Actor David Oyelowo of 'A United Kingdom': 'Christ Is the Rock on Which I Build My Life' (Interview)
David Oyelowo did not have to look very far for inspiration for his newest film, A United Kingdom.
The 40-year-old actor, known for his lead roles in Selma (2014) and Queen of Katwe (2016), plays Seretse Khama, an African man and the prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) who is told by his family and his country not to marry the love of his life, a white British woman named Ruth Williams. When they do marry, he is placed in exile and prevented from re-entering his homeland.
The movie is set in the 1940s and 1950s and is based on a true story about an interracial marriage - a story that is unfamiliar to most Americans. The British government also opposed the marriage, as did Williams' parents.
The film is personal for Oyelowo, who was born in the United Kingdom but grew up in Africa and, like Khama, is married to a white woman.