David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1976-04-01 (45 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK

56 Movies · 21 TV shows

Also Known As: David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo

Biography

David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo ( oh-YEL-ə-woh; born 1 April 1976) is a British actor and producer with dual British and American citizenship. 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 (2016) as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter on the British drama series Spooks (2002–2004) and Javert in the BBC miniseries Les Misérables (2018).

Personal Life

He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo, with whom he has four children. They live in Los Angeles, California.A devout Christian, Oyelowo has stated that he believes God called him to play Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflecting on his portrayal of King in the film Selma, Oyelowo has asserted that "I always knew that in order to play Dr. King, I had to have God flow through me because when you see Dr. King giving those speeches, you see that he is moving in his anointing."A dual citizen, Oyelowo and his wife became naturalized US citizens on 20 July 2016. On doing so he stated, "I did a film called Selma... and that film centers on voting rights and I've lived here for nearly 10 years now and to be walking around and doing a film about voting rights and telling people to vote, and you can't vote yourself is a little hypocritical. I decided it's time to do it and no time better than now."Oyelowo is an omoba (or prince) of the kingdom of Awe, Nigeria, a part of the Nigerian chieftaincy system. He commented, "it was useful for getting dates but probably not much else".

Early Life

Oyelowo was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents. His father is from Oyo State, Western Nigeria while his mother is from Edo State, Southern Nigeria. He was brought up as a Baptist. He grew up in Tooting Bec, South London, until he was six, when his family moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where his father Stephen worked for the national airline and mother for a railway company. David attended a "'military-style' boarding school" while growing up in Lagos, Nigeria They returned to London when Oyelowo was fourteen, settling in Islington. He has been said to have 8 middle names, among which are "Animamoma", "Chukwudi", and "Oyerogba".While enrolled in theatre studies at City and Islington College, his teacher suggested that he become an actor. Oyelowo enrolled for a year in an acting foundation course, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He finished his three-year training in 1998. He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

4 Movies
Night of the Kings

Night of the Kings

2021
The aging Black Beard in attempt to maintain control over his fellow inmates resorts to a "story" ritual, in which one prisoner is forced to tell stories for an entire night. The young pickpocket tell...
Chaos Walking

Chaos Walking

7.17
2021
Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they attempt to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality, where all inner thoughts are seen an...
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

7.1
2021
Despite his best efforts, Peter can't seem to shake his mischievous reputation, despite the fact that he and the rabbits have created a makeshift family. When Peter leaves the garden, he finds himself...
The Water Man

The Water Man

8
2021
Gunner and his mother share a special bond. She supports his daydreaming and artistic pursuits, while his frequently-on-the-road father, Amos, with whom Gunner shares a strained relationship, has othe...

2020.

2 Movies
The Midnight Sky

The Midnight Sky

6
2020
A scientist in the north is racing to get in touch with a crew of astronauts who are returning home from a mission.
Come Away

Come Away

5.5
2020
Before Alice and Peter became Pan, they were brothers and sisters. When their oldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair unti...

2019.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
TV
Earth's Great Rivers

Earth's Great Rivers

2019
Revealing the extraordinary animals, astonishing landscapes and remarkable people who live alongside the Amazon, Mississippi and Nile.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

2019
On a rainy day, a mother and daughter skip a trip to the park to bake pastries and partake in a two-person tea party when an unexpected guest menacingly invites himself into the house and runssacks th...
Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go

6.5
2019
A detective is dealing with a personal loss when his niece calls. The two work together to stop the crime before it happens, because they are able to communicate across time.

2018.

