Kitchen sink drama as Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory spurn the dishwasher

If both of your parents were acting royalty, you might expect to live a pampered life.

But Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have come clean to reveal a dirty secret: they’ve only just bought a dishwasher.

However, far from penny-pinching, the couple – worth £13million – deliberately spurned the gadget to avoid their children getting lazy. Miss McCrory, 51, said they wanted to ensure daughter Manon, 12, and son Gulliver, 11, did the dishes.

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have come clean to reveal a dirty secret: they've only just bought a dishwasher

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have come clean to reveal a dirty secret: they've only just bought a dishwasher

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have come clean to reveal a dirty secret: they’ve only just bought a dishwasher

The actress – who has been married to Eton-educated Lewis, 48, for 12 years – said: ‘We have only just got a dishwasher because I would scream and shout and say: “I want the kids to realise that you have to buy the food and cook the food and eat the food and then wash up.” I like the slowness of washing up.’

Miss McCrory who is currently starring in the fifth series of BBC hit Peaky Blinders, also said she fears her children aren’t rebellious enough – especially compared with her own upbringing.

Blaming the internet for making teenagers want to conform, she told The Idler magazine: ‘I have been in hushed, shocked silence at my children recently. When I was going through my 13-14 stage I was wearing my Doc Martens and going to see Siouxsie and the Banshees.

The actress – who has been married to Eton-educated Lewis, 48, for 12 years – said: 'We have only just got a dishwasher because I would scream and shout and say: "I want the kids to realise that you have to buy the food and cook the food and eat the food and then wash up." I like the slowness of washing up' (stock image)

The actress – who has been married to Eton-educated Lewis, 48, for 12 years – said: 'We have only just got a dishwasher because I would scream and shout and say: "I want the kids to realise that you have to buy the food and cook the food and eat the food and then wash up." I like the slowness of washing up' (stock image)

The actress – who has been married to Eton-educated Lewis, 48, for 12 years – said: ‘We have only just got a dishwasher because I would scream and shout and say: “I want the kids to realise that you have to buy the food and cook the food and eat the food and then wash up.” I like the slowness of washing up’ (stock image) 

‘When I was 14 the boys I fancied were 19 and they were all punks. That whole movement was anti the system. It was so ‘f*** you’. We went on Free Nelson Mandela marches, then it was the poll tax. It was so anti-establishment.

‘What I find worrying about this generation is that because of the internet and the constant advertising, they want to buy Gucci,’ she said. ‘Do it yourself, don’t just sign into the system and hope that you’re going to succeed as a blogger!’

Miss McCrory and Lewis, who won a Golden Globe for his role in US drama Homeland, have previously told how they refused to put their careers on hold for their children. Both continued with gruelling work schedules, often flying between sets and their north London home.

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