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Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tonididdy(m): 12:24am On Apr 23, 2013
David Oyelowo was born April 1, 1976 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, to Nigerian parents

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David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"wink, a classically trained stage actor, 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.

David 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. The emotionally inspiring film portrays the universal dilemma of how a person maintains oneself as they commit to loving and supporting someone through hardship. David has received nominations for "Best Supporting Actor" for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards and the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards on behalf of his work in the film.

He also was seen recently in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed drama Lincoln, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Lincoln has already been the recipient of many awards which include being named one of the top films of the year by the National Board of Review and AFI Awards. It has also received nominations for the 2013 Critics Choice Awards for "Best Acting Ensemble" and "Best Picture." Lincoln also leads the 2013 Oscar race with a total of 12 nominations, including "Best Picture."

This past winter, he starred opposite Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, a drama based on a book in Lee Child's popular crime series. The film tells the story of a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who has shot five random victims.

Films awaiting release featuring Oyelowo include Lee Daniels' drama, The Butler, alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey and Nina, the story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone which also stars Zoe Saldana. The British television movie, Complicit, also debuted this year.

In The Papaerboy David stars opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Directed by Lee Daniels, the film follows a journalist and his writing partner (David), who return to a small hometown to uncover the truth about a death row inmate, whom they believe was wrongly convicted. The film screened to a 16 minute standing ovation at the Cannes. Additional film credits include the George Lucas produced, Red Tails, which tells the story of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen who fought in WWII and won Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards, Rise of the Planet of the Apes alongside James Franco and Frieda Pinto, the Academy Award nominated drama The Help, 96Minutes which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, Default, a thriller directed by Simon Brand, Kevin MacDonald's The Last King of Scotland opposite Forrest Whittaker and James MacAvoy, Who Do Youn Love in which he played the iconic Muddy Waters, A Sound of Thunder for Warner Bros, Derailed, for Miramax, The Best Man for Redbus and one of his most challenging screen roles to date, the acclaimed BBC2 film Shoot the Messenger.

Oyelowo 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. 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). The role won him The Ian Charleson Award and an Evening Standard award nomination. Other theatre credits include an acclaimed performance in Richard Bean's The God Botherers at the Bush Theatre and the title role in Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, which was off-Broadway for which David received rave reviews.

Beyond theatre David starred in the BAFTA award winning series Spoks/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, Audra MacDonald and Phylicia Rashad.

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 Minghella.

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tonididdy(m): 12:46am On Apr 23, 2013
Personal Life:

He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo,[1] with whom he has four children. They live in Los Angeles

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tonididdy(m): 12:55am On Apr 23, 2013
David Oyelowo comes out of 'Nowhere' to become star

This month, David Oyelowo premieres two films back-to-back: romantic indie 'Middle of Nowhere' (in select theaters this weekend) and Lee Daniels' erotic noir 'The Paperboy,' which opened on Friday.

Last year, the British actor broke out in two big roles, as a preacher in The Help and a nefarious biotech boss in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both films dominated the box office in August 2011.

This month, he's premiering two films back-to-back: romantic indie Middle of Nowhere (in select theaters this weekend) and erotic noir The Paperboy, which opened Friday.

His résumé continues to expand over the holidays. It's Oyelowo's voice that intones the Gettysburg Address in the first Lincoln trailer; he plays a Union cavalryman in the film, out Nov. 9. And in December, Jack Reacher, in which he stars opposite Tom Cruise, will round out his year.

This moment feels "cumulative," he says as he settles into a booth at Ye Olde Kings Head Pub, not far from the home he shares with his wife, actress Jessica Oyelowo, and their four children, ages 10 months to 10 years.

Born in the United Kingdom and raised for part of his childhood in Nigeria, Oyelowo trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Five years ago, he moved from London to L.A. with his family, and he has since found friends in the right places. After meeting Lee Daniels (Precious), Oyelowo first signed on to play Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, a Daniels project that lost funding mere months before it went into production.

When the director moved on to The Paperboy, he rewrote the character of Yardley, an aristocratic Miami Times journalist submerged in a racially charged investigation in 1960s-set Florida, as black for Oyelowo.

"He didn't want to play it at first," says Daniels. "He didn't understand it. I said, 'Look it, I told you I was working with you. My word is my word. You're working on my next film. This is my next film. You're with me.'"

"I literally remember saying to him, 'What are we doing?'" says Oyelowo, who led a prayer circle with Daniels, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Conaughey and John Cusack before one the The Paperboy's lurid sex scenes. "What we had been talking about for two years was Martin Luther King Jr. This is from heaven to hell right here. I had to really pray about it before I signed on to it."

The risk paid off. USA TODAY critic Claudia Puig lauded the film's ensemble cast, and Oyelowo has since wrapped Daniels' next film, The Butler, playing the increasingly radical son of Forest Whitaker's character, a White House butler, and Oprah Winfrey's.

On Friday, Oyelowo shows off a softer side in Middle of Nowhere, which won a tweet of praise from Winfrey on Tuesday, commending director Ava DuVernay on "an excellent job, especially with no money." In the indie, Oyelowo plays a romantic lead, a role akin to the characters he admired in Spike Lee films growing up: "black characters who have a voice who are the center of their own story, there's a poeticism and a lyricism to them, they're three-dimensional," he says. "I love getting to play an ordinary African American who was falling for a woman, and it wasn't about being a player. It was just boy meets girl."

