Dec. 8th, 1965
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David Harewood (born December 8, 1965) is a British actor. Born in Birmingham.
He grew up in the Small Heath area of Birmingham where he attended St Benedict's Junior School and Washwood Heath Comprehensive School. As a schoolboy, he excelled at all sports from sprinting to basketball to rugby and especially football. He was the goal-keeper for the Washwood Heath side that won the U16 All-England Championship. If it were not for acting it is likely that he would have followed a career as a professional goal-keeper. In his youth he worked in a wine bar, Alberts in Dale End, in Birmingham City Centre.
In 2007 David visited Harewood House and spoke with Viscount Lascelles (cousin of The Queen). David's surname "Harewood" comes from the time his enslaved anscestors were captured from Africa, transported to the Caribbean and "owned" by 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 things that happened 250 years ago.
At 18, Harewood gained a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Harewood began a career in 1990 and appeared in The Hawk, Great Moments in Aviation, Harnessing Peacocks, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Macbeth on the Estate, and Strings and Ballykissangel. He is very well-known for his television appearances on The Vice and Fat Friends and his movie roles in Blood Diamond and The Merchant of Venice. He played Major Simon Brooks in The Palace (2008).
He appeared on Celebrity Mastermind in December 2008 specialising in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.
He appeared in the BBC film adaptation from the Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke, and The Shadow in the North, both of which are part of the "Sally Lockhart Mysteries":.
In 2009, he appears in the BBC single drama Mrs Mandela, playing Nelson Mandela. He also portrayed Friar Tuck in the third series of Robin Hood.
Harewood appeared in the Doctor Who story The End of Time.
He played Martin Luther King in the premiere of the play The Mountaintop, by the American playwright Katori Hall, directed by James Dacre, which opened at Theatre503 in London on 9 June 2009.
He appeared in two episodes of Chris Ryan's Strike Back (TV series) as Colonel Tshuma.
He played Theseus in the premiere of Moira Buffini's play Welcome to Thebes at the National Theatre in London, from June 15 to September 2010.
He narrates Welcome to Lagos, a BBC documentary about Lagos.
In October 2010, Harewood commenced filming for a new British independent film, 'The Hot Potato'. The film will also star Ray Winsone, Colm Meaney and Jack Huston
In 2007, Harewood donated his bonemarrow and as a result saved the life of a very sick patient.
- An Associate Member of RADA.
- Graduated from RADA.
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