David Oyelowo a classically trained stage actor, has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Oyelowo was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to Nigerian parents. 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.
- Oyelowo: Day-Lewis my inspiration (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)