David Harewood Lands Guest Role On ITV’s ‘Beowulf’

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David Harewood is keeping himself busy.

Less than 24 hours after the former Homeland star booked a regular role on the BBC One/AMC co-production The Night Manager, David Harewood has landed a guest starring role on ITV’s upcoming 13 episode series Beowulf, which is now in production in County Durham and Northumberland.

Described as a re-imagining of the classic tale, Beowulf follows the eponymous character who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Hrothgar. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.

David Harewood, who is best known for playing CIA Deputy Director David Estes on Homeland, will guest star as Scorann, a born warrior, fearsome fighter and man of great honour. Harewood’s other recent credits include Selfie and CBS’ Supergirl. He is repped by APA, Authentic Talent & Literary Management, and Conway van Gelder Grant.

The much in demand actor joins a cast which is being led by Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Beowulf and also includes William Hurt (Humans) as Hrothgar, Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall) as Rheda, Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) as Slean and David Ajala (Black Box) as Rate. Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan and Itoya Osagiede also star.

Co-created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, Beowulf is being produced by ITV’s sister company ITV Studios, who have been behind such efforts as Vera and Mr Selfridge. James Dormer, who has written extensively for the Sky1/Cinemax co-pro Strike Back, is penning the scripts and will executive produce alongside ITV Studios’ Tim Haines and Katie Newman. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is handling international distribution.