“I kind of fell into acting,” says Oxford-born David, who spent seven years of his childhood in his parents’ Nigerian homeland before returning to the UK. David Oyelowo is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly 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.
Oyelowo was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents. His father is from Oyo State, Western Nigeria while his mother is from Edo State, Southern Nigeria.￼￼￼He was brought up as a Baptist. He grew up in Tooting Bec, south London until he was six when his family moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where his father Stephen worked for the national airline and mother for a railway company. David attended a “‘military-style’ boarding school. They returned to London when Oyelowo was fourteen, settling in Islington.
While enrolled in theatre studies at City and Islington College, his teacher suggested that he become an actor. Oyelowo enrolled for a year in an acting foundation course, at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He finished his three-year training in 1998. He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre.
He began his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing roles in Ben Jonson’s Volpone, as the title character in Oroonoko(which he also performed in the BBC radio adaptation) and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1999) along Guy Henry, Frances de la Tour, and Alan Bates. David starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in Paramount’s drama Selma (2014). Directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, the film follows Dr. King’s struggle to secure voting rights for black people culminating in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Oyelowo received Golden Globe Award, Film Independent Spirit Award nominations and won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Dr. King and the film received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. David was also recently seen in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure Interstellar (2014), J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year (2014), and Simon Brand’s thriller Default (2014).
David Oyelowo has a net worth of $6 million dollars.
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