Why is Damian Lewis not in Billions season 6?

Billions will be returning to Showtime in the US with the sixth season on January 23. For fans in the UK, they will be able to watch the following day via Sky Atlantic. Back in October 2021, star of the show Damian Lewis announced he was stepping down as Bobby Axelrod.

Why is Damian Lewis not in Billions season 6?

Back in 2021, it was announced the sixth season of Billions will not include actor Damian Lewis.

He played the main character of “Axe” for the first five seasons, leaving fans wondering why he chose to step back from the series.

His original contract for the show was for five seasons and he simply decided not to renew it.

The 50-year-old actor said he wanted to stay closer to his family in the UK.

He was married to renowned actress Helen McCrory, who tragically died in 2021 from breast cancer.

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Following the star’s departure from the series Corey Stoll, who plays Mike Prince, has been promoted to series regular.

He will continue to be the drama’s main antagonist going forward.

Lewis shared a message with fans of the series via Twitter.

He said: “Thank you @SHO_Billions thank you @briankoppelman @DavidLevien.

“A pleasure and a privilege to play Axe for 5 seasons with some of the smartest, funniest most talented cast and crew I’ve worked with.

Co-creator Brian Koppelman said at the time: “The guy delivered for us in such an incredible way.

“What he did in making Bobby Axelrod an icon is really remarkable.

“Knowing the conditions in which he performed, travelling back and forth to England for years to be with his family, it’s impossible to imagine just how hard and focused that guy worked.

“We feel really honoured and lucky to have had five years of being able to know that Damian Lewis was Bobby Axelrod.

“But, again, not saying it’s goodbye forever.”

With this in mind, Lewis could make a comeback in the series further along the line.

His character has not been given a definitive ending, so there is always scope for him to return.

The actor has also previously starred in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Forsyte Saga, Homeland and Life.

He married his wife Helen in 2007 and he has two children, Manon and Gulliver.

Billions season 6 airs on Showtime on Sunday, January 23. It will stream in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday, January 24.

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