Homeland actor David Harewood turns down Strictly Come Dancing & wants Doctor Who fight!

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David Harewood has dropped a MASSIVE hint that he’s turned down the chance to star in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing!

The handsome Homeland star is best known as David Estes – Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center – in the Showtime series but it seems that he has been asked to don his best sparkly lycra and his dancing shoes, though apparently he didn’t find the thought too appealing.

The actor took to Twitter today to reveal that he has been offered a spot on a Saturday night British entertainment show, one which requires him to wear lycra, but he won’t be joining the lineup and he tweeted fans saying:

Instead David shall be hot footing it to New York, where he will be performing in a prestigious reworking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and he revealed his plans for the autumn, adding:

The 47-year-old is best known for his role in Homeland, in which he starred for two seasons before bosses killed off his character in a terrorist bombing.

He is also known for his TV appearances on The Vice and Fat Friends and for his film roles in Blood Diamond and The Merchant of Venice.

More recently Harewood has been linked to the Doctor Who role and insiders suggested he could be about to replace the departing actor Matt Smith, who announced his decision to leave earlier this year.


In an interview with Digital Spy, David said: “Not to… put too dark a pun on it, but I would make him darker.

“I would like to make this guy a bit of a badass if I was to do it.”

However he conceded that the chances of him winning the role are slim, especially since he previously appeared in David Tennant’s final episode.

Harewood had a novel suggestion about how BBC bosses should choose the next Doctor though and tweeted:

Now that would be fun don’t you agree? Leave your comments below……

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!