David Oyelowo was born born on April 1, 1976 in Oxford, United Kingdom. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and City and Islington College. He finished his three-year training in 1998. He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre.
He began his stage career in 1999 when he was offered a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing roles in Ben Jonson's Volpone, as the title character in Oroonoko (which he also performed in the BBC radio adaptation) and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.
Some of his other Disney roles include agent Alexandr Kallus in Star Wars Rebels, Preacher Green in The Help, and Ira Clark in Lincoln.