But the best day of his career? That was being pulled from a hillside on the set of Lincoln at Cruise's request to film a last-minute car crash on Jack Reacher. "I had 24 hours where I was with Daniel Day-Lewis and Spielberg by day, (then) Tom sent a jet for me. He was like, 'We've got this stunt, and we need you.'"

"For me, that day kind of crystalized the epitome of what you could hope for as a young actor in Hollywood, because I got to be with, for me, the actor's actor in the shape of Daniel Day-Lewis (playing Lincoln) and the movie star's movie star in the shape of Tom Cruise. It was a moment, shall we say."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2012/10/10/david-oyelowo-the-paperboy-and-middle-of-nowhere/1620649/

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tonididdy(m): 1:09am On Apr 23, 2013

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tunde1200(m): 2:25am On Apr 23, 2013
The man try..
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Caracta(f): 6:49am On Apr 23, 2013
I like the guy...cool and a talented actor. I'm "personally" proud of him and i'm sure GEJ feels the same way too. Way to go Dave.

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by coogar: 10:09am On Apr 23, 2013
he's a very funny actor.....

he's supposed to do the abortion of idi amin's wife in last king of scotland.
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Nobody: 10:09am On Apr 23, 2013
Proud of you, bruddah!! cool
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by kennyonthrone(m): 10:10am On Apr 23, 2013
Good 4 u man....gotta chase ma own career too nd I knw dat sumtym in d future d story of how grt I ve bin wil mk Nairaland frontpage
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Nobody: 10:12am On Apr 23, 2013
Naija's young Denzel Washington look-a-like, David Boyega, is the next big thing...

Naija brits are running circles around everyone's square - we're on this thing!! cool

David Boyega

[img]http://www.indiewire.com/static/dims4/INDIEWIRE/419ffab/2147483647/thumbnail/485x341%3E/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fd1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net%2F45%2F3342807ab611e2922e22000a1d0930%2Ffile%2Fboyega.jpg[/img]
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by kponkedenge(m): 10:12am On Apr 23, 2013
Ok we don see am wetin make we con do undecided
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Gabrielsylar(m): 10:13am On Apr 23, 2013
Dis should be in d ADVERT section

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by coogar: 10:15am On Apr 23, 2013
ShyM-X:
Naija's young Denzel Washington look-a-like, David Boyega, is the next big thing...

Naija brits are running circles around everyone's square - we're on this thing!! cool

David Boyega

[img]http://www.indiewire.com/static/dims4/INDIEWIRE/419ffab/2147483647/thumbnail/485x341%3E/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fd1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net%2F45%2F3342807ab611e2922e22000a1d0930%2Ffile%2Fboyega.jpg[/img]

i know this dude too - he starred in attack the block
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by coogar: 10:15am On Apr 23, 2013
ShyM-X:
Naija's young Denzel Washington look-a-like, David Boyega, is the next big thing...

Naija brits are running circles around everyone's square - we're on this thing!! cool

David Boyega

[img]http://www.indiewire.com/static/dims4/INDIEWIRE/419ffab/2147483647/thumbnail/485x341%3E/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fd1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net%2F45%2F3342807ab611e2922e22000a1d0930%2Ffile%2Fboyega.jpg[/img]

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Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by afm4ever(m): 10:17am On Apr 23, 2013
Nice pic in a short while i will be known world wide "nwa mgbe nta"lol
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Nobody: 10:17am On Apr 23, 2013
coogar:

i know this dude too - he starred in attack the block

Yeah - he's Nigerian as well...

The guy is mad talented - and he looks exactly like Denzel Washington...
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Lilimax(f): 10:18am On Apr 23, 2013
A great Nigerian doing us proud in the diaspoara. Well done!
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Abbey2sam(m): 10:19am On Apr 23, 2013
Space booked
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by ichommy(m): 10:22am On Apr 23, 2013
Wow, cute Family
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by dare2think: 10:22am On Apr 23, 2013
Very soon we shall hear our beautiful sisters complaining about his choice of woman!!

grin grin grin
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by coogar: 10:23am On Apr 23, 2013
ShyM-X:


Yeah - he's Nigerian as well...

The guy is mad talented - and he looks exactly like Denzel Washington...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD0gm7dHKKc

this movie was done in your estate - i see loads of mandems in hoodies robbing white bitches.
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by tunde1200(m): 10:24am On Apr 23, 2013
bigfat11: any popular movies he starred in ?

yeah he starred in middle of nowhere and jack reacher....
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by taharqa: 10:25am On Apr 23, 2013
Am Always PROUD of Nigerians doing their thing abroad and still Identifying with their Country, esp if they were actually born there.

Congrats Man. All the best...
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by kingsilly(m): 10:25am On Apr 23, 2013
made sense on JACK REACHER
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Lilimax(f): 10:27am On Apr 23, 2013
afm4ever: Nice pic in a short while i will be known world wide "nwa mgbe nta"lol
Try very hard. 'Nwa mgbe nta' you will achieve what you want to be.
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by stevebond007(m): 10:28am On Apr 23, 2013
Sme folks consider wyt woman as a trophy after achieving fame, money
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by Samelfisha(m): 10:29am On Apr 23, 2013
Ayelowo ar u sure dats his real name grin grin grin grin
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by ichommy(m): 10:30am On Apr 23, 2013
kponke denge: Ok we don see am wetin make we con do undecided
Go hug transforma
Re: Meet David Oyelowo: Nigerian-British Hollywood Actor by spywareczar(m): 10:35am On Apr 23, 2013
him wife no try jor!!

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