David Oyelowo has 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. David received numerous accolades for the recent independent film, Middle of Nowhere, which screened to rave reviews at last year’s Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, nominations for “Best Supporting Actor” for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards and the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
He also was seen recently in The Butler, alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed drama Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. He starred opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher a drama based on a book in Lee Child’s popular crime series. Additional film credits include the George Lucas produced, Red Tails, which tells the story of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen who fought in WWII and won Best Picture at the 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 , The Last King of Scotland opposite Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy, 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 , BBC2 film Shoot the Messenger, The Paperboy opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron as well as the British television movie.
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.