David Oyelowo

Film Producer / Film Director / Actor | * 04/01/1976 (46) | Oxford, Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom (UK))
David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo Listen ( oh-YEL-oh-woh; born 1 April 1976) is a British actor, director and producer. His accolades include a Critics' Choice Award and two NAACP Image Awards as well as nominations for two Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award. In 2016, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to drama. Oyelowo rose to prominence for portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma (2014) and Peter Snowdin in the HBO film Nightingale (2014), both of which garnered him critical acclaim. He also achieved praise for his roles as Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013), Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom (2016) and Robert Katende in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has also played supporting roles in the films ()
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David Oyelowo was born in Oxford in 1976. His family originates from Nigeria. David studied Theatre Studies for A level and his teacher suggested he should become an actor. After A levels David enrolled for a year on an Art foundation course. In December 2000 David became the first black actor to play an English monarch for the RSC taking the title role in Henry VI. His performance won him the 'Ian Charleson' Award 2001 for best newcomer in a classical play.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for David Oyelowo

Officer of The Order of The British Empire
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Movies with David Oyelowo as Actor(56)

as Dave2023 Role Play
as Sugar Ray Robinson2023 Sweet Thunder
as Chris Newborn2023 Solitary
as The Tiger (voice)2022 The Tiger Who Came to Tea
as Mervyn Cocker-Norris2022 See How They Run
as Aaron2021 Chaos Walking
as Nigel Basil-Jones2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
as The Bastard King / Narrator2020 The Bastard King
as Amos Boone2020 The Water Man
as Jack Littleton2020 Come Away
as Adewole2020 The Midnight Sky
as Detective Jack Radcliff2019 Don't Let Go
as The It (voice)2018 A Wrinkle in Time
as Harold Soyinka2018 Gringo
as Agent Kallus (voice)2016 Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
as Robert Katende2016 Queen of Katwe
as Sherwin2016 Five Nights in Maine
as Seretse Khama2016 A United Kingdom
as Clifton Henderson2016 Nina
as Agent Kallus (voice)2015 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
as Brian Nichols2015 Captive
as Principal2014 Interstellar
as Atlas2014 Default
as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.2014 Selma
as Arm Wrestling Man #12014 9 Kisses
as Agent Kallus (voice)2014 Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
as D.A. Lawrence2014 A Most Violent Year
as Peter Snowden2014 Nightingale
as Louis Gaines2013 The Butler
as Edward Ekubo2013 Complicit
as Brian2012 Middle of Nowhere
as Cen2012 Rahab
as Emerson2012 Jack Reacher
as Yardley Acheman2012 The Paperboy
as Joe 'Lightning' Little2012 Red Tails
as Corporal Ira Clark2012 Lincoln
as Duane2011 96 Minutes
as Preacher Green2011 The Help
as Steven Jacobs2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
as Homer2009 Rage
as Leonard Grisham2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear
as Joseph Asagai2008 A Raisin in the Sun
as Muddy Waters2008 Who Do You Love
as Orlando De Boys2006 As You Like It
as Yemi2006 Born Equal
as Dr. Thomas Junju2006 The Last King of Scotland
as Payne2005 A Sound of Thunder
as Patrol Officer2005 Derailed
as Graham2005 The Best Man
as CJ2001 Dog Eat Dog

TV Shows/Series with David Oyelowo as Actor(28)

as Holston2023 Silo
as Bass Reeves2023 1883: The Bass Reeves Story
as Self - Narrator2022 Earth's Great Rivers II
as Edward2021 The Girl Before
as Prince Humperdinck2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride
as Self - Guest2019 Tamron Hall
as Self - Special Guest2018 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
as Scar2016 The Lion Guard
as Agent Kallus (voice)2014 Star Wars Rebels
as Kallus (voice)2014 Star Wars Rebels
as Steven Jacobs2013 The Frame
as himself2010 Conan
as Gilbert2009 Small Island
as Joseph of Arimathea2008 The Passion
as Matt Wellings2007 Five Days
2006 Mayo
as himself2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!
as Danny Hunter2002 Spooks
as himself1997 The View
as Patrick1992 As Time Goes By
as Self - Guest1988 LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

Movies with David Oyelowo as Crew(15)

Production/Producer2023 Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun
Production/Executive Producer2021 5150
Production/Executive Producer2021 Night of the Kings
Production/Producer2021 Ferguson Rises
Directing/Director2020 The Water Man
Production/Producer2020 The Water Man
Production/Producer2020 Come Away
Production/Executive Producer2019 Don't Let Go
Production/Producer2019 Don't Let Go
Production/Producer2016 Five Nights in Maine
Production/Producer2016 A United Kingdom
Crew/Thanks2016 13th
Production/Producer2015 Captive
Production/Executive Producer2014 Nightingale
Directing/Director2009 Big Guy

Additional Information

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Full Name: David Oyelowo
Born: Thursday, 04/01 1976 (April) in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 46 years + 362 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, City and Islington College
Spouses (current/former): Jessica Oyelowo
Other names for David Oyelowo (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo"
"데이빗 오예로워"
David Oyelowo frequently works together with these people:
Dee Bradley Baker (27x, Actor)
Ava DuVernay (13x, Crew)
Stephen Stanton (13x, Actor)
Daniel Radcliffe (11x, Actor)
Seth Rogen (10x, Actor)
Jennifer Garner (10x, Actress)
Kenan Thompson (10x, Actor)
Matthew Wood (10x, Actor)
Kevin Bacon (9x, Actor)
Anthony Anderson (9x, Actor)
Martin Short (9x, Actor)
Kumail Nanjiani (9x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2424, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/25/2023