Daniel Kaluuya was born 24 February 1989 and is a British actor and writer.
He was born in London, to Ugandan parents. His mother, Damalie, raised him on a council estate in Camden 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 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 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 for two episodes.
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.
In 2010, Kaluuya played the lead role in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London; 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. 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 opposite Jessica Brown Findlay in “Fifteen Million Merits”, an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. 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.
In December 2016, Kaluuya was cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther. The film was released on 16 February 2018, in the United States. Kaluuya also had a large role in the heist film Widows (2018), and starred in the road trip/crime movie Queen & Slim (2019), opposite Jodie Turner-Smith.
In 2020, he starred as revolutionary socialist Fred Hampton in the biographical drama, Judas and the Black Messiah.