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David Harewood Biography

Birth Place:
Birmingham, England

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


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


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