David Oyelowo

An exciting talent, British born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo broke the color barrier at the Royal Shakespeare Company with his bravura performance in a production of "Henry VI" before going on to achieve big screen ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1976 in Oxford, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (45)

Captive 2015 (Movie)

Brian Nichols (Actor)

Five Nights in Maine 2015 (Movie)

Sherwin (Actor)

Star Wars: Rebels 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

A Most Violent Year 2014 (Movie)

D.A Lawrence (Actor)

Default 2014 (Movie)

Atlas (Actor)

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

School Principal (Actor)

Nina 2014 (Movie)

Clifton Henderson (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Actor)

Sister Cities 2014 (Movie)

Chief Brady (Actor)

Complicit 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Louis Gaines (Actor)

Nightingale 2013 (Movie)

Peter Snowden (Actor)

96 Minutes 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

Emerson (Actor)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

Corporal Ira Clark (Actor)

Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Joe "Lightning" Little (Actor)

The Paperboy 2012 (Movie)

Yardley Acheman (Actor)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 (Movie)

Steven Jacobs (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Help 2011 (Movie)

Preacher Green (Actor)

Glenn Martin, DDS 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Small Island 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Do You Love 2010 (Movie)

Muddy Waters (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Raisin in the Sun 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

MI-5 2002 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Five Days 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

As You Like It 2006 (Movie)

Orlando De Boys (Actor)

Best Man, Worst Friend 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Spice of Life 2006 (Movie)

Mercury (Actor)

The Gil Mayo Mysteries 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last King of Scotland 2006 (Movie)

Dr Junju (Actor)

A Sound of Thunder 2005 (Movie)

Tech Officer Payne (Actor)

Derailed 2005 (Movie)

Patrol Officer (Actor)

Shoot the Messenger 2005 (Movie)

Joe Pascale (Actor)

Tomorrow La Scala! 2002 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Dog Eat Dog 2001 (Movie)

CJ (Actor)

Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Captive 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Nights in Maine 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

An exciting talent, British born Nigerian actor David Oyelowo broke the color barrier at the Royal Shakespeare Company with his bravura performance in a production of "Henry VI" before going on to achieve big screen success in a variety of genres. Pre-fame, Oyelowo was seen regularly in British households as a cast member on the hit spy series "MI-5" (BBC, 2002-11) and he successfully segued into film with solid performances in pictures like "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) and "Who Do You Love" (2008). He also continued to act on stage and established his own theatre company. Oyelowo gained additional mass audience exposure by appearing in the hit films "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) and "The Help" (2011), and was also featured in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (2012), and the Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher" (2012). With his exemplary background in live theatre, solid experience in series television, and increasing presence in feature films, Oyelowo demonstrated solid credentials and became a breakout international star with his impassioned performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights tale "Selma" (2014).

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)

1998
Received the Scholarship for Excellence

Milestones

2012

Cast alongside Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"

2012

Portrayed Lt. Joe 'Lightning' Little in the historical drama "Red Tails"

2012

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"

2012

Co-starred in indie drama "Middle of Nowhere"

2011

Joined the cast of "The Help," starring Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Octavia Spencer

2011

Cast as James Franco's greedy boss in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

2008

Featured in ABC production of "A Raisin in the Sun" alongside Sean Combs and Phylicia Rashad

2006

Played Dr. Junju in "The Last King of Scotland"

2005

Landed minor role in crime thriller "Derailed," starring Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston

2005

Appeared in a stage production of "Prometheus Bound"

2002

Cast in breakthrough role of Junior Case Officer Danny Hunter on BBC spy series "Spooks/MI-5"

2001

Feature film debut, "Dog Eat Dog"

1999

Launched stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company

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