May 8, 1989
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Born in London, Daniel Kaluuya's career in entertainment started off in a way that became somewhat typical for young British actors in the mid-2000s. He first appeared in the BBC film "Shoot the Messenger" (2006) and followed that up with a recurring role on the teen drama "Skins" (E4 2007-2013), where he played the role of Posh Kenneth and also joined the writing staff. His notoriety on "Skins" led to many TV appearances in England, including guest spots on "Doctor Who" (BBC 1963- ) and the crime drama "Silent Witness" (BBC 1996- ), and the sketch comedy show "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (BBC 2006-2010). While he appeared somewhat regularly on television, Kaluuya also took to the stage, earning acclaim for a number of performances. After a small part in the Rowan Atkinson comedy "Johnny English Reborn" (2011), his presence in films started to pick up, as he then broke more into the American mainstream as the villainous Black Death in the comic book film "Kick-Ass 2" (2013). He then followed that up with a role as an FBI agent in crime drama "Sicario" (2015). At the end of 2016, it was announced he would play the role of W'Kabi in the Marvel film "Black Panther" (2018). Shortly after the announcement, the Jordan Peele-directed horror film "Get Out" (2017) came out to rave reviews and box office success. Kaluuya received much praise, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, for his breakout performance in the film about an African-American man (Kaluuya) meeting his girlfriend's parents in a small suburban town. Kaluuya was next seen as W'Kabi in the blockbuster superhero film "Black Panther" (2018).