Career in Play & Film
Oyelowo’s stage career began in 1999 with the Royal Shakespeare Company where he played the character of Oroonoko in Ben Jonson’s Volpone. Oyelowo is best known for playing the character of King Henry VI in ‘This England: The histories’. This made him the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare. Oyelowo later won the 2001 Ian Charleson Award for best performance by an actor under 30 in a classical play.
Oyelowo has appeared in several TV series and in over 20 movie. However, he is popularly known for the following movies: Middle of nowhere (2012); The Butler (2013); and Selma (2014). Oyelowo also had a short stint in radio when he appeared as Olaudah Equiano in the radio play, ‘Grace Unshackled – The Olaudah Equiano Story’ along with his wife, who played the role of Mrs. Equiano. Oyelowo was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture at the 2015 Golden globes for the movie Selma.
He won the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) award for Best Actor for the same movie in 2014. David has also produced and directed several movies, including, ‘Five Nights in Maine’, ‘Captive’ and the upcoming “The Queen of Katwe’. Oyelowo has made it clear to Hollywood that he would not play any role that he deems to be stereotypical of African-Americans in any movie. Specifically stating that he would rather work in a supermarket than play a stereotypical African-American role.
Oyelowo is setting an example of excellence for all Nigerians, African-Americans, British and all actors in Hollywood