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DAVID OYELOWO (LOUIS GAINES) (pronounced -- "oh-yellow-oh"), a classically trained stage actor who is
working successfully and simultaneously in film, television and theater, has quickly
become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for
Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.
Oyelowo wrapped production on NINA, a biographical drama focused on late musician,
Nina Simone (played by Zoe Saldana) and her relationship with her manager, Clifton
Henderson (Oyelowo). He also stars in the upcoming thriller, DEFAULT. Directed by Simon
Brand, the film follows an American news crew whose plane is hijacked by Somali pirates.
Most recently, Oyelowo was seen in Steven Spielberg's Oscar nominated drama
LINCOLN, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received
countless accolades including nominations for "Best Picture" at the most recent Oscars,
Golden Globes and SAG Awards, in addition to many others. He also starred in the
critically acclaimed independent drama, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which earned rave
reviews at the 2012 Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Oyelowo received nominations
for "Best Supporting Actor" at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards and Independent Spirit
Awards for his work in the film. Last winter, he was also seen opposite Tom Cruise in JACK
REACHER, a drama based on a book in Lee Child's popular crime series. The film tells the
story of a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military
sniper who has shot five random victims. Last fall he co-starred in Lee Daniels' THE
PAPERBOY, opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. The film 23
received a standing ovation following its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. On
television, he starred in the British made for television movie, COMPLICIT, which aired in
the UK last winter.
Additional film credits include George Lucas' produced bio-pic, RED TAILS, which won
"Best Motion Picture" at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE
APES, alongside James Franco and Frieda Pinto, the Academy Award nominated drama
THE HELP, 96 MINUTES, which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, Kevin
MacDonald's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND opposite Forest Whitaker and James
MacAvoy, WHO DO YOU LOVE, in which he played the iconic Muddy Waters, A SOUND
OF THUNDER for Warner Bros, DERAILED for Miramax, THE BEST MAN for Redbus, and his
most challenging screen role to date, the acclaimed BBC2 film SHOOT THE MESSENGER.
Oyelowo first impressed audiences on the stage when he starred in THE SUPPLIANTS at
the Gate Theatre playing King Palasgus, for which he received the Ian Charleson award
commendation. Following this he played the title role of HENRY VI, becoming the first
black actor to play an English king for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company). The role
won him The Ian Charleson Award and an Evening Standard award nomination. Other
theatre credits include an acclaimed performance in Richard Bean's THE GOD
BOTHERERS at the Bush Theatre and the title role in Aeschylus' PROMETHEUS BOUND,
which was off-Broadway for which Oyelowo received rave reviews.
Beyond theatre, Oyelowo starred in the BAFTA award winning series SPOOKS/MI:5 playing
Danny Hunter. MI:5 also aired in the US on BBC America. Additionally, he won the Royal
Television Society Award for Best Actor and was also nominated for a BAFTA for the same
role for his work on SMALL ISLAND. Oyelowo also starred in the BBC1 original television
movie BORN EQUAL opposite Colin Firth. As well as ABC's 2008 production of A RAISIN IN
THE SUN alongside Sanaa Lathan and Sean Combs.
Oyelowo made his US debut in two HBO productions. First starring in the Kenneth
Branagh directed AS YOU LIKE IT in which he played Orlando opposite Bryce Dallas
Howard, which aired in August 2006. In October of the same year he was again seen on
HBO as the lead in the mini-series FIVE DAYS, for which he won the Satellite Award for Best
Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance. In 2008,
Oyelowo starred in the acclaimed adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel THE
NO.1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY directed by the late Anthony Minghella.
Oyelowo currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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