Jessica Oyelowo
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Jessica Oyelowo

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

1977 (age 42–43)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Years active1999-present
(m. 1998)

Jessica Oyelowo (née Watson; born 1977) is a British-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 her husband became naturalised US citizens on 20 July 2016.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sleepy Hollow Sarah
2004 Churchill: The Hollywood Years Princess Margaret
2005 It's a Boy! Mary Video short
2009 Big Guy Bear Vendor Short
2010 Alice in Wonderland Woman with Large Poitrine in Red Queen Court
2011 Rahab Rahab Short
2015 Captive Meredith MacKenzie
2016 Nina Nurse
2016 A United Kingdom Lady Lilly Canning
2019 Sorry, Not Sorry Abby Short


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Unfinished Business Flora Episodes: "2.4", "2.6"
1999 People Like Us Emma Episode: "The Photographer"
2000 Madame Bovary Felicite TV miniseries
2000 Reach for the Moon Claire Jones Episode: "This Means Nothing to Me"
2000 Don Quixote 1st Handmaiden TV film
2000 The Sight Isobel TV film
2001 Lee Evans: So What Now? Episode: "Swinger"
2002 Helen West Rose Darvey Episodes: "Deep Sleep", "Shadow Play"
2003 The Deal Make-up Artist TV film
2004 Hex Rachel McBain Episode: "Pilot: The Story Begins"
2006 Mayo Alex Jones Main role
2007 Murphy's Law Jackie Cole Episodes: "Food Chain: Parts 1-3"
2008 Inseparable Camille Hutton TV film
2011 Off the Map Chloe Episode: "Smile. Don't Kill Anyone."
2012 Childrens Hospital Mother Episode: "British Hospital"

Stage work


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Suffolk actress in crime show". Ipswich Star. 31 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Be glad he's on your side". BBC. Retrieved 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 (8 February 2013). "Upwardly mobile: David Oyelowo on going from Tooting Bec to Tom Cruise's jet". The Independent. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Gilbey, Ryan. "David Oyelowo: 'No one says to Oliver Stone: white characters AGAIN?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Mandell, Andrea (10 October 2012). "David Oyelowo comes out of 'Nowhere' to become star". USA Today. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "David Oyelowo was inspired to become a citizen after filming Selma". Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "David Oyelowo on his first Thanksgiving as an American citizen".
  9. ^ Hickling, Alfred (7 December 2006). "Cyrano de Bergerac". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016.

External links

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