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David Oyelowo

Birthplace: Oxford, UK
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo was born in Oxford, England in 1976. His family originates from Nigeria.


  1. Jessica Oyelowo (1998 - present) 3 children


  • David made history in 2000 when he became the first black actor to portray an English monarch for the Royal Shakespeare Company when he played the title role in a production of Henry VI Parts I, II and III.
  • His performance in the title role of the RSC's production of Henry VI Parts I, II and III earned him the Ian Charleson Award in 2001 for outstanding performance by a young actor in a classical theatre role.
  • He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, his course being paid for by the director Nicholas Hytner.

The Mighty Prometheus

>Prometheus Bound is at its mightiest in the sweaty, muscular performance of David Oyelowo ... Clad in a loincloth and bound so his arms are stretched wide in the most obvious visual allusion to Jesus, Oyelowo declaims Aeschylus' fiery orations with battered authority.[1]

Personal Quotes

"It's fascinating to work with a company of actors of such different ages, experience and talents. I'm one of a generation brought up on television whose acting is more 'naturalistic', whereas with some of the older generation it's more heightened. But I think there's room for both styles." [2]

"I think it's vital to have something outside your acting to keep you rooted in the real world, and help you fill the vacuum. If you have nothing else, it can be unhealthy. For me being a Christian has been invaluable: it simply means acting isn't the centre of my life." [2]


  1. Prometheus Bound review on TheatreMania Mar 22, 2007 New York
  2. iMDb


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David Oyelowo's Timeline

April 1, 1976
Oxford, UK