 'Axe' Axelrod on TV drama Billions 

 

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