David Oyelowo - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 4, 2022

David Oyelowo
Profession: Actor, Producer
Best Known For: Selma (film), Queen of Katwe (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $6 million

Personal Details

Born on : April 1, 1976 (age 47)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo
Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Horoscope: Aries
Father's Name: Stephen Oyelowo
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: N/A
University: Islington College, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Ethnicity: Nigerian
Nationality: American, British


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: September 5, 1998
Wife's Name: Jessica Oyelowo
Children: 4

Asher Oyelowo (son)
Caleb Oyelowo (son)
Penuel Oyelowo (son)
Zoe Oyelowo (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.75 meter (5 feet 9 inch)
Weight: 78 kg (171.96 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is David Oyelowo?

David Oyelowo is an actor, producer by profession, and British, American by nationality. He is best known for starring in Selma, A United Kingdom, Queen of Katwe, Spooks, Jack Reacher, etc.

David Oyelowo – Age, Parents, Siblings

David Oyelowo’s birth took place on 1 April 1976 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He was born David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo to his Nigerian father Stephen Oyelowo while the identity of his late Nigerian mother is not known. 

He is not the only child of his parents and his siblings. Although he revealed that he has brothers in June 2015 interview with The Guardian, he is yet to share the names of his siblings.

After living in south London until the age of 6, the family moved to Lagos, Nigeria where he attended "'military-style' boarding school."

David Oyelowo with his father in March 2018 (Image: Getty Images)

Education, Ethnicity

For further education David Oyelowo attended City and Islington College, studying theatre studies. He studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for a year and eventually completed his three-year course in 1998.

His ethnicity is Nigerian.

David Oyelowo – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

David Oyelowo married his longtime girlfriend Jessica Oyelowo, also an actress on 5 September 1998. He and his wife have four children together- oldest son Asher Oyelowo (born Oct 10, 2001), followed by son Caleb Oyelowo (born 2005), son Penuel Oyelowo (born 2009) and daughter Zoe Oyelowo (born 2012).

After more than 21 years of marriage, the couple is still very much in love and is in a blissful marriage without rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.

David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo with their children- posted Dec 2019 (Image: Instagram)

David Oyelowo – Career

Early Days

Since beginning his career as an actor, David Oyelowo started in theatre. He had played in the stage production of Volpone, Antony and Cleopatra (1999), This England: The Histories (2001), Prometheus Bound (2005), and Othello (2016), among others.

Following his transition to films, Oyelowo landed minor roles in Maisie Raine (1998) and starred in Spooks (2002-2004) which gained him some recognition.

Films, Series

Over the years David Oyelowo has starred in films A Raisin in the Sun (2008), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), The Butler (2013), Nightingale (2014), Selma (2014), Queen of Katwe (2016), Gringo (2018), Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2020), Good Morning, Midnight, among others.

He has also had guest appearances in the TV series Star Wars Rebels (2014-2018), Robot Chicken (2014), The Lion Guard (2017-2019), Les Misérables (2018), etc.


On Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, David Oyelowo has worked with Domhnall Gleeson, and Lennie James. 

He has also worked with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Stephan James, and Kent Faulcon.

David Oyelowo as Martin King Luther in Shelma (Image: IMDb)

David Oyelowo – Awards, Nominations

He has been nominated for NAACP Image Award (2012, 2013, 2014), Black Reel Award (2012, 2013), Independent Spirit Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Award (2013), Golden Globe Award (2014), Primetime Emmy Award (2014), Satellite Award (2014), among others. 

Among the nominations, he has won 2013’s NAACP Image Award, Black Reel Awards, etc.

David Oyelowo – Net Worth, Salary

His net worth is estimated at around $6 million while the figure on his annual salary is not shared with the public.

David Oyelowo – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, and Facebook, David Oyelowo is active with several hundred thousand followers but is absent from Twitter.

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