David Harewood played Nelson Mandela in BBC drama ‘Mrs Mandela’ alongside Sophie Okonedo in 2010.
The Homeland star said he was daunted to play one of the most famous men in the world. ‘I was terrified. Then I started doing my research. And the more I read, the more I understood that he’s a man, a very vulnerable man, a man in love, a man who was incredibly strong and intelligent.’
He told The Metro he thought Mandela felt ‘incredibly guilty about doing what he did to his family’ when asked if it was fair to say he abandoned his wife and children for his political beliefs.