Ex-castmate turned doctor recalls Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuyas magnetic presence – Daily Mail

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An actor-turned-doctor who worked opposite Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya early in his career has recalled noticing the ‘magnetic’ talent which later propelled him to global fame.

Dr Nadia Kamil was friendly with Kaluuya, 32, for a number of years after working with him on the broadcast pilot of Happy Finish, a cancelled 2010 sketch show for Channel 4.

At Sunday’s Oscars, Daniel scooped  a Best Supporting Actor win for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah.  

Two worlds: An actor-turned-doctor who worked opposite Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya early in his career has recalled noticing the 'magnetic' talent which later propelled him to fame

Two worlds: An actor-turned-doctor who worked opposite Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya early in his career has recalled noticing the 'magnetic' talent which later propelled him to fame

Two worlds: An actor-turned-doctor who worked opposite Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya early in his career has recalled noticing the ‘magnetic’ talent which later propelled him to fame

In a symbol of their differing paths since, the Welsh-Iraqi comedian finished her training to become a doctor at King’s Mill Hospital in Nottingham, just days before Kaluuya collected his gong in Los Angeles.

Dr Kamil, 36, told the PA news agency: ‘I’m just so proud of him and pleased because I think he deserves it… I feel lucky that I’ve got to work with him and got to know him.

‘He’s really matured so much since (Happy Finish) but the main thing that he had then is just this instant ability to focus.   

Congratulations: At Sunday's Oscars, Daniel scooped a Best Supporting Actor win for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah

Congratulations: At Sunday's Oscars, Daniel scooped a Best Supporting Actor win for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah

Congratulations: At Sunday’s Oscars, Daniel scooped a Best Supporting Actor win for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah

Talent: 'As soon as it was "cameras rolling - action", he was able to just be magnetic on camera,' she said

Talent: 'As soon as it was "cameras rolling - action", he was able to just be magnetic on camera,' she said

Talent: ‘As soon as it was “cameras rolling – action”, he was able to just be magnetic on camera,’ she said

‘As soon as it was “cameras rolling – action”, he was able to just be magnetic on camera. He’s just refined so much into this real gentleman who’s really at the top of his game and exquisite in his talent.’

Dr Kamil, originally from Swansea, once moved to LA before deciding a job in showbusiness was not for her, opting instead to train as a doctor while still pursuing stand-up shows as a hobby.

‘I was feeling pretty elated last week, because I’ve passed my final exams, so I’m officially a doctor now,’ she said.

‘And then on Sunday night, Daniel gets an Oscar – I was like “well, well done you”. 

‘When you see people doing supremely well – and really there is no level higher than an Oscar – you think “maybe that could have been me”. 

Amazing: Daniel was awarded the prize for his critically-acclaimed role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

Amazing: Daniel was awarded the prize for his critically-acclaimed role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

Amazing: Daniel was awarded the prize for his critically-acclaimed role as Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah

Different path: 'When you see people doing supremely well - and really there is no level higher than an Oscar - you think "maybe that could have been me", she said

Different path: 'When you see people doing supremely well - and really there is no level higher than an Oscar - you think "maybe that could have been me", she said

Different path: ‘When you see people doing supremely well – and really there is no level higher than an Oscar – you think “maybe that could have been me”, she said 

‘But, you know, how many of them did a newborn examination where they had to have a neonate wee on them yesterday?’

At university, Dr Kamil also starred in a play with Eddie Redmayne, who won the best actor Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything in 2015.

She first met Kaluuya through a friend, comedian Jose Long, who worked with him on the Channel 4 series Skins – on which Kaluuya played Posh Kenneth.

‘Then I sort of followed his career, and we hung out a few times after (Happy Finish)… he always struck me as really dedicated and professional,’ she said. 

Happy Finish was not picked up for a full series despite a cast that also included Taskmaster comedian Mike Wozniak, stand-up Sara Pascoe, and Nico Tatarowicz – whose writing works include The Armstrong and Miller Show. 

Cheeky: On Sunday night Daniel left viewers in hysterics with his naughty acceptance speech in tribute to his mother Damalie Namusoke

Cheeky: On Sunday night Daniel left viewers in hysterics with his naughty acceptance speech in tribute to his mother Damalie Namusoke

Cheeky: On Sunday night Daniel left viewers in hysterics with his naughty acceptance speech in tribute to his mother Damalie Namusoke

On Sunday night Daniel left viewers in hysterics with his naughty acceptance speech in tribute to his mother Damalie Namusoke.

The actor left his mother mortified as he made a joke about his parents having sex during his acceptance speech.

He made the awkward comment as he excitedly declared to the audience at the Union Station in Los Angeles that he was planning to celebrate after the ceremony.  

‘We gotta celebrate, we gotta celebrate life,’ he said as his mother Damalie Namusoke and sister watched his speech from the UK.  

‘We’re breathing, we’re walking. It’s incredible. Like, my mum, my dad, they had sex -it’s amazing! I’m here. I’m so happy to be alive and I’m gonna celebrate that tonight.’ he added jokingly as the star-studded audience giggled.

After the comment, the camera cut to Kaluuya’s family members and his mother was seen looking completely puzzled as she appeared to say ‘What is he talking about?’. 

Beside her, the Get Out star’s sister appeared to be embarrassed as she bowed her head in her hands.

Unsurprisingly, Damalie’s reaction became an instant viral hit, with Oscars viewers retweeting images of her puzzled response and joking about the awkward family moment.

Eh? He said: 'We're breathing, we're walking. It's incredible. Like, my mum, my dad, they had sex -it's amazing! I'm here'

Eh? He said: 'We're breathing, we're walking. It's incredible. Like, my mum, my dad, they had sex -it's amazing! I'm here'

Eh? He said: ‘We’re breathing, we’re walking. It’s incredible. Like, my mum, my dad, they had sex -it’s amazing! I’m here’

 

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