David Oyelowo is a classically trained British stage actor and screen writer. He is of Nigerian origin but was born in the UK. David has been an expert in his field and has been growing but his recent role in Selma as Martin Luther King Jr. has succeeded in making him a worldwide figure as it earned him a Golden Globe nomination. It is quite obvious, from the look of things, that his career is on the verge of making new and huge waves across the globe.
You may have been hearing a lot about this electric actor but there are a lot more I bet you didn’t know about him.
Did you know that?
1. It was actually his love fantasies that got him into acting
David Oyelowo said theatre didn’t cross his mind until he was invited to a youth theatre by a girl he had a crush; from there theatre caught his fancy and on he went!
2. He spent 7 years of his childhood in Nigeria (6-13 years)
When he was six, his parents sent him down to Nigeria and he went back to Britain seven years after. He says these years he spent in Nigeria helped him to act the role of Martin Luther King Jr.
3. He is of a royal lineage
He actually discovered this when he came back to Nigeria in his childhood days.
4. He broke records in the year 2000 as the first black to act as ‘The King’ in a Royal Shakespeare Company production
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
5. He co-wrote the BBC movie Graham and Alice (2006)
This is a mini romantic-comedy-heist movie he wrote with Priyanga Burford.
6. He has a courteous nature
This earned him some blows and poundings from the bullies while in school.
7. He is a Christian
It is quite unusual to hear that any Hollywood actor professes to be a christian but he declares his religious faith openly.
8. He is married to Jessica Watson with four kids
A lot of people may be surprised he has up to four kids. He met Jessica in 1998 while still in school at the National Youth Theatre.
9. He is almost 40
As young and glittering as he is, he was born on 1st April, 1976 and will eventually clock 39 this year.
10. David Oyelowo is set to star with Lupita Nyong’o in AMERICANAH
This will be based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.