Harewood in June 2015
|Born||8 December 1965|
Small Heath, Birmingham, England
|Occupation||Actor and presenter|
David Harewood, MBE (born 8 December 1965) is a British actor and presenter. He is best known for his roles as CIA Counterterrorism Director David Estes in Homeland (2011–2012), and as J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter and Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman in Supergirl (2015���present).
Harewood was born in the Small Heath area of Birmingham on 8 December 1965, the son of a couple from Barbados who had moved to England in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His father was a lorry driver, while his mother was a caterer. He has a sister, Sandra, and two brothers, Rodger and Paul. He attended St Benedict's Junior School and Washwood Heath Academy. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre. In his youth, he worked at a wine bar in Birmingham city centre. At the age of 18, he gained a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Harewood began acting in 1990 and has appeared in The Hawk, Great Moments in Aviation, Harnessing Peacocks, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Blood Diamond, The Merchant of Venice and Strings. He is known for his television appearances on Ballykissangel, The Vice and Fat Friends. He played Don Coleman in Hustle (Series 7 The Fall of Railton FC (2011)). In 1997, he was the first black actor to play Othello at the National Theatre in London.
In 2008, he played Major Simon Brooks in The Palace; he also appeared (that December) on Celebrity Mastermind, with specialist subject Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials – and he 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 titles from the Sally Lockhart Mysteries.
In 2009, Harewood appeared in the BBC single drama Mrs Mandela, playing Nelson Mandela. He played Brother Tuck in the third series of Robin Hood. He appeared in the Doctor Who story "The End of Time". He played Martin Luther King Jr. in the premiere of The Mountaintop, written by American playwright Katori Hall, directed by James Dacre, which opened at Theatre503 in London on 9 June 2009.
Harewood next appeared in two episodes of Chris Ryan's Strike Back as Colonel Tshuma. From June to September 2010, he played Theseus in the premiere of Moira Buffini's play Welcome to Thebes at the National Theatre in London. He played Martin Viner in an episode of New Tricks. He narrates Welcome to Lagos, a BBC documentary about Lagos. He also starred in British independent film, The Hot Potato, the film also starred Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston. He played Frankenstein's monster in the TV live event Frankenstein's Wedding.
From 2011, Harewood starred as David Estes, the director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, in the Showtime series Homeland. After appearing in 24 episodes, his character was killed off in a bomb explosion at the end of season 2. Also in 2011, he voiced Captain Quinton Cole in the video game Battlefield 3.
In the 2012 New Year Honours, Harewood was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to drama. In May 2012, he presented a Party Election Broadcast for the British Labour Party.
In October 2013, Harewood voiced an interactive video campaign for the British Lung Foundation aiming to ban smoking in cars with children on board in the United Kingdom. In June 2014, he appeared in Tulip Fever.
In October 2015, he appeared as a core cast member on the CBS television series Supergirl as Hank Henshaw. Since his character was revealed (in the episode Human for a Day) to be J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter posing as Henshaw, he portrays J'onn J'onzz with Henshaw's likeness as his human form and has a dual recurring role as the real Hank Henshaw / Cyborg Superman.
Harewood was included in the 2019 edition of the Powerlist, ranking the 100 most influential Black Britons.  Also in 2019, he played the position of goalkeeper for England in Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019. Pyschosis and Me, a documentary hosted and produced by Harewood received a BAFTA Television Award nominated for Single Documentary.
Harewood married his long-term girlfriend Kirsty Handy in February 2013 in Saint James, Barbados. They have two daughters and the family reside in Streatham, London. Harewood is an avid supporter of Birmingham City.
In 2007, Harewood visited Harewood House in Yorkshire and spoke with Viscount Lascelles who is a cousin of the Queen. His surname comes from the time when his ancestors were sold in Africa, transported to the Caribbean as slaves, and forced to work for the Lascelles family (the Earls of Harewood). Lord Lascelles explained that his wish was for the Harewood name to stand for positive things in the future, as nothing could be done about what happened 250 years ago.
Harewood is a mental health ambassador and has been open about his own struggles, confessing that he used to self-medicate with alcohol in order to deal with his manic depressive and bipolar-like symptoms, discarding the medication given to him by doctors. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, spent time on the Whittington Hospital psychiatric ward, and was prescribed the antipsychotic drug chlorpromazine. He subsequently expanded on his experiences, hosting a 2019 BBC documentary titled David Harewood: My Psychosis and Me.
