David Harewood

  • Birth Place: Birmingham, England
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Has ancestors who were slaves on a Caribbean sugar plantation.
  • Played goalkeeper on the soccer team that won the Under-16 All-England Championship in 1981.
  • Was the first black actor in the Royal National Theatre to portray Othello, in a 1997 production.
  • Donated bone marrow that saved a person's life in 2007.
  • Recorded his audition for the award-winning cable drama Homeland with a video camera in his bedroom.
  • Has portrayed Nelson Mandela in a TV movie and Martin Luther King Jr. in a play.
  • Was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.


  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee


  • Raven — Daughter
  • Maize — Daughter
  • Kirsty Handy — Wife
  • Marlon Harewood — Brother


  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England