Daniel Kaluuya

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Daniel Kaluuya

Mini Biography

Born: 24 February 1989, Camden Town, London, England. 

Before gaining widespread recognition, Daniel Kaluuya made an early breakthrough with his role as Posh Kenneth in the British teen drama series “Skins.” From 2007 to 2009, he appeared in multiple episodes of this popular show that depicted the lives of a group of teenagers drifting through adolescence and facing its challenges.

In the dark comedy series “Psychoville,” created by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, Kaluuya portrayed the character of Michael Fry. The show, which aired from 2009 to 2011, followed a group of seemingly unconnected individuals who are all linked by mysterious events.

“The Fades,” a supernatural drama television series that aired from 2011 to 2012, featured Kaluuya as Mac Armstrong. In this critically acclaimed show created by Jack Thorne, teenagers face apocalyptic threats when they begin seeing spirits known as ‘fades.’

One of Kaluuya’s most prominent roles came in the critically acclaimed film “Get Out” (2017), directed by Jordan Peele. In this thought-provoking horror movie, he portrayed the lead character Chris Washington, a young African-American man visiting his white girlfriend’s family estate. Through his compelling performance, Kaluuya skillfully depicted the complex emotions and psychological torment experienced by his character.

Following the success of “Get Out,” Kaluuya continued to make waves in Hollywood with his versatility as an actor. He took on the role of W’Kabi in Marvel’s groundbreaking superhero film “Black Panther” (2018).

In addition to these notable projects, Kaluuya has also impressed audiences with his work on television. One standout role was in the popular anthology series “Black Mirror,” where he starred in the episode titled “Fifteen Million Merits” (2011).

In the film “Judas and the Black Messiah” (2021),  Kaluuya delivers a powerful and captivating performance that further solidifies his status as one of the most talented actors of his generation. Directed by Shaka King, this biographical drama tells the story of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late 1960s Chicago.

 

Suggested viewing

 

 

Skins (2007)

Skins poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

Skins is a British teen drama that delves into the lives of a group of teenagers navigating adolescence, friendship, love, and personal struggles in Bristol. Each generation brings new characters dealing with issues like mental health, sexuality, and substance abuse. Raw and honest, it explores the complexities of youth with intensity and emotional depth.

Top cast: Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie, Mike Bailey, Hannah Murray, April Pearson, Dev Patel, Larissa Wilson, Mitch Hewer, Kaya Scodelario, Jack O’Connell, Luke Pasqualino, Lily Loveless, Daniel Kaluuya.

The Fades (2011)

The Fades poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

The Fades is a supernatural drama series that follows Paul, a young man with the ability to see spirits known as “fades.” As the line between the living and the dead begins to blur, Paul discovers he has an important role in preventing an apocalypse. It’s a thrilling tale of dark forces, teenage angst, and otherworldly battles.

Top cast: Iain De Caestecker, Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny Harris, Natalie Dormer, Tom Ellis, Lily Loveless, Sophie Wu, Claire Rushbrook, Robbie Gee.

Planet of the Dead (2009)

Doctor Who Planet of the Dead

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

“Planet of the Dead” is a Doctor Who special episode where the Doctor finds himself on a London bus that transports to an alien desert planet. With deadly creatures lurking, he must team up with passengers and figure out how to get back home before they fall victim to a dangerous swarm. It’s an action-packed adventure filled with sci-fi twists and witty banter.

Top cast: David Tennant, Michelle Ryan, Lee Evans, Noma Dumezweni, Adam James, Glenn Doherty, Victoria Alcock, Daniel Kaluuya.

Fifteen Million Merits (2011)

Fifteen Million Merits poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.0

“Fifteen Million Merits” is a dystopian episode of the TV series Black Mirror. Set in a future where people pedal stationary bikes to earn merits, Bing becomes infatuated with Abi, who dreams of being a singer. In an oppressive society obsessed with entertainment, their paths take unexpected turns that challenge their hopes and desires. It’s a thought-provoking exploration of media manipulation and the pursuit of personal freedom.

Top cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jessica Brown Findlay, Rupert Everett, Julia Davis, Ashley Thomas, Paul Popplewell, Hannah John-Kamen, and Isabella Laughland.

Psychoville (2009)

Psychoville poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

Psychoville is a dark comedy series that follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters who are all connected by a mysterious blackmailer. As their lives intertwine, secrets are revealed, and the line between sanity and madness becomes blurred. It’s a twisted journey full of humor, suspense, and psychological thrills.

Top cast: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Dawn French, Eileen Atkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Imelda Staunton, Adrian Scarborough, Jason Tompkins, Daniel Kaluuya.

 

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