Biography of David Oyelowo and Net Worth

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David Oyelowo Biography….Are you eager to know certain important facts about the popular actor, David Oyelowo? If yes, we have brought them here for your perusal. This article brings you information on the birth and parentage, education, profession, as well as the family life of David Oyelowo.

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Full Name; David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo

Popular Name; David Oyelowo

Date of birth; 1st April, 1976

Father’s name; Stephen Oyelowo

Mother’s name; N/A

Nationality; British/Nigerian/ United States

Religious Affiliation; Christianity

Professions; actor, producer

State / LGA of Origin; Oyo State


David Oyelowoa naturalized US citizens, Nigerian by ancestry and a talented actor. His inherent acting skills are enviable and outstanding. He is intelligent, talented and ready to get the best out of what he wants.

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David was born on 1st April, 1976in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England United Kingdomto parents of Nigerian ancestry. His father is hails from Oyo State, Western Nigeria while his mother hails from Edo State, Southern Nigeria.He grew up in Tooting Bec, south London, until he was six, when his family moved back to Lagos for some unknown reasons. He is currently 42 years old.


David Oyelowostarted by attending a military-style’ boarding school in Lagos. When he was 14 years of age, they moved back to the states and settled in Islington.

In Islington, he enrolled in theatre studies at City and Islington College, there his teacher made a suggestion that he could become an actor, so accepted the idea and went on to enroll for a one year foundation coursein acting, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).  He finished his three-year training in 1998, and he was also seen spending time at the British national theatre.


One would think that he started his acting career immediately after the completion of his studies, but it is not so. Before David featured in the big movies, he had done some underground works like stage productions.

His professional life follows the following sequence, stage, television, voice acting and finally, movie acting.

David Oyelowo’s Stage Career;

He began his stage career in 1999 and featured in several stage productions including;

  • Volpone
  • Oroonoko
  • Anthony and Cleopatra
  • The histories
  • Prometheus Bound, etc.

David Oyelowo’s Television Series;

He started his television career when he featured in the British drama series titled spooks which ran from 2002-2004. List of other TV series he featured includes;

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  • Tomorrow La Scala (2002),
  • MaisieRaine (1998)
  • Brothers and Sisters (1998)
  • Born Equal (2006)
  • As Time Goes By (2005)
  • Shoot the Messenger (2006)
  • The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (2008)
  • Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008)
  • Five Days (2007)
  • The Passion (2008)
  • Shoot the Messenger 2006
  • The Good Wife 2011

David Oyelowo’s Movies Career;

David Oyelowo started acting movies in 2002 when he featured in the first movie Middle of Nowhere. He gained much prominence in


David Oyelowo has a family. He got married in September, 1988 and the marriage is blessed with 4 children.2014 when he played the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film Selma. This happened to be the highest role he played in movie.

In 2016, he was also given a lead role in the movie titled United Kingdom and a role of a chess coach in “Queen of Katwe” he has featured innumerous movies including;

  • 2019 Relive
  • 2019 Chaos Walking
  • 2018 The Clover field Paradox
  • 2018 A Wrinkle in Time
  • 2018 Gringo
  • 2016 Nina
  • 2016 Queen of Katwe
  • 2016 A United Kingdom
  • 2015 Captive
  • 2015 Five Nights in Maine
  • 2014 Nightingale
  • 2014 Interstellar
  • 2014 Default
  • 2014 Selma
  • 2014 A Most Violent Year
  • 2013 The Butler
  • 2012 Red Tails
  • 2012 The Paperboy
  • 2012 Middle of Nowhere
  • 2012 Lincoln
  • 2012 Jack Reacher
  • 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • 2011 The Help
  • 2011 96 Minutes
  • 2009 Rage
  • 2008 Who Do You Love?
  • 2008 A Raisin in the Sun
  • 2006 As You Like It
  • 2006 The Last King of Scotland
  • 2005 A Sound of Thunder
  • 2005 The Best Man
  • 2005 Derailed
  • 2001 Dog Eat Dog

Awards/ honors/Achievements;

In recognition of his contributions, and proper utilization of his talent to promote the arts world and the movie industry at large, he has been awarded and nominated as follows;

  • He received the Ian Charleson Award commendation
  • Evening Standard Award nomination
  • He won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor
  • He was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for the same role for his work on Small Island in 2009.
  • In 2007,he won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance


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  • He is the first black actor to play an English king for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • In August 2006, he made his American debut in two productions for Home Box Office.
  • Due to his exceptional performances, he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and his school bills were paid for by the director Nicholas. Hytner.
  • He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honor List for his services to drama

Net Worth;

As one of the fastest growing classical actor, his net worth will definitely replicate his endeavors in the industry. David Oyelowo is one of the highest paid Hollywood actors with a current estimated net worth of $6 Million and still counting.

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