Homeland star Damian Lewis has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his acting achievements.

The Emmy-winning actor beamed with pride as he picked up the plaque at the Guildhall in the British capital as his actress wife Helen MCCrory and filmmaker brother Gareth Lewis looked on.

Speaking before the ceremony, Lewis told of his pride to be honoured in London, where he was born, raised and studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He said, "It's the most extraordinary honour to be offered the Freedom of the City of London - the city that I have grown up in, and love, more than any other. My grandfather was a Haberdasher, one of the Great Twelve Guilds, and I trained at Guildhall in the Square Mile. For over 700 years, merchants, financiers and actors - to name but a few - have lived and worked here 'cheek by jowl' and this illustrates just what diversity there is in the City of London. I'm very, very proud to be associated with it, and to be recognised in this way."