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Daniel Kaluuya

Last updated 27 July 2014


Daniel Kaluuya
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Daniel Kaluuya

Born: Monday 8th May 1989 (age: 30)

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Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor, comedian and writer, who is best known for playing Posh Kenneth in the E4 teen-drama Skins. He also appeared in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville playing Michael Fry (a.k.a. Tealeaf) and Mac in the new BBC Three's horror drama The Fades.

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 WilliamsSucker Punch at the Royal Court Theatre in London for which 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 has recently appeared in the Johnny English sequel, Johnny English Reborn, as Agent Tucker. He also played the role of Mac Armstrong in BBC3's supernatural drama The Fades.

Kaluuya played one of the lead characters 'Bing' in Channel Four's drama series Black Mirror, broadcast in December 2011. The episode "15 Million Merits" was set in a claustrophobic and disturbing dystopia, which satirises our obsession with social media, the spectacle and technology.

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 the 14th, 15th and 16 July that year.

They are currently working on more parody songs, including "Can I Plant the Trees" and "Put the Tip In".

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