Daniel Kaluuya (born 8 May 1989) is an English actor, comedian and writer, who is best known for playing Posh Kenneth in the E4 teen-drama Skins and Bing in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". He has also appeared as Tealeaf in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville and Mac in the BBC Three's horror drama The Fades.
Kaluuya appeared as Agent Tucker in the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn, alongside Rowan Atkinson, and in 2013, he appeared in the film Kick-Ass 2. He has a starring role in the upcoming 2017 film Get Out.
Life and career
The son of immigrants from Uganda, Kaluuya attended St Aloysius College, London. 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 and was a contributor on the first two series, as well as being a staff writer, and the head writer of the second series episode "Jal" and third series episode "Thomas". He also presented the Skins Podcast (also called Skinscast).
After Skins Kaluuya appeared as a guest star in many established 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 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 as amateur DJ–Radio Runner "Ades" and also as Michael "Tea Leaf" Fry in dark BBC comedy Psychoville.
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 Williams' Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Kaluuya lost 3 stone for the role, becoming a healthy weight, having previously been extremely overweight, and both the play and Kaluuya won rave reviews and he won both the Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
In 2011, Kaluuya was leading man in Daniel Mulloy's Baby, which went on to win the Best Short Film Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as the Best Short Film Award at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2011 Enda Walsh's adaption of his stage play Chatroom was also released with Kaluuya having a main role. He later appeared in the sequel of Johnny English, Johnny English Reborn, as Agent Tucker. He also played the role of Mac Armstrong in BBC3's supernatural drama The Fades (TV series).
Kaluuya played one of the lead characters 'Bing' in "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. In September 2015, Kaluuya portrayed FBI agent Reggie Wayne, in Sicario.
In December 2016, Kaluuya was cast in the Marvel Studios movie Black Panther. The film is due to be released in 2018.
Internet parody songs
On 14 July 2009, Daniel and close friend Jason Lewis (who is also an actor/writer), released a video of themselves performing their parody of Boy Better Know's "Too Many Man". The song is titled "Too Many Weave". The video was in YouTube's Most Viewed for 14, 15 and 16 July that year.
They are currently working on more parody songs, including "Can I Plant the Trees" and "Put the Tip In".
|2006||Shoot the Messenger||Reece||BBC|
|The Whistleblowers||School Bully||Episode: "No Child Left Behind"|
|2007||Much Ado About a Minor Ting||Shocker|
|Comedy: Shuffle||Dean||Episode: "Brendon Burns"|
|2007–2009||Skins||Posh Kenneth/DJ||Series 1 and 2|
|2008||That Mitchell and Webb Look||Dancing Speedo Kid||Episode: "Series 2 Episode 2"|
|Delta Forever||Roger||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Silent Witness||Errol Harris||Episode: "Safe: Part 1"|
|2009||Doctor Who||Barclay||Episode: "Planet of the Dead"|
|Lewis||Declan||Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"|
|That Mitchell and Webb Look||School pupil||Episode: "Series 3 Episode 5"|
|The Philanthropist||Episode: "Nigeria (Part 2)"|
|Down the Line||TBA|
|2009–2011||Psychoville||Michael Fry (a.k.a. Tealeaf)||Starring Role|
|Happy Finish (Comedy Lab)||Various Characters||Pilot|
|2010–present||Harry and Paul||Parking Pataweyo||Re-occurring sketch|
|2011||Micah (Coming Up)||Micah||Starring Role|
|The Fades||Mac||Starring Role|
|Johnny English Reborn||Special Agent Tucker||Starring Role|
|Black Mirror||Bing||Episode: "Fifteen Million Merits"|
|Welcome to the Punch||Juka|
|Kick-Ass 2||Black Death|
|2014||Babylon||Matt Coward||Series 1|
|2017||Get Out||Chris||Starring role|
|2016||Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall||Christopher|
|2010||Sucker Punch by Roy Williams||Leon Davidson||Winner of Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer|
|2008||Oxford Street by Levi David Addai||Boy 1||Nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre as part of the ensemble cast of Oxford Street|