With a career spanning almost 35 years, David has performed on stage with some of the most prestigious theatres and across TV and Film on some of the biggest networks in the world. David has achieved global recognition and widespread praise for his roles in films including Blood Diamond and The Hot Potato and in television series such as Homeland, Fat Friends and The Night Manager. As well as his screen acting work, Harewood has fronted several acclaimed documentaries in the UK and beyond.
David is currently filming his final season of Supergirl in Vancouver, a role that alongside DC Comics and Warner Bros saw him make his directorial debut, adding yet another string to his bow of creativity and talent.
Through his exploration of important and often difficult subjects, David has become a driving force for systematic and cultural change. From his documentary ‘David Harewood: Psychosis and Me’ highlighting his battle with mental health in his twenties, to the influences and injustices that come from simply being born as a person of colour in documentaries such as Black is the New Black, Could Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister and Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour?, in addition to his work with UNICEF to protect children in danger – David is a true changemaker in every sense of the word. He has helped raise awareness as well as millions of pounds for so many charities, organisations and individuals across our collective global communities.
He has been campaigning to raise awareness for positive mental health and was announced as the Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation for 2018.
In September 2021 David released his first book ‘Maybe I Don’t Belong Here: A Memoir of Race, Identity, Breakdown and Recovery’. In this powerful and provocative account of a life lived after psychosis, David uncovers a devastating family history and investigates the very real impact of racism on Black mental health.
David says ‘As a Black British man, I believe it is vital that I tell this story. It may be just one account from the perspective of a person of colour who has experienced this system, but it may be enough to potentially change an opinion or, more importantly, stop someone else from spinning completely out of control.'
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