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The British star of the hit Us series on success, good luck and the lack of black leading roles

David Harewood is touchingly grateful for what he calls his "extraordinary good luck" this year. He's spent the last 27 years slogging it out in British theatre with the odd leading film and TV role here and there but landing the role of David Estes, the director of the CIA, in this year's hit TV show, Homeland, has been, he says, "a second birth".

There's a poignant entry on his Twitter feed from earlier this year. "Shirt and tie combo sorted. Dry cleaner next. Amazing really, two years ago in the UK I couldn't get arrested, now I'm off to the Emmys."

It's a reference to the fact that he was unemployed for a year prior to Homeland. Despite critically reviewed roles in everything from Othello at the National to a supporting »

- Carole Cadwalladr

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