British actor David Oyelowo studied theater in college and premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1999, where he’s best-known for his award-winning performance as King Henry VI in the history plays of the 2001 season. He began working in British TV and films, but it wasn’t until he moved to the U.S. that he began to get more significant roles. Some of the best have been historical, including one upcoming frock flick!
Dr. Junju in The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Orlando De Boys in As You Like It (2006)
Joseph Asagai in A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
Joseph of Arimathea in The Passion (2008)
Muddy Waters in Who Do You Love (2008)
Gilbert in Small Island (2009)
Preacher Green in The Help (2011)
Joe ‘Lightning’ Little in Red Tails (2012)
Corporal Ira Clark in Lincoln (2012)
Louis Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma (2014)
Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom (2016)
Javert in Les Misérables (2019)
Jack in Come Away (2020)
What’s your favorite of David Oyelowo’s historical costume movie or TV roles?