David Harewood, Homeland Star, Appointed as New President of RADA Drama School


British actor David Harewood, known for his roles in Homeland and Supergirl, has been appointed as the new president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada), one of the UK’s most esteemed drama schools. He succeeds Sir Kenneth Branagh, who served in the role for nine years. Cynthia Erivo, who stars in the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked, will serve as vice president.

Harewood, a former Rada student himself, expressed his delight at the opportunity to influence young talents at the academy. He believes his industry highs and lows over a 30-year career equip him to guide students transitioning into professional roles.

Erivo, also a Rada alumna, emphasized the importance of a robust support system and expressed her eagerness to assist students in their journey towards professional acting careers. She is set to appear as Elphaba in Wicked later this year.

Branagh expressed his privilege in serving Rada and welcomed Harewood and Erivo to their new positions. Founded in 1904, Rada has nurtured numerous renowned British actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hiddleston, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Gemma Arterton.

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