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David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo, OBE (/oʊˈjɛləwoʊ/ oh-YEL-ə-woh;[1] born 1 April 1976)[2] is a British-Nigerian actor and producer.[3][4] His highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe
(2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5
MI5
officer Danny Hunter
Danny Hunter
on the British drama series Spooks (2002–2004).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Stage 2.2 Television 2.3 Voice acting 2.4 Film

3 Awards and honors 4 Personal life 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Oyelowo was born in Oxford, England,[5] to Nigerian parents[6] of Yoruba ethnicity.[7] He was brought up as a Baptist.[8] He grew up in Tooting Bec
Tooting Bec
until he was six, when his family moved to Lagos,[9] Nigeria, where his father Stephen[8] worked for the national airline and mother for a railway company. David attended a "'military-style' boarding school."[8] They returned to London when Oyelowo was fourteen,[10][11] settling in Islington.[8] While enrolled in theatre studies at City and Islington
Islington
College, his teacher suggested that he become an actor. Oyelowo enrolled for a year in an art foundation course, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[11] He finished his three-year training in 1998.[12] He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre.[13] Career[edit] Stage[edit] He began his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
playing roles in Ben Jonson's Volpone, as the title character in Oroonoko
Oroonoko
(which he also performed in the BBC radio adaptation) and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
(1999) alongside Guy Henry, Frances de la Tour and Alan Bates. However, he is best known for his next stage performance as King Henry VI[9] in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2001 productions of Shakespeare's trilogy of plays about the king as a part of its season This England: The Histories. In a major landmark for colour-blind casting, Oyelowo was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare, and although this casting choice was initially criticised by some in the media, Oyelowo's performance was critically acclaimed and later won the 2001 Ian Charleson Award for best performance by an actor under 30 in a classical play. In 2005, he appeared in a production of Prometheus Bound, which was revived in New York City in 2007. In 2006, he made his directorial debut on a production of The White Devil, produced by Inservice, his theatre company in Brighton
Brighton
which is co-run with fellow Brighton-based actors Priyanga Burford, Israel Aduramo, Penelope Cobbuld, and his wife, Jessica.[14] He played the title role in Othello
Othello
in 2016 at the New York Theatre Workshop
New York Theatre Workshop
with Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
as Iago, directed by Sam Gold.[15] Television[edit] Oyelowo is best known for playing MI5
MI5
officer Danny Hunter
Danny Hunter
on the British drama series Spooks (known in North America
North America
as MI-5) from 2002 to 2004. He had before that appeared in Tomorrow La Scala (2002), Maisie Raine
Maisie Raine
(1998) and Brothers and Sisters (1998). Soon after the end of his time on Spooks Oyelowo made a cameo appearance in the Christmas special of As Time Goes By (2005). In 2006, he appeared in the television film Born Equal alongside Nikki Amuka-Bird as a couple fleeing persecution in Nigeria
Nigeria
– they also both appeared in Shoot the Messenger (2006), and in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008) as a husband and wife. Other cameos have included Mayo (guest-starring on 30 April 2006) and the television film Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008, as defence attorney Leonard Grisham), while he has played recurring or main characters on Five Days (2007) and The Passion (2008, as Joseph of Arimathea). In December 2009, he played the leading role of Gilbert in the BBC
BBC
TV adaptation of Andrea Levy's novel Small Island.[16] In March 2010, he played the role of Keme Tobodo in the BBC's drama series Blood and Oil.[17] He starred in the HBO
HBO
original film Nightingale (2014). Voice acting[edit] He appeared as Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano
in Grace Unshackled – The Olaudah Equiano Story, a radio play adapting Equiano's autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. This was first broadcast on BBC 7
BBC 7
on 8 April 2007, with his wife Jessica Oyelowo
Jessica Oyelowo
as Mrs. Equiano. In 2007, Oyelowo was the reader for John le Carré's The Mission Song. Audio File
File
magazine stated: "Think of David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
as a single musician playing all the instruments in a symphony. That is essentially what he manages in this inspired performance of John le Carré's suspense novel.... Can it really have been only one man in the narrator's recording booth? This virtuoso performance makes that seem impossible."[18] In 2015, he was selected to portray James Bond in Trigger Mortis, written by Anthony Horowitz.[19] As of 2014[update], he provides the voice of Imperial Security Bureau agent Alexsandr Kallus
Alexsandr Kallus
on the animated series Star Wars Rebels.[20] As of 2017[update], Oyelowo voices the spirit of Scar, the main antagonist in season 2 of The Lion Guard. Film[edit] In 2012, Oyelowo appeared in Middle of Nowhere. Writer-director Ava DuVernay had been a fan of his work and had considered asking him to take the role, however before she could, Oyelowo received the script coincidentally from a friend of a friend of DuVernay's who happened to be sitting next to him on the plane and was considering investing in the project.[21] The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to critical raves. That same year Oyelowo appeared in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, which competed for the Palme d'Or
Palme d'Or
at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[22] Oyelowo reunited with Daniels the following year in The Butler.[23] In 2014, Oyelowo formed his own independent production company, Yoruba Saxon Productions which has co-produced movies that featured him including, Nightingale, Captive, Five Nights in Maine, and most recently, A United Kingdom.[24] He worked with his Middle of Nowhere director Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay
again for Selma (2014), playing civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The film, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, had originally been set to be directed by Lee Daniels, but the project was dropped by Daniels so he could focus on The Butler. He is slated to star with Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
in Americanah, a film to be adapted from the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
novel. The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures.

