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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977 in Forest Gate, London, England, to Nigerian parents, Obiajulu (Okaford), a pharmacist, and Arinze Ejiofor, a doctor. Chiwetel attended Dulwich College in South-East London. By the age of 13 he was appearing in numerous school and National Youth Theatre productions and subsequently attended the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
Children of Men
American Gangster
American Gangster Huey Lucas
The Martian
The Martian Vincent Kapoor


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 2017 Come Sunday (pre-production)
Carlton Pearson
 2017 Mary Magdalene (filming)
Peter (rumored)
 2016 Triple 9
Michael Atwood
 2015 National Theatre Live: Everyman (TV Movie)
 2013 Making a Scene (Short)
 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie)
Mock Prosecutor
 2013 Dancing on the Edge (TV Mini-Series)
- Interviewing Louis (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.5 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.4 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Louis
 2010 Salt
 2009 Masterpiece Contemporary (TV Series)
- Endgame (2009)
 2009/I Endgame
Thabo Mbeki
 2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath (TV Mini-Series)
Ian Carter
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Ian Carter
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Ian Carter
 2005 Kinky Boots
 2003 Canterbury Tales (TV Mini-Series)
- The Knight's Tale (2003) ... Paul
 2001 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
DS McCorkindale
- Teacher (2001) ... DS McCorkindale (as Chiwetal Ejiofor)
 2001 Mind Games (TV Movie)
Tyler Arnold
 1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
- Deadly Voyage (1996) ... Ebow
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His credits at London's Donmar Warehouse include: Nicky Lancaster in "The Vortex" by Noël Coward (December 2002) and the title role in Shakespeare's "Othello" (2007, also BBC radio 3 2008). See more »

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14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Chiwetal Ejiofor


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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I remember getting cast in Amistad and getting this very strong feeling that I had overshot myself. It was a great shock. It made me realize that this is not a profession you can predict; that you can have all these ambitions and expectations and that they can all be thrown to the wind. What was peculiar about that situation was that my aspirations were so far below what actually happened. See more »


He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to drama. See more »


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