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David Oyelowo


David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998. David starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 18 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Selma
Selma Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(2014)
Nightingale
Nightingale Peter Snowden
(2014)
Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher Emerson
(2012)
The Butler
The Butler Louis Gaines
(2013)

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 2018 Gringo (completed)
Harold Soyinka
 2017 The Lion Guard (TV Series)
Scar
- The Bite of Kenge (2017) ... Scar (voice)
- Rescue in the Outlands (2017) ... Scar (voice)
- Swept Away (2017) ... Scar (voice)
- Let Sleeping Crocs Lie (2017) ... Scar (voice)
- The Rise of Scar (2017) ... Scar (voice)
 2014-2017 Star Wars: Rebels (TV Series)
Agent Kallus / Kallus
- The Occupation (2017) ... Kallus (voice)
- In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1 (2017) ... Kallus (voice)
- Zero Hour: Part 2 (2017) ... Agent Kallus (voice)
- Zero Hour: Part 1 (2017) ... Agent Kallus (voice)
- Through Imperial Eyes (2017) ... Agent Kallus (voice)
 2016 Queen of Katwe
Robert Katende
 2016 A United Kingdom
Seretse Khama
 2016/I Nina
Clifton Henderson
 2015 Black Knight Decoded (Video short)
Father
 2015/II Captive
Brian Nichols
 2015 Five Nights in Maine
Sherwin
 2015 Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions (Video Game)
Agent Kallus (voice)
 2014 Selma
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 2014 A Most Violent Year
D.A. Lawrence
 2014 Interstellar
School Principal
 2014/I Default
Atlas
 2014 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Sebastian / Gandalf / Ron Daise
- Walking Dead Lobster (2014) ... Sebastian / Gandalf / Ron Daise (voice)
 2014/II Nightingale
Peter Snowden
 2013 206 (Short)
Man
 2013/I The Butler
Louis Gaines
 2013 Complicit (TV Movie)
Edward Ekubo
 2012 Jack Reacher
Emerson
 2012 Lincoln
Corporal Ira Clark
 2012 The Paperboy
Yardley Acheman
 2012 Middle of Nowhere
Brian
 2012 Red Tails
Joe 'Lightning' Little
 2011 Rahab (Short)
Cen
 2011 96 Minutes
Duane
 2011 The Help
Preacher Green
 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Steven Jacobs
 2010-2011 Glenn Martin DDS (TV Series)
Teacher / Clarence
- Glenn and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (2011) ... Teacher (voice)
- Life Swap (2010) ... Clarence (voice)
 2011 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge Edward Weldon
- Two Courts (2011) ... Judge Edward Weldon
 2010 Change in the Wind
Benjamin Mays (voice)
 2010 Blood and Oil (TV Movie)
Keme Tobodo
 2009 Small Island (TV Movie)
Gilbert
 2009/I Rage
Homer
 2008 Who Do You Love
Muddy Waters
 2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Movie)
Leonard Grisham
 2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV Series)
Kremlin Busang
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008) ... Kremlin Busang
 2008 The Passion (TV Mini-Series)
Joseph of Arimathea
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... Joseph of Arimathea
 2008 A Raisin in the Sun (TV Movie)
Joseph Asagai
 2007 Five Days: Revised Final Episode (Video short)
Matt Wellings
 2007 Five Days (TV Mini-Series)
Matt Wellings
- Day Seventy Nine (2007) ... Matt Wellings
- Day Thirty Three (2007) ... Matt Wellings
- Day Twenty Eight (2007) ... Matt Wellings
- Day Three (2007) ... Matt Wellings
- Day One (2007) ... Matt Wellings
 2007 Spooks Interactive (Video Game)
Danny Hunter
 2006 Born Equal (TV Movie)
Yemi
 2006 As You Like It
Orlando De Boys
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Dr. Junju
 2006 The Gil Mayo Mysteries (TV Series)
Eddie Barton, 'Sexy' M.P.
- Episode #1.8 (2006) ... Eddie Barton, 'Sexy' M.P.
 2006 Shoot the Messenger
Joseph Pascale
 2006 American Blend
Mercury
 2005 As Time Goes By (TV Series)
Patrick
- Reunion Special: Part 2 (2005) ... Patrick
- Reunion Special: Part 1 (2005) ... Patrick
 2005 It's a Boy! (Video short)
Joseph
 2005/I Derailed
Patrol Officer
 2005 The Best Man
Graham
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
Payne
 2002-2004 MI-5 (TV Series)
Danny Hunter
- Episode #3.10 (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Episode #3.9 (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Episode #3.8 (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Episode #3.7 (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Episode #3.6 (2004) ... Danny Hunter
 2004 End of the Line (Short)
Commuter
 2002 Tomorrow La Scala!
Charlie
 2001/II Circles (Short)
 2001 Dog Eat Dog
CJ
 1998 Brothers and Sisters (TV Series)
Lester Peters
 1998 Maisie Raine (TV Series)
Sonny McDonald
- Food of Love (1998) ... Sonny McDonald
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Other Works:

Played Monday in "The God Botherers", a new play by Richard Bean - Bush Theatre, London. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

I think it's vital to have something outside your acting to keep you rooted in the real world, and help you fill the vacuum. If you have nothing else, it can be unhealthy. For me, being a Christian has been invaluable: it simply means acting isn't the centre of my life. See more »

Trivia:

David made history when he became the first black actor to portray an English monarch for the Royal Shakespeare Company when he played the title role in a production of "Henry VI Parts I, II and III" (2000). See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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