David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo, OBE was born 1 April 1976). He is an English actor and producer.
Oyelowo played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma, for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, and Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor, and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.
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David Oyelowo was the first black man to play the role of James Bond on the big screen.
Oyelowo was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama
– Selma Was God’s Vision
I had first read the script [for Selma] in 2007, and I had felt God tell me that I was going to play Dr. King in this film. So when I was finally cast in 2010, I thought, “Wow, here we go — God was right; I’m going to play this role.
– David Oyelowo was born in London, David was sent back to Nigeria by his parents to learn about the Yoruba culture. He was in Nigeria for seven years before he relocated back to London.
– On Playing MLK Role
David agreed he had to be closer to God as a Christian for him to be able to interpret the role of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr in the film Selma