British actor and star of the hit US drama Homeland David Harewood has admitted that since returning to Britain he hasn’t had “a single audition” and has spent the last six months out of work.
In an interview with The Telegraph Harewood said,
”I’m looking forward to seeing what comes up next year because I’ve been back six months now and I haven’t really done anything, which is a bit scary. There really aren’t the roles for me here. I haven’t had a single audition.
ITV executives decided to overlook the fact that Harwood plays a major role in a hugely successful US drama and offered him a minor role in one of their dramas.
The actor refused the role saying it did not appeal to him.
”I’m a big old leading actor and as a black actor, there are very few roles for me to slot into so that’s been a bit disappointing”.
None of this should come as a surprise to you David. Typical UK antics.
The man stars as one of the leads in the huge hit show Homeland, yet when he returns to good old Blighty ITV offers him a minor role (I dread to think…) in one of their dead dramas. TV executives really do take the piss in this country.
Anyway I am sure that David will go on to enjoy more success in America starring in a variety of different projects.
The only way for us as a people to move forward in this country when it comes to the entertainment industry is to set up our own film, TV, production and distribution companies.
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He ain’t saying nothing new, why did he even come back should’ve stayed over there the UK going backwards for black people on T.V unless you wanna be “urban” and play a black drug dealer
There must be a reason he left for the states in the first place. And it is un;likely that reason has changed that much.
As Chico-Rei said, why he bothered to come back here is beyond me. The UK are not interested in trying to support anyone outside of the generic white middle class community. If you are black, they want you to be a characature of what they think “blackness” is (cue the Adam Deacons of this world).
It’s funny, because the press will make a huge fuss of actors that break the US movie or TV world, yet we have had a huge amount of black actors do this already, and no fanfare or mention of this is ever said in the press.
David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamonds) Idris Elba (America Gangster, The Wire, Thor etc) Aml Ameen (Harrys Law, Red Tails) Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Salt, Inside Man) Marian Jean Baptiste (28 Days, Takers, Secrets and Lies) Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Oz, Lost, The Mummy Returns, Lost) Adrian Lester (The Beach, The Day After Tomorrow) Robbie Gee (Pirates of The Carribean, Underworld, Snatch) Peter Mensah (Spartacus, Avatar, 300) Naomi Harris (Pirates of the Carribean, 28 Days Later, Miami Vice) Thandi Newton (For Coloured Girls, Crash, Mission Impossible 2)
These are all huge big Hollywood movies or hit TV shows, name one time when you saw the UK media mention any of these actors being in any of these movies.
Yet the other day I tune into Daybreak, only to hear them banging on about Cheryl Coles wotess autotuned shitty track. This country loves to push mediocrity, when they have talent right under their noses, they don’t so much as fart on it!
As it is stated this is nothing new. Hey just come here and see what you can get. It’s hard here for Black actors…but there are rolls… Unfortunate that in your own counrty …they don’t desire your/our kind….SMH….
I think if David was single he would have waved goodbye to this country and stayed over there. But he has a wife and kids here.
It actually sickens me that this man been back 6 months and is out of work. And when they do offer him a role its a “minor” role. I swear this country….. Smh
I agree with you totally also David Oyelowo who was just in the film Red tails which was a huge success in the US
Thanks for clearing up why he came back Janice. I didn’t know he was a family man.
Maybe like Chiwetel, he hoped he could land a gig like him and Idris have since conquering Hollywood. Both have come back to STAR in BBC dramas which aired last year. Chiwetel’s may have aired early this year (not sure). But it does happen. Rarely, of course so maybe he hoped the same thing would happen.
Best of luck to him though, always great to see Black British actors making strides.
@LondonDiva are you talking about The Shadow Line? It aired last year, I wasn’t completely sold but Chiwetel had a staring role and I think there was quite a lot of money behind it
I hope things continue to go well for David. He has been in the game for a long time. Does anyone remember that BBC 90s show Brothers and Sisters? If I remember correctly he was in it.
Yes. It was the Shadow Line. I remember it was on BBC2.
Notice how you never see these successful British actors on UK chat shows like Jonathan Ross, Chatty Man or Loose Women either? KMT!!!
except Idris; but then … ( opinion withheld )
sighs!!! a very cool gentlemen as well!!