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
with Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards

Awards and honors[edit] For his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
in Selma, Oyelowo received in 2014 the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He received his first Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.[25] Also in 2014, for his performance in Nightingale, he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Special
and a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.

Jessica Oyelowo

Oyelowo was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours
2016 New Year Honours
for services to drama.[26] Personal life[edit] He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo,[7] with whom he has four children. They live in Los Angeles, California.[9] A devout Christian,[9] Oyelowo has stated that he believes God called him to play Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Reflecting on his portrayal of King in the film Selma, Oyelowo has asserted that "I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing."[27] Oyelowo and his wife became naturalized US citizens on July 20, 2016.[citation needed] Oyelowo is an omoba, or prince, of the kingdom of Awe, Nigeria. He commented, "it was useful for getting dates but probably not much else".[28] Filmography[edit]

Film

Year Title Role Notes

2001 Dog Eat Dog CJ

2005 A Sound of Thunder Payne

The Best Man Graham

Derailed Patrol Officer

2006 As You Like It Orlando De Boys

The Last King of Scotland Dr. Junju

2008 Who Do You Love? Muddy Waters

A Raisin in the Sun Joseph Asagai

2009 Rage Homer

2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Steven Jacobs

The Help Preacher Green

96 Minutes Duane

2012 Red Tails 1st Lt. Joe “Lightning” Little

The Paperboy Yardley Acheman

Middle of Nowhere Brian Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

Lincoln Ira Clark

Jack Reacher Emerson

2013 The Butler Louis Gaines NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2014 Nightingale Peter Snowden Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Black Reel Awards for Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Interstellar School Principal

Default Atlas

Selma Martin Luther King Jr. Black Reel Award for Best Actor African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Kermode Award for Best Actor NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Palm Springs International Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Award Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Actor Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated – Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Nominated – Village Voice Film Poll Award for Best Actor Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

A Most Violent Year Lawrence Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor

2015 Captive Brian Nichols

Five Nights in Maine Sherwin [29]

2016 Nina Clifton Henderson [29]

Queen of Katwe Robert Katende Nominated— Evening Standard British Film Awards for Best Actor Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Actor Nominated—NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor

A United Kingdom Seretse Khama

2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Kiel

A Wrinkle in Time The It

Gringo Harold Soyinka

Only You

Post-production

2019 Chaos Walking Aaron Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes

1998 Maisie Raine Sonny McDonald Episode: “Food of Love”

Brothers and Sisters Lester Peters

2002–2004 Spooks Danny Hunter

2005 As Time Goes By Patrick 2 episodes

2006 Shoot the Messenger Joseph Pascale TV movie

The Gil Mayo Mysteries Eddie Barton, “Sexy” M.P. Episode: “Episode #1.8”

2007 Five Days Matt Wellings 4 episodes

2008 A Raisin in the Sun Joseph Asagai TV movie

The Passion Joseph of Arimathea TV miniseries (1 episode)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Kremlin Busang Episode: “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency”

2009 Small Island Gilbert TV movie

2010 Blood and Oil Keme Tobodo TV movie

2011 The Good Wife Judge Edward Weldon Episode: “Two Courts”

2010–2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Teacher / Clarence (voice) 2 episodes

2013 Complicit Edward Ekubo TV movie

2014–2018 Star Wars Rebels Alexsandr Kallus
Alexsandr Kallus
(voice) [5][20]

2014 Robot Chicken Sebastian (voice) 1 episode

2017 The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar Scar (voice) TV movie

2017–present The Lion Guard Scar (voice) 9 episodes

References[edit]

