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: 56
Highest Metascore: 88 Selma
Lowest Metascore: 24 A Sound of Thunder
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
24 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
54 Don't Let Go Aug 30, 2019 Producer / Jack Radcliff tbd
53 A Wrinkle in Time Mar 9, 2018 The It 2.8
46 Gringo Mar 9, 2018 Cast / Cast / Harold Soyinka / Harold Soyinka / Harold Soyinka / Harold Soyinka tbd
37 The Cloverfield Paradox Feb 4, 2018 Cast / Principal Cast / Kiel 5.3
65 A United Kingdom Feb 10, 2017 Producer / Seretse Khama 6.1
73 Queen of Katwe Sep 23, 2016 Robert Katende 6.5
45 Five Nights in Maine Aug 5, 2016 Producer / Sherwin / Sherwin tbd
27 Nina Apr 22, 2016 Executive Producer / Clifton Henderson 6.4
36 Captive Sep 18, 2015 Producer / Brian Nichols / Brian Nichols 5.0
59 Jurassic World Jun 12, 2015 Cast 6.8
79 A Most Violent Year Dec 31, 2014 Lawrence / Lawrence 7.1
88 Selma Dec 25, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. / Martin Luther King Jr. 7.2
74 Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Cast / Principal / School Principal 8.5
34 Default Oct 17, 2014 Atlas / Atlas tbd
66 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Louis Gaines 6.7
50 Jack Reacher Dec 21, 2012 Cast / Emerson 6.3
86 Lincoln Nov 9, 2012 Ira Clark 7.5
75 Middle of Nowhere Oct 12, 2012 Brian / Brian / Brian / Brian tbd
45 The Paperboy Oct 5, 2012 Yardley Acheman 5.7
51 96 Minutes Apr 27, 2012 Duane / Duane tbd
46 Red Tails Jan 20, 2012 Joe 'Lightning' Little 5.9
68 Rise of the Planet of the Apes Aug 5, 2011 Steve Jacobs 7.8
74 The Last King of Scotland Sep 27, 2006 Dr. Junju 8.1
24 A Sound of Thunder Sep 2, 2005 Payne 3.5
tbd Chaos Walking TBA Aaron tbd