Jessica Oyelowo

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Jessica Oyelowo
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Jessica Oyelowo at the International Press Academy’s 12th Annual Satellite Awards
Born Jessica Watson
1978 (age 38–39)
Spouse(s) David Oyelowo (m. 1998)
Children 4

Jessica Oyelowo (née Watson; 1978) is an English actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born Jessica Watson in Ipswich and spent her childhood in Suffolk.[1] She attended Woodbridge School as a child and was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.[1]


In 2006, she starred as Detective Sergeant Alex Jones[1] in Mayo and went on to appear in Murphy's Law alongside James Nesbitt, in 2007.[2] She provided the voice of Mrs. Equiano (alongside her husband as Olaudah Equiano) in Grace Unshackled – The Olaudah Equiano Story, a radio play adapting Equiano's autobiography The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. This was first broadcast on BBC 7 on 8 April 2007.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Oyelowo resides in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California with her husband, actor David Oyelowo. They met while attending drama school.[4][1] They have four children.[4][5][6] They formerly resided in Brighton, England.[1]

Both she and her husband are committed Christians.[4]




  • Unfinished Business (1999, 2 episodes) as Flora
  • People Like Us (1999, 1 episode) as Emma 'The Lodger'
  • Reach for the Moon (2000, 1 episode) as Claire Jones
  • Lee Evans: So What Now? (2001, 1 episode) as Swinger
  • Helen West (2002, 2 episodes) as Rose Darvey
  • Hex (2004, 2 episodes) as Rachel McBain
  • The Gil Mayo Mysteries (2006, 8 episodes) as DS Alex Jones
  • Murphy's Law (2007, 3 episodes) as D.C. Jackie Cole
  • Off the Map (2011, 1 episode) as Chloe
  • Childrens Hospital (2012, 1 episode) as Mother

Short films[edit]

  • "Big Guy" (2009) as Bear Vendor
  • "Rahab" (2011) as Rahab

Stage work[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Suffolk actress in crime show". Ipswich Star. March 31, 2006. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Be glad he's on your side". BBC. Retrieved 4 October 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Network Radio Programme Information Week 15 Easter Sunday 15 April 2007" (Press release). [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard (February 8, 2013). "Upwardly mobile: David Oyelowo on going from Tooting Bec to Tom Cruise's jet". The Independent. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ Gilbey, Ryan. "David Oyelowo: 'No one says to Oliver Stone: white characters AGAIN?'". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Mandell, Andrea (10 October 2012). "David Oyelowo comes out of 'Nowhere' to become star". USA Today. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Hickling, Alfred (7 December 2006). "Cyrano de Bergerac". The Guardian. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 

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