David Harewood

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David Harewood MBE
Born (1965-12-08) 8 December 1965 (age 49)
Small Heath, Birmingham, England
Residence Streatham, London[1]
Education St. Benedict's Junior School
Washwood Heath Comprehensive School
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Kirsty Handy (February 2013–present)[2]
Children 2 daughters

David Harewood, MBE (born 8 December 1965), is an English actor. He trained at RADA. He is known for playing David Estes, the Deputy Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, in the Showtime series Homeland.[3]

Early life[edit]

Harewood was born and grew up in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, England, where he attended St. Benedict's Junior School and Washwood Heath Comprehensive School. As a schoolboy, he excelled at all sports, from sprinting through basketball to rugby and especially football. If it were not for acting, it is likely that he would have followed a career as a professional goalkeeper. David was a member of National Youth Theatre.In his youth, he worked in a wine bar, Albert's in Dale End, in Birmingham City Centre. David has an older brother named Paul who works for Draexlmaier. His parents are black Africans, ethnically Congolese.


At 18, Harewood gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He began a career in 1990 and appeared in The Hawk, Great Moments in Aviation, Harnessing Peacocks, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Macbeth on the Estate, Strings and Ballykissangel. He is known for his television appearances on The Vice and Fat Friends and for his film roles in Blood Diamond and The Merchant of Venice. He played Don Coleman in Hustle series 7 The Fall of Railton FC (2011).

In 2008, Harewood played Major Simon Brooks in The Palace; he also appeared (that December) on Celebrity Mastermind, with specialist subject Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials — and he appeared in the BBC film adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North, both of which are titles from the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.

In 2009, Harewood appeared in the BBC single drama Mrs Mandela, playing Nelson Mandela. He also portrayed Brother Tuck in the third series of Robin Hood.[4] He appeared in the Doctor Who story The End of Time. He played Martin Luther King in the premiere of the play The Mountaintop, by the American playwright Katori Hall, directed by James Dacre, which opened at Theatre503 in London on 9 June 2009.[5][6]

Harewood next appeared in two episodes of Chris Ryan's Strike Back as Colonel Tshuma. From June to September 2010, he played Theseus in the premiere of Moira Buffini's play Welcome to Thebes at the National Theatre in London.[7] He played the character Martin Viner in an episode of New Tricks.[8] He narrates Welcome to Lagos, a BBC documentary about Lagos. And in October 2010, Harewood commenced filming for a new British independent film, The Hot Potato.[9] The film will also star Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston. He played Frankenstein's monster in the TV live event Frankenstein's Wedding.

From 2011, Harewood starred as David Estes, the Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, in the Showtime series Homeland. After appearing in 15 episodes, his character was killed off in a bomb explosion at the end of Season 2.[3] Also in 2011, he voiced Captain Quinton Cole in the video game Battlefield 3.

In the 2012 New Year Honours, Harewood was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to drama.[10][11][12]

In May 2012, he presented a Party Election Broadcast for the British Labour Party.[13]

In July 2013, it was revealed on the PlayStation Blog, by the game director, that he would play as the role of Sinclair in the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Killzone: Shadow Fall. Sinclair is the director of the Vektan Security Agency, under whom our protagonist, a Shadow Marshall, works.

In October 2013, Harewood voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom.[14]

In June 2014 David was then cast as Tulip dealer in Tulip Fever (a film by Justin Chadwick).[15]

Personal life[edit]

Harewood married long term partner Kirsty Handy in Saint James, Barbados in February 2013. The couple have two daughters.[2] The family live in Streatham, London.[1] Harewood is a staunch Birmingham City F.C. fan.[3]


In 2007, David visited Harewood House in Yorkshire and spoke with Viscount Lascelles (a cousin of the Queen). David's surname "Harewood" comes from the time when his ancestors were captured in Africa, transported to the Caribbean as slaves, and owned by the Lascelles family (the Earls of Harewood). Lord Lascelles explained that his wish was for the Harewood name to stand for positive things in the future, as nothing could be done about what happened 250 years ago.[citation needed]

Also in 2007, Harewood donated his bone marrow and as a result saved the life of a patient.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Hawk Sergeant Streete
1995 Mad Dogs and Englishmen Jessop
1998 I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now Moses
1999 Between Dreams Orderly Short film
2004 Strings Erito Voice; English dub
2004 The Merchant of Venice Prince of Morocco
2005 Separate Lies Inspector Marshall
2006 Blood Diamond Captain Poison
2010 Second Chance Rob Jenkins Short film
2011 The Hot Potato Harrison
2011 Victim Mr. Ansah
2012 The Man Inside Eugene Murdoch lead role
2013 The Third Person
2015 Grimsby Filming
2015 Tulip Fever Prater Filming


