David Harewood OBE

First Black actor to play Othello at the National Theatre, Delivered the 2023 Richard Dimbleby Lecture & Awarded an OBE in the 2023 New Year Honours

  • Recognised as the CIA Counterterrorism Director David Estes in Homeland
  • Creator of the online platform JAAQ.co.uk
  • Appeared in the BBC documentary ‘Psychosis and Me’
  • Appeared in the Channel 4 documentary ‘Troy Deeney: Where’s My History’

David Harewood OBE is a renowned mental health and diversity activist, highly respected for starring in the BBC documentary ‘Psychosis and Me’ and the Channel 4 documentary ‘Troy Deeney: Where’s My History’. Passionate to educate audiences on the harsh reality of racism and the effects of mental health issues, David gained the opportunity to deliver the 2023 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, allowing him to share his specialist knowledge with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. When looking to hire a captivating diversity and mental health speaker, look no further than David today.

Having developed an illustrious career over recent years, David rose to fame whilst appearing as the first black actor to play Othello at the National Theatre in London in 1997. A naturally gifted performer, he is also admired for appearing as CIA Counterterrorism Director David Estes in Homeland, and as Martian Manhunter and Cyborg Superman in Supergirl. As a respected member of the entertainment community, David has fulfilled a wide range of high-profile roles throughout his career, allowing him to be a proud part of Black British culture matters, a community which was curated by fellow actors Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder. Having devoted his career to educating audiences on the importance of diversity and inclusion throughout society, David has recently delivered the 2023 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, an annual television lecture which celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush arriving in the UK.

Alongside his work raising awareness of racism, David is also treasured for sharing his journey of struggling with mental health. In 2019, he starred in the popular BBC documentary ‘Psychosis and Me’, which allowed viewers to retrace his steps after being sectioned at age 23 and take a closer look into the mental health crisis which he later experienced. Determined to implement positive change throughout society, he has also created the online platform JAAQ.co.uk, Just Ask a Question, which provides help and guidance to people struggling with mental health issues. An inspirational figure throughout the community, David has become a must-see speaker for audiences around the world.

A leading authority in his field, David Harewood OBE is now highly sought-after to attend speaking engagements internationally. In recognition of his remarkable career, David was awarded an OBE in the 2023 New Year Honours for his services to drama and charity. Focusing greatly on the topics of racism and mental health during his keynote speeches, David is the ideal speaker to educate audiences at a wide range of events, from corporate meetings to educational events. When looking to hire a passionate diversity and inclusion speaker to attend your future events, do not hesitate in hiring David today.

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