Supergirl villain David Harewood: Now is an exciting time for comic book fans

The former Homeland star spoke to on the Bafta red carpet about his upcoming superhero series, and spending his days laughing with "funny as hell" Olivia Colman

Former Homeland star David Harewood is swapping CIA protocol for superhero capes and capers.


The 49-year-old actor, who is poised to play Hank Henshaw in the recently commissioned CBS series Supergirl, stopped to talk to on the Bafta Television Awards red carpet about his character, “who is a bit of a villain”.

“We don’t know he’s a villain yet. He’s just someone who has a dark secret,” continued Harewood, adding: “Hopefully I will get a villain costume. I’ll be trying on my villain shoes pretty soon. But it’s a long way to go until I become this cyborg superman, as my character becomes known as.”

Harewood – who stars alongside “gorgeous and beautiful” Melissa Beniost, who is “going to be kicking some serious men’s butt over hopefully the next couple of years” – thinks now is “an exciting time for anybody who is a superhero fan or a comic book fan”.

“I used to read comic books when I was a kid so it’s really interesting for me to see a lot of these characters come to life now,” says Harewood, of the abundance of comic book adaptations on TV and the big screen. “[It] is far better than it was in the 70s and 80s when you could see the strings and the bad effects. Now they look great.

“There are some very clever people in the computer departments who can really make things look like they are actually flying. It’s an exciting time for anybody who is a superhero fan or a comic book fan.”

Before we see Harewood in Supergirl, we’ll spot him in BBC1 John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, which he tells us he is currently filming: “There’s not much wrong with spending long days in Marrakech.”

There might not be any superheros, but the drama is seriously star-studded, counting Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Katherine Kelly, Tom Hollander, and Tobias Menzies among its cast.

“Most of my scenes are with Olivia Colman who is just the loveliest woman and funny as hell,” Harewood tells us. “We spend all our days laughing.”

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