^ " David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
finally reveals how you pronounce his name" by Daisy Watt, The Independent, 30 January 2015 ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Europa Publications
Europa Publications
/ Routledge. 2003. p. 1,271. ISBN 978-1857432176.  ^ Handy, David (November 7, 2014). "How David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
Approached the Daunting role of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
in Selma". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 10, 2016.  ^ "Oyelowo: British TV 'ignoring' black actors". BBC. 3 February 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2016.  ^ a b "Oyelowo for Star Wars: Rebels?". Belfast Telegraph. 24 September 2013.  ^ " David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
and Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
Face Off in Othello
Othello
by Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 28 November 2016 ^ a b "David Oyelowo: An actor's life". The Independent. UK. 18 January 2007. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  ^ a b c d Gilbert, Gerard (February 8, 2013). "Upwardly mobile: David Oyelowo on going from Tooting Bec
Tooting Bec
to Tom Cruise's jet". The Independent. Retrieved October 10, 2016.  ^ a b c d "From Spooks to Lincoln, Complicit star David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
is about to make it big in Hollywood". Metro UK. 15 February 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2013.  ^ West, Naomi (8 September 2007). "As he likes it". The Daily Telegraph.  ^ a b Gilbert, Gerard (9 February 2013). "Upwardly mobile: David Oyelowo on going from Tooting Bec
Tooting Bec
to Tom Cruise's jet". The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.  ^ "Notices" (PDF). London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Spring 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.  ^ NationalYouthTheatre [@NYTofGB] (2015-05-27). "Both #NYTalumni !" (Tweet). Retrieved 2015-08-14 – via Twitter.  ^ John, Emma (1 August 2005). "'In my head this is massive'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014.  ^ "For David Oyelowo, the Time Has Come to Play Othello" by Alexis Soloski, The New York Times, 16 November 2016 ^ "Small Island: David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
plays Gilbert". BBC. 14 October 2009. Retrieved December 31, 2013.  ^ Anthony, Andrew (4 April 2010). "Blood and Oil; Canoe Man; Ashes to Ashes". The Guardian. Retrieved February 28, 2014.  ^ "The Mission Song". AudioFile. August 2007. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. By John le Carré, Read by David Oyelowo  ^ Hughes, William (August 12, 2015). "Selma Star David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
to Play James Bond—in Audiobook Form". The A.V. Club.  ^ a b Macaskil, Grace (27 September 2014). " Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
actor David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
had 'no idea' what he was auditioning for". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2014.  ^ Philbrick, Jami (11 October 2012). "IAR Exclusive Interview: David Oyelowo Talks Middle of Nowhere, The Paperboy, Lincoln and Jack Reacher". Iamrogue.com. Retrieved 13 September 2014.  ^ Calhoun, Dave. "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". Time Out. Retrieved 19 April 2012.  ^ Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 126. Gale Cengage Learning. 2015. pp. 124–127. ISBN 978-1-57302-425-9.  ^ "David Oyelowo". Variety. Retrieved January 18, 2016.  ^ "Golden Globe: 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood' and 'Imitation Game' Top Nominations". Variety. 11 December 2014. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2014.  ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette
The London Gazette
(Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N14.  ^ "Selma's David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian". Sojourners. Retrieved 19 April 2012.  ^ " David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
interview: The 'Selma' actor on being an African prince,". The Independent. 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2018-04-05.  ^ a b Taylor, Ben (2015-01-14). "David Oyelowo: 5 facts including wife, Selma and new movies 2015". Swide. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 2015-08-14. 

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Interview". Streetbrand Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2013.  Kellaway, Kate (8 July 2001). "My kingdom for a part". The Observer. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2007. 

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Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2014) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2015) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2016) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2017)

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Ian Charleson Award

Ian Hughes (1990) Joe Dixon (1991) Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander
(1992) Emma Fielding (1993) Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens
(1994) Lucy Whybrow (1995) Alexandra Gilbreath (1996) Mark Bazeley (1997) (tie) Dominic West
Dominic West
(1997) (tie) Claudie Blakley (1998) Rupert Penry-Jones
Rupert Penry-Jones
(1999) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2000) Claire Price (2001) Rebecca Hall (2002) Lisa Dillon (2003) Nonso Anozie
Nonso Anozie
(2004) Mariah Gale (2005) Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough
(2006) Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2007) Tom Burke (2008) Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga
(2009) Gwilym Lee (2010) Cush Jumbo (2011) Ashley Zhangazha (2012) Jack Lowden
Jack Lowden
(2013) Susannah Fielding (2014) James McArdle (2015) Paapa Essiedu
Paapa Essiedu
(2016)

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NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

1967-1979

Raymond St. Jacques
Raymond St. Jacques
(1969) Jim Brown
Jim Brown
(1970) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1971) Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
(1972) Bernie Casey (1974) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1975) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1976) Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
(1977) Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield
(1978) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1979)

1980-1989

LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
(1980) Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(1983) Prince
Prince
(1984) Adolph Caesar (1985) Gregory Hines (1986) Danny Glover
Danny Glover
(1987) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989)

1990-1999

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1990) Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1992) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1993) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1994) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1996) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1997) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(1998) Danny Glover
Danny Glover
(1999)

2000-2009

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2000) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2002) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2003) Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(2004) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2005) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2006) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2007) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2008) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2009)

2010-2019

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2010) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2011) Laz Alonso
Laz Alonso
(2012) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2013) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2014) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2015) Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
(2016) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2017) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2018)

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Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture

Sideways

2004

Crash

2005

The Departed

2006

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

2007

No award

2008

Nine

2009

No award

2010

The Help

2011

Les Misérables

2012

Nebraska

2013

Into the Woods

2014

Spotlight

2015

Hidden Figures

2016

Mudbound

2017

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Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1997) Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo
(1998) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(1999) James Woods
James Woods
(2000) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(2001) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2002) James Woods
James Woods
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
(2005) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2006) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs
(2011) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2016) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2017)

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