British Actor David Oyelowo Biography

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David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo OBE is a British–American actor and producer. His highest-profile role to date was as Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. He also took the lead role in A United Kingdom as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe.

David Oyelowo Background

David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo was born on April 1, 1976 in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents. His father hails from Oyo, and his mother, Edo State. They once worked for the national airline and the railway company respectively. David spent his early years in London before moving to Lagos where he attended a military-style boarding school.

At age 14, he moved back to Islington, and enrolled into City and Islington College for Theatre studies. Later on, he enrolled for an acting foundation course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). And in 1998, he completed his three-year course and went on to train at the National Youth Theatre.

David Oyelowo Personal Life

David Oyelowo is a prince from the Awe Kingdom in Nigeria, and a devout Christian as evident in his quotes and interviews.

He is married to Jessica Oyelowo (nee Watson) in 1998. Jessica is an English-American actress. They are blessed with four children, and the family lives in Los Angles, California. On July 20 2016, David and his wife Jessica became naturalized US citizens.

David Oyelowo Career

David Oyelowo began with the television series Maise Raine and Brothers and Sisters (1998). Also, in 1999, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) offered him a role in Volpone, a comedy written by Ben Jonson. About that same time, he also appeared in OroonokoAntony Cleopatra and others.

Subsequently, he appeared as King Henry VI, in 2001 in one of Shakespeare’s trilogy. Basically, it was a non-traditional casting where he acted as an English King. David, being the first actor to play that role for RSC, was criticized by some people in the media. Eventually, his performance was critically acclaimed, and he was awarded by Ian Charleson for the best performance by an actor under 30 in 2001.

Later on, he appeared in Spooks (2002 – 2004). In Spooks (a British Drama Series), David acted as MI5 officer Danny Hunter. Similarly, Spooks brought David to limelight and he gained recognition. Since then, he has continued to act on stage and screen.

In addition, David has featured in several television series, numerous voice acting and has featured and directed series of films. He made cameo appearances in Mayo (2006), Sweet Nothing in my ear (2008), and was the main characters in Five Days (2007), and The Passion (2008), e.t.c  

In 2014, he gained massive international recognition after he played the role of Martin Luther King in the film Selma. According to David, the role was given to him by God.


  • Dog Eat Dog, 2001

  • The Best Man, 2005

  • Derailed, 2005

  • A Sound Of Thunder, 2005

  • Born Equal, 2006

  • The Last King of Scotland, 2006

  • Shoot the Messenger, 2006

  • Rage, 2009

  • Who Do You Love? 2008

  • Big Guy, 2009

  • The Help, 2011

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011

  • Lincoln, 2012

  • Red Tails, 2012

  • The Paperboy, 2012

  • Middle of Nowhere, 2012

  • Rise of the planet of the Aprils, 2012

  • The Butler, 2013

  • Girl Rising, 2013

  • Complicit, 2013

  • Default, 2014

  • Selma, 2014

  • A Most Violent Year, 2014

  • Captive, 2015

  • Five Nights in Main, 2015

  • Nina, 2016

  • A United Kingdome, 2016

  • Queen of Katwe, 2016

  • Gringo, 2018

  • A wrinkle in Time, 2018

  • The Cloverfield Paradox, 2018

  • Don’t Let Go, 2019

David Oyelowo Net Worth

According to our source, David’s net worth is estimated at $245 million. He has a portfolio of investment,properties, endorsement deals, e.t.c.

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