David Harewood

He / Him

Actor, Author, Mental Health & Racial Equality Activist

David Harewood has been gracing our screens as an actor for over 30 years, and more recently presenting his groundbreaking documentaries. Homeland, The Night Manager, Man in The High Castle, Supergirl and Blood Diamond are just some of the incredible TV shows and films that he has worked on alongside names such as Laurence Fishburne, Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes and Damien Lewis. He is a regular goalkeeper for UNICEF’s Soccer Aid having recently been announced as one of their UK Ambassadors alongside a host of changemakers from Priyanka Chopra, David Beckham to Serena Williams. David has had an illustrious theatre career and made history in 1997 playing The National Theatre’s first ever black Othello. He loves Shakespeare and hopes to return to the stage one day soon. He is a highly acclaimed and loved actor all around the world.

Born on December 8th 1965 to parents Romeo and Mayleen in a town named Small Heath in Birmingham, England. His parents were born in Barbados and moved to the UK in the fifties and sixties as part of the Windrush Generation. 

David’s journey into acting isn’t what most people expect. He recalls being the classroom clown, often thrown out for being naughty. “Before I left, a teacher called me in and suggested I became an actor. I said, “OK, that sounds like a good idea.” He applied to RADA, got in, and moved to London. This is the part where they usually say, ‘and the rest is history’, but for David history’s still in the making.

On World Mental Health Day 2017, David shared his own personal experience of mental health on social media to help raise awareness to his audience. The response was astounding and David was soon comisioned by the BBC to produce his a documentary about his journey. During this time David acted as the Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation, the leading UK charity working in mental health. He campaigned during Mental Health Awareness Week for open dialogue surrounding mental health for all.

During this same period of time, organised by Prince William and Prince Harry for their charity Heads Together, David was also asked to be part the historical Mental Health Minute in which over 500 radio stations in the UK, all played out a one minute message ‘to let everyone know that whoever you are, however you’re feeling and whatever you’re going through, it’s okay to say.’ 

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David Harewood on Psychosis - Ways To Change The World