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Daniel Kaluuya in GET OUT.

About Daniel Kaluuya (1989 – ____)

Daniel Kaluuya was born in London, the son of Ugandan immigrants. He was raised by his mother, Damalie, on a council estate in Kentish Town, along with an older sister; his father lived in Uganda, and rarely visited because of UK visa regulations. Kaluuya attended Saint Aloysius College, in London. He lives in West London with his girlfriend, Amandla.

Kaluuya wrote his first play at the age of nine, after which he began performing improvisational theatre. He began acting as a child at his local Anna Scher Theatre School and WAC Arts. His early roles included Reece in the BBC's controversial drama Shoot the Messenger. He then joined the original cast of Skins as Posh Kenneth; and was a contributing writer on the first two seasons of the series, as well as the head writer of the episodes "Jal" and "Thomas".

After Skins, Kaluuya guest starred in many popular TV shows, such as Silent Witness, the Doctor Who special "Planet of the Dead", and Lewis. He also appeared twice in the sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look and the sketch show Harry and Paul. He also voiced a character in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Sneakiepeeks. In 2009, he became a regular cast member in the ITV comedy FM. At the end of the same year, the Screen International Magazine picked him out in their annual report as a UK Star of Tomorrow.

In 2010, Kaluuya played the lead role in Roy Williams' Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London and won rave reviews for his performance. For the next two years he portrayed Michael "Tea Leaf" Fry in the dark BBC comedy Psychoville.

Between 2011 and 2013 he could be seen in several short films, most notably in Daniel Mulloy's Baby.

In 2011, he appeared in the sequel of the 2003 film Johnny English, (Johnny English Reborn), as Agent Tucker. Also in 2011 he played the role of Mac Armstrong in BBC3's supernatural drama series The Fades. In 2013, he appeared in the superhero comedy Kick Ass 2. In 2015, he portrayed an FBI Agent in Denis Villeneuve's thriller film Sicario.

He played one of the lead characters in "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror, for which he received much positive attention from critics. The episode originally premiered on Channel 4 in 2011, but gained popularity after it was released on Netflix in the United States. It was this performance that attracted the attention of Jordan Peele, who later cast him in Get Out, which proved to be his breakthrough role.

Kaluuya's performance in Get Out, drew critical acclaim. Steven Gaydos of Variety wrote that “the terror, tension, humor, and fury of this powerfully effective cinematic balancing act all rests on the shoulders of this brilliant young British actor who communicates universal anxieties without ever losing the essential home address of his beleaguered African-American hero." Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair called Kaluuya's performance a "masterful, telling piece of acting." For his performance, he received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

In 2018, he starred in the enormously popular and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther.

Daniel Kaluuya's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2006Shoot the MessengerReece
2007Much Ado About a Minor TingShocker
2008CassYoung Cass Pennant
2011Johnny English RebornAgent Colin Tucker
2013Welcome to the PunchJuka Ogadowa
2013Kick-Ass 2Black Death
2015SicarioReggie Wayne
2017Get OutChris Washington
2018Black PantherW'Kabi

Daniel Kaluuya's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2007The WhistleblowersSchool Bully
2007Comedy: ShuffleDean
2007–2009SkinsPosh Kenneth
2008Delta ForeverRoger
2008Silent WitnessErrol Harris
2008–2009That Mitchell and Webb LookVarious
2009Doctor WhoBarclay
2009The Philanthropist
200910 Minute TalesSoldier #2
2009–2011PsychovilleMichael "Tealeaf" Fry
2010Comedy LabVarious
2010–2012Harry and PaulParking Pataweyo
2011Coming UpMicah
2011The FadesMichael "Mac" Armstrong
2011Black MirrorBingham "Bing" Madsen
2014BabylonMatt Coward
2018Watership DownBluebell (voice)

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Daniel Kaluuya include...

Year Movie Award
2017 Get Out Best Lead Actor (Nominated)

Memorable Quotes by Daniel Kaluuya

“ Some black women hug me and walk away. A lot of black men talk about dating white women and how they've been there, too. People open up about their racial experiences. I feel like I'm a walking therapy session. It's quite intense. But it means a lot to people. ”

“ When you're a young black man, you're not allowed to be emotional. One of the reasons I act is people pay me to be emotional. ”

“ There's a lot of black men running around with crazy trauma scars, and they should be going to therapy. They should be sitting down and talking to people. But they can't. If you've got the armor of being a man, and the armor of being a black man, that hyper-masculine thing can make those scars deeper. ”

“ Writing can be really lonely, and I find that bit difficult. I'd rather be around my people, getting ideas. ”

“ What I find really exciting is stories from a different viewpoint. ”

“ What you want to do is make people talk, start a conversation. ”

Things You May Not Know About Daniel Kaluuya

He was given the lead role in Get Out on the spot after nailing his audition.

Writer/director Jordan Peele said Kaluuya did about five takes of a key scene, in which his character needs to cry, and each was so perfect that the single tear came down at the exact same time for each take.

Peele told Kaluuya he had the role right then, but Kaluuya later joked that since he was wary of people in Hollywood, he didn't quite believe it yet.

While still at school he was recruited as a contributor writer and actor for the critically acclaimed UK teen drama series Skins.

Before long, and while still in his teens, he was writing full hour-long episodes for the show, making him one of the youngest people ever to write an episode of primetime drama.

Daniel Kaluuya in an episode ("15 Million Merits") of Black Mirror (2011).
Kaluuya in Black Panther (2018)... with Michael B. Jordan and Janeshia Adams-Ginyard in middle picture... with Jordan and Chadwick Boseman in bottom picture.
With Matthew Beard, Imogen Poots, and Hannah Murray in Chatroom (2010).
In Get Out (2017)... top picture with Caleb Landry Jones... with Allison Williams in picture 4.
With Dev Patel in Skins (2007).
Daniel Kaluuya with Iain De Caestecker in The Fades (2011).