Daniel Kaluuya (born 24 February 1989) is a British actor and writer who was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his leading role as Chris Washington in the 2017 horror film Get Out. In 2018, he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
Kaluuya began his career as a teenager in improvisational theatre. He subsequently appeared in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins, in which he co-wrote some of the episodes. Playing the lead role in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Kaluuya won rave reviews for his performance and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
He gained further acclaim for his performance as Bingham "Bing" Madsen in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". He then played Michael "Tealeaf" Fry in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville and Michael "Mac" Armstrong in the BBC Three horror drama series The Fades. Kaluuya appeared as Agent Colin Tucker in the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and portrayed Black Death in the 2013 film Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, he had a supporting role in Denis Villeneuve's film Sicario. In 2018, he portrayed W'Kabi in Ryan Coogler’s blockbuster film Black Panther and appeared in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows.
Kaluuya was born in London, to Ugandan parents. His mother, Damalie, emigrated to the UK and gave birth to Daniel in London. She raised him on a council estate in Kentish Town, along with an older sister. His father lived in Uganda, and rarely visited due to UK visa regulations. Kaluuya attended St Aloysius College, London. He lives in West London. Kaluuya is an ardent supporter of Arsenal F.C., to the extent of referring to Arsenal's North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., as the "team who must not be named" and the "Voldemort of the League".
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. Kaluuya then joined the original cast of Skins as Posh Kenneth; he was also a contributing writer on the first two seasons of the series, as well as the head writer of the episodes titled "Jal" and "Thomas".
After Skins, Kaluuya appeared as a guest star in many popular television series such as Silent Witness, the Doctor Who special "Planet of the Dead", and Lewis. He has also appeared in the sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look twice and as fan favourite character "Parking Pataweyo" in the sketch show Harry and Paul. Kaluuya 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 2009, the Screen International Magazine picked Kaluuya 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; Kaluuya won rave reviews for his performance and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer. From 2009 to 2011, he portrayed Michael "Tea Leaf" Fry in the dark BBC comedy Psychoville.
Between 2011 and 2013, Kaluuya appeared in several short films, most notably in Daniel Mulloy's Baby, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win the Best Short Film Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, as well as the Best Short Film Award at the British Independent Film Awards.
In 2011, he appeared in the sequel to the 2003 film Johnny English, titled 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 film Kick Ass 2. In 2015, he portrayed an FBI Agent in Denis Villeneuve's thriller film Sicario.
Kaluuya played one of the lead characters in "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror, for which he received positive reviews from critics. The episode originally premiered on Channel 4 in 2011, but gained popularity after it was subsequently released on Netflix in the United States. It was his performance in Black Mirror 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, which was released in cinemas on 24 February 2017 (his 28th birthday), attracted significant 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. He also received nominations for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics' Choice Award for his role. In 2018 he received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
In October 2019, it was announced that Kaluuya is set to produce a feature film based on the children's television show Barney & Friends. He will produce the film though his newly formed production company 59%, along with Mattel Films. According to Kaluuya, the film will "surprise audiences and subvert expectations"..
|2006||Shoot the Messenger||Reece|
|2008||Cass||Young Cass Pennant|
|2011||Johnny English Reborn||Agent Colin Tucker|
|2013||Welcome to the Punch||Juka Ogadowa|
|Kick-Ass 2||Black Death|
|2017||Get Out||Chris Washington|
|2019||Queen & Slim||Slim|
|TBA||Jesus Was My Homeboy||Fred Hampton||Filming|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||School Bully||Episode: "No Child Left Behind"|
|Comedy: Shuffle||Dean||Episode: "Brendon Burns"|
|2007–2009||Skins||Posh Kenneth||11 episodes|
Also wrote 2 episodes
|2008||Delta Forever||Roger||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Silent Witness||Errol Harris||2 episodes|
|2008–2009||That Mitchell and Webb Look||Various||2 episodes|
|2009||Doctor Who||Barclay||Episode: "Planet of the Dead"|
|Lewis||Declan||Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"|
|The Philanthropist||Episode: "Nigeria Part II"|
|10 Minute Tales||Soldier #2||Episode: "The Three Kings"|
|2009–2011||Psychoville||Michael "Tealeaf" Fry||12 episodes|
|2010||Comedy Lab||Various||Episode: "Happy Finish"|
|2010–2012||Harry and Paul||Parking Pataweyo||5 episodes|
|2011||Coming Up||Micah||Episode: "Micah"|
|The Fades||Michael "Mac" Armstrong||6 episodes|
|Black Mirror||Bingham "Bing" Madsen||Episode: "Fifteen Million Merits"|
|2014||Babylon||Matt Coward||7 episodes|
|2018||Watership Down||Bluebell (voice)||Miniseries|
|2007||Much Ado About a Minor Ting||Shocker|
|2010||Sucker Punch||Leon||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|2013||Trelawny of the Wells||Tom Wrench||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|A Season in the Congo||Joseph Mobutu||Young Vic, London|
Kaluuya was on the Black Panther set in Atlanta, playing W’Kabi, on February 24, the day Get Out made its US bow.... 'It was my birthday on the date of release'...
I'm English and 'Black Panther' is my third American job.