David Harewood, MBE, was born in Birmingham and 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. His theatre career has spanned the UK, Broadway and international tours workgn with Sam Mendes and Vanessa Redgrave amongst others. As well as numerous films and British TV shows he is probably best know for his role in the hit US TV series Homeland.