Tuesday December 11, 2018

david harewood, mbe

actor

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David Harewood MBE was born in Birmingham on 8th December 1965. He got his start in acting by winning a place on a six-week course at the prestigious National Youth Theatre and then went on to earn a coveted place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he shed his distinctive "Brummie" accent.

 

Not long after leaving RADA, he was cast as the male lead in a production of Romeo and Juliet. In 1995, Vanessa Redgrave cast him as the lead in another Shakespearian tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra, opposite herself in a production which they reprised on a lengthy two-year tour. David then went on to take the title role in yet another Shakespearean tragedy, Othello, at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes, which later went to Broadway. David appeared at the Royal National Theatre again in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and His Dark Materials, under the direction of Nicholas Hytner. David also starred as Martin Luther King in Katori Hall's play The Mountaintop at Trafalgar Studios and played Theseus in the premiere of Moira Buffini 's play Welcome to Thebes at the National Theatre in 2010.

 

David's most popular and well-known TV roles include; Augustus "Gus" Pottinger in Babyfather, Sergeant Joe Robinson in The Vice, Max Robertson in Fat Friends and Dr. Mike Gregson in the medical drama Always and Everyone. David also guest starred in a number of popular TV series, including: The Bill, Casualty, The Last Enemy, Criminal Justice, Strings, Ballykissangel, New Tricks and Silent Witness. David played Major Simon Brooks in The Palace, portrayed Brother Tuck in the BBC1 adaptation of Robin Hood and starred in the BBC drama Macbeth on the Estate filmed on the Ladywood Estate in Birmingham. David also 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 part of the Sally Lockhart Mysteries. David also played Nelson Mandela in the BBC single drama Mrs Mandela. He featured in two episodes of Chris Ryan's Strike Back as Colonel Tshuma, appeared in the Doctor Who story - The End of Time and played Frankenstein's monster in the TV live event Frankenstein's Wedding.

 

David appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in 2008 specialising in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. He also voiced Captain Quinton Cole in the video game Battlefield 3.

 

David's numerous film credits include The Merchant of Venice, a production that featured Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons in the leading roles, Separate Lies, written and directed by Julian Fellowes, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Harnessing Peacocks and the Oscar nominated Blood Diamond in which he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Most recently, David starred in a new British independent film, The Hot Potato with Ray Winstone.

 

In 2011, David became a cast member of the hit US show Homeland in which he plays David Estes, the Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. The series won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama.

 

David was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to drama. When he is not in Los Angeles filming Homeland, David lives in South London with his fiancée Kirsty and their two young daughters, Maize and Raven.