Damien Lewis and David Beckham shared an emotional reunion as they compete in Soccer Aid 2022 at London Stadium on Sunday.
The actor, 51, who plays at the charity tournament, couldn’t keep a smile from his face as he greeted the former England captain, 47, on the pitch.
The pair shared a sweet hug before enjoying a happy pre-match chat.
Friends: Damien Lewis and David Beckham shared an emotional reunion while attending Soccer Aid 2022 at London Stadium on Sunday
The pair were joined during the match by stars such as Kem Cetinay, Liam Payne, Idris Elba, Martin Compston and Vicky McClure.
On Friday, Damian looked in high spirits at Soccer Aid 2022 in London alongside Liam, Tom Greenan, David Harewood and Russell Howard.
The actor recalled his first time at the event in 2006 with his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday.
He told GMB hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd that “she’s with us again this year” as he helps raise money for UNICEF charity.
Close: The actor, 51, who plays at the charity tournament, couldn’t keep a smile from his face as he greeted the former England captain, 47, on the pitch
Love Island meets Line Of Duty: Kem Cetinay and Martin Compston attended
Fun: Martin Enjoyed a Line Of Duty Reunion With Co-Star Vicky McClure
Brave: Idris Elba looked smart in a gray suit for the event
Fun: Mo Farah jumped on Dermot O’Leary’s shoulders
Wild side: Soccer Aid founder Robbie Williams looked stylish in a leopard print shirt
Essex Boy: Former TOWIE star Mark Wright was spotted talking to David
The glitzy event aims to raise money for the world’s most underprivileged children and has raised more than £60 million since it first started in 2006, up from a record £13 million last year.
Funds raised from this year’s competition can help UNICEF provide vaccines, fight malnutrition and provide safe spaces to protect children in times of crisis, so that children can regain the childhood they deserve. to have.
On GMB, Ben said: ‘The first time I met you and your lovely wife Helen outside of work was at Soccer Aid many years ago in Manchester and you were there with the family and children. She was always such a vociferous supporter of you and everything you did.
“Kate and I were very honored to be at her memorial service a few weeks ago. I can imagine you are very touched by the outpouring of love and support she has been shown since she sadly passed away.’
Mobot: The Olympian made his iconic heart gesture when he arrived at the stadium
Ready to go: Damian looked in good spirits at Soccer Aid 2022 in London on Friday alongside Liam Payne, Tom Greenan, David Harewood and Russell Howard
Sad: The actor reminisced about his first time at the event in 2006 with his late wife Helen McCrory on Good Morning Britain on Thursday.
Damian replied: ‘Well, she was a wonderful person and people from all walks of life reached out to say what an impact she had on their lives.
“That day we had a few weeks ago was a very special day, I’m very glad you could have been there and it was celebrated by her tribe, her profession, the acting profession – actors, directors, producers, writers all showed up and she is sorely missed.
“When she first came to Soccer Aid I had entered my hotel room at The Lowry in Manchester and it was covered with Union Jack flags and English flags everywhere that she had bought and decorated the room with . So she’s with us. She’s with us again this year.’
Prep: Spent the day training for Soccer Aid’s event on Sunday, when he was caught on the pitch with Alex Brooker
Stretch it out: The group made sure to stretch out as they got ready to plan, dressed in red and black strips (LR Tom Grennan Liam Payne, Russell Howard and Damian)
Break: But there was also time to laugh as Damian stopped to chat with Mark Noble and Joe Cole
Practice: He was playing against his own team when they broke up for practice, hoping to finally get a win over the opponents World XI
Tough times: The Homeland star lost his actress wife Helen McCrory to breast cancer when she died at home last April at age 52
Kate added: “As you say, she has touched the lives of so many people that we all feel the loss you naturally live with every day, at least a small part of it.”
Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Keeley Hawes were among those who unpacked St Paul’s Church in London’s Covent Garden last month, a year after Helen sadly passed away.
Damian was pictured arriving with their children, daughter Manon, 15, who gave a lecture, and son Gulliver, 14, who played guitar.
The hour-long service was opened with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and was followed by a prayer and the hymn Lead me, O great Redeemer.
There was a talk on her “leading men,” and another was a recital of Maya Angelou’s poem Touched by an Angel.
Supportive: Damian first took part in Soccer Aid in 2006, (pictured) and said his wife decorated his hotel room with streamers as a kind gesture
Helen was known for her roles as the villainous Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and as matriarch Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders, the latter series of which paid tribute to her.
In addition to her Harry Potter co-stars Miss Bonham Carter and Fiennes, many Peaky Blinders actors were in attendance, including brothers Joe and Finn Cole, who play her on-screen cousin and son John and Michael Shelby. Other guests included Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Natascha McElhone.
Lewis, who married Miss McCrory in 2007, announced her death in April last year in a heartbreaking statement on social media.
Speaking of the memorial, Damian said: ‘She was celebrated by her tribe, her profession, the acting profession – actors, directors, producers, writers all showed up and she is sorely missed’
Named an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honors for services to drama, Miss McCrory was also an award-winning stage actress, working with the National Theatre, the Almeida and the Donmar Warehouse, and playing Lady Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theater, said she was “without doubt one of the great actors of her generation.”
Miss McCrory made her last TV appearance in March last year, along with Lewis on Good Morning Britain to promote their work for the charity of The Prince’s Trust.
Damian said of his late wife: ‘Well she was a wonderful person and people from all walks of life reached out to say what an impact she had on their lives’ (pictured in October 2012)