Harewood appeared in Soccer Aid 2018 as England's celebrity goalkeeper. He saved two penalties during the penalty shootout, helping England to win the charity match. The event raised more than £5 million for UNICEF, a charity that Harewood supports.
|1993||The Hawk||Sergeant Streete|
|1995||Mad Dogs and Englishmen||Jessop|
|1998||I Wonder Who's Kissing You Now||Moses|
|1999||Between Dreams||Orderly||Short film|
|2004||Strings||Erito||Voice; English dub|
|The Merchant of Venice||Prince of Morocco|
|2005||Separate Lies||Inspector Marshall|
|2006||Blood Diamond||Captain Poison|
|2010||Second Chance||Rob Jenkins||Short film|
|2011||The Hot Potato||Harrison|
|2012||The Man Inside||Eugene Murdoch|
|The Last Bite||Rook||Short film|
|2015||Free in Deed||Abe Wilkins|
|Spooks: The Greater Good||Warrender|
|1990||Casualty||Paul Grant||Episode 5.9: "A Will to Die"|
|1990–97||The Bill||Williams, Malcolm Jackson, Ed Parrish, Robbie Coker||Four episodes|
|1991||For the Greater Good||David West||TV film|
|Minder||Vinny's minder||Episode 8.10: "Too Many Crooks"|
|Murder Most Horrid||Jonathan||Episode 1.5: "Murder at Tea Time"|
|Pirate Prince||Jean-Baptiste||TV film|
|1991–93||Spatz||Derek Puley||Three episodes|
|1993||Anna Lee: Headcase||Stevie Johnson||TV film|
|Press Gang||Doctor||Episode 5.2: "Friendly Fire"|
|Harnessing Peacocks||Terry||TV film|
|1994||Great Moments in Aviation||Steward||TV film|
|Bermuda Grace||Trevor Watkins||TV film|
|Capital Lives||Episode 1.5: "Fall"|
|1995||Hearts and Minds||Trevor|
|Game On||Paul Johnson||Episode 1.5: "Big Wednesday"|
|Agony Again||Daniel||Seven episodes|
|1997||Macbeth on the Estate||Macduff||TV film|
|Kavanagh QC||David Adams||Episode 3.1: "Mute of Malice"|
|Comedy Premieres: Cold Feet||Police Sergeant|
|1998||Ballykissangel||Henry||Episode 4.9: "As Stars Look Down"|
|1999–2001||Always and Everyone||Dr. Mike Gregson||Main cast|
|1999–2003||The Vice||Sgt./D.I. Joe Robinson||Main cast|
|2001||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||DI Peterson||Episode 1.4: "Playing God"|
|2001–02||Babyfather||Augustus 'Gus' Pottinger||Main cast|
|2004||Silent Witness||Angus Stuart||Episodes 8.3 and 8.4: "Death by Water"|
|2004–05||Fat Friends||Max Robertson||11 episodes|
|2006||New Street Law||DI Branston||Two episodes|
|The Ruby in the Smoke||Matthew Bedwell, Reverend Nicholas Bedwell||TV film|
|2007||New Tricks||Martin Viner||Episode 4.3: "Ducking and Diving"|
|The Shadow in the North||Nicholas Bedwell||TV film|
|2008||The Palace||Major Simon Brooks||Main cast; eight episodes|
|The Last Enemy||Patrick Nye||TV mini-series; five episodes|
|Criminal Justice||Freddie Graham||TV mini-series; three episodes|
|Robin Hood||Tuck||12 episodes|
|The Fixer||Richard Millar||Episode 2.4|
|2009–10||Doctor Who||Joshua Naismith||"The End of Time"|
|2010||Mrs Mandela||Nelson Mandela||TV film|
|Strike Back||Colonel Tshuma||Episodes 1.3 and 1.4|
|2011||Hustle||Don Coleman||Episode 7.5: "The Fall of Railton FC"|
|Frankenstein's Wedding||The Creature||Live-televised stage performance|
|The Body Farm||Wilkes||Episode 1.3|
|2011–12||Homeland||David Estes||24 episodes|
|2012||Treasure Island||Billy Bones||TV mini-series|
|Horizon ��� Global Weirding||Narrator||TV documentary series|
|2013||The Wrong Mans||Surgeon||TV series|
|By Any Means||Napier||TV series|
|2014||Selfie||Sam Saperstein||8 episodes|
|2015–present||Supergirl||J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter
Hank Henshaw/Cyborg Superman
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2019)
|2016||Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands||Scorann||TV series|
|The Night Manager||Joel Steadman||TV series|
|Will Britain ever have a Black Prime Minister?||Presenter||TV documentary|
|2017, 2019||The Flash||J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter||Episodes: "Duet", “Crisis on Infinite Earths Part 3”|
|2017||Have I Got News For You||Himself||Guest host|
|2018||David Harewood: My Psychosis and Me||Presenter||TV documentary|
|2019||The Man in the High Castle||Equiano Hampton||Episodes 4.2 and 4.5|
|2020||Earth's Tropical Islands||Himself/Narrator||TV documentary|
|Arrow||J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter||Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 4"|
|Legends of Tomorrow||Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5"|
- Battlefield 3 (2011) – Captain Quinton Cole
- Killzone: Shadow Fall (2013) – Sinclair, Vektan Security Agency director
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) - Staff Sergeant Usef Omar
Harewood played Patroclus in the 1998 BBC radio trilogy Troy. He also played Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey radio adaptation (2005). On 4 May 2012, he hosted a special BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night celebrating the life of Ray Charles, broadcast live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The show featured the Guy Barker orchestra, with leader Cynthia Fleming and guest artists Madeline Bell, Gregory Porter, and James Tormé.
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