(Pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh") is a British-born actor known for his roles in Red Tails, The Last King of Scotland and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and
Dramatic Art (LAMDA), having received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from
Nicholas Hytner, in 1998.
Oyelowo first impressed audiences in THE SUPPLIANTS at the Gate Theatre playing King Palasgus, for which he received the Ian Charleson award commendation. Following this he played the title role of HENRY VI, becoming the first black actor to play an English king for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Beyond theatre, David starred in the BAFTA award winning series "SPOOKS/MI:5" playing Danny Hunter. "MI:5" also aired in the US on BBC America. Additionally, 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." David also starred in the BBC1 original television movie "BORN EQUAL" opposite Colin Firth. As well as ABC's 2008 production of "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" alongside Sanaa Lathan and Sean "Puffy" Combs.
David made his
US debut in two HBO productions. First
starring in the Kenneth Branagh directed "AS
YOU LIKE IT" in which he played Orlando opposite Bryce Dallas Howard, which
aired in August 2006. In October of the
same year he was again seen on HBO as the lead in the mini-series "FIVE DAYS," for which he won the Satellite
Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for
his performance. In 2008, David starred in the acclaimed
adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel THE NO.1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY directed by the late Anthony
David was featured on our program Red Tails Sizzles aired January 27, 2012.