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David Oyelowo      

Actor Known for "Selma," "The Butler" & "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

David Oyelowo is a Nigerian English American actor and producer. He began his career in 1998, and has gone on to become a star in Hollywood. He got international recognition after acting Martin Luther King Jr in the film, Selma. Consequently, the on-screen and stage actor was named by BBC as Hollywood’s diversity champion.

Oyelowo began with the television series Maise Raine and Brothers and Sisters. Also, in 1999, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) offered him a role in Volpone, a comedy written by Ben Jonson. About that same time, he also appeared in Oroonoko, Antony Cleopatra and others.

Subsequently, he appeared as King Henry VI, in 2001 in one of Shakespeare’s trilogy. Oyelowo, being the first black actor to play that role for RSC, was criticized by some people in the media. Eventually, his performance was critically acclaimed, and he was awarded by Ian Charleson for the best performance by an actor under 30 in 2001.

Oyelowo has featured in several television series, numerous voice acting and has featured and directed series of films. He made cameo appearances in "Mayo", "Sweet Nothing in My Ear", and was the main characters in "Five Days", and "The Passion".

In 2014, he gained massive international recognition after he played the role of Martin Luther King in the film Selma.

In addition, He is known for Gringo, A wrinkle in Time, The Cloverfield Paradox, The Butler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Don’t Let Go.

Oyelowo established his production company: Yoruba Saxon Production in 2014. The company was behind the production of films such as Nightingale, Captive, Five Nights in Maine, and A United Kingdom. In 2018, Yoruba Saxon Production sealed a deal with Madison Wells Media (MWM) Studios to develop film and television projects.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from his turn in Lee Daniels' The Butler, David Oyelowo has been set to star in and produce A United Kingdom, a love story based on the tr.

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Lee Daniels' The Butler's David Oyelowo will star opposite Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in Participant Media's A Most Violent Year. Filmmaker J.C. ...

Oprah and David Oyelowo on new civil rights film "Selma" - Videos ...

... voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo join "CBS This Morning" to discuss the highly anticipated film.

David Oyelowo to Receive Breakthrough Performance Award at ...

David Oyelowo will be honored with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor, at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala, the ...

David Oyelowo: Racism Alive in Hollywood

It’s been six months since actor David Oyelowo learned he was not nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his towering performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, a performance most critics thought should be a frontrunner to win the trophy.

David Oyelowo to play James Bond -- on audiobook - CNN.com

"Selma" star David Oyelowo says he's been picked to portray Bond and other characters in the audiobook version of the novel "Trigger Mortis."

David Oyelowo Is Officially the Next James Bond (Sort of) | TIME

David Oyelowo attends the Variety Purpose Summit in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 25 Paras Griffin--FilmMagic David Oyelowo attends the Variety Purpose ...

David Oyelowo Creates Scholarship For Vulnerable Girls In Nigeria

The GEANCO Foundation is proud to inaugurate the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which will provide scholarships covering educational expenses for girls directly impacted by acts of terror in all its forms.

David Oyelowo Joins TheWrap's Power Women Summit to Talk ...

Acclaimed actor David Oyelowo joins the historic Power Women Summit kicking off Thursday November 1 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los ...

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