David Harewood

David Harewood | PepTalk Expert Speaker
David Harewood | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, President Of The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art
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David Harewood | Speaker Biography

David Harewood OBE is a British actor and the current president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Born on 8th December 1965 in Small Heath, Birmingham, England, Harewood grew up in a working-class family with Barbadian roots. His parents, Romeo and Mayleen, immigrated to the UK during the 1950s and 60s as part of the Windrush Generation. Harewood's acting career began after a teacher encouraged him to pursue the arts, leading him to apply to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Harewood has had a successful acting career spanning three decades, with notable roles including CIA Counterterrorism Director David Estes in Homeland and J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter in Supergirl. He has also been involved in advocating for social issues, particularly slavery reparations, by engaging with descendants of the Lascelles family, who owned a plantation in Barbados where his ancestors were enslaved.

In addition to his acting and activism, Harewood has faced personal challenges. At the age of 23, he experienced a psychotic breakdown, which resulted in a period of institutionalization and subsequent recovery. Despite these difficulties, Harewood has shown resilience, using his experiences to inform his art and public discussions.

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