Damian Lewis departs ‘Billions’ after five seasons

Damian Lewis will exit Showtime’s drama Billions after five seasons. Lewis tweeted  Monday: “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. I’ll miss the Billions family. Yep, some jobs are more than just a job…. Love,” 

Showtime said Season 6 of Billions is scheduled to debut in January. The cable television network tweeted “Chuck Rhoades and Mike Prince can’t wait to sink their teeth into each other, and we won’t keep you waiting long either.”  The post included a minute-long trailer showing U.S. Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) vowing to continue his war against the “criminally rich.”

Lewis’ wife, Peaky Blinders and Harry Potter actress Helen McCory, died of cancer in April at the age of 52. The couple share two children.

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