The actor and producer David Oyelowo began with stage roles before his break with Selma as ‘Martin Luther King Jr’. The UK-born Nigerian talent has tried his hand at various aspects of filmmaking, which gives his portfolio further perspectives. Despite the challenging hurdles in the industry, Oyeleowo remained true to his dreams and is now reaping the rewards of his steadfastness.
David Oyelowo’s story is the one that every aspiring Hollywood actor should hear. Several questions have been raised about the seemingly enigmatic actor, who is rapidly gaining in importance. Going into the life of the actor would mean answering some of these questions.
Who Is David Oyelowo?
He is a celebrated actor who was born on April 1, 1976, in Oxford, England, the son of Nigerian parents. His family, who returned to Nigeria when he was six, moved back to London eight years later when he was 14. David, who settled in Islington, attended City and Islington College, where he enrolled for theatre studies, and always had a tendency towards the creative arts. He later completed an acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and then began looking for roles. When there were no film roles yet, Oyelowo started acting on stage in 1999 when he played a character in Ben Jonson’s Volpone. One of his most remarkable achievements was his role as King Henry VI in Shakespeare’s production.
Oyelowo began appearing on television in the late 1990s. After Maise Raine in 1998, he played the role of an MI5 officer in the series “Spooks” from 2002 to 2004. He also appeared in the television film Born Equal, which depicted the life of a suffering Nigerian couple in need. Besides Nikki Amuka-Bird, with whom he played the leading role in “Born Equal”, he also appeared in the following television productions: Shoot the Messenger (2006), The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency (2008). In 2009 he played a leading role in Small Island.
David Oyelowo embodies the character of “Scar” in the second season of The Lionguard. He is also the voice behind the character of Alexsandr Kallus in the animated series Star Wars Rebel. The actor appeared in the film Middle of Nowhere, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. He founded his independent production; Yoruba Saxon Productions Company in 2014, which has produced productions such as Captive, Nightingale, The United Kingdom, and others.
Oyelowo starred in 2014 in Selma as Martin Luther King Jr. and achieved great popularity in the industry. For his remarkable role in Selma, the actor received the Critics’ Choice Movie Award 2014 as “Best Actor”. That year he also won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture”. Also in 2014, the Selma star received his first Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Feature Film – Drama”.
His Net Worth
David Oyelowo is still a work in progress and still many steps away from the peak of his career. While his net worth is estimated by some sources at $3 million, some still believe that the actor has accumulated more than that. Nonetheless, this amount will probably become an insignificant sum in a few years.
Family – Who Is David Oyelowo’s Wife, Jessica? His Children
David Oyelowo’s professional life has not changed his beliefs and values regarding marriage, family, and togetherness. The actor is married to his wife Jessica Oyelowo, an English actress. He met the actress when he was studying at the National Theatre. Things soon grew from a friendship to a romantic relationship and the couple subsequently took their love to another level.
The couple, married since 1998, have four children together. Questions are often asked on platforms about the interracial couple, concerning the success of their marriage. Many have wondered how couples from different backgrounds and races have managed to stay together for so long. But Oyelovo, who is a committed Baptist Christian, is a traditional family man who holds the value of marriage in high regard. The actor invokes God as his inspiration and attributes his achievements to the highest being. Oyelovo was naturalized as a US citizen together with his wife in July 2016.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
David Oyelowo stands at a height of 175 cm (5 ft 7 in), which is quite proportionate to his weight of 78 kg (172 Ibs). He has a strong looking body that fits perfectly with his film roles. His 42-inch rib cage strongly supports his biceps, which measures 15 inches, giving him a robust wingspan.