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British-Nigerian Actor David Oyelowo's Career Has Paid Him Well: Know His Net Worth, & Career

Updated On 08 Mar, 2018 Published On

David Oyetokundo Oyelowo, a.k.a. David Oyelowo, is a British-Nigerian actor and producer based in the United States. He is best known for the portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in 2014 biopic Selma alongside actors like Oprah WinfreyCarmen Ejogo, etc. The movie is considered as his career's best role. Moreover, being such a well-known name in the film industry, he has an estimated net worth of $3 million. 

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Oyelowo was born on 1st April 1976 and is currently 41-years-old. He is the grandson of King of Awe, a state in Nigeria which makes him a price. Moreover, the actor who owns American citizenship has appeared as a supporting character in films like Lincoln, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and others. 

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

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Today, we are going to share some information about the actor's net worth, salary, and career. 

David Oyelowo net worth and salary

As of 2018, Oyelowo has an estimated net worth of $3 million. His net worth has stayed quite constant for the past few years. According to sources, his estimated annual salary of is over $350,000. 

David made his way into the film industry through theaters and TV. He was quite a well-known actor before entering the film industry, but as he made his debut in 2001, he made a reasonable $80,000 for his role in Dog Eat Dog.

Similarly, some of his earnings from his other films like Nine, Complicit, Interstellar and  The Butler are $171,429, $130,435, $187,500 and $153,846 respectively. 

 

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He has also been reported to have received $189,394 for his leading role in Selma

David Oyelowo career

David made a debut as an actor through the stage and has appeared in some well-known plays like Volpone, Antony and Cleopatra, and many other. He began acting on stage in 1999 and in just a year, he made his debut on TV through a minor role in Maisie Raine. Later in 2001, he made his debut on the big screen through the role of CJ in Dog Eat Dog

Watch the trailer for David's debut film Dog Eat Dog

On TV, the actor never appeared as a lead character; he has appeared in just a few episodes of some shows. However, as a voice actor, he has been playing the voice of Scar in The Lion Guard since 2017. 

Likewise, on films too, he is mostly seen in supportive roles and very less in the lead. Since he made his debut on the big screen, he has appeared in numerous films, but the actor made his breakthrough in 2012 after he portrayed the role of Brian in Middle of Nowhere.

For the role, he was nominated for several awards which include NAACP Image Award, Black Reel Award, and Independent Spirit Award

Watch the trailer for David's breakthrough movie

In 2013, he appeared in his first award-winning role. He won an NAACP Image Award for the portrayal of Louis Gaines in The Butler. Likewise, in the following year, he won a Critic's Choice TV Awards and a Black Reel Awards for his work in Nightingale. 

David Oyelowo's first NAACP Image Award

David Oyelowo's first NAACP Image Award

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Moving on to 2014, he shook the world with his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. The work is considered as one of his best works to date as he won a Black Reel Award, African-American Film Critics Association Awards, Kermode Award, NAACP Image Award and Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards.

All of the awards were for best actor while his previous awards were for his work as a supporting actor. 

Watch the trailer for film Selma

In the mid-2010 he appeared in films like Queen of Katwe, A United Kingdom, and others. Moreover, as in 2018, four of his movies are all set to be released. His first film to release in 2018 is The Cloverfield Paradox, followed by A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo and finally Only You.

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Likewise, fans can expect to see him on the big screen in the upcoming year as he is working on the production of Chaos Walking which will release in 2019.