British actor David Oyelowo won a scholarship to LAMDA (The London Academy of Dramatic Arts).
David has just commenced shooting on ‘Five Nights in Maine’ an intimate feature about love, loss and compassion in which he stars alongside Oscar winner Diane West and Rosie Perez. The film is due for release in 2015.
David most recently starred as Martin Luther King in the highly anticipated feature ‘SELMA’ directed by Ava du Verney and produced by Brad Pitt, Christian Coulson and Oprah Winfrey. The film was released on December 25th 2014 stateside and February 2015 in the UK to great critical acclaim.
David was also seen in New York set thriller ‘A Most Violent Year’ alongside Jessica Chastain and Oscar Issac.
He simultaneously appeared in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic ‘Interstellar’ starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
Last Christmas, David was seen playing a leading role in Lee Daniel’s political drama ‘THE BUTLER’, in which he starred alongside Forrest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey.
He starred in the Paramount blockbuster ’JACK REACHER’ a Christopher McQuarrie film starring Tom Cruise as former military policeman Jack Reacher released December 2012
He was also seen in Stephen Spielberg’s ‘LINCOLN’ starring Daniel Day Lewis last January 2013.
David has been cast as lead male Clifton Henderson in the Nina Simone biopic ‘NINA’ in which he stars opposite Zoe Saldana.
David played the leading role as an MI5 officer in ‘COMPLICIT’ a compelling new single drama in which acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) explores the murky moral compromises that underpin the hidden intelligence war. Complicit aired on Channel 4, February 2013.
David starred in the George Lucas produced film ‘RED TAILS’, which had its UK release in June 2012; as well as award-winning director Lee Daniels’s crime drama ‘THE PAPERBOY’ alongside Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman and Zac Effron based on the 1995 Peter Dexter novel. ’THE PAPERBOY’ played in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Other recent projects include Fox’s ‘RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ and the Oscar-nominated and US No.2 Box office DreamWorks title ‘THE HELP’.
David was nominated as ‘Best Actor’ for the BBC adaptation of ‘Small Island’ in the 2010 Television Baftas (David scooped ‘Best Actor’ for this drama series at the Royal Television Society Awards 2010).
David was the first Black actor to play a Shakespearean king for the RSC; this production won him the Ian Charleson award and a best newcomer nomination at the Evening Standard awards. He went on to play Danny Hunter for 3 seasons in the critically acclaimed spy series Spooks/MI-5. After which he played Dr Junju in Kevin McDonald’s acclaimed ‘The Last King of Scotland’. Since then he has appeared in some of the BBC’s most successful and acclaimed dramas, these include ‘Shoot the Messenger’, ‘The Passion’, ‘The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency’ and ‘Five Days‘, for which he won the Satellite Award for Best actor in a mini-series.
David is an ambassador for The Princes Trust.
He currently resides in LA with his wife and 4 children.