4 Movies · 3 TV shows
The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

2018
Collection of episodes from the animated series.
TV
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

6
2018
Trending news, pop culture, social media, original videos and more come together in host Joel McHale's weekly comedy commentary show.
A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

5.71
2018
Three strange beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find her scientist father who went missing.
The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox

5.53
2018
Scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality above a planet on the verge of war.
TV
Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'

Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'

2018
There is a unique portrait of how art and activism for black people in film are invisible from race and cinema.
TV
Les Misérables

Les Misérables

7
2018
France was founded in 1814. Jean Valjean, a common thief, is released from prison after having lived a hell in life for 19 years, but a small mistake puts the law again on his trail. Inspector Javert ...
Gringo

Gringo

6
2018
The life of an American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that is about to go public is thrown into turmoil after an incident in Mexico.

2017.

1 Movie
August 28: A Day in the Life of a People

August 28: A Day in the Life of a People

2017
Documentary film on events that happened on August 28th in African-American history, shown at the Smithsonian African-American History Museum.

2016.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Five Nights in Maine

Five Nights in Maine

2016
A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her dau...
13th

13th

8
2016
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
TV
The Lion Guard

The Lion Guard

5.69
2016
The Pride Lands, known as the Lion Guard, are protected by a group of animals led by Kion.
Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow

Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow

2016
Ezra, having grown in power, leads a mission to break the crew's old friend Hondo Ohnaka out of prison. Meanwhile, Grand Admiral Thrawn -- a master Imperial strategist -- has vowed to dismantle and de...
A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

5.5
2016
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland, and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948, in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the Britis...
Nina

Nina

2016
The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist is about her rise to fame and relationship with her manager.
Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

6
2016
A girl who grew up in Uganda's slums becomes a chess master.

2015.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal

Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal

2015
The Ghost crew and their allies face Darth Vader for the first time and Ahsoka Tano discovers the true identity of Darth Vader.
Captive

Captive

2015
Based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is the dramatic, thrilling, and spiritual journey of Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols. After being taken hostage by Brian i...

2014.

7 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
Default

Default

2014
A news crew is taken hostage on an airplane set to take off from the Seychelles.
A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year

6.15
2014
A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand ...
TV
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

6.26
2014
Jimmy was Jay Leno's replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles, the program was brought back to New York.
9 Kisses

9 Kisses

2014
The best actors of the year have intimate encounters.
TV
Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

8
2014
Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, the story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupie...
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

5.22
2014
The Imperial Star Destroyer has Wookiees in it.
Selma

Selma

6.33
2014
The place where segregation was at its worst led to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.
Interstellar

Interstellar

7.11
2014
The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Nightingale

Nightingale

2014
A dangerously unstable man addresses the unseen followers of his video log about his obsession with an old army buddy.

2013.

2 Movies
The Butler

The Butler

5.3
2013
Cecil Gaines was the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986 and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made during his time there.
Complicit

Complicit

2013
An MI5 officer's attempts to foil a possible terrorist plot are undermined by bureaucracy and moral dilemmas. Will he make the world a safer place or be complicit in making a tense situation even wors...

2012.

6 Movies
Lincoln

Lincoln

5.2
2012
The story of the 16th US President's final months in office. Lincoln wants to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. His choices will change the fate of generations to come.
Rahab

Rahab

2012
A slave, a spy, a city under siege and a choice to be made that will change their world forever.
Red Tails

Red Tails

2012
The first African-American pilots flew in World War II.
The Paperboy

The Paperboy

2
2012
As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless...
Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

6.32
2012
There is a suspect in the killings. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpecte...
Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

2012
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's imprisoned - leading her on a journey of self-discover...

2011.

3 Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

5.93
2011
Will Rodman wants to find a cure for Alzheimer's, a disease that has slowly consumed his father. Caesar, Will's pet chimp, had an increase in intelligence and brain activity.
The Help

The Help

7.29
2011
Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended...
96 Minutes

96 Minutes

6
2011
There was a shocking moment when the story of 4 lives came together. We watch as they hurtle toward a life-changing end after a carjacking and separate stories of the 4 kids.

2010.

