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Homeland actor David Harewood inspired to be a donor

Homeland star David Harewood has admitted that watching someone he knew die inspired him to become an organ donor.

The Birmingham-born actor joined other celebrities this week in supporting a campaign urging people to pass on their organ donation wishes and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register for National Transplant Week, which began today.

Actor David Harewood comes from Small Heath in Birmingham Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"It's an important issue, but it's a sensitive subject," Harewood said.

"There are hundreds of people waiting for organs around the country. If people had this conversation with their families, many people could have their lives saved or prolonged with the help these organs could provide.

"I wanted to be involved in this campaign because life is precious. You can't take it with you so it's important you help to pass it on."