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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