Fast Facts

  • As a child, lived for seven years in Nigeria, where his parents were born and his family descended from royalty.
  • Was a member of London's National Youth Music Theatre, which is where he met his wife.
  • Played King Henry VI in a 2001 Royal Shakespeare Company trilogy of the Bard's plays, and was the first black actor to portray an English king in an RSC production.
  • For his role in the British spy drama Spooks, he met with British-intelligence officers.
  • Cowrote a 2006 romantic comedy-drama for the BBC called Graham and Alice, about two London loners who decide to rob a betting shop.
  • Fulfilled a bucket-list wish by working with Steven Spielberg on 2012's Lincoln.
  • As part of the training for his role as a WWII Tuskegee Airman in 2012's Red Tails, he got to fly in vintage P-51 Mustangs.

Awards

  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Caleb Oyelowo — Son
  • Asher Oyolewo — Son
  • Jessica Oyelowo — Wife

College

  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England (1998)

Details

  • Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Birthday: April 1, 1976, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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