Oyelowo is a Nigerian English American actor and producer who portrayed the high-profile role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biographical drama film, Selma. Born in London to parents from the West of Nigeria, David had to endure a torrid time moving from London to Lagos at a tender age.
After graduating from a “Military-style” boarding school in Lagos, he returned to London at age 14. He has had lead roles in A United Kingdom (2016), as well as playing the role of a chess coach in Queen of Katwe (2016). He has played supporting roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Lincoln (2012), Jack Reacher (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British drama series.