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David Oyetokunbo Oyelowo OBE (born 1 April 1976 in Oxford, England) is a British-American stage and screen actor and producer. He is married to actress Jessica Oyelowo neé Watson.


Tropes that apply to his works include:

  • Badass Baritone: It seems rather iconic to fans of Rebels, and probably a part of how he got the role of Scar for The Lion Guard. Seems to be the reason why he plays a lot of characters with authority.
  • Doing It for the Art: invoked If he's interested in the part, finds the project entertaining and/or meaningful, and likes the people he'd be working with, he's all up for committing to the project.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: invoked He put on some extra weight for his role as Dr. King in Selma.
  • Fake American: invoked As Jacobs and Dr. King.
  • Large Ham: In The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and a few (but memorable) times in Rebels, as well as The Lion Guard.
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked
  • Method Acting: He stayed in character in real life for a few of his roles, like Captive and Selma (his wife apparently wasn't very amused with the latter).
  • Playing Against Type: His skit in Robot Chicken, a One Shot character in Glenn Martin DDS, and playing the main character in Gringo, all Black Comedy works.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: invoked
    • He and Forest Whitaker were in The Last King of Scotland (Whitaker as an evil president/dictator, Oyelowo as a friendly doctor), The Butler (as father and son respectively), and the Star Wars franchise, specifically Rebels (Whitaker's Anti-Hero character being indirectly responsible for Oyelowo's character's It's Personal grudge against the heroes).
    • He's said to also be friends with John Boyega and Lupita Nyong'o, who are both prominent characters in the Star Wars franchise after the Disney reboot as well. Both Oyelowo and Nyong'o play major characters in Queen of Katwe and Americanah as well.
    • Minor example. He's The Other Darrin invoked for Scar in The Lion Guard and is Agent Kallus in the Star Wars franchise. James Earl Jones plays Scar's brother, Mufasa, and one of Kallus's bosses, Darth Vader.
    • He will star in God Particle with Gugu Mbatha Raw. In the Star Wars franchise, the both of them playnote  Mook Lieutenant Imperial officers that have a Heel Realization, but stay for one reason or another until a costly battle ends with them in Rebel Alliance/New Republic hands.
    • Since he's friends with Rosamund Pike, they went from tasing and holding her character hostage in Jack Reacher, then followed it up by playing as a married couple in A United Kingdom (a role he had recommended that she should play).
    • In A United Kingdom, where his character is in an interracial marriage during a time of heavy racism/xenophobia, and his real life wife (as the two are in an interracial marriage themselves in real life) plays a character that looks down on that marriage.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: invoked Revealing to his kids that he's playing a major villain in the Star Wars franchise earned him huge amounts of Squee from them. Applies to The Lion Guard as well, though they've somewhat grown out of the target demographic.
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  • Typecasting: A bunch of his roles that clearly aren't based off of real life often seem to place him in roles of authority, usually being a cop or something related to crime (an MI5 officer in Spooks, detective and actually a Dirty Cop in Jack Reacher, a State Sec agent and a Heel–Face Turn The Lancer in Star Wars Rebels, an assistant district attorney in A Most Violent Year, a cop in Only You, and et cetera).