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  • Place of birth : Oxford
  • Date of birth : 01/04/1976

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David Oyelowo (1976)

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David Oyelowo is an English actor.

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He had begun his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the RSC playing roles in Ben Jonson's Volpone, as the title character in Oroonoko and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra alongside Guy Henry, Frances de la Tour and Alan Bates. His next theatrical role is his best known one – his performance as King Henry VI in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2001 productions of Shakespeare's trilogy of plays about the king – part of its season This England: The Histories. In a major landmark for colour-blind casting, Oyelowo was the first black actor to play an English king in a major production of Shakespeare, and although this casting choice was initially criticised by some in the media, Oyelowo's performance was critically acclaimed and later won the Ian Charleson Award for best performance by an actor under 30 in a classical play, in the same year. (A few years later, in comparison, Adrian Lester's casting as Henry V drew little comment.) Oyelowo said of this experience:


"It's fascinating to work with a company of actors of such different ages, experience and talents. I'm one of a generation brought up on television whose acting is more 'naturalistic', whereas with some of the older generation it's more heightened. But I think there's room for both styles."

In 2005 he appeared in a production of Prometheus Bound, which was revived in New York in 2007. In 2006, he made his directorial debut on a production of The White Devil, produced by his own theatre company in Brighton, Inservice, co-run with fellow Brighton based actors Priyanga Burford, Israel Aduramo, Penelope Cobbuld and his wife, Jessica.

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