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Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya is a British actor. Prominent both on screen and stage, he has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2021, he was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Kaluuya began his acting career as a teenager in improvisational theatre. He subsequently portrayed Posh Kenneth in the first two seasons of the television series Skins; he also co-wrote some of the episodes. Kaluuya drew critical acclaim for his leading performance in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer. In 2018, he received the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, Kaluuya gained further notice for his performances as Michael "Tealeaf" Fry in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville, Michael "Mac" Armstrong in the BBC Three horror drama series The Fades, Barclay in the Doctor Who Easter special "Planet of the Dead", and Bingham "Bing" Madsen in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". He appeared as Agent Colin Tucker in the 2011 spy action comedy film Johnny English Reborn and as Black Death in the 2013 superhero film Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, he had a supporting role in Denis Villeneuve's thriller film Sicario. In 2017, Kaluuya achieved a career breakthrough after starring in Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out, which garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. This was followed by roles in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018), Steve McQueen's Widows (2018), Melina Matsoukas's Queen & Slim (2019) and Peele's Nope (2022). For his portrayal of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), he won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. At age 32, Kaluuya became the seventh-youngest winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is also the first British actor of African heritage to win an Academy Award.
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