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Get To Know David Oyelowo, Nigerian-British Actor

David Oyelowo is a renowned Nigerian English American actor, movie, producer, entertainer, and television personality.

Early Life

In the late 1970s, the renowned international movie star was born in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents.

David was born on April 1, 1976, in Edo State, to an Edo mother and an Oyo father.

David is originally from Oyo State.

Oyo State is a state in Nigeria’s south-western region.

David spent his formative years in London. He later returned to Lagos, Nigeria, and enrolled in a military-style boarding school.

David returned to Islington when he was 14 years old. He enrolled in Theatre Studies at City and Islington College.

Following that, he enrolled in the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art’s acting foundation course (LAMDA).

He went on to train at the National Youth Theatre after finishing his three-year course in 1998.

Early Career

David Oyelowo joined the movie industry popularly known as Hollywood in 1998.

In fact, he rose to fame shortly after joining the industry. This was after the release of the movie , “Selma.”

Accordingly, David featured in the movie and played the role of Martin Luther King Jr.


Since he rose to fame, David Oyelowo has featured in over 100 movies. These are some of his movies;

° Selma

° Big Guy

° Red Tails

° The Butler

° Lincoln

° Rise of the planet of the Aprils

° The Paperboy

° The Help

° Complicit

° Middle of Nowhere

° Girl Rising

° Default

° Rise of the Planet of the Apes

° Born Equal

° Shoot the Messenger

° Who Do You Love?

° The Last King of Scotland

° Rage

° A Sound Of Thunder

° The Best Man

° Derailed

° Dog Eat Dog

Awards And Recognition

As it were, the movie star David Oyelowo has won many hearts, international and national awards to himself. These among others include;

° Breakthrough Award, Georgia Film Critics Association, (GAFCA), 2015

° Anthena Leading Man, Anthena Film Industry, 2017

° Appointed officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama

° Virtuoso Award, ‘Selma’ Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2015

° Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries, Critics’ Choice Television Award, 2014

° Best Actor in a Tv Movie or Limited Series, ‘Nightingale’, Black Reel Award of 2016

° Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Award, 2007

° Selma Palm springs International Film Festival, 2015

° Best Actor, Royal Television Society, 2010

° Best Actor, ‘Selma’ Black Reel Awards, 2015

° Best Actor, ‘Selma’, African-American Film Critics Association, 2014

° Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award, 2015

° Breakthrough Performance, ‘The Butler’, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2013

° Spotlight Award, Hollywood Film Awards, 2013

° Best Performance by an Actor under 30 in a Classical Play, Ian Charleson Award, 2001

° Image Award, Outstanding Actor in A Motion Picture, 2013

° Scholarship for Excellence, from Nicholas Hytner, 1998

° Spark Award, River Run International Film Festival, 2012

Is David Oyelowo Married?

David Oyelowo got married to an English-American actress Jessica Oyelowo (bee Watson) in 1998.

Notably, the couple are blessed with four children, whom they love so dearly. On 20th July 2016, the couple became naturalized US citizens having lived in Los Angeles, California with their family for so long.

David, his wife, and children.

David Oyelowo Quotes

° “I do think opportunity breeds bravery. It’s such a competitive profession, no one owes you anything, talent in itself is not enough.”

° “We can’t afford to deny our past in a bid to be empowered. But what we can do is contextualize the past.”

° “I am a father; I am very aware of the things I’m putting out in the world knowing that one day my children will watch the work that I’ve done. I want to be able to stand by it.”

° “If you feel like the beginning of your history is rooted in slavery, that really, I think, messes with your sense of self, self-esteem, and self-worth.”

Net Worth

David Oyelowo’s net worth is estimated at $245 million.


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