Year(s) Title Role Notes
1990 Casualty Paul Grant Episode 5.9: "A Will to Die"
1990, 1992, 1995, 1997 The Bill Williams, Malcolm Jackson, Ed Parrish, Robbie Coker Four episodes
1991 For the Greater Good David West TV film
1991 Minder Vinny's minder Episode 8.10: "Too Many Crooks"
1991 Murder Most Horrid Jonathan Episode 1.5: "Murder at Tea Time"
1991 Pirate Prince Jean-Baptiste TV film
1991-1993 Spatz Derek Puley Three episodes
1993 Anna Lee: Headcase Stevie Johnson TV film
1993 Press Gang Doctor Episode 5.2: "Friendly Fire"
1993 Medics Nick Episode 3.6
1993 Harnessing Peacocks Terry TV film
1994 Great Moments in Aviation Steward TV film
1994 Bermuda Grace Trevor Watkins TV film
1994 Capital Lives Episode 1.5: "Fall"
1995 Hearts and Minds Trevor
1995 Game On Paul Johnson Episode 1.5: "Big Wednesday"
1995 Agony Again Daniel Seven episodes
1997 Macbeth on the Estate Macduff TV film
1997 Kavanagh QC David Adams Episode 3.1: "Mute of Malice"
1997 Comedy Premieres: Cold Feet Police Sergeant
1998 Ballykissangel Henry Episode 4.9: "As Stars Look Down"
1999-2001 Always and Everyone Dr. Mike Gregson Main cast
1999-2003 The Vice Sgt./D.I. Joe Robinson Main cast
2001 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman DI Peterson Episode 1.4: "Playing God"
2001 The Fear Storyteller
2001-2002 Babyfather Augustus 'Gus' Pottinger Main cast
2004 Silent Witness Angus Stuart Episodes 8.3 and 8.4: "Death by Water"
2004-2005 Fat Friends Max Robertson 11 episodes
2006 New Street Law DI Branston Two episodes
2006 The Ruby in the Smoke Matthew Bedwell, Reverend Nicholas Bedwell TV film
2007 New Tricks Martin Viner Episode 4.3: "Ducking and Diving"
2007 The Shadow in the North Nicholas Bedwell TV film
2008 The Palace Major Simon Brooks Main cast; eight episodes
2008 The Last Enemy Patrick Nye TV mini-series; five episodes
2008 Criminal Justice Freddie Graham TV mini-series; three episodes
2009 Gunrush Robbie TV film
2009 Robin Hood Tuck 12 episodes
2009 The Fixer Richard Millar Episode 2.4
2009-2010 Doctor Who Joshua Naismith The End of Time
2010 Mrs Mandela Nelson Mandela TV film
2010 Strike Back Colonel Tshuma Episodes 1.3 and 1.4
2011 Hustle Don Coleman Episode 7.5: "The Fall of Railton FC"
2011 Frankenstein's Wedding The Creature Live-televised stage performance
2011 The Body Farm Wilkes Episode 1.3
2011-2012 Homeland David Estes 15 episodes
2012 Treasure Island Billy Bones TV mini-series
2012 Horizon - Global Weirding narrator TV documentary series
2013 The Wrong Mans Surgeon TV series
2013 By Any Means TV series
2014 Selfie Sam Saperstein 8 episodes
2015 Supergirl Hank Henshaw TV series

Video games[edit]


Harewood played Patroclus in the 1998 BBC radio trilogy Troy. He also played Henry Tilney in the 2005 Northanger Abbey radio adaptation.[19]

On Friday 4 May 2012, David Harewood hosted a special BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night celebrating the life of Ray Charles,[20] broadcast live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The show featured the Guy Barker orchestra, with leader Cynthia Fleming and guest artists Madeline Bell, Gregory Porter, and James Tormé.

Harewood played the Marquis de Carabas in the 2013 BBC Radio 4 Radio Play of Neverwhere.[21]


  1. ^ a b Carole Cadwallader (9 December 2012). "David Harewood". London: The Observer. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Kirby, Iona (28 February 2013). "Homeland star David Harewood marries long-term girlfriend". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Birmingham actor David Harewood hits out at being killed off in Homeland". Birmingham Mail. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Dowell, Ben (2009-03-11). "BBC commissions Winnie Mandela drama". guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ "The Mountaintop". Theatre503. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (2009-06-22). "The Mountaintop at Theatre503, review: Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, starring David Harewood, addresses the heavyweight subject of American civil rights and the assassination of Martin Luther King. Rating * * * * *". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  7. ^ http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest/view/item110188/NT-welcomes-Harewood-to-Thebes/
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013230/
  9. ^ http://www.hotpotatomovie.com/
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 16. 31 December 2011.
  11. ^ BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/30_12_11newyears2012.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5gbiPfCR0zIlX0vIcVRuDYKS6KhHA?docId=N0718991325263626899A
  13. ^ http://www.labour.org.uk/david-harewood-in-labours-party-election-broadcast,2012-04-30/
  14. ^ http://www.blf.org.uk/David
  15. ^ "Anna Kendrick To Voice Lead In ‘Trolls’; David Harewood Joins ‘Tulip Fever’ Cast". www.deadline.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Parry, Tom (2010-09-01). "Actor David Harewood visits a land ravaged by climate change". Daily Mirror Website. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  17. ^ Hurt, Ben (2009-12-16). "Hollywood star David Harewood goes back to Washwood Heath School". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  18. ^ Elliott, Jane (2008-03-16). "An act that could save a stranger". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  19. ^ http://www.solitary-elegance.com/na-adapt.htm
  20. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night". 
  21. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r522y/profiles/marquis

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