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United Kingdom, A (2016, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike)



He was an Oxford-educated African king, while she was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), is the subject of a new period drama starring Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, who in 1965 became independent Botswana’s first president. He was also kgosi (king) of the Bamangwato people, having been crowned at the age of four in 1925. Pike stars as Ruth Williams, who would go on to be the first lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980.

production details
UK | 111 minutes | 2016

Director: Amma Asante
Script: Guy Hibbert, Susan Williams,

David Oyelowo as Seretse Khama
Rosamund Pike as Ruth Williams-Khama
Tom Felton as Rufus Lancaster
Jack Davenport as Sir Alistair Canning
Terry Pheto as Naledi Khama
Laura Carmichael as Muriel Williams
Jessica Oyelowo as Lady Lilly Canning
Vusi Kunene as Tshekedi Khama
Nicholas Lyndhurst as George Williams
Arnold Oceng as Charles
Anastasia Hille as Dot Williams
Charlotte Hope as Olivia Lancaster
Theo Landey as Nash
Abena Ayivor as Ella Khama
Jack Lowden as Tony Benn
Zackary Momoh as Oluwu
Nicholas Rowe as Fenner Brockway
Billy Boyle as Reverend James Manners
Conny Stadler as Missionary
Kevin Hand as Manager
Ray Burnet as Reverend Leonard Patterson
Anton Lesser as Prime Minister Attlee
Michael Howe as Terence Bernard
Donald Molosi as Kabelo
Julian Firth as Mr. Speaker
Duncan Wisbey as Commonwealth Under-Secretary
Rupert Vansittart as Sir Ian Fraser
James Northcote as Roberts
Merveille Lukeba as Joe Appiah
Femi Ogunbanjo as Man from Rhodesia
Paul Putner as Porter
Will Featherstone as Reporter
Danny Babington as Reporter
Dave Perry as Idiot
Craig Whittaker as Idiot
Dean Roberts as Idiot