Erik Todd Dellums on ‘Homeland’: A D.C. actor back in the spotlight

October 14, 2013
Erik Todd Dellums on "Homeland" (Kent Smith/Showtime) Erik Todd Dellums on “Homeland” (Kent Smith/Showtime)

The day after Sunday’s episode of “Homeland” debuted on Showtime, Erik Todd Dellums was at home in D.C. doing yardwork, attending to his new German Shepherd puppy and enjoying a moment back in the spotlight. Social media lit up with praise for the local actor (known from “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Wire”) when he stole the show with his portrayal of a sinister, sketchy doctor who saves terrorist-on-the-run Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) after a gunshot wound.So, will Dellums be back on the buzzy drama?

“The good news is that I’ve learned in my career, unless you’re in a body bag, you’ve got a good shot,” Dellums told us. Currently without an agent, Dellums landed the role thanks to episode director Clark Johnson, an old friend from “Homicide” years ago. What was it like for Dellums, the son of former congressman Ron Dellums, to be part of a Washington-set series during so much real political strife? “I love working on a smart, timely show,” he said. “It’s really a blessing to be on a show that is actually taking our country seriously, and taking these issues seriously.”

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