David Harewood: My Week In Media

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Last week I watched...

Sadly, I've been watching the car crash that is Celebrity Big Brother. It's like porn: compulsively disgusting to watch. As an actor, I find people fascinating, but there's something false and unnatural about the show, and I'm trying to wean myself off it. I also tuned in for Tottenham vs Arsenal in the Carling Cup. I used to play for the Arsenal celebrity XI, so I'm a closet Gunner. I love the way they play; Arsène Wenger's really brought the beautiful game back to British football.

Last week I listened to...

I must be getting old, because I mostly listen to Five Live or Radio 4. I particularly like Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode battling it out over films. Kermode's a brilliant critic, and very clever about how he watches them. When I do tune to music stations, it all sounds the same: bum-bum-hip-hop. I used to be a music lover, though, and my driver at the Blood Diamond premiere played a fantastic blues CD, which reminded me how music ought to be.

Last week I surfed...

I actually Googled the name of my character in Blood Diamond, Captain Poison, and discovered a site for a children's book called Captain Poison and Saucy Pantaloons. I also spend lots of time on Google Earth. If I go abroad, I always look up where I've been, and I occasionally have a peek at the family home in Barbados. Also, I can see my home in south London, as it's got a pattern on the roof.

Last week I read...

The previous owners of my house were members of the National Trust. I still get their mail. This month's NT magazine has a big piece on the 200th anniversary of slavery being abolished. As a descendant of one of Lord Harewood's slaves, I think it's an issue we should now explore, look at and acknowledge. Not with a feeling of shame, but so we can move forward. As far as newspapers go, I always get The Observer: I like to lie in bed with the Culture section.

David Harewood stars in 'Blood Diamond', in cinemas now

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