David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Born – Apr 1, 1976 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Biography…

Factsheet

  • As a child, lived for seven years in Nigeria, where his parents were born and his family descended from royalty.
  • Was a member of London’s National Youth Music Theatre, which is where he met his wife.
  • Played King Henry VI in a 2001 Royal Shakespeare Company trilogy of the Bard’s plays, and was the first black actor to portray an English king in an RSC production.
  • For his role in the British spy drama Spooks, he met with British-intelligence officers.
  • Cowrote a 2006 romantic comedy-drama for the BBC called Graham and Alice, about two London loners who decide to rob a betting shop.
  • Fulfilled a bucket-list wish by working with Steven Spielberg on 2012’s Lincoln.
  • As part of the training for his role as a WWII Tuskegee Airman in 2012’s Red Tails, he got to fly in vintage P-51 Mustangs.
  • Appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Year Honours.

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