david harewood

*Former “Homeland” star David Harewood says the U.K. is losing black actors to the U.S. because there are no strong roles on British soil.

Harewood, who played CIA boss David Estes in the Showtime series for two seasons, believes screenwriters in his native Britain are taking too long to catch up with their American counterparts and write dramatic roles for black stars.

The actor, who lives in Streatham with wife Kirsty Handy and two daughters, tells the London Evening Standard: “With the types of dramas that we do, it’s going to take a while for people to start casting strong black lead roles. It’s why that whole generation of strong black lead actors left the country.”

Harewood’s character was killed in an explosion at the climax of season two of Homeland. The third series began last night on UK television.

He is now deciding whether to leave the UK for Los Angeles as he starts shooting new HBO series “The Money.”