David Harewood: “Spooks fans will be salivating over the new film”

The Homeland actor says his role in new MI5 film Spooks: The Greater Good will be "explosive"

The new Spooks film is going to thrill fans of the TV show, according to actor David Harewood, who plays new character Warrender alongside Peter Firth and Kit Harington.


“The Spooks fans are just going to be salivating,” he told RadioTimes.com at tonight’s Olivier Awards ceremony. “The shots of London look fantastic.”

Asked how the film would differ from the beloved BBC spy series, Harewood said, “it’s like an episode of Spooks but with dynamite underneath it,” adding that his role will be “explosive”. 

The former Homeland actor has been very secretive about the nature of his character but fans don’t have long to wait as The Greater Good  – also starring new Spooks stars Jennifer Ehle, Tuppence Middleton and Elyes Gabel – is set for release in UK cinemas on 8th May.

And it looks like Harewood, who recently starred in cancelled US sitcom Selfie with Karen Gillan, can’t get enough of the spy world – he’ll also appear in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film Grimsby, about a top agent forced to team up with his football hooligan brother. The film also stars Mark Strong and Penelope Cruz and is due in cinemas in February 2016.

But despite being touted as the first black man to play James Bond back in 2012, he confirmed that he won’t be donning a 007 tux and slipping into the Aston Martin anytime soon. “I’m far too old, I don’t think that role’s going to me.”

Instead he’ll appear alongside the new Bond villain Christoph Waltz and former 007 star Judi Dench in Tom Stoppard’s new film Tulip Fever. “It was brilliant working with Judi. She was very giggly, very very giggly and prone to laughing throughout takes.”

Read more: Spooks the film: what we know so far about the spy spin-off


First glimpse of Spooks film The Greater Good