David Oyelowo

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David Oyelowo also known as 'David O', 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 most notably starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 19 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »


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The Water Man Amos Boone
Nightingale Peter Snowden
Don't Let Go Jack Radcliff
A United Kingdom Seretse Khama


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  Sweet Thunder (pre-production)
Sugar Ray Robinson
  The Rocketeers (pre-production)
The Rocketeer (rumored)
  The Girl Before (TV Mini Series) (filming)
- Episode #1.4 ... Edward
- Episode #1.2 ... Edward
- Episode #1.3 ... Edward
- Episode #1.1 ... Edward
  Wool (TV Series) (filming)
- Pilot ... Holston
  Solitary (post-production)
Chris Newborn
 2022 Untitled Murder Mystery (post-production)
Mervyn Cocker-Norris
  Bass Reeves (TV Series) (announced)
 2021 Pandemica (TV Mini Series) (voice)
 2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Nigel Basil-Jones
 2021 Chaos Walking
 2020 The Midnight Sky
 2020 The Bastard King
The Bastard King
 2020/I The Water Man
Amos Boone
 2020 Home Movie: The Princess Bride (TV Mini Series short)
Prince Humperdinck
- Chapter Six: The Fire Swamp (2020) ... Prince Humperdinck
 2020 Come Away
Jack Littleton
 2019 The Tiger Who Came to Tea (TV Short)
Tiger (voice)
 2017-2019 The Lion Guard (TV Series)
- Battle for the Pride Lands (2019) ... Scar (voice)
- Pride Landers Unite! (2019) ... Scar (voice)
- The Queen's Visit (2019) ... Scar (voice)
- Beshte and the Beast (2018) ... Scar (voice)
- The Underground Adventure (2018) ... Scar (voice)
 2019 Brave Girl Rising (Short)
 2018-2019 Les Misérables (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Javert
- Episode #1.5 (2019) ... Javert
- Episode #1.4 (2019) ... Javert
- Episode #1.3 (2019) ... Javert
- Episode #1.2 (2019) ... Javert
 2019 Don't Let Go
Jack Radcliff
 2018 Gringo
Harold Soyinka
 2014-2018 Star Wars Rebels (TV Series)
Agent Kallus / Kallus
- A Fool's Hope (2018) ... Kallus (voice)
- Family Reunion - and Farewell (2018) ... Kallus (voice)
- The Occupation (2017) ... Kallus (voice)
- In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1 (2017) ... Kallus (voice)
- Zero Hour: Part 2 (2017) ... Agent Kallus (voice)
 2018 A Wrinkle in Time
The It (voice)
 2017 Jay Z: Family Feud ft. Beyoncé (Music Video)
 2016 Queen of Katwe
Robert Katende
 2016 A United Kingdom
Seretse Khama
 2016/I Nina
Clifton Henderson
 2015 Black Knight Decoded (Video short)
 2015/II Captive
Brian Nichols
 2015 Five Nights in Maine
 2015 Star Wars: Rebels - Recon Missions (Video Game)
Agent Kallus (voice)
 2014 9 Kisses (Short)
 2014 Selma
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 2014 A Most Violent Year
D.A. Lawrence
 2014 Interstellar
School Principal
 2014/I Default
 2014 Robot Chicken (TV Series short)
Gandalf / Ron Alston
- Walking Dead Lobster (2014) ... Gandalf / Ron Alston (voice)
 2014/II Nightingale
Peter Snowden
 2013 206 (Short)
 2013/I Lee Daniels' The Butler
Louis Gaines
 2013 Complicit (TV Movie)
Edward Ekubo
 2012 Jack Reacher
 2012 Lincoln
Corporal Ira Clark
 2012 The Paperboy
Yardley Acheman
 2012 Middle of Nowhere
 2012 Red Tails
Joe 'Lightning' Little
 2011 Rahab (Short)
 2011 96 Minutes
 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 Mini Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2009) ... Gilbert
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Gilbert
 2009/I Rage
 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 Spooks Interactive (Video Game)
Danny Hunter
 2007 Five Days: Revised Final Episode (Video)
Matt Wellings
 2007 Five Days (TV 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
 2006 Born Equal (TV Movie)
 2006 As You Like It
Orlando De Boys
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Dr. Junju
 2006 The Gil Mayo Mysteries (TV Mini Series)
Eddie Barton, 'Sexy' M.P.
- Scrubbed Out (2006) ... Eddie Barton, 'Sexy' M.P.
 2006 Shoot the Messenger
Joseph Pascale
 2006 American Blend
 2005 As Time Goes By (TV Series)
- Reunion Special: Part 2 (2005) ... Patrick
- Reunion Special: Part 1 (2005) ... Patrick
 2005 It's a Boy! (Video short)
 2005/I Derailed
Patrol Officer
 2005 Unhitched
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
 2002-2004 MI-5 (TV Series)
Danny Hunter
- The Suffering of Strangers (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Frequently Asked Questions (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Celebrity (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Outsiders (2004) ... Danny Hunter (uncredited)
- Persephone (2004) ... Danny Hunter
 2004 End of the Line (Short)
 2002 Tomorrow La Scala!
 2001/II Circles (Short)
 2001 Dog Eat Dog
 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:

Directed John Webster's revenge tragedy "The White Devil" - Pavillion Theatre, Brighton. See more »

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3 Interviews | 6 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

David Oyelowo OBE


5' 7¾" (1.72 m)


Jessica Oyelowo  (4 children)


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Stephen Oyelowo

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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 »


He was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents, of the Yoruba tribe. While a guest on "Fresh Air", David told interviewer Terry Gross that his father was a member of a royal family in Nigeria, and his last name literally means "a king deserves respect". But he also joked, "Now, don't get me wrong. You know, royal families are a dime a dozen in Nigeria. It's more like being the ... See more »

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