Actor’s Spotlight: Daniel Kaluuya


Daniel Kaluuya was born on February 24, 1989. He grew up in London, England with parents from Uganda. Damalie, his mother, raised him with his older sister on a council estate in Kentish Town. His father lived in Uganda and rarely visited due to the UK’s visa regulations. Kaluuya wrote his first play at nine-years-old, after which he began doing improvisational theatre. He began acting as a child at his local Anna Scher Theatre School and WAC Arts. He earned his education by attending St Aloysius College, London. One of his early acting roles included Reece in the BBC’s controversial drama, Shoot the Messenger. He later joining the original cast of Skins while also contributing as a writer for the first two seasons of the series.

After receiving positive reviews from critics due to his performance in the Netflix anthology series, Black Mirror, he gained popularity in the United States. He even caught the attention of director, Jordan Peele, who cast him in his breakthrough role, Get Out. He’s earned numerous accolades for the role such as Best Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critic’s Choice Award. In 2018, he made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the blockbuster film Black Panther and had a significant role in the heist film Widows. In 2019, he starred in the dramatic romance film, Queen & Slim. In 2021, Kaluuya has received more critical acclaim for his biopic role as Fred Hampton in Judas and Black Messiah

At this stage, Daniel Kaluuya is becoming a critically acclaimed actor early in his career with more projects in the near future.