Daniel Kaluuya

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Daniel Kaluuya
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 26)
London, England
Occupation Actor, writer, comedian
Years active 2006–present

Daniel Kaluuya (born 8 May 1989) is a British 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 also appeared in the BBC dark comedy series Psychoville playing Michael Fry (a.k.a. Tealeaf) and Mac in the BBC Three's horror drama The Fades. In 2011, Kaluuya starred as Agent Tucker in the film Johnny English Reborn, alongside Rowan Atkinson, and in 2013, he appeared in the film Kick-Ass 2.

Life and career[edit]

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".[1] He also presented the Skins Podcast (also called Skinscast).[citation needed]

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.[2]

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'.[3]

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 Johnny English sequel, 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 the second episode of Channel Four's 2011 drama series Black Mirror, entitled Fifteen Million Merits.

In 2015 Kaluuya portrayed FBI agent Reggie Wayne in Sicario.

Other work[edit]

Internet parody songs[edit]

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".[4] The video was in YouTube's Most Viewed for 14, 15 and 16 July that year.[citation needed]

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


Year Title Role Notes
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"
Cass Young Cass
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[5] TBA
2009–2011 Psychoville Michael Fry (a.k.a. Tealeaf) Starring Role
2010 Chatroom Mo Starring Role
Baby[6] Damon Pre-Production
Happy Finish (Comedy Lab)[7] Various Characters Pilot
2010–present Harry and Paul Parking Pataweyo Re-occurring sketch
2011 Micah (Coming Up)[8] Micah Starring Role
The Fades Mac Starring Role
Johnny English Reborn Special Agent Tucker Starring Role
Black Mirror Bing Episode: "Fifteen Million Merits"
2012 Beginning Stanley Short
2013 Jonah Mbwana Short
Welcome to the Punch Juka
Kick-Ass 2 Black Death
2014 Babylon Matt Coward Series 1
2015 Sicario Reggie Wayne


Year Title Character Notes
2010 Sucker Punch by Roy Williams[9] Leon Davidson Winner of Evening Standard Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer
2008 Oxford Street by Levi David Addai[10] Boy 1 Nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre as part of the ensemble cast of Oxford Street

As writer[edit]

Year Title Episode Written Notes
2007 Skins Staff Writer
2008 Skins "Jal" Staff Writer
2009 Skins "Thomas" Staff Writer


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