Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor
With a disarming faade and subtle intensity, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor quietly embarked upon a film career after several successful stage performances with a noticeable supporting role as an interpreter in Steven ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1977 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

Venkat Kapoor (Actor)

The Secret in Their Eyes (Remake) 2015 (Movie)

Ray Kasten (Actor)

Triple Nine 2015 (Movie)

Michael Belmont (Actor)

Dancing on the Edge 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Going for Gold 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Half of a Yellow Sun 2014 (Movie)

Odenigbo (Actor)

The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Tonight at Noon 2014 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Toussaint 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Z for Zachariah 2014 (Movie)

Loomis (Actor)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Solomon Northup (Actor)

Phil Spector 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Savannah 2013 (Movie)

Christmas Moultrie (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Salt 2010 (Movie)

Peabody (Actor)

2012 2009 (Movie)

Adrian Helmsley (Actor)

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Mike Terry (Actor)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Huey Lucas (Actor)

Slow Burn 2007 (Movie)

Ty Trippin (Actor)

Talk to Me 2007 (Movie)

Dewey Hughes (Actor)

Tsunami, The Aftermath 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Men 2006 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

Detective Bill Mitchell (Actor)

Kinky Boots 2006 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Victor Sweet (Actor)

Melinda and Melinda 2005 (Movie)

Ellis (Actor)

Serenity 2005 (Movie)

The Operative (Actor)

Red Dust 2004 (Movie)

Alex Mpondo (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Frank Willis (Actor)

Trust 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Pretty Things 2003 (Movie)

Okwe (Actor)

Love Actually 2003 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Canterbury Tales 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Blind Mice 2002 (Movie)

Mark Hayward (Actor)

It Was An Accident 2001 (Movie)

Nicky Burkett (Actor)

G:mt 1998 (Movie)

Rix (Actor)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Ensign Covey (Actor)

Deadly Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Endgame (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Kinky Boots 2006 (Movie)

("I Want To Be Evil") (Song Performer)

Biography

With a disarming façade and subtle intensity, British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor quietly embarked upon a film career after several successful stage performances with a noticeable supporting role as an interpreter in Steven Spielberg's historical drama, "Amistad" (1997). From there, Ejiofor was able to carve out an impressive career in a short amount of time, though most audiences would have been hard-pressed to place the name or face. But he did earn high critical praise, particularly for his low-key performance in Stephen Frears' gritty urban drama, "Dirty Pretty Things" (2002). Though he earned several small awards for the role, Ejiofor remained a relative unknown in the United States. He sought to change that with roles in the popular British romantic comedy "Love Actually" (2003), Woody Allen's tragicomedy "Melinda and Melinda" (2004), and by playing a sassy drag queen in "Kinky Boots" (2005), which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. Ejiofor graduated to bigger studio films, supporting Denzel Washington in both "Inside Man" (2006) and "American Gangster" (2007), while delivering a fine turn as the leader of a rebel group in the dystopian thriller "Children of Men" (2006), all of which illustrated that it was only a matter of time before he became a household name.

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Milestones

2013

Starred in the lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave"

2011

Starred in the BBC TV series "The Shadow Line"

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie in the title role as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy

2009

Played a scientific advisor to the President in Roland Emmerich's disaster film, "2012"

2009

Portrayed Thabo Mbeki, director of information for the African National Congress, during the final days of apartheid in South Africa, in the Channel 4 TV movie, "Endgame"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV movie

2008

Cast as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and self-defense instructor in David Mamet's "Redbelt"

2007

Cast with Ray Liotta in the thriller, "Slow Burn"

2007

Played Frank Lucas' brother in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster," co-starring Denzel Washington as Lucas

2007

Co-starred with Don Cheadle in "Talk to Me"

2006

Portrayed the the leader of a resistance movement in Alfonso Cuaron's futuristic tale, "The Children of Men"

2006

Played a flamboyant transvestite cabaret star in "Kinky Boots"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2006

Joined an ensemble cast for "Tsunami, the Aftermath," a two-part HBO/BBC joint production; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a TV Movie

2005

Cast in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda" opposite Radha Mitchell

2003

Featured with an ensemble cast in Richard Curtis' romantic comedy "Love Actually"

2002

Appeared in the thriller "Dirty Pretty Things"

2000

Earned critical praise for his performance in "Blue/Orange" at the Royal National Theatre

1997

Feature film debut in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"

Bonus Trivia

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Name is pronounced "chew-it-tell edge-oh-for"

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Parents are Nigerian

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"My role as an actor is to show the hopes and aspirations of people as they exist, in a specific time, in a certain framework." - Ejiofor to Venice magazine, August 2005

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''People don't connect the dots and realize they've seen more of me than they think.'' - Ejiofor to Entertainment Weekly, June 2007

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