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David Harewood

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Residence  Streatham, London
Name  David Harewood
Occupation  Actor
Role  Actor

Years active  1990–present
Spouse  Kirsty Handy (m. 2013)
Children  2 daughters
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Born  8 December 1965 (age 57) (1965-12-08) Small Heath, Birmingham, England, UK
Education  St. Benedict's Junior SchoolWashwood Heath Comprehensive School
Alma mater  Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Siblings  Marlon Harewood, Paul Harewood
Nephews  Pharell Harewood, Theodore Harewood
Movies and TV shows  Homeland, Supergirl, Blood Diamond, Spooks: The Greater G, Selfie
Similar People  Jackson Pace, Diego Klattenhoff, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Morgan Saylor

Upcoming movie  The Brothers Grimsby

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David Harewood (born 8 December 1965) is an English actor. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is known for playing David Estes, the director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, in the Showtime series Homeland, and Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz/Cyborg Superman on Supergirl.


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Early life

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Harewood was born and grew up in the Small Heath, Birmingham, England. His parents are originally from Barbados, and moved to England in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His father was a lorry driver and his mother worked as a caterer. He has a sister Sandra and two brothers, Rodger and Paul. He attended St Benedict's Junior School and Washwood Heath Comprehensive School. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre. In his youth, he worked in a wine bar, Albert's in Dale End, in Birmingham City Centre.


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

In 2008, he 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 played Brother Tuck in the third series of Robin Hood. He appeared in the Doctor Who story The End of Time. He played Martin Luther King in the premiere of The Mountaintop, written by American playwright Katori Hall, directed by James Dacre, which opened at Theatre503 in London on 9 June 2009.

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. He played Martin Viner in an episode of New Tricks. He narrates Welcome to Lagos, a BBC documentary about Lagos. He also starred in British independent film, The Hot Potato, the film also starred 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 24 episodes, his character was killed off in a bomb explosion at the end of season 2. 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.

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

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.

In June 2014, he appeared in Tulip Fever.

In October 2015, he appeared as a core cast member on the CBS television series Supergirl as Hank Henshaw. Since his character was revealed (in the episode Human for a Day) to be J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter posing as Henshaw, he portrays J'onn J'onzz with Henshaw's likeness as his human form and has a dual recurring role as the real Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman.

Personal life

Harewood married long-term partner Kirsty Handy in Saint James, Barbados in February 2013. The couple have two daughters. The family lives in Streatham, London. Harewood is a staunch Birmingham City F.C. fan.

In 2007, David visited Harewood House in Yorkshire and spoke with Viscount Lascelles who is a cousin of the Queen. David's surname "Harewood" comes from the time when his ancestors were sold in Africa, transported to the Caribbean as slaves, and forced to work for 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.

In 2007, Harewood donated his bone marrow and as a result saved the life of a patient.

Video games

  • Battlefield 3 (2011) – Captain Quinton Cole
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) – Sinclair, Vektan Security Agency director
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) - Sgt Omar
  • Radio

    Harewood played Patroclus in the 1998 BBC radio trilogy Troy. He also played Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey radio adaptation (2005). On 4 May 2012, he hosted a special BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night celebrating the life of Ray Charles, 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 BBC Radio 4 Radio Play of Neverwhere (2013).


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