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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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He acted in Noel Coward's play, "The Vortex," at the Donmar Theatre in London, England with Deborah Findlay, Bette Bourne, Francesca Annis, and Daniel Weyman in the cast. Michael Grandage was director. See more »

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Chiwetal Ejiofor


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on '12 Years a Slave'] There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film. See more »


One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007. See more »


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