Jessica Oyelowo

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Jessica Oyelowo
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Jessica Oyelowo at the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards
Jessica Watson

1977 (age 41–42)
David Oyelowo (m. 1998)
Children 4

Jessica Oyelowo (née Watson; born 1977) is an English-American actress.[1]

Early life

She was born Jessica Watson in Ipswich and spent her childhood in Suffolk.[1] She attended Woodbridge School as a child and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.[1]


In 2006, she starred as Detective Sergeant Alex Jones[1] in Mayo and went on to appear in Murphy's Law alongside James Nesbitt, in 2007.[2] She provided the voice of Mrs. Equiano (alongside her husband as Olaudah Equiano) in Grace Unshackled – The Olaudah Equiano Story, a radio play adapting Equiano's autobiography The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. This was first broadcast on BBC 7 on 8 April 2007.[3]

Personal life

Oyelowo resides in Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California with her husband, actor David Oyelowo. They met while attending drama school.[4][1] They have four children.[4][5][6] They formerly resided in Brighton, England.[1]

Both she and her husband are committed Christians.[4]

Oyelowo and his wife became naturalized US citizens on July 20, 2016.[7][8]

As the wife of a Nigerian Yoruba prince, she is entitled to use the traditional style Oloori as a pre-nominal honorific. However, she does not currently make use of this style.




Short films

  • "Big Guy" (2009) as Bear Vendor
  • "Rahab" (2011) as Rahab

Stage work


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Suffolk actress in crime show". Ipswich Star. March 31, 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Be glad he's on your side". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Network Radio Programme Information Week 15 Easter Sunday 15 April 2007" (Press release). [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard (February 8, 2013). "Upwardly mobile: David Oyelowo on going from Tooting Bec to Tom Cruise's jet". The Independent. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Gilbey, Ryan. "David Oyelowo: 'No one says to Oliver Stone: white characters AGAIN?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  6. ^ Mandell, Andrea (10 October 2012). "David Oyelowo comes out of 'Nowhere' to become star". USA Today. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  7. ^ "David Oyelowo was inspired to become a citizen after filming Selma".
  8. ^ "David Oyelowo on his first Thanksgiving as an American citizen".
  9. ^ Hickling, Alfred (7 December 2006). "Cyrano de Bergerac". The Guardian. Retrieved October 10, 2016.

External links

  • Jessica Oyelowo appearances at
  • Jessica Oyelowo on IMDb
  • Mayo at BBC
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