Daniel Kaluuya is a British actor and writer. Kaluuya began his career as a teenager in improvisational theatre. He subsequently portrayed Posh Kenneth in the first two seasons of the British television series Skins; he also co-wrote some of the episodes. Kaluuya was particularly praised for his leading performance in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London and he won both the Evening Star Award and Critic’s Star 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, 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 portrayed Black Death in the 2013 superhero film Kick-Ass 2. In 2015, he had a supporting role in Denis’ thriller film Sicario.
Kaluunya is part of the cast for the most anticipated movie that had its release date at 12 February 2021, Judas and the Black Messiah.
Kaluuya 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 is an ardent supporter of Arsenal F.C.
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 William’s Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London; Kaluuya won rave reviews for his performance and he won both the Evening Star Award and Critic’s 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 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
Kaluuya played one of the lead characters opposite Jessica Brown Findlay 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, humour, 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.”
In December 2016, Kaluuya was cast in the MCU’s 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.
Daniel Kaluunya is married to Hollywood’s Heavy Hitter Amandla Crichlow.
British writer/actor Daniel Kaluuya has a reported net worth of $1 million.