David Harewood is a British actor best known for his roles in the television series The Vice (1999-2003) and Fat Friends (2004-2005); and in the feature films Blood Diamond (2006) and The Merchant of Venice (2004).
He also starred as David Estes in the psychological thriller television series Homeland, from 2011-2012.
Harewood has appeared in Separate Lies, written and directed by Julian Fellowes, the 2004 screen version of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons and Blood Diamond, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Harewood has been a fixture on the London stage for many years, earning praise for his work in such plays as Sam Mendes' Othello at the National Theatre, which later went to Broadway.
Also at the National Theatre he starred in Welcome to Thebes, directed by Richard Eyre, Henry IV parts I and II and His Dark Materials, both directed by Nicholas Hytner.
Recently, David received universal acclaim for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in Katori Hall's new play The Mountaintop in the West End.
On British television Harewood was a regular on such series as The Vice, Robin Hood and Babyfather. He was also seen as Mandela in the television movie Mrs Mandela and in the Christmas special Treasure Island for Sky.
Harewood also guest stars in a number of series including Doctor Who, Strikeback and Criminal Justice.