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About David

Information About David

David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. His parents are originally from Barbados in the Caribbean and they moved to England in the 50s and 60s. He grew up in Small Heath and is an avid Birmingham City FC fan. David is married and has two daughters.

At 18 years old he began training as an actor at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was the first black actor to play the title role in Othello – making history at the National Theatre in 1997. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed David a ‘Member of The Most Excellent Order’ of the British Empire for his services to acting in 2012, giving him the title David Harewood MBE.


David has had an illustrious career since he graduated from RADA over 30 years ago. He has been a frequent face on British TV, scoring parts in everything from Cold Feet to Spooks and most recently The Night Manager. His passion for Shakespeare has seen him not only take on lead roles on some of the most coveted stages in the world – including the National Theatre, but also participate in documentaries and talks about England’s most famous playwright.

In film, David starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio when he played the role of Captain Poision in the Oscar nominated Blood Diamond. He then went on to play David Estes in Homeland alongside Damien Lewis and Claire Danes. In the role of Walter Sisulu for BET’s Madiba he played alongside Laurence Fishburne. The series was filmed exclusively in South Africa. Most recently he starred in the Emmy and BAFTA award winning TV series The Night Manager, and he is currently in Vancouver filming Season 4 of Supergirl.


​David is proud to support a number of charities and organisations who work to raise awareness and give back to much needed causes. This includes appealing to the black community to donate stem cells, talking about organ donation and blood donation, encouraging ethnic minorities to ensure they vote during general elections.

He has been campaigning to raise awareness for positive mental health and was announced as the Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation for 2018. He is also working with UNICEF and most recently played for England and won Soccer Aid 2018 as goalkeeper – saving two penalties in the shoot out! 

​He is a huge champion of representation in the arts and has given countless interviews and written many articles on the need for relatable and realistic roles for black and ethic actors and their audiences.