Carmen Ejogo

Actor, Singer, TV host
A beautiful British actress of biracial heritage, Carmen Ejogo began her career as a child, landing her first professional gig in a music video at age eight. The London native made her film debut in a small role in ... Read more »
Born: 01/01/1974 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (26)

Alien: Covenant 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born to Be Blue 2016 (Movie)

Jane/Elaine (Actor)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Coretta Scott King (Actor)

The Purge: Anarchy 2014 (Movie)

Eva Sanchez (Actor)

Zero Hour 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

Maria Cross (Actor)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

Sister (Actor)

Chaos 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

Tasha (Actor)

Kidnapped 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Amber Belhaven (Actor)

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

I Want You 1999 (Movie)

Amber (Actor)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("Steal Away") (Actor)

Cold Lazarus 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Metro 1997 (Movie)

Ronnie Tate (Actor)

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Boycott (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Sparkle 2012 (Movie)

("Yes I Do") (Song Performer)

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

("Slowly") (Song Performer)

Biography

A beautiful British actress of biracial heritage, Carmen Ejogo began her career as a child, landing her first professional gig in a music video at age eight. The London native made her film debut in a small role in Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners" (1986) and then concentrated on stage and television work (most notably in the Dennis Potter-scripted "Cold Lazarus" in 1996). Stints as a TV host and veejay preceded her return to the silver screen as Eddie Murphy's love interest in the predictable action comedy "Metro" (1997). While the camera clearly captured her undeniable beauty, Ejogo proved less successful in the underwritten girlfriend role. with most critics dismissing her as just another pretty face. Undaunted, she returned to her native England and took roles in the box-office disappointment "The Avengers" and the more modestly received "I Want You" (both 1998). 2000 proved to be the actress' year. Ejogo landed the coveted title role in the four-hour CBS miniseries "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal" and garnered good notices for her portrayal of the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson carried on a four decade romance. Later that same year, she was cast as one of the servants attending to the Princess of France (Alicia Silverstone) in Kenneth Branagh's musicalization of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost." Ejogo met her future husband Jeffrey Wright when they were cast opposite one another as Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2001 HBO drama "Boycott."

Relationships

Max Beesley Actor

Companion
Together from 1993-98; Beesley stated couple was sort of engaged, although he did not believe in marriage

Charles Ejogo

Father
Divorced from Carmen's mother c. 1976

Elizabeth Ejogo

Mother
Divorced from Carmen's father c. 1976

Charles Ejogo

Brother
Born c. 1975

Elijah Wright Actor

Son

Jeffrey Wright Actor

Husband
Met while filming HBO film "Boycott" (2001), where they portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Married August 2000

Milestones

2012

Co-starred as Sister opposite Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in "Sparkle"

2012

Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry

2009

Co-starred in Sam Mendes' "Away We Go"

2006

Joined cast of short-lived NBC drama "Kidnapped"

2005

Joined ensemble cast for HBO production of "Lackawanna Blues"

2001

Portrayed Coretta Scott King in HBO original film "Boycott"

2001

Played Martin Lawrence's girlfriend in the comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"

2000

Cast in small role in Kenneth Branagh's "Love's Labour's Lost," based on the Shakespeare play

2000

U.S. TV debut, played title role in CBS miniseries "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal"

1999

Appeared in the "Steal Away" segment of "Tube Tales" (aired on British Sky Broadcasting)

1998

Co-starred with Rachel Weisz in "I Want You"

1997

Made U.S. feature acting debut as Eddie Murphy's love interest in "Metro"

1996

Appeared in British miniseries "Cold Lazarus" (BBC)

1993

Hosted British series "Saturday Disney"

1986

Film acting debut, small part in "Absolute Beginners"

At age eight, made professional debut in a music video

Raised in London

Bonus Trivia

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Ejogo on not changing her last name (pronounced e-JO-go): "When I was 8, I toyed with the name Carmen Alexandria – it sounded dramatic. Thank God I grew up quickly." – from TV Guide, Feb. 12, 2000

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