David Oyelowo Biography | Age | Movies | Career | Education | Net Worth
David Oyelowo Biography
David Oyelowo is an actor, producer, director, and writer from the United Kingdom. The Nigerian-British actor has appeared in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Lincoln (2012), and The Butler (2013), where he played Louis Gaines.
In 2014, Oyelowo was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma (Drama).
He also appeared in the HBO film Nightingale in 2014, for which he received a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
David Oyelowo Age
David Oyelowo is 46 years old.
David Oyelowo Personal Life
During his time as a teen with the National Youth Music Theatre, he met his future wife, Jessica Watson. A devout Christian, he lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and four kids including Asher Oyelowo, and Caleb Oyelowo. He and his wife became naturalized US citizens on July 20th, 2016.
David Oyelowo Early Life & Education
The renowned international movie star was born in the late ’70s to Nigerian parents in Oxford, England.
Born on 1st April 1976, David’s mother is from Edo State, while his father is from Oyo State.
Originally, David is a native of Oyo State. Oyo State is a State in the South Western part of Nigeria.
Growing, David spent his childhood years in London. Later, he returned to Lagos, Nigeria, where he attended a military-style boarding school.
When he turned 14, David moved back to Islington. In City and Islington College, he enrolled for Theatre Studies.
Afterwards, he enrolled for an acting foundation course at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
After he completed his three year course in 1998, he went further to train at the National Youth Theatre.
David Oyelowo Career
After completing his studies, Oyelowo took to more stage work, being featured in The Suppliants. In 2001, his award-winning lead role in Henry VI was the first time a king was portrayed by a black actor in a Royal Shakespeare Company production. He later acted in The God Botherers and Prometheus Bound. He turned to television as well, starring for a time in the British spy series Spooks, billed as MI-5 during its American run on A&E. He then launched his international film career with parts in the sci-fi adventure A Sound of Thunder (2005) and the Idi Amin biopic The Last King of Scotland (2006), which starred Forest Whitaker, Kerry Washington and James McAvoy. Oyelowo also co-wrote the BBC movie Graham and Alice (2006) and continued to shine with Shakespeare, portraying Orlando de Boys in Kenneth Branagh’s HBO production of As You Like It (2007).
Oyelowo has undertaken a rich assortment of big and small screen projects over the years, showing his versatility and commitment as a thespian. He played a passionate academic in the 2008 U.S. TV production of A Raisin in the Sun and had a lead role with Noamie Harris in the 2009 British TV adaptation of the novel Small Island. He shined in his role as a demanding, rigid executive in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and later portrayed a Tuskegee pilot in Red Tails (2012). Other projects on the actor’s plate have included The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (2009), The Help (2011), Jack Reacher (2012) and the award-winning Lincoln (2012).
In 2013, Oyelowo was prominently featured in The Butler, depicting the activist son of Cecil and Gloria Gaines, portrayed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Oyelowo was reunited with director Lee Daniels for the film, with the two having worked together on 2012’s Paperboy. He had also co-starred in the 2012 independent drama Middle of Nowhere, directed by Ava DuVernay. He and DuVernay worked together again for her next film, the riveting drama Selma (2014), in which Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The actor earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role.
Is David Oyelowo Married?
Yes, kindly, 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.
° Rise of the Planet of the Apes
° Born Equal
° Shoot the Messenger
° Who Do You Love?
° The Last King of Scotland
° A Sound Of Thunder
° The Best Man
° Dog Eat Dog
° Big Guy
° Red Tails
° The Butler
° Rise of the planet of the Aprils
° The Paperboy
° The Help
° Middle of Nowhere
° Girl Rising
Altogether, David Oyelowo’s net worth is estimated at $245 million. He gets his net worth from endorsement deals, investment, properties, and more.