David Oyelowo is an actor, producer, director, and writer. He has played roles in the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Lincoln (2012), and garnered praise for portraying Louis Gaines in The Butler (2013). On television, he played MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the British series Spooks (2002–04), and as of 2014, provides the voice of Imperial Security Bureau agent Kallus on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. In 2014, Oyelowo played Martin Luther King, Jr. in the biographical drama film Selma, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor (Drama).Also in 2014, he starred in the HBO movie Nightingale, for which he won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. and is also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
With so many black actors feeling a need to head to the US in order to play meaningful roles and make a name for themselves, we need organisations like TriForce Creative Network working to create more opportunities for a diverse range of talent in the UK.