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10 Things You Didn’t Know About David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo

The British-Nigerian actor and producer, David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo was born on 1st April 1976 in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents. He 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. He won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor and also the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He has definitely paved a successful path for himself in the international entertainment industry.

David Oyelowo is a British actor. He has played supporting roles in the films 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' ,'Middle of Nowhere', 'Lincoln' and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in 'The Butler'. On television , he played M15 officer Danny Hunter in the British series 'Spooks'. In 2014, Oyelowo played Martin Luther King, Jr in the biographical drama film ' Selma', for which he received a Golden Globe for Best Actor. David Oyelowo is photographed at the Corinthia Hotel in central London, England.

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Hollywood’s most sought after talent, David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo:

1. David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo was born on 1st April 1976 in Oxford, England to Nigerian parents.

2. His father, Stephen Oyelowo worked for an airline company and his mother worked for a railway company.

3. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and received the “Scholarship for Excellence” from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

4. He 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.

5. In 2013, he was nominated at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards and the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

6. He is married to Jessica Oyelowo and they are blessed with two beautiful children name; Asher and Caleb Oyelowo.

7. He has worked with prominent entertainment stars like Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey to mention a few.

8. He 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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