David Oyelowo

Biography: David's family originates from Nigeria.
David says he "fell into acting" when a girl he fancied at church asked him to go to the theatre with her. What he thought was a date turned out to be a theatre group at The National Theatre.
David studied Theatre Studies for A level and his teacher suggested he should become an actor. After A levels David enrolled for a year on an Art foundation course before training at LAMDA, having his course paid for by the director Nicholas Hytner. Having been offered television work David left LAMDA at the end of the first term of his third year. Then in 1999 was offered a season with the RSC playing roles in Volpone and Oroonoko. In December 2000 David returned to the RSC to play the title role in Henry VI. His performance won him the Ian Charleson Award 2001 for best newcomer in a classical play. David has become known to television audiences as Danny Hunter in the TV series Spooks (2002) and the critically acclaimed drama
David's family originates from Nigeria.
David says he "fell into acting" when a girl he fancied at church asked him to go to the theatre with her. What he thought was a date turned out to be a theatre group at The National Theatre.

David studied Theatre Studies for A level and his teacher suggested he should become an actor. After A levels David enrolled for a year on an Art foundation course before training at LAMDA, having his course paid for by the director Nicholas Hytner.
Having been offered television work David left LAMDA at the end of the first term of his third year. Then in 1999 was offered a season with the RSC playing roles in Volpone and Oroonoko.

In December 2000 David returned to the RSC to play the title role in Henry VI. His performance won him the Ian Charleson Award 2001 for best newcomer in a classical play.

David has become known to television audiences as Danny Hunter in the TV series Spooks (2002) and the critically acclaimed drama Tomorrow La Scala (2002), as well as appearances in Maisie Raine and Brothers and Sisters.

David is a committed Christian and says that being a Christian has been invaluable and means that acting hasn't become the centre of his life.

He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo and they have two sons, Asha and Caleb.
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David Oyelowo's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 89 Selma
Lowest Metascore: 24 A Sound of Thunder
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
20 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
89 Selma Dec 25, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. / Martin Luther King Jr. 7.2
86 Lincoln Nov 9, 2012 Ira Clark 7.5
79 A Most Violent Year Dec 31, 2014 Lawrence / Lawrence 7.0
75 Middle of Nowhere Oct 12, 2012 Brian / Brian 8.1
74 The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Dr. Junju 8.1
74 Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Cast / Principal / School Principal 8.4
73 Queen of Katwe Sep 23, 2016 Robert Katende 5.8
68 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Aug 5, 2011 Steve Jacobs 7.8
66 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Louis Gaines 6.7
65 A United Kingdom Feb 10, 2017 Producer / Seretse Khama 6.8
59 Jurassic World Jun 12, 2015 Cast 6.8
51 96 Minutes Apr 27, 2012 Duane 6.9
50 Jack Reacher Dec 21, 2012 Cast / Emerson 6.3
46 Red Tails Jan 20, 2012 Joe 'Lightning' Little 5.9
45 Five Nights in Maine Aug 5, 2016 Producer / Sherwin / Sherwin 2.5
45 The Paperboy Oct 5, 2012 Yardley Acheman 5.8
37 Captive Sep 18, 2015 Producer / Brian Nichols / Brian Nichols 4.8
34 Default Oct 17, 2014 Atlas / Atlas tbd
27 Nina Apr 22, 2016 Executive Producer / Clifton Henderson 6.5
24 A Sound of Thunder Sep 2, 2005 Payne 3.4
tbd Untitled Cloverfield Anthology Movie Oct 27, 2017 Cast tbd