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David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Following his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, David Oyelowo was offered the 1999 season at the UK's Royal Shakespeare Company, playing roles in Volpone and Oroonoko. The following season, he became the first Black actor to play an English monarch for the RSC, taking the title role in Henry VI. This performance won him the Ian Charleson Award in 2001 for Best Newcomer in a Classical Play.

Oyelowo's additional stage credits include roles in The Love of the Nightingale, Bouncers, Coriolanus and The Threepenny Opera, as well as the RSC productions of Anthony & Cleopatra and Richard III.

Best known as Danny Hunter in the highly successful BBC series Spooks, he has also appeared in the critically acclaimed drama Tomorrow La Scala (2002) and the series Maisie Raine and Brothers and Sisters.

Oyelowo's film credits include The Best Man, a comedy for the Film Consortium directed by Stefan Schwarz, and the feature Derailed directed by Mikael Håfström. He recently wrapped on the Kenneth Brannagh's film adaptation of Shakespeare's As You Like It, in which he plays the romantic lead role of Orlando. He will also be seen in Kevin MacDonald's The Last King of Scotland, which he shot in Uganda.

He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo and they have two sons.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

David Oyelowo Facts

BirthdayApril 1, 1976 (45)
BirthplaceOxford, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is David Oyelowo compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Jack Reacher
Queen of Katwe
A Most Violent Year
Red Tails
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