Oyelowo with his wife Jessica at the International Press Academy’s 12th Annual Satellite Awards
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David Oyelowo (born 1 April 1976 in Oxford) is an English actor of Nigerian descent. Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oxford is currently bidding for the 2010 Wikimania Conference Oxford () is a city, and the County town of Oxfordshire, England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Jessica Oyelowo (born 1978 is a British actress She attended Woodbridge School as a child and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Oxford is currently bidding for the 2010 Wikimania Conference Oxford () is a city, and the County town of Oxfordshire, England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo and they have three sons. Jessica Oyelowo (born 1978 is a British actress She attended Woodbridge School as a child and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre
Oyelowo first went to drama classes since he fancied a girl who was also going.  He then studied Theatre Studies for A level and his teacher suggested he should become an actor. The A-level, short for Advanced Level, is a General Certificate of Education qualification in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, After A levels Oyelowo enrolled for a year on an Art foundation course before being funded through training at LAMDA by Nicholas Hytner. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art ( LAMDA) founded 1861, is a leading British Drama school in west London. Nicholas Hytner (born 7 May 1956) is an English producer and director Having been offered television work Oyelowo left LAMDA before completing the course.
His best known theatrical role was his performance as King Henry VI in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2001 productions of Shakespeare's trilogy of plays about the king - part of its season This England: The Histories. Henry VI (6 December 1421 &ndash 21 May 1471 was King of England 1422–1461 (though with a Regent until 1437 and then 1470–1471 and a claimant to the kingdom The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC is a British Theatre company William Shakespeare ( baptised This England The Histories was a season of Shakespeare 's history plays staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2000 - 2001. In a major landmark for colour-blind casting, Oyelowo was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare, and although this casting choice was initially criticised by some in the media, Oyelowo's performance was critically acclaimed and later won the Ian Charleson Award for best performance by an actor under 30 in a classical play, in the same year. Colour-blind casting, non-traditional casting or integrated casting is the practice in the casting a role without considering the actor's Ethnicity (A few years later, in comparison, Adrian Lester's casting as Henry V drew little comment. Adrian Lester (born 14 August 1968 is a British Actor. Biography Personal life Lester was born in Birmingham, England ) Oyelowo said of this experience:
He had begun his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the RSC playing roles in Ben Jonson's Volpone, as the title character in Oroonoko (in which he also performed in the BBC radio adaptation) and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (1999) alongside Guy Henry, Frances de la Tour and Alan Bates. Benjamin Jonson ( c 11 June 1572 &ndash 6 August 1637) was an English Renaissance Dramatist Volpone, or The Fox (in Italian: "Big Fox" is a Comedy by Ben Jonson first produced in 1606 drawing on elements Oroonoko is a short Novel by Aphra Behn ( June 10 1640 &ndash April 16 1689) published in 1688 William Shakespeare ( baptised Antony and Cleopatra is a Tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623 Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Guy Henry (born 17 October 1960) is a British stage and screen actor best known for his role in Rome. Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English Actress perhaps best known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the British sitcom Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE (17 February 1934 – 27 December 2003 was a British Actor.
In 2005 he appeared in a production of Prometheus Bound, which was revived in New York in 2007. Prometheus Bound (Προμηθεύς Δεσμώτης / Promētheus Desmōtēs) is an Ancient Greek tragedy. In 2006, he made his directorial debut on a production of The White Devil, produced by his own theatre company in Brighton, Inservice, co-run with fellow Brighton based actors Priyanga Burford, Israel Aduramo, Penelope Cobbuld and his wife, Jessica. Brighton ( is a town on the south coast of England and with its neighbour Hove, forms the city of Brighton and Hove. 
He played the male lead in Kenneth Branagh's film of As You Like It. Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is an Emmy Award -winning Academy Award -nominated Northern Irish Actor As You Like It is a film released in 2006, directed by Kenneth Branagh. He also appears as Dr Junju, alongside Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, in The Last King of Scotland. Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15 1961 is an American actor producer, and director. Idi Amin Dada (mid 1920s &ndash 16 August 2003 commonly known as Idi Amin, was a Ugandan military dictator and the President of Uganda The Last King of Scotland is a British 2006 film based on Giles Foden 's novel of the same name. Oyelowo will be playing Muddy Waters in the 2008 film Chess. For the album by Redman, see Muddy Waters (album. For the college football coach see Muddy Waters (football coach.
Oyelowo is best known for playing agent Danny Hunter in the British TV drama series Spooks (known in North America as MI-5). Spooks is a BAFTA award-winning British television drama series produced by the independent production company Kudos for BBC One
He had before that appeared in Tomorrow La Scala (2002), Maisie Raine (1998) and Brothers and Sisters (1998).
Oyelowo appeared in the TV movie Born Equal, a film exploring aspects of poverty, race, inequality, and class in Britain today. Written and directed by Dominic Savage, the film was likened to a British version of the Oscar-winning Crash.  Its working title was London/The London Project, but by the time of its broadcast on BBC 1 on 17 December 2006 it had been renamed. Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Oyelowo appeared alongside Nikki Amuka-Bird as a couple fleeing persecution in Nigeria - they also both appeared in Shoot the Messenger, and in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as a husband and wife. Nikki Amuka-Bird is a Nigerian born British Actress of the stage and screen Nigeria, officially named the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal Constitutional republic comprising thirty-six states and one Federal The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a television drama series co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and based on the novels of the same name
Other TV appearances include:
He appeared as Olaudah Equiano in Grace Unshackled – The Olaudah Equiano Story, a radio play adapting Equiano's autobiography. As Time Goes By is a British sitcom that aired on BBC One from 1992 to 2005 Mayo was a Comedy detective drama television series made by the BBC and starring Alistair McGowan, Jessica Oyelowo Five Days is a five-part Television drama Miniseries produced by the BBC in association with Home Box Office (HBO and aired A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959 The Passion is a British television serial produced by the BBC and HBO in association with Deep Indigo Productions telling the story of the Joseph of Arimathea was according to the Gospels, the man who donated his own prepared tomb for the burial of Jesus after Jesus' Crucifixion The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a television drama series co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and based on the novels of the same name Olaudah Equiano ( c 1745 &ndash 31 March 1797) also known as Gustavus Vassa, was one of the most prominent people of African heritage involved The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, written in 1789 is the Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano. This was first broadcast on BBC 7 on Easter Sunday 8 April 2007, with Jessica as Mrs Equiano.