Daniel Kaluuya: 5 Things About The ‘Judas & The Black Messiah’ Star & Oscar Frontrunner

Daniel Kaluuya has swept awards season with his moving role in 'Judas the Black Messiah.' Get to know the incredibly talented Oscar nominee before the 2021 ceremony.

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Daniel Kaluuya, 32, is one of the most incredible actors working today. The actor stars as Fred Hampton in the 2021 film Judas and the Black Messiah. For his amazing performance, Daniel has already won a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG Award. Now he’s got his eye on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

If you’re unfamiliar with Daniel and his work, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about the actor, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live. Trust us, he’s someone you’re going to want to remember. From his breakout role to his dating life, here’s what you need to know.

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Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’ (Warner Bros.)

1. Daniel stars in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah.’

Daniel plays Fred Hampton, the deputy chairman of the Black Panther Party who was assassinated in 1969 at the young age of 22. The movie was released in Feb. 2021. Judas and the Black Messiah reunited Daniel with his Get Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield.

To embody Fred, who was a great orator, Daniel revealed he received opera training. “I realized that these speakers are not speaking, they’re singing,” he told NowThis. “And so, I want it to feel like a song and I wanted to attack it like it was a song. I think that’s why the notes that I read resonate ’cause it’s a tune.”

2. His breakout role was in ‘Get Out.’ 

Daniel starred as Chris Washington in the 2017 horror film Get Out, which was written and directed by Jordan Peele. Daniel’s terrific performance earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. The following year, Daniel played W’Kabi in the Marvel film Black Panther and received rave reviews for his performance in Widows.

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Daniel Kaluuya at the Oscars. (MEGA)

3. He is British.

While he has an American accent in many of his films, Daniel hails from England. He was born in London. In order to nail his Ohio accent for his role in Queen & Slim, Daniel revealed to Stephen Colbert that he “hung out” at a Costco in Ohio. He spoke with the Costco employees there as part of his accent research.

4. He is reportedly dating Amandla Crichlow.

Daniel doesn’t talk much about his personal life, but he has been spotted out a number of times with Amandla Crichlow. While they have not publicly commented on their relationship, Daniel brought Amandla to the 2018 Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the NAACP Awards, the premiere of Black Panther, and the Academy Awards. Amandla is an actress and producer.

5. He got his start on ‘Skins.’

One of Daniel’s first roles was Posh Kenneth in the British teen series Skins. He appeared in the first two seasons of the show. He was a contributing writer for the first two seasons and was a head writer for two episodes, according to BBC.

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