2 TV shows
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.
TV
Blood And Oil

Blood And Oil

2010
Two British women become embroiled in a hostage negotiation situation.

2009.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Glenn Martin, DDS

Glenn Martin, DDS

2009
Glenn Martin, DDS was aired on August 17, 2009, by Nick at Nite. The series was created by Tornante. Sky1 broadcasted the show in the UK and Ireland. The second season started on June 11, 2010. The sh...
Rage

Rage

2009
A schoolboy uses his cellphone camera to shoot intimate interviews with people working at a New York fashion house and secretly posts them on the internet. During a week in which an accident on the ru...
TV
Small Island

Small Island

2009
The stories of Jamaicans and Londoners involved in World War Two are intricately connected. Gilbert wants to become a lawyer and Queenie wants to escape her roots in Lincolnshire. We trace the tangled...
Big Guy

Big Guy

2009
Rodney hates salads, the gym and daylight, until that is, Kate comes along and changes everything.

2008.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

2008
Dreams can make a life worth living, but they can also be dashed by bad decisions. The Younger family lost their father's life insurance money. The life on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s was m...
TV
The Passion

The Passion

2008
The Passion is a television drama serial produced by the BBC and HBO Films in association with Deep Indigo Productions. It tells the story of the last week in the life of Jesus. The serial was first p...
Who Do You Love

Who Do You Love

2008
Who Do You Love is the life story of legendary record producer Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records in Chicago, IL, the label that helped popularize blues music during the 1950s and ’60s.
Sweet Nothing in My Ear

Sweet Nothing in My Ear

2008
A family drama tells the story of a couple who are torn between giving their son a hearing implant or not.

2007.

1 TV show
TV
Five Days

Five Days

6
2007
The series is about a police investigation.

2006.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Mayo

Mayo

2006
Gil and Alex Jones are sexy and wise-cracks their way through a variety of murder mysteries. It's not easy between the old flames as flirtation could become something more, but who will make the first...
As You Like It

As You Like It

2006
The story is Witty, playful and utterly magical and it is set in 19th-century Japan and features a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile.
Shoot the Messenger

Shoot the Messenger

2006
One man's painful journey towards self-discovery is the subject of Shoot the Messenger. He finds both his own and his community's expectations challenged on the way.
The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

5.13
2006
After finishing his formal education, a young Scottish doctor named Nicholas Garrigan decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. The General asked Garrigan ...
Born Equal

Born Equal

2006
Four characters living in one neighborhood in London, all living dramatically different lives, all of them on the edge, see their stories unfold.

2005.

3 Movies
The Best Man

The Best Man

2005
When writer's block derails the literary dreams of Olly Pickering, he has to move in with his friend Murray after losing all his money. Olly was asked to be the best man at James' wedding. Olly was at...
A Sound of Thunder

A Sound of Thunder

2005
History can be changed in disastrous ways when a hunter is sent back to the prehistoric era.
Derailed

Derailed

3.5
2005
When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Spooks

Spooks

6
2002
Tense drama series about the different challenges faced by the British Security Service as they work against the clock to safeguard the nation. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the ...
Tomorrow La Scala!

Tomorrow La Scala!

2002
Members of a British opera troupe mount a production of "Sweeney Todd" within a maximum-security prison.

2001.

1 Movie
Dog Eat Dog

Dog Eat Dog

2001
A group of twenty-somethings, one of whom is a single father with a precious daughter, have been unsuccessfully in getting into a certain club so they can have a chance to DJ in their and start a care...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...

1992.

1 TV show
TV
As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

4.33
1992
Amisunderstanding leads to the reunion of two lovers.

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

Unknown Year.

3 Movies
Sweet Thunder

Sweet Thunder

The life story of a boxer.
Untitled Saoirse Ronan Murder Mystery

Untitled Saoirse Ronan Murder Mystery

A desperate Hollywood film producer is trying to turn a play into a film. When members of the production are murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard and overzealous debutante Constable Stalker find t...
Solitary

Solitary

A man has been in solitary confinement for seven years.
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